Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats

for people who love the littlest dairy goats

Glenna Rose
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  • Vancouver, WA
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Feed for bucklings to add weight

Started this discussion. Last reply by Deborah Niemann-Boehle Jan 5. 4 Replies

Okay, I've always had the boys wethered and have not kept them because of my limitations (City code).  I have two bucklings, born mid-April, that are too thin.  It is winter which is undoubtedly…Continue

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U.C. and baking soda

Started this discussion. Last reply by Deborah Niemann-Boehle Nov 8, 2016. 2 Replies

Something to add the U.C. conversation. Some bucks and wethers are subject to it while others on similar diets seem not to be. It is commonly believed grain and alfalfa are a factor so many recommend…Continue

Dilemma regarding Cryptorchid

Started this discussion. Last reply by Emily Jul 6, 2016. 4 Replies

Okay, folks, I have a buckling that was to be wethered Thursday when other goat work was done.  However, his testicles are undescended.  My goat person said he could be sold to be with wethers or…Continue

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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Glenna Rose's discussion Feed for bucklings to add weight
"Bucks do tend to lose some weight during breeding season, but it's tough to explain what's normal without actually getting my hands on a goat. And bucks are so hairy that it's possible for them to be really underweight without you…"
Jan 5
Glenna Rose replied to Glenna Rose's discussion Feed for bucklings to add weight
"I gave them some timothy pellets which they basically turn up their nose at after eating just a few.  I have given them some alfalfa pellets and sunflower seeds.  They eventually eat the alfalfa pellets but, of course, go after the…"
Jan 4
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Glenna Rose's discussion Feed for bucklings to add weight
"Considering how well loved your goats are, I have a hard time believing that these boys are not getting enough food. Have you checked eyelids for possible anemia (internal parasites)? Are they pooping berries?"
Jan 4
Emily replied to Glenna Rose's discussion Feed for bucklings to add weight
"I do give my buck and buckling 1/4-1/2 cup of grain once a day through rut and winter when the grass is dead. I make sure it has a 2:1 calcium:phosphorus ratio and they get ACV in their water. Mine get peanut hay and coastal hay free choice. I have…"
Dec 28, 2016
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Feed for bucklings to add weight

Okay, I've always had the boys wethered and have not kept them because of my limitations (City code).  I have two bucklings, born mid-April, that are too thin.  It is winter which is undoubtedly why.  Sister to one is not, but is a little tubby but is also still with mom.  The oldest doe is a bit tubby also.  Neither sister nor oldest doe get grain, only orchard grass hay. They all get snacks each evening, a few pieces of banana or apple. What can I safely feed the boys without risk of U.C. to…See More
Dec 25, 2016
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Glenna Rose's discussion U.C. and baking soda
"I've never heard that baking soda would prevent UC either, and it doesn't sound quite right either. I agree with Julianne that it would be used up in the digestive system."
Nov 8, 2016
Julieanne Cook replied to Glenna Rose's discussion U.C. and baking soda
"I'm a bit confused because I thought the way to prevent UC was to acidify the urine, yet baking soda is alkaline.  And wouldn't the baking soda be used up in the digestive system before it could reach the urinary tract?"
Nov 6, 2016
Glenna Rose posted a discussion

U.C. and baking soda

Something to add the U.C. conversation. Some bucks and wethers are subject to it while others on similar diets seem not to be. It is commonly believed grain and alfalfa are a factor so many recommend neither for them. Now, I am going to throw something else into the mix. When I picked up baking soda at Costco today, I mentioned to the lady also getting the large bag that it was for my goats. She said hers was for her elderly gelding - the vet recommended it to reduce the chance of U.C. stones.…See More
Nov 5, 2016
Julia @Woody Glen Farm replied to Glenna Rose's discussion Comment please, alfalfa and males
"That's really pretty funny about the beards and water since the bucks pee on their beards and directly into their mouths! Mine drink the water fine and all day long. I don't think they mind a little of their pee in the water at all!"
Aug 28, 2016
Julieanne Cook replied to Glenna Rose's discussion Comment please, alfalfa and males
"Thanks Bev, I love that kind of wisdom from people who have been doing this for a long time. Such a logical thing to do, but it never occurred to me! "
Aug 28, 2016
Winding River Farm (Bev) replied to Glenna Rose's discussion Comment please, alfalfa and males
"I hear so many varied views on alfalfa and the bucks.  Back years ago when I had Nubians I feed alfalfa to all my goats.   Usually some grass hay top dressed with alfalfa.  Never had a problem. I do the same now - my bucks and…"
Aug 28, 2016
Trish replied to Glenna Rose's discussion Comment please, alfalfa and males
"My opinion which has worked for all my bucks...I do not ever feed alfalfa.  I did in the beginning and I noticed that they became very aggressive.  So for 8 years I do not feed alfalfa.  I feed, oat hay, sudan, tricale, higare,…"
Aug 27, 2016
Jess Johnson replied to Glenna Rose's discussion Comment please, alfalfa and males
Aug 27, 2016
Rachel Whetzel at MigMog Acres replied to Glenna Rose's discussion Comment please, alfalfa and males
"Any tips for improving zinc levels? I think I might be having an issue with this..."
Aug 24, 2016
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Glenna Rose's discussion Comment please, alfalfa and males
"You hear about so many different management styles because everyone's situation is different, and I'm sure that your situation is even more different, being on a different continent in a different hemisphere and everything. Knock on wood,…"
Aug 24, 2016
Michael Garwood replied to Glenna Rose's discussion Comment please, alfalfa and males
"OK, back to alfalfa questions.... We have read a thread on The Goat Spot site about feeding alfalfa to bucks and it seems that there are breeders who feed alfalfa without issues (urinary calculi). I raise this again because we have a new batch…"
Aug 24, 2016

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At 10:14pm on October 26, 2013, Deborah Niemann-Boehle said…
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thanks...it is so obvious I am a newbie...your ND's are so cute...

 
 
 


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