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Kady D
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  • Simi Valley, CA
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New to Nigis in Southern California!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Janel Rickey Sep 5, 2011. 3 Replies

Hi all! How exciting to find this web site! Here in Ventura County, north of Los Angeles, I am not meeting alot of people who know about, or are interested in Nigerians...yet! I am hoping to…Continue

managing goat manure?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Deborah Niemann-Boehle Sep 10, 2011. 10 Replies

Ok, this question is for everyone who tries to keep a clean barn- how on earth do you pick up after the goats?! Our 4 Nigerians are new to us this summer, and it seems we learn best from those of you…Continue

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Deborah Niemann-Boehle left a comment for Kady D
"Heat over 90 definitely affects milk supply, but a goat's supply also starts to go down after they are two months fresh. It gradually decreases until they're dried up, which you hope doesn't happen until they've been in milk for…"
Sep 10, 2011
Kady D replied to Lori Adams's discussion how do I tell?
"Oh... that's not too bad! I was imagining worse! LOL! I have 2 bucklings-9 weeks old, and the things I see them do around my "supposedly" bred doe are very...interesting! (We are new to goats, so it is a learning experience for the…"
Sep 10, 2011
Kady D replied to Lori Adams's discussion how do I tell?
"What is a "buck rag"? It can't be any worse than what I'm imagining!!?"
Sep 10, 2011
Kady D left a comment for Deborah Niemann-Boehle
"Since I have your ear this AM, here's my next question; HOw much does the weather affect milk production? We have had a week-long heat w/ humidity wave this past week, and my doe's milk fell off by 1/3. She is 2 months past kidding and I…"
Sep 10, 2011
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Kady D's discussion managing goat manure?
"No problem with goats eating grass. If you click on the word "here" in WG4's post, that will take you to the page. She embedded the link in the word. It's green, but it doesn't show up as well as it should. Here's the…"
Sep 10, 2011
Kady D replied to Kady D's discussion managing goat manure?
"I love the idea of moveable pens. Here is my question, though...Could I have it on my lawns? They eat alfalfa and pellets now, and since they are on "dry lot" they dont have alot of diversity in their food. Would they eat the grass (they…"
Sep 10, 2011
Marin Waddell replied to Kady D's discussion managing goat manure?
"I've also heard of someone using a leafblower to clean up goat poop from a pen."
Sep 8, 2011
Kady D replied to Kady D's discussion managing goat manure?
"Thank you so much for the thoughts... I will consider using a moveable pen! I have a portable corral for my horses that I take camping...Hmm, wonder if I could make that work?!"
Sep 6, 2011
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Kady D's discussion managing goat manure?
"That is pretty small, and you might have a lot of build up of manure with four goats. It might not be bad on most days, but if you have a lot of rain, that could be pretty unpleasant. A movable pen is perfect for your situation -- it wouldn't…"
Sep 6, 2011
Kady D replied to Kady D's discussion managing goat manure?
"I re-checked my pen- 40 feet by 60 ft with a 12x5' extra shelter... It seems fine for 4 little goats? I only WISH I could use a moveable pen to graze! We live in suburbia on half an acre with neighbors on both sides- someday I hope to have…"
Sep 6, 2011
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Kady D's discussion managing goat manure?
"You really need bedding in their shelter or they'll wind up laying in pee and getting poop stuck between their hooves, which is really nasty if you're going to be milking them. I've never worried about poop outside. Mother Nature…"
Sep 5, 2011
Janel Rickey replied to Kady D's discussion New to Nigis in Southern California!
"Welcome to the group!! Hope you learn lots from this wonderful group on Nigerian lovers :0)"
Sep 5, 2011
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Sep 5, 2011
Kady D replied to Kady D's discussion New to Nigis in Southern California!
"Thank you! How exciting-a book! I look forward to seeing it... sounds like exactly what I need!!!"
Sep 5, 2011
Kady D replied to Kady D's discussion managing goat manure?
"The shelter I can just sweep out... I am trying to pick up the poop in their outside yard once a day. They have a hillside with about 500 sq feet for 4 goats. I have been reading that people let it disintegrate... I have been trying to keep up with…"
Sep 5, 2011
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Kady D's discussion New to Nigis in Southern California!
"Welcome to the group! I understand your situation completely. You'll have to win over the doubters with some goats cheese and ice cream and other yummy foods! (My book, Homegrown & Handmade, comes out in a couple weeks, and it includes…"
Sep 5, 2011

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At 9:53pm on September 10, 2011, Deborah Niemann-Boehle said…
Heat over 90 definitely affects milk supply, but a goat's supply also starts to go down after they are two months fresh. It gradually decreases until they're dried up, which you hope doesn't happen until they've been in milk for at least 10 months.
 
 
 


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