Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats

for people who love the littlest dairy goats

Hello Everyone!  I am getting my first goats in about 6 weeks-mid September.  I am getting a Nigerian Dwarf doeling and a mini Oberhasli wether.  Both were born in March.  I've been planning purchasing goats for a year, reading and learning as much as I can, but the closer the time comes, the more frightened I become.  Coccidiosis, bloat, copper deficiency, feeding the wrong types of food, .....I've become a nervous wreck. I feel like I need to become a chemist to find the right proportions of  nutrients in their foods!  Can someone please reassure me that I'm not making a horrible mistake?  Thanks so much for any encouragement!

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Best of luck with your goats!

I found myself in the same boat when we purchased ours. No matter how prepared I thought I was, there was so much uncertainty in everything. We've found that a good part of goat ownership has to do with learning as we go along, since even if we have a plan in our heads, sometimes animals haven't read our manuals. The trick is to keep watching them and adapting your practices to their needs.

You'll have a blast!

Thank you,  Naomi!  It seems like everything I read is about them getting sick, so I know I need to be prepared, but I am also hoping that they are healthy and happy most of the time! Thank you for your kind words!  

Naomi D'Andrea said:

Best of luck with your goats!

I found myself in the same boat when we purchased ours. No matter how prepared I thought I was, there was so much uncertainty in everything. We've found that a good part of goat ownership has to do with learning as we go along, since even if we have a plan in our heads, sometimes animals haven't read our manuals. The trick is to keep watching them and adapting your practices to their needs.

You'll have a blast!

Welcome! And nope, you are not making a mistake. There is no way I'd have continued to raise goats for 16 years if they were that complicated. There is no one-size-fits-all management protocol, but if you pay attention to the goats, they'll let you know if everything is okay or not. 

Thank you, Deborah!  I'm looking forward to getting them soon!  

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