Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats

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Deborah Niemann-Boehle
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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Dacia's discussion Quail had quintuplets in there.
"If you are sure you've given them at least 20% of their body weight in something -- colostrum replacer or supplement -- they should be okay in terms of dehydration. Just put them in the barn with her and go to bed. If it was a colostrum…"
21 hours ago
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Dacia's discussion Quail had quintuplets in there.
"The only thing wrong with you is that you haven't had any sleep in two days, and no one can think straight when they are sleep deprived. Watch the video I just shared, then try to get the kids to nurse for a few minutes each, then leave the…"
22 hours ago
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Dacia's discussion Quail had quintuplets in there.
"Baby goats go from 102 degrees to whatever the air temperature is when they're born. It is amazing that they are fine with that, but the important point is that they are fine with it. However, the longer you leave them in the house, the harder…"
22 hours ago
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Dacia's discussion Quail had quintuplets in there.
"We have had kids in 18 degrees many times -- even below zero. The kids will be fine. You really need to leave the kids with her to see who will figure out how to nurse. And then work on supplementing. Did you notice some of the temperatures in…"
22 hours ago
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Dacia's discussion Quail had quintuplets in there.
"This is a  picture of one of my does after a c-section. The incision should be on the side of the abdomen, so nursing kids is not a problem. I wish the incision would show up better in the photo, but it's several inches long straight down…"
23 hours ago
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Dacia's discussion Quail had quintuplets in there.
"Why are the kids not nursing? "
23 hours ago
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Justin Hiduk's discussion New member plus a question
"Definitely check out the link Tammy posted because she does talk about the numbers in that podcast episode.  Tammy and I also both make and sell soap, and the first thing I'd suggest is that you learn how to make soap and then ask yourself…"
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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Emma's discussion Kidding Difficulties
"Looks like you and I posted at about the same time so I didn't see all of your questions. The BoSe bottle says it should not be used in pregnant ewes. It's labeled for sheep, but it's used in goats all the time because there…"
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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Emma's discussion Kidding Difficulties
"That does look like a doe that would be due in about a month, but she's not very wide, so probably only one or two again, especially since her belly isn't hanging down at all.  Purina and Sweetlix both have 50 ppm selenium, so either…"
Tuesday
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Emma's discussion Kidding Difficulties
"Just saw the photo after I posted my comment! Her black is such a beautiful dark black, if her copper is low, it shouldn't be too bad. It could be an issue with selenium since MannaPro is so low in selenium, and most of the soil and forage in…"
Monday
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Emma's discussion Kidding Difficulties
"Tammy did a great job of covering everything. Abortions and stillbirths are basically caused by two things -- disease or mineral deficiencies. If you had multiple does aborting, I'd be leaning more towards a disease, but in your situation, a…"
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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Dacia's discussion Pregnancy Toxemia
"That's a great explanation! Her eating (or not) is the test! Her going off feed is going to cause her to test positive for ketones -- not the other way around. There is nothing you can do to make her eat, and the ketones are not going to give…"
Jan 12
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Dacia's discussion Pregnancy Toxemia
"Sounds like she is doing great! As long as she is eating, she's good. The way ketosis works is that if she stops eating, her body will start to deplete its own energy reserves and that's what causes the ketones to spill into the urine.…"
Jan 12
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Dacia's discussion Pregnancy Toxemia
"I'm glad to hear you're feeling better! Just keep reminding yourself that the textbook, Goat Medicine, says that 95% of births go fine and need no assistance. So the odds are in your favor! "
Jan 9
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Dacia's discussion Pregnancy Toxemia
"If she is testing negative for ketones and is still eating, she doesn't have toxemia -- at least not now.  What you are describing is not bad at all. Sounds like it's no bigger than a thumb? I've had a doe do that, and she gave…"
Jan 9
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Dacia's discussion Pregnancy Toxemia
"And just to help you relax a little more, she does not look that big. And the behavior you described sounds totally normal for a doe at the end of pregnancy."
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Microchipping goats

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If you've ever thought about microchipping your goats, that is exactly what we talked about in yesterday's podcast episode:…Continue

Welcome to new group moderator

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Hi everyone!I want to introduce you to Tammy Gallagher who will be a group moderator and help me answer questions here. She has been a member of my Goats 365 membership program since the beginning…Continue

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I just wanted to let everyone know that my sixth book, Goats Giving Birth, is now available. And I also have a new…Continue

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At 5:31pm on January 6, 2020, Barbara Jean Rondine said…

Deborah,

My goats are not coming into heat,  neither yearlings. Anything I can do to start a heat? Their mother has just had a short heat last month

At 8:58pm on November 25, 2018, Barbara Jean Rondine said…

Another concern is that the mom has developed bumps,  like hives,  on the right side of her udder. She still milks nicely and is eating well.  I walk them in the snow and wonder if this could be an irritant,  but why on half of the udder? The twins are separated from her at night and then i milk the next morning and the kids are with her during the day.  Any ideas here?  We're pretty much without a goat vet here in Fairbanks,  AK.         Thanks,  Barb Rondine

At 8:51pm on November 25, 2018, Barbara Jean Rondine said…

Deborah,

Remember the quints born this summer ? I kept the two doelings and they are 6 months old now. For the past two weeks, or so, one of them has started mounting and vocalizing and nipping at the others and pesters them almost all the time.  She developed a beard and shaggy eyebrows by four months and is very dominant.

  1. Her mother is polled, as is she, and her father is horned. Any ideas to stop this behavior?  Thanks,  Barb Rondine
At 7:31pm on November 25, 2018, Barbara Jean Rondine said…
Deborah,
I've got problems with my kid and mom but can't figure out how to get to the forum page and you. Thanks for the info,
Barbara Rondine
At 1:35pm on November 3, 2016, Akinwale Atepe said…
Hello, Am Akinwale from Nigeria, we are planning on organizing an enlightenment program and training seminar on the first ever dairy goat farming in Nigeria. I wish to request for your partnership in terms of technical support since one of our choice animal is the Nigeria Dwarf Goat. We are expecting more than 200 prospective farmers to participate in the program. Hoping to hear from you soonest.
Regards. atepeakinwale@gmail.com.
At 5:32pm on May 12, 2016, Curtis said…
Figure I'd give you an update on my doe. I've been using Solgar Chelated Zinc Tablets for almost 2 weeks and it seems to have made very fast difference in her hair and skin. Crust is gone! I've been dosing one 22mg tablet a day in milk stand feed. Though I was doing Eprinex pour-on before, that only seemed to work so much. I feel Zinc deficiency can be precursor to allow a mite attack and/or mimic it in ways. A lady I purchased a buck from had a doe with same condition for two winters we both had in our doe. She started using Zinpro Pro Care and saw great improvement.
This should be a help for future goat people looking for help and answers!
At 12:37pm on March 2, 2016, Curtis said…
Thanks Deborah for the fast response! I concur with your thoughts on it being mites. I've picked up the Eprinex pour-on today and was planning on doing it tomorrow. Wondering what exactly you did to your girl. I was was going to do around 3ml down her back. How fast did you see results?

Few notes have your girls experience this before or recur in the same doe? Did her milk also cut back from symptoms of mites?
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??

Thanks!

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

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