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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Leah Jane's discussion Lots of dandruff
"Copper would have been my first guess, but if a bolus didn't help, then I'd say zinc. Losing hair on the face is usually caused by copper deficiency, but dandruff is usually zinc. The only two reasons I've heard of for zinc deficiency…"
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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Judy H's discussion What Grain do you feed your does?
"It is worth noting that the feed companies do a lot of marketing directly to veterinarians. "The grain companies" do not have it all down because if they did, they would all have at least 35 ppm copper, and they don't. Commercial…"
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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Judy H's discussion What Grain do you feed your does?
"I currently feed the Dumor Sweet Feed for goats because it has 35-40 ppm copper. I used to feed Purina for the same reason but switched to the Dumor because it's a couple dollars a bag less. After having many problems with copper deficiency, I…"
Thursday
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Rebecca solomon's discussion Crusty bumpy legs
"That sounds like lice eggs, if they are stuck to the hair rather than the skin."
Thursday
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to WorkingGoats4's discussion DE?
"Well, it is true that there could be worms even though she didn't see any eggs in the fecal, but that's irrelevant in this situation. Actually, all goats have some worms, and that's okay. I had a vet professor at U of I tell me 10…"
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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to polly jackson's discussion How many days do your does usually go before kidding?
"That's pretty funny -- 147 is the average for NDs. Almost every one of my does kids at 147 +/- 2 days. Maybe one out of ten does will kid outside that window. In 12 years I've only had 2 does kid after 150 days. Standard goats tend to go…"
Wednesday
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Judy H's discussion Fishtail?
"I would not be surprised to hear a vet say that a goat was "okay" (or not) simply because most vets don't have much real experience with goats. To be fair, being a vet is a very hard job because they have to treat so many different…"
Wednesday
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Debra Walter's discussion Breeding
"That is a really huge question. I actually teach a 2-3 hour class answering your question, so it isn't something that can be summed up in a couple of sentences. There are also a lot of old discussions on here about kidding, including what to…"
Wednesday
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to WorkingGoats4's discussion DE?
"It is hard to believe that she saw the fecals with her own eyes and told you that you needed to start using  a dewormer on a schedule. Obviously she has not read the research. :( The latest research says that you should NOT use a dewormer…"
Wednesday
Beverley Sieminski replied to Deborah Niemann-Boehle's discussion yogurt maker
"Thanks Deborah - of course the culture is different.  I didn't even think about that.    I only use the one store bought yogurt that I have had good results from if I need a starter and don't have any on hand.  …"
Tuesday
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Judy H's discussion Fishtail?
"Sounds like you are doing everything you can at this point. I'd agree that you shouldn't give the BoSe if you have the Se available free choice. Sounds like they needed to catch up in the beginning but are now in good shape with that. Are…"
Tuesday
Deborah Niemann-Boehle left a comment for Jennifer Simons
"Happy birthday! Haven't heard from you in awhile. I hope everyone is doing well!"
Tuesday
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Judy H's discussion Fishtail?
"I just uploaded a picture of a doe that's copper deficient: http://nigeriandwarfgoats.ning.com/photo/copper-deficient-doe As for Honey, what about selenium? Goats low on selenium will also have fertility issues. Some people do BoSe shots (Rx),…"
Tuesday
Deborah Niemann-Boehle posted a photo

copper deficient doe

This is a picture of a 10-year-old that has three symptoms of being copper deficient. This picture was taken on May 23, and she should have shed her winter coat by then, but it's obviously still hanging on. Also her coat is normally very red. Note…
Tuesday
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Judy H's discussion Fishtail?
"That is not a copper-deficiency fishtail. In cases of copper deficiency, the goat basically sheds a lot of its hair on the tip of its tail and also on its face. The hair loss on the tip of the tail winds up making it look like the goat has a fish…"
Tuesday
Linda Foley replied to Deborah Niemann-Boehle's discussion yogurt maker
"I never had my goats milk tested, but I know the butterfat goes up as the lactation continues. The last milking from my little Niggie's milk was half and half. I let it sit for a few days and you could see the cream separation... totally…"
Tuesday

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Here are a few gift ideas for the goat lovers in your life!All of these items are available at Amazon, and when you click on the link and purchase the items, the group will earn a very small…Continue

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Here is an excellent resource for determining body condition in your goats. It is so challenging to describe how to determine body condition, and this PDF includes drawings and pictures with the…Continue

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Can goats balance their nutrient needs?

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Can animals intuitively balance their diets? Earlier studies in this area said no, even though many organic and grassfed cattle producers have sworn by cafeteria-style minerals for a very long time.…Continue

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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.

At 8:01pm on May 17, 2014, Lyn Adams said…
Hey Deborah, I'd think your opinion on this, a member needs to find a home for her two withers. Do you think it would be a problem if I took them in, right now I have 4 , I was just concerned about them all being together . Can you help?
At 7:55pm on May 7, 2014, Dave Marschang said…

sorry deb just seen the message about reporting the spam to you, but cant find it anymore.

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