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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Margaret Langley's discussion Can a goat be morbidly obese instead of pregnant!
"No, it's not really fat. A goat can have a belly like that and even be underweight. They've just lost their girlish figure from having a few too many kids. "
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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Margaret Langley's discussion Can a goat be morbidly obese instead of pregnant!
"Phebe, you can add a picture by clicking on the second box in the "compose" window where you write your response. When you mouse over the second box -- next to the one that says "link" -- it will say "image." Do you…"
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Phebe commented on Deborah Niemann-Boehle's video
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Is this goat pregnant?

"Nicely done! My husband instantly thought my overweight doe was pregnant when we purchased her. She is just a little fat. Great video!"
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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Judy H's discussion Spent Brewers Grain
"I don't know anyone who feeds it to goats, but I know plenty of people who feed it to chickens and pigs. Like any grain, I'd be concerned about feeding it to dry does because of them getting overweight and bucks because of the risk of…"
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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Julia @Woody Glen Farm's discussion Breeding question: 2 bucks bred my doe
"Yes, I did the test, and it turned out that her dad was the same as her brother. And now three of my bucks have their DNA on file, so if they break through another fence, at least I don't have to test them again. "
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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Krystal Keiser's discussion Need help adding NDG's to our 4H Show
"That's great! It's a sanctioned ADGA show with all of the various classes and everything in place. "
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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Krystal Keiser's discussion Need help adding NDG's to our 4H Show
"It should go without saying, but Krystal, please do NOT show that Oregon club's fair book to your fair committee. There are some groups that get it right. Really, it should not be any more complicated than showing them the ADGA and AGS…"
Thursday
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Krystal Keiser's discussion Need help adding NDG's to our 4H Show
"Aaack!!! Well, that wouldn't be the first time that a 4-H show was messed up. It is so sad that some of them can get it so completely wrong. The meat goat people would laugh their heads off at that one. I've even heard of meat trucks that…"
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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Julia @Woody Glen Farm's discussion Breeding question: 2 bucks bred my doe
"Rachel's comment jogged my memory. I was also able to avoid testing in the past because when I had a question, the doeling popped out with blue eyes or was polled, and since I only had one buck that was blue eyed or polled, that meant he was…"
Thursday
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Krystal Keiser's discussion Need help adding NDG's to our 4H Show
"NDs and pygmies are NOT at all closely related in terms of showing. A pygmy would get dead last in a ND class, and vice versa. NDs are a dairy breed. Pygmies were originally a meat breed before people started wanting them for pets, but their body…"
Thursday
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Julia @Woody Glen Farm's discussion Breeding question: 2 bucks bred my doe
"I avoided doing this for years -- and I was able to because the doe always had bucks, so I just wethered them and sold them as pets. But two years ago a doe gave birth to a doeling! Assuming your goats are registered with ADGA, you contact them and…"
Thursday
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Judy Asarkof's discussion Housing question
"Good point, Rachel! My 3-sided shelters are open to the south. We get winds from the north and the west during the winter."
Nov 18
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Judy Asarkof's discussion Housing question
"If there is only a small door and no window or door on the other side of the coop, you won't get a draft. My bucks and dry does live in 3-sided shelters all winter."
Nov 18
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Beverley Sieminski's discussion Using selenium free choice
"If you have a Fertrell dealer in your area, they can get it for you, if they don't normally carry it. That's where I get it. They have a dealer look-up on their website."
Nov 12
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Beverley Sieminski's discussion Using selenium free choice
"I also have free choice kelp available, but not yeast. Goats love kelp. They tend to eat a lot when you first put it out, but with time, they slow down their consumption."
Nov 11
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Beverley Sieminski's discussion Using selenium free choice
"I switched from BoSe injections to free choice selenium three or four years ago, and it's going great. Livers show mid-range selenium levels, rather than borderline low, and there was no reduction in fertility when switching from BoSe…"
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body condition

Started this discussion. Last reply by Scarlett Salamone Nov 9. 4 Replies

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

Tags: weight, skinny, fat

Can goats balance their nutrient needs?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Julia @Woody Glen Farm Aug 28. 1 Reply

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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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

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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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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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