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"Since tetanus enters the body through a wound, did they find a wound? Diagnosing tetanus is rather challenging, although goats do suffer severe rigidity of muscles when they have it, and that looks pretty peculiar. Goat Medicine says, "There…"
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"BoSe is the name of an injectable selenium and vitamin E supplement that is available by prescription from a vet. It is much more concentrated than the oral selenium gel supplements, which is an incredibly low dosage. If you really have a selenium…"
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"Ditto on everything Rachel said. I just wanted to add that the difference between registered and unregistered shouldn't be 10X -- unless they practically gave you the goats. Registered NDs usually start at $300. For $500, you should be able to…"
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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Susan Peach's discussion Hay - free choice or ration?
"Good point, Rose! I know some people prefer to feed their goats 3-4 times per day rather than putting it all out at once because the goats seem to waste less that way."
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"What a challenging situation!"
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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Glenna Rose's discussion Sickly newborn doeling
"So sad! Let us know what happens."
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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Freddy wright's discussion 9 week old goat little worms in poop
"The only worms that can be seen in poop with the naked eye are tapeworms. TSC has Safeguard for goats, which works for tapeworms, but it must be given at 2X the labeled dosage for 3 days in a row. This is ONLY the dosage for tapeworms. It kills…"
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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Glenna Rose's discussion Sickly newborn doeling
"When they gave it to kids that were born via a c-section at U of I, it was something tiny like .1 cc or .2. They used an insulin syringe because the quantity was so small."
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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Glenna Rose's discussion Sickly newborn doeling
"If she's improving from sugar being absorbed through her mucus membranes but can't seem to digest colostrum, it sounds like something is wrong with her digestive tract. "
Oct 21
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Glenna Rose's discussion Sickly newborn doeling
"Two things that immediately come to mind ... all the pieces and parts are not quite put together correctly or selenium deficiency. There's nothing you can do if it's the former, but if it's the latter, a BoSe injection might help. Let…"
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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Susan Peach's discussion Hay - free choice or ration?
"Gotcha! Sounds like goat feed here. And I agree with Rachel that free choice is fine for hay."
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"Hi Freddy! The best thing for a goat is goat's milk, but if you don't have any, you can use goat milk replacer or cow's milk from the store. When you have a question like this, it's best to post in the "Forum."…"
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Can goats balance their nutrient needs?

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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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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 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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