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 Possible Scurs?
"It's really tough to figure out what I'm seeing in the pictures because there's no depth. Your description sounds like scurs. Once the scabs fall off, they should be flat. If you want to reburn them, however, it needs to be done ASAP,…"
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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Mary's discussion I am new to Nigerian goats and i was wondering about there breeding
"Here is a gestation calculator. Be sure to click on "Miniature Breeds" --"
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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Trish's discussion Opinions and experience advice needed
"We have had as many as nine bucks together with no problems. However, all of our bucks are either disbudded or polled. Having horned and non-horned animals together makes me nervous. There is no problem leaving a buck with mom for two months. I…"
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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Jabe Thomas's discussion Salt Lick vs. Loose Minerals
"A good goat mineral will have about 1500 ppm copper. Sweetlix Meat Maker is one that has that much."
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Bethany Wilks's discussion Seeking Advice on my Upcoming Doe purchase
"Congratulations! It shouldn't be much of a challenge to switch them to hand milking. Do you already know how to milk? If not, that would be the challenge for you."
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Michelle Anderson's discussion Newbie deciding on goats...
"If you are not interested in breeding at this time, starting with a couple of wethers is ideal. They're easy keepers, as they only need pasture and browse with grass hay in winter. They don't stink like bucks, and they don't get…"
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Marie Olson's discussion Pain in the butt buck, advice needed.
"I'd suggest getting a dam-raised buck next time, which means he was raised by his mother exclusively. When bucks are bottle-fed, they have an identity crisis and don't know how to relate to humans. Temple Grandin says that males that are…"
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Marie Olson's discussion Pain in the butt buck, advice needed.
"If he was bottle-fed, that's the problem. I really don't like bottle-fed bucks. I used to have one who truly thought I was his girlfriend."
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Marie Olson's discussion Pain in the butt buck, advice needed.
"Sounds like typical bottle-fed buck behavior. They don't know they're a goat. The other possible problem would be that they played with him roughly when he was younger. Someone else on here had a goat start butting her when he was a couple…"
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Myra Isaac's discussion Under weight does
"I've purchased a 1-pound bag of wormwood from Frontier Coop in the past, although I know there are other places online where you can purchase herbs in bulk. Much cheaper that way! Let us know what kind of results you have."
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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Rachel Payne's discussion Yogurt Help
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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Dion Walters's discussion diseases
"Meningeal worm and some types of lung worm use deer as an intermediate host. It really is not that big of a deal for goats -- and if you don't also have snails, it's not a problem. Those particular worms need BOTH deer and snails to…"
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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Myra Isaac's discussion Under weight does
"I top dress the COWP with adults on the milk stand. Just sprinkle it on the grain. Research has shown no difference in top dressing or bolusing. I only bolus for small kids because they don't want to eat when they're separated from…"
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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Myra Isaac's discussion Under weight does
"How much copper did you give the does?"
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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Myra Isaac's discussion Under weight does
"Copper binds with sulfur, iron, and molybdenum. Sulfur and iron can be in well water. Molybdenum can be high in alfalfa but isn't always high enough to be a problem. Plus it depends on what percentage of the diet is alfalfa. It's not…"
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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

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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

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 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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