Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats

for people who love the littlest dairy goats

David Whitten
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from the ground up goat barn...looking for suggestions

Started this discussion. Last reply by Adrienne Jan 9, 2011. 9 Replies

Hi Everyone!  I've been reading through all the old posts and I couldn't find any threads on floor plans for a little goat barn.  The picture is an historic goat barn somewhere! I am doing this from…Continue

Greeting From Maine

Started this discussion. Last reply by Cassandra Nov 5, 2010. 2 Replies

Lisa, our son Rowan, and I are living on a third of an acre near Porltand, Maine.  We have been implementing our permaculture design for 5 years or so.  We teach permaculture, reskilling, and…Continue

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Janel Rickey left a comment for David Whitten
"Happy Birthday!"
Jul 17, 2011
Adrienne replied to David Whitten's discussion from the ground up goat barn...looking for suggestions
"The indoor chicken space would be inaccessible to goats....ideally having 2-3 human size doors. One into the coop from the inside of the barn, one out to the run from the coop and one in the run to the outside."
Jan 9, 2011
David Whitten replied to David Whitten's discussion from the ground up goat barn...looking for suggestions
"Thank You!!  I'll post up some sketches in a week or so...  I'd rather move things around on paper! David"
Jan 9, 2011
Marin Waddell replied to David Whitten's discussion from the ground up goat barn...looking for suggestions
"I agree with not housing the chickens in the barn. When we've had a setting hen we've moved her into a stall with the goats. It works for a little bit and I leave the hen and chicks in there until the chicks are old enough to start…"
Jan 8, 2011
Adrienne replied to David Whitten's discussion from the ground up goat barn...looking for suggestions
"Hi David, One milk stand for 1o goats? I only have two goats and I already want another milking stand. I suppose if you are the only one doing the work it makes sense, but my David and I are most often out there together. With only one stand, only…"
Jan 7, 2011
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to David Whitten's discussion from the ground up goat barn...looking for suggestions
"Oh, how exciting! I'm jealous! I have always had to work around existing buildings. We have a horse barn that I've been using for most of my goats for nine years. Last year, we created pens in our second barn for kidding. There are four…"
Jan 7, 2011
David Whitten posted a discussion

from the ground up goat barn...looking for suggestions

Hi Everyone!  I've been reading through all the old posts and I couldn't find any threads on floor plans for a little goat barn.  The picture is an historic goat barn somewhere! I am doing this from the ground up and can do a post and beam with a real board and batten wall.  I plan on up to about 5 or 6 nigerians and then in a year or two I'd like to add 2 or 3 Saanens (I'd also like to winter my chickens in this barn, say about 12 or 18 layers)...the ducks can stay in a small adjacent duck hut…See More
Jan 7, 2011
Cassandra replied to David Whitten's discussion Greeting From Maine
"Hello there~ I am also from Maine//south of Portland and was thrilled to hear of somebody else in the area w/ Muscovy ducks!! I acquired 3 of them all orphans from a lady in New Hampshire!! She had quite the flock n these 3 were from different…"
Nov 5, 2010
David Whitten commented on Hope Hall's blog post Ideas about the ideal number of goats for micro dairy?
"Deborah, you are so helpful, encouraging, supportive...all I can say is thank you! I promise to keep you posted!"
Nov 4, 2010
David Whitten commented on Hope Hall's blog post Ideas about the ideal number of goats for micro dairy?
"Wow! Great discussion. We're hoping to satisfy the family needs with three or four goats. Deborah you said you are milking 10 to 14 for a family of four...is there any surplus or are you guys just eating a goat milk based diet? All kidding…"
Nov 4, 2010
Margaret Hathaway left a comment for David Whitten
"Sorry we missed you at the fair! Wasn't it a glorious day?"
Sep 28, 2010
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Sep 28, 2010
Dianea Fay left a comment for David Whitten
"Welcome"
Aug 7, 2010
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to David Whitten's discussion Greeting From Maine
"Welcome, again! Don't worry about your lingo -- looks like you've got it under control. I started with three does and a buck also, and eight years later, I have 18 does and 8 bucks! I'm keeping five doelings this year. I was so proud…"
Aug 6, 2010
David Whitten posted a discussion

Greeting From Maine

Lisa, our son Rowan, and I are living on a third of an acre near Porltand, Maine.  We have been implementing our permaculture design for 5 years or so.  We teach permaculture, reskilling, and relocalization in an ever growing community.  We have access to farm land directly abutting our property and we're slowing expanding onto it and our neighbors' back lawns!  We plan to add about 4 goats in the spring of next year.  We think a buck and three does (not sure of all the lingo yet!).  So, I'm…See More
Aug 6, 2010
David Whitten left a comment for Deborah Niemann-Boehle
"Thanks for the welcome Deborah! I am sure I'll learn a lot here. We plan to add goats in the spring..."
Aug 6, 2010

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We have a mini farm with lots of perennial food, annual crops, and Muscovy ducks. We plan to add 4 Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats next spring. So I plan to learn a lot form all of you between now and then! Thanks!

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At 9:20pm on July 17, 2011, Janel Rickey said…
Happy Birthday!
At 9:37pm on September 28, 2010, Margaret Hathaway said…
Sorry we missed you at the fair! Wasn't it a glorious day?
At 4:39pm on August 7, 2010, Dianea Fay said…
Welcome
At 11:01am on August 6, 2010, Deborah Niemann-Boehle said…
Welcome to the group! Hope you'll take a moment to introduce yourself in the "Introductions" forum and tell us a bit about yourself and your goats or goat plans!
At 9:44am on August 6, 2010, Terri John said…
Welcome to the group David :)
At 9:39pm on August 5, 2010, Elyse Nicholson said…
Welcome David!
 
 
 


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