Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats

for people who love the littlest dairy goats

Jess Johnson
  • Tidioute, PA
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Pink eye

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jess Johnson Aug 18, 2017. 2 Replies

A month and a half ago, one of my does had an infection in one eye. I treated it by squirting some LA200 in the affected eye twice a day for five days. It didn't seem to improve it.As I'd read on…Continue

Urinary calculi in 3.5 month wether

Started this discussion. Last reply by Deborah Niemann-Boehle Sep 7, 2017. 4 Replies

A coworker got her first goat about 4.5 months ago when he was a day or two old (already disbudded and banded).She got the second one, who was dam raised and banded at 7 weeks, just over a month…Continue

Breed lines that once had a defect?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Deborah Niemann-Boehle May 31, 2017. 1 Reply

Last year, one of my breeding pairs resulted in a doeling with a large teat spur.This year, both goats of that pair were bred to different goats and all the kids came out great.Would you breed either…Continue

Burdizzo fail

Started this discussion. Last reply by Deborah Niemann-Boehle Mar 26. 9 Replies

Two months ago, I castrated an 11 month old with a burdizzo (emasculator from Jeffers), and only one side took.This definitely could have been operator error, it was my first time using the tool, but…Continue

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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Jess Johnson's discussion Burdizzo fail
"People are aware of the alternatives, and I never said that there was only one way. I know that you don't like the idea of using a Burdizzo, and you are obviously free to continue banding. But I can't let you perpetuate untrue information…"
Mar 26
Trish replied to Jess Johnson's discussion Burdizzo fail
"I'm out there every 2 hours and know all my goats and what they do...  I'm not gonna argue the point, I think it's unfair to let people think one is the only way when so many other don't do it the way a forum says. …"
Mar 26
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Jess Johnson's discussion Burdizzo fail
"If you are not in the barn when it starts to hurt, then you won't see it. I didn't notice it either the first few years, also because we started with a small herd. But once we were up to 20-30 bucklings a year, that's when we started…"
Mar 26
Trish replied to Jess Johnson's discussion Burdizzo fail
"I guess I've never experience that ever in 10+ years.. they just get up and go on their merry way like it never happened.  I follow up with my buyers and ask if everything is all right after banding the bucklings, and they say yes no…"
Mar 26
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Jess Johnson's discussion Burdizzo fail
"Banding is not painless. We banded for six or seven years before switching to the Burdizzo. Some kids get very quiet and depressed and hide in a corner while others would throw themselves on the ground and scream for an hour afterwards. Most…"
Mar 26
Trish replied to Jess Johnson's discussion Burdizzo fail
"That's why I use banding, never fails and is painless."
Mar 26

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