Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats

for people who love the littlest dairy goats

Deborah Niemann-Boehle
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  • Cornell, IL
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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Kristi Stone's discussion Feeding alfalfa exclusively
"Too much calcium can cause zinc deficiency, but that doesn't usually happen with milkers. Our milkers get mostly alfalfa in the winter. A varied diet is always better because of the wide variety of nutrients."
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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Trish's discussion Question yearly breeding.
"You just don't want the doe to give birth more than once a year. She only needs to be dried off for the last two months of pregnancy."
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Patty Meyer's discussion Our babies this year
"Congratulations! How cool that you have a vet that you know so well!"
Patty Meyer replied to Deborah Niemann-Boehle's discussion Week one weight gain
" Thanks, Deborah, and yes, I'll do that. :) "
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Deborah Niemann-Boehle's discussion Week one weight gain
"Congratulations! Do continue watching though. Things can change at any time. It all depends on how the doe will be able to keep up with the kids' needs as they grow."
Patty Meyer replied to Deborah Niemann-Boehle's discussion Week one weight gain
":)  Coming soon!"
Julia @Woody Glen Farm replied to Deborah Niemann-Boehle's discussion Week one weight gain
" We need pictures!!! "
Patty Meyer replied to Deborah Niemann-Boehle's discussion Week one weight gain
"This thread is coming in so helpful!  My Ginger kidded with triplets Friday A.M. at 2:00.  I have been concerned, because I really don't know if she can feed triplets.  She wasn't that great of a milker as a FF, when she had…"
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Tiffani Wilson's discussion Thin goat
"It's a combination of eyelid color and body condition that usually indicates a parasite load. A fecal can confirm a heavy parasite load, but it can't rule it out. There are things that can go wrong with a fecal to give you a false sense of…"
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Katharine Norton's discussion Sore mouth/orf/ecthyma
"That is what sore mouth looks like, but if it is ONLY on his mouth, it is probably just from something that he ate. It's called "pear mouth" because it can be caused by eating prickly pears (cactus). Sore mouth is highly contagious,…"
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to becca kaisner's discussion Brands of cowp.
"I wouldn't use the Ultracruz because they make claims that are not backed up by any research. They say their boluses last for a year, which is totally bogus because it varies from one farm to another and even one goat to another. They also say…"
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to James Tinker's discussion bucks influence on udder
"I'm pretty sure they're talking about the sire of the first freshener, NOT the buck she was bred to."
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Tiffani Wilson's discussion Thin goat
"That is a problem when looking at online pictures of the charts. If I think of a good analogy, I'll let you know, but nothing is coming to mind right now. "
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Tiffani Wilson's discussion Thin goat
"Nobody really worries much about nursing does getting meds, so yes, you can use a dewormer on a nursing doe. Are you checking the doe's eyelids when you're outside and have sunlight? You will get a different reading in the barn, even if…"
Jul 22
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Tiffani Wilson's discussion Thin goat
"You might need to give her a second dose. That does help sometimes as more eggs have hatched, and the dewormer doesn't survive in their system that long, which is a good thing. Dewormers that last a long time are the ones that wind up being…"
Jul 22
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Donna Peck's discussion Any tips for goat kids being shipped by air?
"We've shipped lots of kids to new owners over the years, and we had a buckling shipped to us from Alaska. They've all done fine without doing anything special. I personally don't like using NutriDrench unless an animal is having…"
Jul 20

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Pine bark as a dewormer

Started this discussion. Last reply by James Tinker Jun 10. 5 Replies

For those of you interested in natural remedies, check out this study on pine bark:!pinebark/coo1Continue

Tags: coccidia, worms, parasites

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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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

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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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