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 Angela lesh's discussion First freshner kids with quad girls. Yikes.
"Kids generally double their weight by 1-2 weeks. She is on track for double by two weeks, so that's pretty good. Keep trying! You're headed in the right direction. "
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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Judy H's discussion Soap/Shampoo for bathing?
"We always used our own homemade goat milk soap. Dawn is too harsh. There's no problem with using a dog shampoo, as long as it isn't medicated. I know you wouldn't do that, but someone else reading this might, so I figured I should…"
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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Kitty's discussion Calcium carbonate vs. dolomite
"I have not read this book or used dolomite personally, but I know that Hoegger sells it: http://hoeggerfarmyard.com/xcart/Dolomite-Mineral-Compound-5lbs.html However, their suggestion of using it for diarrhea really bothers me, as does the…"
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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Judy Asarkof's discussion Baking Soda
"She doesn't really need a sweater, definitely not at 51 degrees. The other thing is that she could get it caught on something and get hurt or even die. I never would have thought of that possibility except that it happened here. Just a couple…"
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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Angela lesh's discussion Question? One of the quads will not suck.
"You really need to get milk into the little one with a bottle or tube feeding. If she is that small and weak, there is no way she's going to get enough from any doe, regardless of how much milk the doe is producing. The bigger kids will knock…"
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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Myra Isaac's discussion Help! What's wrong with my buckling's eye??
"Yep, that's pinkeye. Since it is only one eye, it probably happened because he got poked in the eye, and it got infected from that. Typically pinkeye is spread by flies going from manure piles to goat's eyes, and you wind up with a whole…"
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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Ruth Goode's discussion Free choice Selenium
"There are all kinds of lists of poisonous plants online, but many of them include things that most goat owners know are perfectly fine for them, such as black walnut and oak leaves. Our farm is called Antiquity Oaks because it is covered with oaks.…"
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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Judy Asarkof's discussion Baking Soda
"For predators like owls, hawks, and raccoons, they are pretty safe after about 10 pounds. If, however, you have something like coyotes, wolves, bears, or mountain lions, they are never really safe. And I can't forget one group member down in…"
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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Judy Asarkof's discussion Baking Soda
"I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but a wood floor for goats is not going to last long. The urine is going to cause it break down in a few years. When we moved out here, our first chicken coop had a wood floor. It was pretty much gone after 5-6…"
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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Judy Asarkof's discussion Baking Soda
"I just went to our friend Google and found this: on this page: http://www.healthy-living-coach.com/baking-soda-remedies.html This probably explains how this topic got blown out of proportions. I recently saw someone ranting about this on…"
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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Ruth Goode's discussion Free choice Selenium
"There is a map on this page that shows you the average selenium concentration in soil in various parts of the US: http://www.uwyo.edu/vetsci/undergraduates/courses/patb_4110/1-12/class_notes.htm Even if your goats are not outside, I assume…"
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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Ruth Goode's discussion Free choice Selenium
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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Kristi Stone's discussion Herbs or foods for maintenance?
"If you are lucky enough to have lespedeza sericea growing in your area -- or able to grow in your area -- that is one of the best things for prevention of worm problems. There have been quite a few studies on it, and when goats graze lespedeza, they…"
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Deborah Niemann-Boehle commented on Dion Walters's blog post how old to breed
"Hi! I'm not seeing any pictures. Also, in order to get more responses, you really should post questions in the "Forum." Just click on the "Forum" button at the top of the page, then click "+Add" to create a new…"
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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Angela lesh's discussion First freshner kids with quad girls. Yikes.
"Congratulations on those babies! There are not too many first fresheners that can adequately feed three kids, and if one is really small, you should probably just bottlefeed it. Otherwise, the big kids will be pushing her out of the way all the…"
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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

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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

Is my goat pregnant?

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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 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.

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?

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