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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Rebekah's discussion 2 Bucklings Available in NorCal
"I just thought I'd share the post I wrote a couple weeks ago about pet goats: If you do wind up posting them on Craigslist, you should price them at…"
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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Julia @Woody Glen Farm's discussion Question about confirmation
"The top picture looks more like she is pulling her head back. I wouldn't say she looks that bad in the second one. When kids are young, they go through all sorts of stages ... gorgeous, awkward, beautiful, questionable ... which is why it…"
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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Shannon Field's discussion When to intervene
"You have not described anything worrisome. Usually I say that if you're asking, then she's fine. There is USUALLY no question when a goat needs help. My philosophy is, if the goat is happy, I am happy. When is her due date?"
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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Laura Archuleta's discussion Hello from Colorado
"Welcome to the group! My daughter just moved to Fort Collins last week! "
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Marie Olson's discussion Getting a buckling!! Yay! Now, how to house..
"Here is an excerpt on rotational grazing from my book:"
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Marie Olson's discussion Getting a buckling!! Yay! Now, how to house..
"You do actually need multiple goat pens so that you can rotate them between pens. There are already some discussions on here about rotational grazing, and there is a lot about it in my book (Raising Goats Naturally). If you keep them in one single…"
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Juliana Goodwin's discussion Double dosing wormers
"I know they double the dose of Safeguard when treating meningeal worm, and that does not hurt the goat, but I do not know about other dewormers. If a regular dose is not killing the worms, it is unlikely that a higher dose would do it once you have…"
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Juliana Goodwin's discussion Double dosing wormers
"Cattle dosage is doubled for goats on everything except levasol (levamisole), which is only increased by 1.5 times. Yes, it is scary the first time you do it, but so far I have not heard of anyone having a problem with using 2-3 dewormers at one…"
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Paula Kirk's discussion Tetanus
"Some people would give a tetanus booster in this very situation, even if it was not due yet. So, there is no reason for you to delay giving it after an injury."
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Judy Asarkof's discussion Comments on late cut hay
"I generally keep looking and buy the best thing I can find. If this is the best you can find, then go for it. You can always add alfalfa pellets to increase nutrition in their diet, if necessary."
Jul 25
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Karen Espalin's discussion Newbie wondering if I should do what my vet says about coccidia
"If the goats do not have diarrhea and are not obviously ill, then I wouldn't worry about coccidia, especially since you have already treated with Corid. It is actually quite unusual for adults to have a problem with coccidiosis. There are…"
Jul 25
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Nicholas Windsor's discussion Cloudy Eye from cheat grass
"Some people will do that, but when it is just one distinct little spot like that, I don't."
Jul 25
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Karen Espalin's discussion Newbie wondering if I should do what my vet says about coccidia
"Wow! That is a lot to deal with right off the bat! I have never heard anyone recommend putting a coccidiostat in water for 21 days AFTER treating for coccidia. If the Corid worked, they do not need it in their water for 21 days. If the Corid did not…"
Jul 24
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Dee's discussion how much lespedeza...
"Only the sericea lespedeza has been studied."
Jul 24
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Dee's discussion how much lespedeza...
"There is no minimum requirement currently available. The research simply shows that the more lespedeza they eat, the fewer parasite problems they have. If they have a diet of almost exclusively eating lespedeza,they have almost zero parasite…"
Jul 24
Deborah Niemann-Boehle commented on Deborah Niemann-Boehle's photo

kid in coat

"It fits nice and snuggly without riding up from the back. The back is open, so you do not have to worry about poop. Although you do not have to worry about pee with doelings, you do have to make sure the penis is exposed on bucklings, which just…"
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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

Nutrients in weeds

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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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