Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats

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Janet Dowell
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Long-dry doe (non-PG) suddenly has an udder....should I be concerned?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Janet Dowell Jul 7. 2 Replies

One of my does, dry since August of 2016, has now developed something of an udder. She has had only one set of kids, born in 2015. I sent this pic to my vet (who is normally pretty knowledgeable…Continue

Should I be concerned? 2nd freshener, Day 141, Doe seems to be in constant discomfort (for 16+ hours)?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Janet Dowell Feb 22. 8 Replies

I have a wonderful 2nd freshener who is due Monday (2/20). Yesterday I moved her into the "barn" (corner of our garage) because she SO badly wanted to come in, and didn't mind being away from the…Continue

Thoughts on moving to milking does just one time per day?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Janet Dowell Sep 14, 2015. 2 Replies

I just attended a presentation on goats given by a man that I've known for several years. I have a lot of respect for his knowledge/experience on goats. He owns full-sized breeds, has never had…Continue

How to spot the inexperienced goat owner in the neighborhood....

Started this discussion. Last reply by Emily Curtis Mar 19, 2016. 13 Replies

...just look at the roof...Moral of the story: don't put the dog house (where the goat kids sleep), next to the goat house (where the moms sleep), next to the hay storage unit, next to the…Continue

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Janet Dowell replied to Janet Dowell's discussion Long-dry doe (non-PG) suddenly has an udder....should I be concerned?
"Thank you for your response. I will wait and see how it goes. She has been dry for a year, so I'm thinking the plug should still have been there, but bacteria can get just about anywhere! I'll give her some immune-boosting herbs as…"
Jul 7
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Janet Dowell's discussion Long-dry doe (non-PG) suddenly has an udder....should I be concerned?
"Yes, this can happen. Typical advice is to leave it alone. There is a plug in the teat that keeps out bacteria, but if you milked her, that plug would be removed, so could then open it up to possible infection."
Jul 6
Janet Dowell posted a discussion

Long-dry doe (non-PG) suddenly has an udder....should I be concerned?

One of my does, dry since August of 2016, has now developed something of an udder. She has had only one set of kids, born in 2015. I sent this pic to my vet (who is normally pretty knowledgeable about goats) and he said that sometimes does who have kidded can become lopsided, but that otherwise nothing unusual is going on. The thing is, is that she didn't have an udder before this...she looked like a long-dry doe with a very small, even udder. Should I be concerned? Has this happened to anyone…See More
Jul 6
Janet Dowell replied to Janet Dowell's discussion Should I be concerned? 2nd freshener, Day 141, Doe seems to be in constant discomfort (for 16+ hours)?
"Well, she kidded Monday night. It was a rough one, so it's taken me a couple of days to recover, as it has Mama Goat. Babies (all 3 of them) have bounced back much quicker, lol! To make a long story short, it quickly became apparent that…"
Feb 22
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Janet Dowell's discussion Should I be concerned? 2nd freshener, Day 141, Doe seems to be in constant discomfort (for 16+ hours)?
"I find that when my goat are all together, and there is competition for food, they usually eat all of the hay. But when I put them into kidding pens, and they have a hay feeder all to themselves, they sometimes leave as much as half of it. Drives me…"
Feb 19
Janet Dowell replied to Janet Dowell's discussion Should I be concerned? 2nd freshener, Day 141, Doe seems to be in constant discomfort (for 16+ hours)?
"Wow, that was a lot of very useful information! Thank you for sharing all of that.  Still no babies! And she did finally eat and drink a fair amount this morning, and she continues to poop/pee, so she can't be too bad off. I think she is…"
Feb 18
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Janet Dowell's discussion Should I be concerned? 2nd freshener, Day 141, Doe seems to be in constant discomfort (for 16+ hours)?
"If a goat is truly not eating or drinking, that's bad. The fact that she got up and walked away from you, however, does not sound like a sick goat. It's hard to believe that a goat would do that if she hadn't eaten or drank in a day.…"
Feb 18
Janet Dowell replied to Janet Dowell's discussion Should I be concerned? 2nd freshener, Day 141, Doe seems to be in constant discomfort (for 16+ hours)?
"She has not been drinking at all (since late yesterday morning)....her condition is unchanged since yesterday. She is at Day 142 now (last time she gave birth at Day 144). Still lots of groaning and lip-curling. Should I worry about dehydration at…"
Feb 17
Janet Dowell replied to Janet Dowell's discussion Should I be concerned? 2nd freshener, Day 141, Doe seems to be in constant discomfort (for 16+ hours)?
"Thank you, Deborah, for the quick reply. I feel better now. Yes, I have a baby monitor (and, yes, I've borne two children myself, the first requiring two final weeks of bed rest due to gaining 20 pounds of water weight in my legs - within 3…"
Feb 16
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Janet Dowell's discussion Should I be concerned? 2nd freshener, Day 141, Doe seems to be in constant discomfort (for 16+ hours)?
"This sounds like a doe that's tired of being pregnant. If you've ever been pregnant yourself, you can sympathize. Some of them get pretty lazy by the end. They love nothing more than laying in front of the hay feeder and eating. And if…"
Feb 16
Janet Dowell replied to Janet Dowell's discussion Should I be concerned? 2nd freshener, Day 141, Doe seems to be in constant discomfort (for 16+ hours)?
"Note: she kidded at day 144 last time."
Feb 16
Janet Dowell posted a discussion

Should I be concerned? 2nd freshener, Day 141, Doe seems to be in constant discomfort (for 16+ hours)?

I have a wonderful 2nd freshener who is due Monday (2/20). Yesterday I moved her into the "barn" (corner of our garage) because she SO badly wanted to come in, and didn't mind being away from the other goats (gave her chances to go back out & she didn't want to). That was around 4:00 p.m. Once in, I thought for sure she was in early labor, because she would stand, lay down, stand, etc. and was constantly slightly groaning / grumping ("errrrrrrr, errrrrrr, errrrrr" sound). Her vulva area…See More
Feb 16
Emily Curtis replied to Janet Dowell's discussion How to spot the inexperienced goat owner in the neighborhood....
"My  mom had to climb down the ladder with the dog. This was years ago, like I said. Now she not only jumps our wall, but jumps into neighbors' yards. One time she even went in through someone's dog door. Just imagine having an extra…"
Mar 19, 2016
Janet Dowell replied to Janet Dowell's discussion How to spot the inexperienced goat owner in the neighborhood....
"I'm just grateful we were able to get them down...my husband is taller and his extra arm reach really helped. I don't know what I would have done without him...I have heard the tales of firefighters getting cats out of trees (I don't…"
Mar 19, 2016
Glenna Rose replied to Janet Dowell's discussion How to spot the inexperienced goat owner in the neighborhood....
" I actually considered fixing a fence across the east end of my patio roof so the goats could be on it.  My sons, and a couple of good friends, wisely talked me out of it.  We all know that fences don't *always* contain the…"
Mar 19, 2016
Emily Curtis replied to Janet Dowell's discussion How to spot the inexperienced goat owner in the neighborhood....
"Something similar happened to me years ago, but it was the 30 lb dog. And the only stepping stone she had was the 6 foot wall. Even more wonderful, ever since seeing someone walking their dog in the alley, she has just gone straight over the wall…"
Mar 18, 2016

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