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Barbara Jean Rondine
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Excessive butting

Started this discussion. Last reply by Deborah Niemann-Boehle Mar 26. 3 Replies

My four females are butting each other for long times at a stretch,  say half an hour,  their heads show the effect by having bald spots appearing and my eldest, 7 years old is,  i hope, due in mid…Continue

No heat periods

Started this discussion. Last reply by Deborah Niemann-Boehle Jan 22. 1 Reply

Thanks,  Deborah, When I sent my questions about my two does not coming into heat, i had used forum,  so don't know why forum was suggested in your response.   But,  I'll try again: My two does  were…Continue

"Precoscious" doeling

Started this discussion. Last reply by Deborah Niemann-Boehle Dec 29, 2018. 4 Replies

Hi,  I'm having trouble in my barn with a 6 month old female twin doeling trying  to mount the other goats,  vocalizing vociferously and so dedicated that she doesn't stop pestering to eat.  She is…Continue

Too many kids for one mom!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Deborah Niemann-Boehle Jun 4, 2018. 3 Replies

Deborah and all, My 5 year old Nigerian Dwarf doe had 5 kids two weeks ago. Mom is getting pretty thin and I've tried supplementing with Kid Milk and the kids felt i was killing them. Now I'm feeding…Continue

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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Barbara Jean Rondine's discussion Excessive butting
"Are they pregnant? Is the local hay alfalfa or grass? I'm afraid there's not much you can do about them fighting. Trying to get between fighting goats can wind up getting you injured. And you can't be with them 24/7, so that's a…"
Mar 26
Barbara Jean Rondine replied to Barbara Jean Rondine's discussion Excessive butting
"Thank you so much for your response. There seems to be no special time that they butt, although this has been a cold and snowy winter, so they are in the barn more than ever before. I do a daily cleaning after feeding and try to stop the hard hits.…"
Mar 24
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Barbara Jean Rondine's discussion Excessive butting
"It can be normal behavior. I have been amazed by how resilient kids can be in utero. I've been worried a few times about pregnant does being bullied, but it only caused a problem once. I had a doe go into labor at about day 136 or 137. The kids…"
Mar 23
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Excessive butting

My four females are butting each other for long times at a stretch,  say half an hour,  their heads show the effect by having bald spots appearing and my eldest, 7 years old is,  i hope, due in mid June.  I just saw her being hit in the stomach by her own doe. Is this normal behavior? What should i do to keep her, and possible kids  safe? My barn is tiny and we still have freezing nights. See More
Mar 19
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Barbara Jean Rondine's discussion No heat periods
"I'm wondering if they're getting enough minerals. You may not see them eating the minerals when they're available free choice, but they do eat them. If you are only making them available twice a day and they are always going for them,…"
Jan 22
Barbara Jean Rondine posted a discussion

No heat periods

Thanks,  Deborah, When I sent my questions about my two does not coming into heat, i had used forum,  so don't know why forum was suggested in your response.   But,  I'll try again: My two does  were born in June of 2018. They have never shown any signs of heat.  Neither had their mother, until two months ago. I just took her to a buck for breeding since time was passing for spring /summer  kids. To answer your questions: 1. they have powdered Sweet Licks minerals available, but they prefer to…See More
Jan 22
Deborah Niemann-Boehle left a comment for Barbara Jean Rondine
"It would be better if you posted a question in the forum rather than in the personal conversation space because it's very hard to follow this format. Click on the "Forum" button above and then click to start a new discussion. There…"
Jan 7
Barbara Jean Rondine left a comment for Deborah Niemann-Boehle
"Deborah, My goats are not coming into heat,  neither yearlings. Anything I can do to start a heat? Their mother has just had a short heat last month"
Jan 6

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At 11:35pm on January 7, 2020, Deborah Niemann-Boehle said…

It would be better if you posted a question in the forum rather than in the personal conversation space because it's very hard to follow this format. Click on the "Forum" button above and then click to start a new discussion. There are so many reasons does may not come into heat. I need to know what they are eating, what mineral they have available and in what form, and whether you have a buck on your farm for starters. So be sure to include those details in your post. 

At 9:45pm on November 28, 2018, Deborah Niemann-Boehle said…
At 9:54pm on November 25, 2018, Deborah Niemann-Boehle said…

It is really best if you create a discussion in the forum so that we'll have a threaded discussion, and we'll be able to see all of the comments (yours, mine, and other). Also, others will be able to see your question and may have something to add. Click on FORUM at the top of the page, and then click on +Add, which is just below the photo of the goats. Since these are two different issues, ideally you should create two discussions. Also, the discussions will be searchable for people in the future. We have a few thousand people every month who find us through Google and simply read our archives.

 
 
 

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