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 Amanda's discussion Possible Eye Infection?? I'm new to goats please help
"When a goat gets an eye infection the eyeball turns blue. The eyelid should be red and means the goat is not anemic. A white eyelid is bad. Sounds like there is just too much dust -- perhaps in the hay or straw or if you live on a gravel road?"
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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Kristi Stone's discussion Detecting Heat Cycles
"Some does have silent heats, and it seems to be more common with younger does."
20 hours ago
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Katie L Zollinger's discussion Copper deficiency?
"Good catch, Julia! You would not give a doe supplemental iron if she had symptoms of copper deficiency."
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Katie L Zollinger's discussion Copper deficiency?
"Online, I usually get Copasure from Jeffer's.  I don't buy the Santa Cruz because they make claims that are not backed up by actual research, such as (1) the goats can't chew the bolus, and (2) their copper lasts a year.…"
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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Kristi Stone's discussion Detecting Heat Cycles
"When a doe is in heat, they also get kind of moody, so they start butting heads with other does. Other does might also mount the one that is in heat. If you don't have a buck, it's nice to have a wether with your does because he…"
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to James Tinker's discussion cut hoof in quick
"Remove the bandage immediately. There is one thing that has zero controversy -- you never bandage livestock injuries. It leads to infection. I know it sounds crazy, but I can't think of anything that has ever been bandaged. They don't even…"
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to James Tinker's discussion cut hoof in quick
"That is entirely up to you, as the whole topic of vaccines is somewhat controversial. Some people say that whenever there is any kind of cut or broken skin, you should do a booster. If the goat isn't vaccinated, you'd give the antitoxin…"
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Judy H's discussion buying teat cups
"I have the ND inflations from Hoegger, and I've never had a problem with them working. I'd imagine they're similar to the ones Caprine sells."
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Julia @Woody Glen Farm's discussion Clumpy poo-- brown stomach worm?
"It could still be worms, if it's been a few weeks since you gave her the COWP. Clumpy poop is usually either worms or too much grain, and I know you wouldn't be purposely giving her too much grain. Any chance she accidentally got into it?…"
Aug 24
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Julia @Woody Glen Farm's discussion Clumpy poo-- brown stomach worm?
"You could try COWP first. That's what I usually do if a doe has mild symptoms of parasites."
Aug 24
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Katharine Norton's discussion Tropical grassland management
"You really should try to keep them off a piece of land for about 6 weeks minimum to avoid parasite issues, but if they aren't eating the grass shorter than 6 inches, that also helps. The larvae don't have a means of locomotion, but they…"
Aug 22
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Barbara Jean Rondine's discussion ilking issues and weaning
"Once you get the hang of milking, it will take less than five minutes per goat. You are asking a LOT for a goat to stand still for 45 minutes! Even if you meant that it is 45 minutes total for two goats, that's still more than 20 minutes per…"
Aug 20
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Bev Sieminski, Winding Rvr Farm's discussion Adorable bottle baby
"Awesome! Those little ones always steal your heart."
Aug 20
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Stacy Casperson's discussion Newbie! ND vs Alpine/Nubian cross?
"You should ask to try the milk from this goat for yourself. It tastes quite a bit different, and my children didn't like it. However, some people do."
Aug 19
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to The Fen's discussion polled doe with no kids but with milk
"If people know a little bit about polled goats, they sometimes make a lot of incorrect assumptions. The only thing polled has to do with fertility is that if you breed polled to polled, you have a higher rate of hermaphrodites, and if a goat is a…"
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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

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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

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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.

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.

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