Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats

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Deborah Niemann-Boehle
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  • Cornell, IL
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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Patty Meyer's discussion Soap Color?
"I think your soap looks great! I got lucky with the lavender -- when I was new to soapmaking, someone told me that she had tried using lavender flowers in soap, and she said it looked like it had brown bugs in it! So, I've never tried that one.…"
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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Patty Meyer's discussion Soap Color?
"I only added honey to soap once, and it was about ten or eleven years ago, so I don't remember the color. I do remember the rising up like a cake and the tunnel. Someone told me that it was because I used too much honey. Sorry I don't…"
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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Patty Meyer's discussion Soap Color?
"It depends on how much honey you used. It will still turn into soap, but ... might not be pretty. Did it rise up like a cake? If so, that means you used too much honey, and it overheated. There might be a tunnel through the middle of the loaf when…"
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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Julieanne Cook's discussion Milking Through?
"It's probably a new idea to her, especially for commercial dairies, which usually freshen every 12 months like clockwork. However, we bought a Jersey that came from a dairy, and when I look at their milk records, I see that they only freshen…"
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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Julieanne Cook's discussion Milking Through?
"Since Nigerians are so popular now, I think it's actually great that we don't have to breed them every year. Especially if you just have them for the milk, it's great to be able to just keep milking and not have to worry about selling…"
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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Julieanne Cook's discussion Milking Through?
"I thought of a couple more things to add ... one thing I don't like about milking through is that it is so NOT stressful on the doe's body that they usually get a little overweight, and then it usually takes multiple heat cycles and…"
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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Kathie Branam's discussion New To Goats. second time freshener acting strange, Can she be going into labor?
"Big Goo is usually a good sign that she is actually going to give birth within the next few hours. Going into the stall with her is probably not enough of a stress to stop her labor, and usually, it's not stopped forever. The only thing that…"
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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Kathie Branam's discussion New To Goats. second time freshener acting strange, Can she be going into labor?
"I wouldn't necessarily say she is in labor, but she is getting closer. When a doe isn't very friendly, I just go in there and sit down on the straw, and she can come up to me as much or as little as she wants. When the kids are born, I…"
Wednesday
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Julieanne Cook's discussion Milking Through?
"It's not a new concept at all. We milk through here. I have one doe that's been in milk now for two years, and I had another one that finished a two year lactation last year. I've had some others than milked for a year and a half,…"
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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Rachel Payne's discussion How Old is TOO Old to be a FF?
"I wouldn't breed her. The oldest I've ever heard of people breeding is for the doe to kid at age 4. I did that once, and it didn't work out well. The doe wound up with raging mastitis the first time I separated her from her kids at…"
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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Elaine Caton, Madeline and Iris's discussion FF Quads
"That's completely normal. A bottle is not natural for them, so you have to teach them. You basically have to pry open their mouth, stick the nipple in there and hold their mouth shut until they learn. In the beginning you might just be waiting…"
Wednesday
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Deborah Niemann-Boehle's discussion mucous before kidding
"When it's a string a few inches long and as thick as your thumb, that's something to pay attention to. "
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Phebe replied to Deborah Niemann-Boehle's discussion mucous before kidding
"Her skin is pink, so it's difficult to see. She was also very uncooperative with me. There was about a dime size of cream colored mucous this morning. Tonight there is none. Her udder is getting some shape, but nothing like the "oh my…"
Wednesday
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to James Tinker's discussion Worms, disease and flooding
"Ditto on everything Patty said. As for meningeal worm and snails or slugs ... I've lost almost all of my llamas (4 of 6) to meningeal worm, and I have never seen a snail or slug. You have to have both deer and snails/slugs in your pasture for…"
Wednesday
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Rachel Payne's discussion Triplet Baby Pics
"So sorry to hear about Coraline. We had a doe die from mastitis, and I was also super confused and thinking it was hypocalcemia at first. Her udder never felt hot or anything. It was only because I had a necropsy done that I knew what happened.…"
Wednesday
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Deborah Niemann-Boehle's discussion mucous before kidding
"It totally depends on how much. I don't see any in the picture. "
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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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