Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats

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Cheryl K. Smith
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  • Cheshire, OR
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Hello from Oregon

Started this discussion. Last reply by Melissa Johnson Feb 1, 2013. 9 Replies

I have been raising goats for about 13 years now. I started with Nigerian Dwarves and still have a few. I can't seem to get rid of them. (My picture is ZaZu, one of this year's kids, who was rejected…Continue

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Cheryl K. Smith replied to Sharon Barreira's discussion Placenta
"My first goat choked on her placenta and I had to pull a long string of it out of her throat. Having said that, I still believe that eating the placenta is good for goats and has all the benefits that Deborah shared. I usually let them eat a little…"
Feb 7, 2014
Candy Klatt liked Cheryl K. Smith's discussion Hello from Oregon
Feb 1, 2013
Melissa Johnson replied to Cheryl K. Smith's discussion Hello from Oregon
"Welcome Cheryl, you may be new to the site - but not new to most of us! ^^ I too have one of your books, Goat Health Care. I love the book and enjoy reading through it, whether or not I have a present issue. I have Nigerians - two of which have the…"
Feb 1, 2013
Candy Klatt replied to Cheryl K. Smith's discussion Hello from Oregon
"Oberians!!!! yes. Looking to replace my Ober's that I gave up years ago! Loving this smaller size. I live in Oregon in Lakeview. klickittyklatt@yahoo.com Any help would be appreciated. Candy  "
Jan 30, 2013
Patty Meyer replied to Cheryl K. Smith's discussion Hello from Oregon
"Hi Cheryl! I found this thread by searching the site for mini oberhasli.   I'm excited that  there's someone so knowledgeable on this site raising them.  I'm thinking about raising them as well.  Right now, I…"
Aug 20, 2012
Cheryl K. Smith replied to Beth Colquitt's discussion Very sick 6 day old doeling
"Hej, Thanks. I am as over it as I ever will be. This little two-week-old boy died more than 10 years ago. I knew so little about goats then. We all have to go through these heartbreaks to learn, it seems. That trial and error that led to deaths of…"
Mar 5, 2012
Cheryl K. Smith replied to Janel Rickey's discussion Concerned
"I usually monitor triplets to make sure one is not missing out. It can't hurt to give a supplemental bottle of mom's milk so that it is more evenly distributed. Usually the little one will get beat out by the other two. If there is not…"
Mar 5, 2012
Cheryl K. Smith replied to Beth Colquitt's discussion Very sick 6 day old doeling
"I am not sure you ever get over some of them. I had a little guy named Comet, who died right after the state fair ended. He had touched the lives of hundreds of people--more than some humans can say about their impact in this world. He got pneumonia…"
Mar 5, 2012
Cheryl K. Smith replied to Hannah's discussion Now That I've Been Here and Asking Questions of You All, I May as Well Actually Introduce Myself :)
"Welcome to the group. It's an ongoing learning experience with goats. But you already know how loveable they are. I sold a goat to a woman one time and she called to complain that she wanted to bring Daisy back because she was biting the other…"
Jan 12, 2012
Cheryl K. Smith replied to Hannah's discussion Grain for pregnant goats
"Raising Goats for Dummies addresses feeding for body condition. You can read a bit online at: http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/using-bodycondition-scoring-to-finetune-goat-feedi.html"
Jan 11, 2012
Cheryl K. Smith replied to Hannah's discussion Grain for pregnant goats
"No, I only give grain during pregnancy and lactation. I start at the last two months of pregnancy and gradually increase it over that two months. I definitely do not give grain at any other time. I don't even give it to kids. Right now most of…"
Jan 11, 2012
Cheryl K. Smith replied to Lee Pilkovsky's discussion cross breeding
"Biggest risk is having oversize kids and birthing problems. I have had accidental breedings with full size goats and Nigerians that turned out all right (unknown until kidding) but I would never do it on purpose. I would recommend getting a mini doe…"
Jan 11, 2012
Cheryl K. Smith replied to Hannah's discussion Grain for pregnant goats
"Deborah, I gradually increase the feed beginning at two months so that they are getting a fair amount when they kid. The kids are growing a lot during those last two months and need it. I haven't heard two weeks before. I also start giving…"
Jan 11, 2012
Cheryl K. Smith replied to Katie L Zollinger's discussion CONFUSED first-time goat mama
"They can be quiet, but it is the rare goat that doesn't start yelling when it's time. Some of them are quiet until that last minute. Others start in quite early."
Jan 8, 2012
Cheryl K. Smith replied to Katie L Zollinger's discussion Questions on birthing/nursery accommodations in a small space
"No, not true. I have tried tracking it to see whether they are consistent or not. Most are not, although I have had some that always kid at night. I think more do it during the day."
Jan 2, 2012
Cheryl K. Smith replied to Kelsie Aman's discussion Dealing with Cold Weather
"I had almost forgotten that it was supposed to be rainy here until we had the downpour last week!"
Jan 2, 2012

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Mystic Acres
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