Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats

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Deborah Niemann-Boehle
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Pam Honken left a comment for Deborah Niemann-Boehle
"Hi Deborah, I'm the new member going to see my vet today. I seem to have two accounts on The Goat Spot. I signed up in October 2015 but when I revisited the site a few days ago I was informed that I didn't have an account and needed to…"
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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Pam Honken's discussion Help please?!? Skin problem...
"Let us know what you learn."
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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Pam Honken's discussion Help please?!? Skin problem...
"It could be zinc deficiency and/or mites. You would have to get a skin scraping done by a vet to verify mites. The treatment is a pour-on dewormer like ivermectin or Eprinex. Zinc deficiency sometimes happens if a goat is getting too much calcium,…"
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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Pam Honken's discussion Help please?!? Skin problem...
"Welcome to the group! Is she missing patches of hair anywhere? Is that area under her tail the only place you see this problem? Do you ever see her scratching herself on a post or anything like that?"
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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Glenna Rose's discussion Cayenne pepper versus iodine/betadine
"I always say that you should do whatever helps you to sleep at night.  But I also don't think we should assume we know how most diseases in goats work at this time. Serious research on goats only really started about 10 years ago, and…"
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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Deborah Watkins-Parker's discussion I'm new!
"Welcome to the group! Good luck in your search. We're in Illinois, so not terribly close to you! :)"
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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Glenna Rose's discussion Cayenne pepper versus iodine/betadine
"I've never heard of a doe rejecting a kid because of the smell of iodine on the umbilical cord. In fact, when I saw an online argument 10+ years ago about whether or not to dip cords, one of the arguments against it was the mom frequently…"
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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to James Tinker's discussion due feb 19, Updated photos, now at 14 days to go.... at 23 days to go...countdown
"When we had a herd that small we didn't separate them. If your other goats start beating up on the one that's due, I'd move her out, but otherwise they can stay together."
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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to James Tinker's discussion broken scur
"Yes. Burning it can reduce the chance of it growing back. Unfortunately it can be a challenge to keep an adult immobilized to do it. A vet would knock him out."
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Sandra Hess replied to Deborah Niemann-Boehle's discussion Week one weight gain
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Winding River Farm (Bev) replied to Deborah Niemann-Boehle's discussion Week one weight gain
"Thanks for this posting Deborah.   I have always been going to weight but didn't.  I just go by look and feel.  Think I will try the first birthing and get actual numbers. "
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Sandra Hess replied to Deborah Niemann-Boehle's discussion Week one weight gain
"Firstfreshner Good attentive mothering Doe  Quadruplets:  1. Doe  birth wt.= 4#1  oz                                                                 day 3  4# 9 oz          = 8 oz. gain                           2. Doe birth…"
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Glenna Rose replied to Deborah Niemann-Boehle's discussion Week one weight gain
"When I had a tiny one (1 lb 10 oz), I supplemented her though left her with mom and weighed all three babies twice a day.  I went by the guideline if they were all gaining relationally, all was fine.  Must have worked because last I heard…"
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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Judy Asarkof's discussion how much to feed a new mother?
"It's a good idea to give them 50/50 alfalfa/grass during pregnancy. If you have no grass available, alfalfa is fine during pregnant because they can generally use the extra calcium. Most grain recommendations say 1 pound of grain for every 3…"
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"I don't think you can really choose. If either one is too small, it could cause problems. Luckily, very few goats have a pelvis that is truly too small. Most c-sections are caused by a kid that is so big, most goats would not have been able to…"
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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Judy Asarkof's discussion how much to feed a new mother?
"I used to start a couple of weeks before a goat was due, and over the years I've started later and later until now I don't give them any grain until a day or two before they're due. This is assuming the goats are in good body…"
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Pine bark as a dewormer

Started this discussion. Last reply by James Tinker Jun 10, 2015. 5 Replies

For those of you interested in natural remedies, check out this study on pine bark:http://www.wormx.info/#!pinebark/coo1Continue

Tags: coccidia, worms, parasites

Homesteading group on Facebook

Started this discussion. Last reply by Rachel Griebenow Mar 6, 2015. 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

Started this discussion. Last reply by Trish Mar 8, 2015. 22 Replies

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, 2015. 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

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At 12:09pm on February 9, 2016, Pam Honken said…

Hi Deborah, I'm the new member going to see my vet today. I seem to have two accounts on The Goat Spot. I signed up in October 2015 but when I revisited the site a few days ago I was informed that I didn't have an account and needed to sign up (again). How do I delete the first account I set up in October??

