Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats

for people who love the littlest dairy goats

Deborah Niemann-Boehle
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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Old Haunt Farm's discussion Early Labor: When do I go out to the barn??!!
"Day 138 would be pretty early, but if you're there, the kids could make it. We had some a bit earlier than that one time, and they were not able to stand for the first day or two, and mama didn't have any milk, so we had to bottle-feed…"
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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Rachel Griebenow's discussion My buck is acting weak and lethargic - what could be wrong?
"Considering how mean goats are to each other, it's amazing they don't all wind up with injuries. Many years ago I had a doe that wound up paralyzed because of a spinal cord injury. She eventually learned to walk balanced on her front legs…"
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Stephanie's discussion First Freshener at 8 years old
"That's really sad and unfortunate. Do you have a good goat vet? How much are you willing to spend if she has problems? I just spent $1100 on one doe last month and $500 on another one last week who had kidding problems -- and they were healthy…"
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Stephanie's discussion First Freshener at 8 years old
"I normally don't breed my does to kid beyond 10 years of age. However, I would not take an 8-year-old first freshener if someone wanted to give it to me. It might do okay, but yes, there is a higher risk for potential problems. I have never met…"
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Naomi D'Andrea's discussion How hungry is too hungry?
"There is definitely a difference in what kind of hay our goats will eat in the middle of January and what they will eat in the summer. If they were eating that hay all winter, it's unlikely that they'll starve themselves. They're just…"
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Rachel Griebenow's discussion My buck is acting weak and lethargic - what could be wrong?
"If it was goat polio, he'd be dead by now without thiamine injections. If he can't pee, it's urinary calculi. If you have time to stick around and watch him, that would be a great idea to be sure he is able to pee normally. UC will…"
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Judy Metcalf's discussion Need help with my little buckling
"Having him with his mother is a great idea. When they're not feeling well, nursing is the best thing for them, so hopefully he is at least nursing."
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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Naomi D'Andrea's discussion How hungry is too hungry?
"I'm surprised you have received half a dozen comments on this! It's typical. Contrary to the idea that "goats eat anything," they are actually quite picky. Is the hay quality good? Is it green? If it's not great hay, that…"
Apr 23
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Rachel Griebenow's discussion Why would my dry doe develop a lopsided udder?
"If she got bred in February, she might not look pregnant yet. They say a goat should be at least 3 weeks before you try diagnosing pregnancy with an ultrasound. If your vet told you that it's possible to miss a pregnancy, then I'd assume…"
Apr 23
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Rachel Griebenow's discussion My buck is acting weak and lethargic - what could be wrong?
"Were you able to get his temperature? Have you seen him pee?"
Apr 23
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Judy Metcalf's discussion Need help with my little buckling
"I've never had this surgery done as it would cost more than I could sell a wether for in this area, so I don't have any experience with this. Sorry to hear that he's taking awhile to recover, but I think you did the right thing by…"
Apr 23
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Glenna Rose's discussion Birth Announcements - Happy!
"Congratulations! You certainly deserve to have a happy birth! You are seriously overdue!"
Apr 21
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Wendi Gunter's discussion Soft Hooves
"That sounds great! You can learn a lot from your goats by looking them over regularly."
Apr 20
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Judy Metcalf's discussion Thanks to everyone
"Thank you! That's great to hear. It's why I started this group."
Apr 20
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Myra Isaac's discussion 2 bucks and 2 does born so far this year!
"That makes a lot more sense. Thanks for explaining."
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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??


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 :)


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
At 7:15am on December 8, 2015, Jenny Mansheim said…

Dear Deborah,

I just purchased and read your new book titled, "Just Kidding". I have to say, as I read your book, tears streamed down my face as I remembered all of the times I too have had uncommon births, other goat related problems or deaths.  

Your honesty about your emotions, your second guessing your self, talking to your self, wondering if you should have done any thing differently, feeling guilty, wanting to get rid of your animals to save your self heartache in the future, all these things hit home with me. I have had goats since 2007 and I can relate to all of those feelings. 

I find it comforting to know that others share the same emotions, thoughts and feelings. and that I am not alone in my thought process or how I have felt in times of a crisis.  I have never had any goat mentors or goat friends who lived close, but I have been severely blessed to find an awesome vet office who has two female vets who are two of the best vets I have had the pleasure of taking my animals too.  Every time I bring an animal their they are so encouraging, uplifting and reassuring of my care for my animals.  Having someone in a time of crisis or having someone to talk to is such a great help when it comes to animal care.  Sometimes we all need a sounding board or just reassurance that we have done all we know to do. 

Thank you for your new book. It was an honor to read.  I an grateful for your honesty, insight and willingness to sit down and take the time to write so that others can be blessed by your experiences and words. Thank you.

At 9:25pm on November 11, 2015, Ann Fuller said…

Well, I can't find the link to the webinar.  So I wasn't able to get it. So sorry I missed it.


Ann Fuller

At 9:12pm on November 11, 2015, Ann Fuller said…

Hello Deborah,   The webinar has been on for 11 minutes and I'm having trouble getting in.  I did pay and received my link to the webinar and left it on the screen and then my computer froze and I cannot find the link to the webinar anymore.  I know you are running the webinar now, but I would appreciate some help if you have someone who could send me the link again.  Thank you

Ann Fuller

At 4:33pm on November 11, 2015, Ann Fuller said…

I'm definitely attending, but can't figure out how I pay.  I've clicked around on everything and can't find a place to make my payment.

Ann Fuller

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 .

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