Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats

for people who love the littlest dairy goats

Deborah Niemann-Boehle
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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to James Tinker's discussion Just got my first NDs
"Congratulations! "
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Creating Value-Added Products With Goats at online

April 6, 2015 from 8pm to 9pm
Learn the basics of making money with your goats by selling soap, dairy products, compost, and leather, and putting your goats to work in a landscaping business. This webinar covers the business and legal side of selling products from your homestead. To learn more about how to make products with goats and how they can enhance your homestead, check out "Goats as the Centerpiece of a Diversified Homestead."The webinar begins at 8 p.m. central time, and will last about an hour plus plenty of time…See More
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Emily replied to Deborah Niemann-Boehle's discussion Can goats balance their nutrient needs?
"The mass consumption of minerals has stopped. Apparently it was just a phase. Hopefully when the Selenium gets in we won't have this issue anymore. "
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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Glenna Rose's discussion Not pregnant - frustrated
"Interesting observation. I've never seen that. My does have almost always gotten pregnant on the first heat after being put with a buck. I can only think of one doe that didn't give birth about five months plus a week or two after being…"
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Judy Asarkof's discussion Hair Loss on legs and dry coat
"That's what I bought. We've been giving 1/8 teaspoon twice a day (which is more than they recommend) to four does for about 10 days, and we haven't seen any change in symptoms, for better or for worse. "
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Phebe's discussion Kidding question: Day 145 and no udder
"The udder on the second doe is the only thing that looks promising. Neither one looks that big, but it could just be the angle of the photos."
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Glenna Rose's discussion Not pregnant - frustrated
"Unfortunately, if disease was suspected, the fetus and placenta should have been sent to a lab. Here is more info on diseases that cause abortions:"
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Glenna Rose's discussion Not pregnant - frustrated
"Rachel, what does this sentence mean? "I was mostly relying on buck-effect heat without knowing that the first heat following introduction to a buck is often not fertile." I've read it a few times and don't understand."
Emily replied to Deborah Niemann-Boehle's discussion Can goats balance their nutrient needs?
"we'll see if the free-choice selenium helps. Thanks!"
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Phebe's discussion Kidding question: Day 145 and no udder
"If a goat loses a pregnancy in the first couple of months, you would probably never know. If she was bred and then six days later you thought she was in heat, but she was not bred (either because the buck didn't try or she wouldn't stand)…"
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Goats as the Centerpiece of a Diversified Homestead at online

March 30, 2015 from 8pm to 9pm
Did you know that goats can provide you with milk, meat, and fertilizer? We'll talk about equipment and ingredients used to make your own soap and a variety of cheeses, yogurt, butter, buttermilk, and meat. We'll also discuss whey and milk as fertilizer, as well as the basics of composting, so you'll never need to buy fertilizer again. If you want to make money with your goats, check out "Creating Value-Added Products With Goats."Regular tuition is $19, but group members can save $5 by using…See More
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Judy Asarkof's discussion Hair Loss on legs and dry coat
"You will actually see improvements in a goat's coat in a week or two after giving COWP. What form of zinc did you buy? Tablets? If so, what strength? The zinc that I bought is a powder. "
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to WorkingGoats4's discussion Movable Pens
"I love it! Well done!"
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Katharine Norton's discussion sore on teat
"Make that two votes for rough kid nursing. If you have lanolin, you can put that on there a couple of times a day and that will help it heal. "

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Homesteading group on Facebook

Started this discussion. Last reply by Rachel Griebenow Mar 6. 5 Replies

If any of you are interested in extending the online conversation to homesteading topics in general, I wanted to let you know that I have a Facebook group called Thrifty Homesteading. Click on this…Continue

Goat mineral basics

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Hi everyone,Since goat mineral issues come up so often, I've decided to create a post with basic mineral info. Here is a link to an excerpt from Raising Goats Naturally:…Continue

Webinars! (with a discount for group members!)

Started this discussion. Last reply by Myra Isaac Feb 3. 9 Replies

Hi everyone!I wanted to let you know that I'm going to start doing homesteading webinars! People have been asking me to do them for years, and I finally decided that I'm just going to do it! You all…Continue

Is my goat pregnant?

