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 Judy H's discussion Twitching/convulsing in my buck
"Glad he's doing better! When they get poisoned, it doesn't always have a happy ending."
12 hours ago
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Old Haunt Farm's discussion Introduction from Old Haunt Farm in NH
"Welcome to the group! Vermont is a beautiful place to have a farm!"
12 hours ago
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Tiffani Wilson's discussion Thin goat
"Goats are not great at regulating their body temp, which is why most books give a range rather than a solid number like 98.6 for humans. Usually their temp is about 101 to 103, although it can be as high as 104 in a healthy goats sometimes. So, you…"
16 hours ago
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Katharine Norton's discussion Tropical grassland management
"Goats are not the best grazers anyway. They prefer weeds and small bushes. It sounds like you've done what you could to utilize the grass. They say that the faster the grass grows, the quicker you should move them, so in  your case, maybe…"
18 hours ago
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Judy H's discussion Twitching/convulsing in my buck
"If he's not eating, drinking, walking around, and chewing his cud, I'd take him to the vet. This kind of behavior could be anything from poisoning with some type of neurotoxin to who knows what. Sorry I haven't been on here much. My…"
18 hours ago
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Tiffani Wilson's discussion Thin goat
"My Internet has been in and out (mostly out) yesterday and today, so I haven't been able to keep up with messages. This sounds like a sick goat, and I don't know why your vet wouldn't be concerned. That temp is too low, and personally…"
18 hours ago
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Judy H's discussion Twitching/convulsing in my buck
"Twitching makes me think of skin moving, but convulsing sounds more like the whole body. Can you describe it more? Could he have been stung by a bee or wasp or bitten by a snake? Does he have a fever? Can you hear rumen sounds? Are his eyelids pale?…"
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Ruth Goode's discussion vaccine reaction??
"I've never heard of a reaction that severe either. I'd probably toss the bottle. You never know if it was left unrefrigerated or somehow mishandled in the supply stream from manufacturer to store. As for the diarrhea, if you didn't do…"
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Emily Scherer's discussion Preparing kids and doe for their new homes
"If the kids have been nursing until the day they leave, I don't worry much about coccidia. I do tell the new owner that if they get diarrhea within the first 24 hours, it's probably just stress and should only last a few hours. If they get…"
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Emily Scherer's discussion Preparing kids and doe for their new homes
"I use one of the chemical dewormers. There is no magic bullet. You'll hear some people swearing that one is better than the others, sometimes Cydectin (moxidectin), but what works for them won't necessarily work for you, so you need to…"
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Ruben Castellanos's discussion Doe-kicking behaviour increases with milking machine
""Freshen" is just another way of asking when she gave birth, but freshen refers to the process of starting to produce milk rather than give birth. They do happen on the same day, so it's basically the same question. It's just the…"
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Emily Scherer's discussion Preparing kids and doe for their new homes
"I quit vaccinating about ten years ago, but if you are going to do it, you're really too late to get started and advertise the kids as fully vaccinated because you should do two shots, four weeks apart. If you want to vaccinate the does, the…"
Jul 29
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Kristi Stone's discussion Feeding alfalfa exclusively
"Too much calcium can cause zinc deficiency, but that doesn't usually happen with milkers. Our milkers get mostly alfalfa in the winter. A varied diet is always better because of the wide variety of nutrients."
Jul 28
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Trish's discussion Question yearly breeding.
"You just don't want the doe to give birth more than once a year. She only needs to be dried off for the last two months of pregnancy."
Jul 26
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Patty Meyer's discussion Our babies this year
"Congratulations! How cool that you have a vet that you know so well!"
Jul 26
Patty Meyer replied to Deborah Niemann-Boehle's discussion Week one weight gain
" Thanks, Deborah, and yes, I'll do that. :) "
Jul 25

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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

Started this discussion. Last reply by Rachel Griebenow Mar 6. 5 Replies

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

Started this discussion. Last reply by Trish Mar 8. 22 Replies

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 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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