Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats

for people who love the littlest dairy goats

Judy Metcalf
  • Spencer, VA
  • United States
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The hardest week ever

Started this discussion. Last reply by Glenna Rose 19 minutes ago. 11 Replies

We have had ND goats for several years which means with 10 does we have had many kiddings - all without any major issues.   Last Monday our 3 year old Hali delivered three beautiful doelings.  She…Continue

Specific mineral requirements for ND's

Started this discussion. Last reply by Deborah Niemann-Boehle Mar 17. 1 Reply

I am looking for some sort of chart or list that indicates what the ideal mineral requirements are for ND's to better assess whether the feed and loose minerals (and certainly the pasture/browse in…Continue

Kid born today without an anus - help!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Winding River Farm (Bev) Jan 27. 3 Replies

It appears that one of the triplet doelings born this afternoon to my first freshener does not have an anus.  She was the first kid born and it was immediately apparent that she was small and…Continue

Goats got into feed!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Deborah Niemann-Boehle Jul 18, 2016. 1 Reply

Went out to the barn to milk this evening and discovered many of them had gotten into the feed room!  Not sure how they got in (probably let in by our clever and sneaky wether) nor how long they were…Continue

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Glenna Rose replied to Judy Metcalf's discussion The hardest week ever
"Thank you, Deborah.  I am certainly getting tired of burying kids!  Eight of 24 buried - that is way too high.  Worse, with more knowledge or being there at birth, every one preventable.  Three (two last year and one this year)…"
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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Judy Metcalf's discussion The hardest week ever
"I'm so sorry to hear about your loss yesterday! {{{hugs}}}"
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Glenna Rose replied to Judy Metcalf's discussion The hardest week ever
"Please accept my heartfelt condolences. I wish I could say I could only imagine how you feel, but I have had more than my share of kidding heartbreak.  In fact, just today, I came home to two babies, one alive with mom and the other dead at the…"
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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Judy Metcalf's discussion The hardest week ever
"Oh, my goodness! I'm laughing, but it sounds like you have a lot of work ahead. Some kids just seem to find more trouble than others. We had one kid that jumped up on a CD player within a couple of days. He was bouncing up and down on it while…"
Nov 8
Judy Metcalf replied to Judy Metcalf's discussion The hardest week ever
"The goal is to get them outside by week's end.  The low tonight is 24 and after being in the house, I fear it's just too cold.   They are adorable, but today I had to move a baby gate because they figured out the stairs. We…"
Nov 8
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Judy Metcalf's discussion The hardest week ever
"Their final resting spot sounds so beautiful and peaceful. I'm all choked up.  I know what you mean about those kids in the house. Oh, my! But it's good to get them out as soon as possible. They'll handle it much better now than…"
Nov 8
Judy Metcalf replied to Judy Metcalf's discussion The hardest week ever
"Thank you so much for your comments.  We goat people are truly a community of caring individuals.  We found a nice resting spot for Hali and Pepper; near the turning trees, morning sun, and under the protective eye of the donkeys.  We…"
Nov 8
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Judy Metcalf's discussion The hardest week ever
"That is so sad! We had a LaMancha die of mastitis a few days after kidding several years ago, and it was quite a shock. Her udder was not even hard or hot. I had her necropsied because she didn't have any obvious signs of anything in…"
Nov 8
Naomi D'Andrea replied to Judy Metcalf's discussion The hardest week ever
"So sad with you. Thank you for sharing your story."
Nov 7
Bob Thomas replied to Judy Metcalf's discussion The hardest week ever
"Our hearts go out to you.  Sometimes no matter how much you do and how hard you work things still go awry. Take comfort in her two babies."
Nov 7
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The hardest week ever

We have had ND goats for several years which means with 10 does we have had many kiddings - all without any major issues.   Last Monday our 3 year old Hali delivered three beautiful doelings.  She did well for the first day, but by that night she was down and we suspected ketosis.  The next morning when she appeared more sickly we took her to the vet who determined that she had mastitis.  We were shocked since nothing had been noticeable the night before and she had a normal temp.  He explained…See More
Nov 6

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