Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats

for people who love the littlest dairy goats

Deborah Niemann-Boehle
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  • Cornell, IL
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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to James Tinker's discussion When a doe starts coming into heat
"The ones that I had that went into heat at 3 months did not come back into heat again until 6-7 months, and they were with their mothers. I wonder if it's just sort of a misfire of the reproductive system -- like a pullet laying a double yolk."
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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to James Tinker's discussion When a doe starts coming into heat
"I have had two or three does that came into heat at 3 months, but that is definitely not the norm. As others have said, 6-7 months is more normal. The does that came into heat at 3 months were all related, so it's probably something that is…"
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Judy H's discussion lice treatment and milking
"If you didn't spray the does in milk, they're probably okay. At first I was thinking it was a powder, which could have easily fallen on the other goats or into the water bucket or on the hay, and therefor been consumed. But I re-read your…"
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Jabe Thomas's discussion Goat Fencing Questions
"I'm glad you mentioned climbing! We had a cow who tried to climb over woven wire twice. Once it was because the grass was greener on the other side of the fence, and the other time it was because we were trying to separate her from her calf.…"
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Judy H's discussion lice treatment and milking
"No one can give you a definitive answer to that question because it's not made for dairy animals, so it hasn't been studied.  The best and most organic treatment for lice is to simply clip the goats using a #10 blade on dog clippers,…"
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Jabe Thomas's discussion Goat Fencing Questions
"Barbed wire should NEVER be used with goats. It is for use with cattle and horses ONLY because they have much tougher skin. Goat skin is quite soft and can be easily damaged by barbed wire. It's not possible to put it high enough to keep the…"
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Tiffani Wilson's discussion Selenium choices
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Jabe Thomas's discussion Goat Fencing Questions
"1. Both are good. 2. The closer the posts, the more support you have, so 10 feet apart is great! 3. Yes. Our goats have been with both horses and cattle, and they're fine. Assuming your horses and cattle are not wild and crazy, it should work."
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Julieanne Cook's discussion Interesting Vet visit
"It's kind of annoying that it's commonly believed that NDs can be bred year-round because that's not been my experience. I have had a few does kid in fall, but my success in breeding does for fall kidding has been pretty small. A few…"
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Rachel Whetzel at MigMog Acres's discussion Where do I get Blood Draw supplies?
"Well, that's a bummer that they don't give you their FedEx account number for the shipping any longer! That was a great deal!"
Jun 23
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Glenna Rose's discussion Minerals and Selenium
"That is nowhere close to enough copper. Goats minerals should have 1500 ppm copper when the source is copper sulfate, which this one is.  If you have the selenium from Caprine Supply, that should be offered free choice in a separate dish. The…"
Jun 23
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Rachel Whetzel at MigMog Acres's discussion Baaaaabieeeees!!! It was a girl season!
"Congratulations! So adorable! You must be so excited!"
Jun 19
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Aaron White's discussion
"LOL! Thanks, Aaron!"
Jun 18
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Emily Scherer's discussion How do I improve their coat condition?
"Some goats have more hair than others. If you've already seen them shed out their cashmere, this could just be the way they are. Many people take pictures of their goats after clipping them, which could explain why their mothers' pictures…"
Jun 18
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Kate Riggs's discussion Sucessful kidding!!! Baby with a floppy leg.
"Congrats! The floppy ear should correct itself within a day or two. The leg will probably be fine too, but which joint is it? If it's the pastern (ankle) you can splint it for a day or two."
Jun 18
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Emily Scherer's discussion How do I improve their coat condition?
"I'm not sure what you're asking about. Their coats and body condition look fine in the pictures. Could you explain what exactly you're concerned about?"
Jun 17

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Pine bark as a dewormer

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For those of you interested in natural remedies, check out this study on pine bark:!pinebark/coo1Continue

Tags: coccidia, worms, parasites

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

Started this discussion. Last reply by Trish Mar 8. 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

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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 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.

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.

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