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For those of you wondering if your goat is pregnant, I just wrote this blog post, complete with a photo quiz and a video!…Continue

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At 3:28pm on March 4, 2015, Ellen Petrick said…

I am SO excited to have found this community.  My brother got me your book as a sort of joke because I kept talking about how I wanted to move out to the country and raise goats - What Luck he picked YOUR book!  It was perfect.  I really wish I could come to your class this weekend, but I have to go to a fitness conference instead.  So I will plan to sign up for the homestead conference and the goat class labor day weekend as soon as registration opens.

At 7:42pm on September 27, 2014, M. K. said…

Rabbits are definately happier in a larger pen, although, my angoras never seemed particularly athletic.  Compared with other breeds, they sat around a lot.  I keep my rabbits in 4 foot by 8 foot wire pens set on the ground.   The walk-in pens look like little houses.  They  have tarps over the pitched roofs, and  wire floors.   The pens are all kept within the perimeter of a solar charged electronet fence for predator protection.  My charger and fence are from Premier. They are usually a good company to work with.

At 6:44pm on September 27, 2014, Myra Isaac said…
Thanks! Wow that's really sad! I recently got a Great Pyr LGD puppy to hopefully help with our predator issues. He comes from working bloodlines and both parents are guardian dogs as well as grandparents so hopefully he'll be up to the job. I want to build a hutch for my rabbits that has access to some dirt and grass. Completely enclosed with wire buried underneath it or else really deep around the edges. What did you use? I hate having her in that tiny cage even tho I know other people do it. It just seems So tiny and I don't want her to be miserable!
At 2:45pm on September 27, 2014, Myra Isaac said…
Thanks! My new girl was under the weather the other day and I was really worried about wool block. I'm making sure she has some good Timothy hay to much on if she wants now and she seems to be fine. What kind of cages or hutches did you use when you had them? I currently have a wire cage that I put a piece of ply wood in for her to sit on so it's not so hard on her feet. She really likes that board! What did you feed yours?
At 6:50pm on September 22, 2014, Myra Isaac said…
Hi Deborah, I recently purchased an angora rabbit for wool. I have your Homesteading book already but was wondering if you knew of a good Angora care/raising book? Seems like I can't find much online but I probably don't know where to look. Do you know of any good websites? I'd like to have a book with some in depth care/health info for angoras.
At 6:25pm on June 11, 2014, Dave Marschang said…

yeah I have a hell of a time on here knowing when someones replied to something

At 8:56pm on June 9, 2014, Dave Marschang said…

the lamancha doe is very gentle with ginny, and ginny actually seems to enjoy the attention. she appears to be a very gentle giant and even against the other lamancha does her threats seem pathetically gentle. and yes we do want a buck, I don't know that as beginners we need a $600 buck to start. your worst quality buck is 100 times better than the barnyard mutts we have around here so something on the cheaper side will work for us. what do you have available? you website gave me the impression all bucks were sold.


At 7:38pm on June 3, 2014, Dave Marschang said…

well a 6 yr old Lamancha has apparently taking a likin to Ginny, she follows her around pushing her across the stall with her head, then she will stick her head under Ginnys backend and lift her in the air. Not sure what any of that means but Ginny just stands there patiently and takes it. everyone is still doing good and Ginnys diarrhea appears to have gotten better. we have plenty of room at this farm for a buck and will be seriously looking to purchase one soon, not sure if you have any available or not but, will probably be calling soon.

At 10:00am on June 1, 2014, Dave Marschang said…

oh my god! Gertrude never shuts up! typical female......anyway thought I would let you know the girls are fitting in just fine, they get to meet the lamanchas today. Ginny has a little bit of diarrhea. we gave her probios yesterday so we will see what happens. while neither will take treats from us yet, Ginny is much more skittish than Gertrude so it makes sense to us that she would be the one with diarrhea. we don't think its anything to worry about yet.

At 8:01pm on May 17, 2014, Lyn Adams said…
Hey Deborah, I'd think your opinion on this, a member needs to find a home for her two withers. Do you think it would be a problem if I took them in, right now I have 4 , I was just concerned about them all being together . Can you help?

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