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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Jabe Thomas's discussion I'm Selling a Goat... Help
"I don't wean does or wethers until the day they are sold. I see no point in putting them the stress of weaning and then the stress of going to a new home. I don't think any of my goats have ever had any problems because of this. Actually…"
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Julia @Woody Glen Farm's discussion Coccidiosis over and over. Advice for keeping kids feet out of feeders?
"I know it sounds crazy, but keeping the barn clean (when they have to stay inside) really is the key. When a more experienced person first told me that, I thought she was crazy! It's a barn! But throwing down more straw daily was the only thing…"
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Julia @Woody Glen Farm's discussion Coccidiosis over and over. Advice for keeping kids feet out of feeders?
"Ditto on what Marin said about milk withdrawal and Corid, if your milkers will have access to that water. Until I figured out how to control coccidia with environmental strategies, I wound wind up just dosing every kid as soon as one would get it.…"
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Julia @Woody Glen Farm's discussion Coccidiosis over and over. Advice for keeping kids feet out of feeders?
"What you're experiencing is pretty common. If one kid gets it, the rest get it. Once kids spend most of their days outside, problems with coccidia seem to go down. In the barn, I just make sure that there is no exposed poop. I add a little…"
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Margie McCoy at River Dance Farm's discussion Sprague River Oregon Fire
"So scary! Most of us never have to think about how we would evacuate our whole farm, but we really should have a plan. You never know when you might find yourself in that kind of situation. Glad you're all okay! "
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Katie Krohn's discussion New in Kansas
"They might be pygmy and ND crosses. The colors are ND, but the body type is more pygmy. They are more cobby than dairy."
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Patty Meyer's discussion Hay Quandary
"It was very expensive, and it is very well digested, and the doelings from that summer wound up very leggy. Thankfully, none of them went overheight, but they look out of proportion because their legs are so long. I thought they were overheight…"
Jul 16
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Beverley Sieminski's discussion Ivermectin reaction - has anyone had one with their babies??
"I can't recall ever hearing of a goat having a reaction to ivermectin when given orally. Some react so violently to it when injected that a lot of people mistake it for a seizure."
Jul 15
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Scarlett Salamone's discussion Finally Have Corid - Help with Dosing Please
"We don't dilute it at all, and we give 1 cc per 25#. Basically when you dilute it, 3 ounces of the total 19 ounces is Corid, so we're reducing the dosage accordingly, so we're giving about 1/6 of the diluted dose. When giving such a…"
Jul 15
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Patty Meyer's discussion Hay Quandary
"I know the feeling and am starting to wonder what we'll be doing because we are having the same problem. Two years ago, I ordered Chaffhaye but don't really want to do that again."
Jul 15
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Julia @Woody Glen Farm's discussion Doe has worms I can see!
"Yes. Just responded. "
Jul 15
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Julia @Woody Glen Farm's discussion Doe has worms I can see!
"It won't hurt the kids directly to have the milk. After all, if the kids had worms, you could give them those dewormers. However, there is a small amount of the drug in the milk, so if you give it to kids, any worms in their bodies could become…"
Jul 14
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Rebekah's discussion Re-disbud?
"At only three weeks of age, I might redo it, especially on the doe. Could you post pics? I am wondering if you really did a half decent job or missed the boat and are getting horn growth. We sometimes don't even disbud does until three weeks,…"
Jul 13
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Scarlett Salamone's discussion Kid with Runny Stool
"Be sure to read the dosing instructions on the bottle. Liquid is not measured in mg. Maybe he or you meant ml, which is the same as cc? If so, 30 is a huge amount to get into a kid. That's an ounce! If you are getting the 16 ounce bottle, it…"
Jul 11
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Scarlett Salamone's discussion Kid with Runny Stool
"They say the medicated feed is only for prevention, not treatment, but I think that depends on how bad of a case the kid has, as well as its own immune system. I have started kids on medicated feed after they got diarrhea, and it has cleared up, so…"
Jul 9

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Using DE as a dewormer

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Here is an article that summarizes many of the studies done on the use of diatomaceous earth (DE) as a dewormer:…Continue

Tags: DE, parasites, worms

Week one weight gain

Started this discussion. Last reply by Myra Isaac Feb 20. 3 Replies

People have asked about newborn weight gain in the past, and I've said multiple times that I want to keep track of a kids' weights at some point, but I never got around to it ... until now! Actually…Continue

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Next time a new member talks about ripping up the weeds in their pasture and planting grass, we need to point them to this study:…Continue

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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.

At 7:04am on March 6, 2014, Donna Peck said…

Hi Deborah! Thanks for the welcome. It's good to know that there are people in our corner of the world who are also Nigerian Dwarf owners/enthusiasts! Thank you.

At 7:21pm on February 15, 2014, Juliana Goodwin said…

Hi Deborah I am so sorry!!  I hardly ever use that gmail account anymore and I haven't seen any of this until just now. 

Thank you for letting me know about Lizzie's buck- I am regretfully going to have to pass on him though.  I really had my heart set on the Charlotte buck...I hope I didn't hold you up in advertising him.  I will just forfeit my deposit in case there was any inconvenience in my slow reply.  thanks so much for letting me know.

At 10:44pm on October 26, 2013, Glenna Rose said…

Thank you so much for the link, Deborah!  I already posted it on facebook where my "friends" are already familiar with the antics of mine.  Drug-fighting goats rock!

At 8:06pm on October 8, 2013, Myra Isaac said…
Yes, I'm a Kansas girl! :) I would love to meet you as well!! We're about 5.5 hours from Lawrence in the southwest corner of the state so it's a bit of a drive.

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