Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats

for people who love the littlest dairy goats

Deborah Niemann-Boehle
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  • Cornell, IL
  • United States
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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Harris Family Farm's discussion Housing Buck with Rams
"We have Shetland sheep, and years ago, they were with the goats at various times. They pretty much ignored each other for the most part. However, Shetlands and NDs are about the same size and both pretty mellow. I'm not sure I'd want a…"
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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Cherissa Woudenberg's discussion Having trouble selling goat!!
"You might also see if there is a livestock for sale group on Facebook for your area. For example, I belong to a Facebook group for LaSalle County Farm-something. (Sorry, can't remember the exact name, but you get the idea.) Also, post an ad on…"
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Rachel Payne's discussion Early Abortion
"Wow! That's a lot of blood! Years ago, we had a lot of goats aborting, and I never had one with that much blood. Trying to figure this out can sometimes be like looking for a needle in a haystack. Back when it happened to us, knowledge about…"
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Cherissa Woudenberg's discussion Having trouble selling goat!!
"I just received an email about this new site: I have no idea how it works. I just learned about it myself."
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Cherissa Woudenberg's discussion Having trouble selling goat!!
"There was a pretty long discussion on places to advertise goats for sale a few months ago. As I recall, there were a lot of suggestions. A website doesn't usually help a lot unless you're a fairly well known breeder and people are looking…"
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Myra Isaac's discussion Linear Appraisal Scores Explained
"This website has a pretty good explanation of it: It's based on a scale of 0 to 100, so a "poor" goat would have a score of 59 and less. The highest scores I've ever seen are in the low 90s,…"
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Jabe Thomas's discussion Wether Health Care Question
"His face actually doesn't look that bad, and his coat does not look faded, so if his tail is fine, I wouldn't think it's copper deficiency. Plus he's a wether so has zero demands on his body compared to a breeding animal. Could…"
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Rachel Payne's discussion Early Abortion
"They say that pine trees can cause abortions, but I've known plenty of people who live in areas with pine trees and have no problems. However, the possibility of eating something is a possibility.  Was it a lot of blood? I had a doe with a…"
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Jabe Thomas's discussion Wether Health Care Question
"That is usually a sign of copper deficiency, but it's very strange to see that in a wether. They are usually very easy keepers. Is the tip of his tail nice and bushy?"
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Emily's discussion Day 152, Still on labor watch.
"Definitely, keep working on this! Feel free to milk it out completely. The kids are probably avoiding it because it's hard. Just keep sticking them under there, and in the meantime, milk it out if necessary to keep it producing. You could wind…"
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Emily's discussion Day 152, Still on labor watch.
"Congratulations! Birth is my favorite part of having goats! It's usually quite the adrenaline rush!"
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Judy H's discussion bleeding1 week after birth
"That doesn't sound like a problem, but it is so hard to communicate this type of info via writing. Years ago, a vet professor told me that if a goat is eating, drinking, chewing its cud, and walking around, don't get too excited (worried).…"
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Judy Asarkof's discussion What in my water is causing copper antagonism??
"Ditto on the molybdenum! Alfalfa can be high in molybdenum. I don't recall what type of hay you have, but that could be the issue."
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Emily's discussion Day 152, Still on labor watch.
"Sorry to hear she's giving you fits. I've only had a couple of ND does ever go past 150 days, so this is certainly unusual. As for that third picture ... pictures can be deceiving, and we don't always see what we think we see, but if…"
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Donna Peck's discussion FF Won't Let Down Her Milk
"You're doing great! If you didn't separate the mom from the kids, she probably doesn't have much, if any, milk, depending upon when the kids last nursed. So, there is no problem with her letting down her milk. There just isn't…"
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Donna Peck's discussion FF Won't Let Down Her Milk
"What you're doing sounds great! However, we need more info. In addition to Rachel's question, I'm wondering, how old are the kids? "

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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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Started this discussion. Last reply by Myra Isaac Feb 3. 9 Replies

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

Is my goat pregnant?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Phebe Jan 10. 1 Reply

For those of you wondering if your goat is pregnant, I just wrote this blog post, complete with a photo quiz and a video!…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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