Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats

for people who love the littlest dairy goats

My Name is Chrissy, in my online forums and Vlog, I go by Cricket. I grew up in Northern Ca and raised many farm animals along with our children, most of my life. My hubby and I moved to an area for about 13 years where we were unable to have anything but cats and dogs. We have now (as of a year ago) moved back to our home area to start our little farm back up on a leased 2 acres. It was our dream, now that the kids are raised, to start up a homestead once again and have some fun with our vlog. We have a dog, 3 cats, started with 6 Silkies and now have 15 more chicks, 5 Quail, and what brought me here were our 2 Nigerian Dwarfs, a little Buck,  and a Doe that we bought in May of 2019. The goats are new to us as I have raised pretty much everything but goats. Well, we had a Pygmy whether once, but he was lonely so we gave him to some friends who had a herd. Sadly, I am now on my own because my hubby tragically fell suddenly ill last July and passed away. I have decided to continue our dream in his memory. Our son does come and help me on the weekends, but other than that, I have to do everything on my own. Our goats are getting me through my grief though as you can imagine. Their names are Zeke and Luna! I have a friend that has a farm with lots of goats that does mentor me, but she is young with small children and a farm of her own, and doesn't live close by enough to just run over and show me things at the drop of a hat, so I am hoping to learn through all of you as well. 

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Welcome to the group! I'm so sorry to hear about your husband. Since you haven't mentioned any kids, I'm assuming Zeke is actually a wether (castrated male)? I hope you'll post photos! 

Hi Deborah, Zeke is actually a buck and Luna is our doe. She has been bred but I'm embarrassed to say that I don't know her due date. A close friend took all of our farm animals to her farm for the 2 weeks that my husband was in the hospital and brought them back o September 7th, a couple of months after he had passed. A little while after they got here Zeke was on her all the time like a little rabbit for a bit, but I was so deep in grief, I don't recall the exact date and don't remember if it happened again or not. That's one of the reasons I came here. To learn more about breeding and pregnancy in goats. She started getting a little bit of an udder on January 26th. That's how I discovered that she was pregnant. She 'll let me handle her everywhere else on her body, including checking ligaments (if I'm checking the right place), but the minute I try to check her udder or back or her right side of her tummy, she bolts. 

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The first two pics are when we first got them

If you first noticed an udder on Jan 26, she's probably due before the end of the month, which would make sense if you got them back in early September and saw breeding happen. 

Here is more info on pregnancy and birthing:

https://thriftyhomesteader.com/goat-birthing-beginners-guide/

Feel free to ask questions!

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