Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats

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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Jan DeBrie's discussion Nigerians eat rabbit poop?
"Some years I have given raspberry leaves to my pregnant does and some years I have not, and I have never seen a difference between kidding ease from one year to the next. The bottom line with NDs is that they tend to be very easy kidders, and they…"
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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Judy Asarkof's discussion Disbudding - tips or rounded areas
"This is the picture from Raising Goats Naturally. The arrow points at the hair swirl on the horn bud."
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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Judy Asarkof's discussion Disbudding - tips or rounded areas
"This is a polled doeling at 8 weeks. "
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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Judy Asarkof's discussion Disbudding - tips or rounded areas
" This is a picture of polled kid's head. It's a little blurry, which is why I couldn't use it in the book, but you see how his hair all seems to be sticking straight up?"
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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Judy Asarkof's discussion Disbudding - tips or rounded areas
"I would not count on a vet to know simply because he is a vet. I sold a polled goat to someone whose vet told her that the doe would grown horns when she more than a year old!  Apparently he did not know that polled goats even existed. A horned…"
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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Jan DeBrie's discussion Nigerians eat rabbit poop?
"I never say never when it comes to goat behavior, but I am having a really hard time imagining goats eating poop. Most of them won't touch the water bucket if another goat poops in it. Now dogs and pigs are another story! They seem to think…"
10 hours ago
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Jabe Thomas's discussion Treatment for lice on kids
"I have not but I know someone who did. She said it worked for her. Her vet was the one who put it on the does, and she said they were all quite yellow. "
11 hours ago
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Judy Asarkof's discussion Similar question regarding udder with lots of milk
"There was also a discussion awhile back about does with kids on her, and if the udder is very large, feel free to milk her. Some goats have a certain degree of edema when their kids are young, so their udder looks full even though you can't get…"
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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Julia @Woody Glen Farm's discussion How do you measure height?
"Yes you measure at the top of the withers. You really need an official measuring stick to get a correct measurement. Even using an official measuring stick, it can be a challenge to get a good measurement, and it may differ from one time to the next…"
11 hours ago
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Rachel in Wonderland's discussion Ways to Make a Farm Profitable?
"I've attached my PowerPoint presentation on "Value-Added Goats" so you can get a few ideas about how your goats can make money for you. I've also attached my PowerPoint on "Marketing Your Homestead Business." To answer…"
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Judy Asarkof's discussion Tell me what you see with this udder
"That's a nice udder for a first freshener. I always love to get pictures of my babies from their new owners, so I can see how they've matured. Looks high and wide with a nice MSL, although I could see more if you provided two pics -- one…"
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Jabe Thomas's discussion Treatment for lice on kids
"Oral or injectable ivermectin would only work for sucking lice, which are sucking the blood. If the goats have biting lice, you need to use a pour-on, such as ivermectin or Eprinex pour-on."
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Glenna Rose's discussion Would you separate for an hour or two?
"Oh, if there is a favorite side issue, you need to keep a close eye on that. You don't usually see that with triplets, but I never say never when it comes to goat behavior. They really need to be nursing both sides evenly. Glad you caught that,…"
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Juliana Goodwin's discussion Dog got copper bolus!?
"I am happy to say that this has never happened here. But we do have a dog that eats tampons and underwear, and he continues to thrive. I've heard of dogs eating all sorts of crazy things, and the only ones that seem to cause a problem are those…"
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Meagan's discussion My Teeny-Tiny Doeling
"There is a problem with rumen development in kids that do not start eating food early enough. It is mostly a problem with bottle babies that do not have a role model, as some of them may not start eating until close to a month old. Dam raised kids…"
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Angela Millsap's discussion Burdizzo castration tips
"Check the testicles every week or two, and they should be shrinking. Measure them against your fingers. Basically, lay the testicles on your fingers to see how long they are, and they should shrink up and get smaller."

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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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ND color genetics

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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.
At 12:41pm on August 18, 2013, Lyn Adams said…
Just ordered your new book , Raising Goats Naturally. Looking forward to reading it.
At 8:26am on June 18, 2013, Bruce Ashbrook said…

Good Morning,I have two bottle babies(have reduced to 8oz. per day).They are on their way to being 20 lbs.Will wean soon .

My ?

 Should kids be locked in at night there are no predators that I'm Leary about and I thought they could come and go as they please in the Paddock area Thank You

At 8:41pm on June 7, 2013, Amy Bell said…


I just had an ah-ha moment. Having trouble tattooing my dark eared goats. So I bought some light green ink and thought all would be well.

I re-tattooed a black doe 3 weeks ago for a show and decided to check and see how the tattoo was looking. Well the right side I did with my gray numerals and the left with my white numerals. A few years ago I bought the white set because I was missing a few letters.

Well there was no color on the right side, just the scar. The left side retained the color. I noticed that my white numerals have thicker needles, thus putting more ink in the ear.

Maybe too late to put in your book but I wish I knew that before!!

At 1:08pm on February 27, 2013, Laura Collins said…

Hi Deborah! I hope to be able to get your books soon. Do they come in a digital copy?

And Happy Belated Birthday!

At 12:48pm on February 21, 2013, Payton Larson said…

Happy Birthday!! :D

At 11:36am on February 21, 2013, Kailyn Elliott said…

Happy Birthday!

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