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At 4:43pm on December 31, 2015, Jeremy Engel said…

Thanks Deborah!

I just found out yesterday that Nigerian Dwarf's made it to our shores, which I'm really excited about, so I'm here to learn everything I can before I get started.
 Thank you for making this place, its awesome.

Happy new year :)

J.

At 3:44pm on December 21, 2015, Marin Waddell said…
Hi Deborah,
Just thought I'd let you know that we've decided to close our cheese business. In fact we're selling the goats and our farm. We're all healthy and fine, but we realized it wasn't something we were going to continue with.
We'd always planned for my husband to work less and less in the city and more and more on the farm, but his career took off in a way we never expected. Plus we had 3 kids in 4 years (now 6, 3 & 2) meaning I wasn't able to help out very much. We had a couple of employees, but really, we needed someone to run much of the farm side of things and that wasn't something we could afford to pay for. When our employee this year quit for a non-seasonal job and my husband returned to the twice a day milkings he found himself starting to doze off on his commute. We realized we had to choose between his career (which he really enjoys) and the cheese business. His career won. And then we decided that we don't want this whole farm with an hour commute to the city if we don't have a business.
We'll be moving into the city late winter. The plan is to be there for a couple of years to regroup and then we'll likely end up on an acreage possibly with a goat or two and some chickens.
It's a sucky decision, but at no point have we felt it was the wrong one. There were certainly a lot of tears as we said goodbye to favourite customers and certain goats.
I really appreciated this website as we were getting going, although I haven't been on it much in the past couple of years. Thank-you for all the information that you provided through it.

Marin Waddell
At 7:15am on December 8, 2015, Jenny Mansheim said…

Dear Deborah,

I just purchased and read your new book titled, "Just Kidding". I have to say, as I read your book, tears streamed down my face as I remembered all of the times I too have had uncommon births, other goat related problems or deaths.  

Your honesty about your emotions, your second guessing your self, talking to your self, wondering if you should have done any thing differently, feeling guilty, wanting to get rid of your animals to save your self heartache in the future, all these things hit home with me. I have had goats since 2007 and I can relate to all of those feelings. 

I find it comforting to know that others share the same emotions, thoughts and feelings. and that I am not alone in my thought process or how I have felt in times of a crisis.  I have never had any goat mentors or goat friends who lived close, but I have been severely blessed to find an awesome vet office who has two female vets who are two of the best vets I have had the pleasure of taking my animals too.  Every time I bring an animal their they are so encouraging, uplifting and reassuring of my care for my animals.  Having someone in a time of crisis or having someone to talk to is such a great help when it comes to animal care.  Sometimes we all need a sounding board or just reassurance that we have done all we know to do. 

Thank you for your new book. It was an honor to read.  I an grateful for your honesty, insight and willingness to sit down and take the time to write so that others can be blessed by your experiences and words. Thank you.

At 9:25pm on November 11, 2015, Ann Fuller said…

Well, I can't find the link to the webinar.  So I wasn't able to get it. So sorry I missed it.

:(

Ann Fuller

At 9:12pm on November 11, 2015, Ann Fuller said…

Hello Deborah,   The webinar has been on for 11 minutes and I'm having trouble getting in.  I did pay and received my link to the webinar and left it on the screen and then my computer froze and I cannot find the link to the webinar anymore.  I know you are running the webinar now, but I would appreciate some help if you have someone who could send me the link again.  Thank you

Ann Fuller

At 4:33pm on November 11, 2015, Ann Fuller said…

I'm definitely attending, but can't figure out how I pay.  I've clicked around on everything and can't find a place to make my payment.

Ann Fuller

At 11:35pm on August 28, 2015, carolyn denison said…

working all day:'(very disappointed.  not able to join conference

At 7:59am on April 28, 2015, Paul Badon said…

Thank You for your invitation to join here....I hope to learn and put into practice much of what I learn .

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.

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