Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats

for people who love the littlest dairy goats

Kali Sink
  • Female
  • Kittery, ME
  • United States
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Testing Milk

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

Hello!  Does anyone here test their milk for bacteria and such, outside of mastitis strips?  I'm curious about the protocol for "guaranteeing" safety in raw milk.Continue

Doe Hormones and Breeding

Started this discussion. Last reply by Kali Sink Nov 26, 2016. 3 Replies

Our doe went into heat over the past 2-ish days so yesterday, we took a quick field trip to have her bred.  We aren't positive the buck was successful but she was certainly cooperative!  My question…Continue

Fencing

Started this discussion. Last reply by Katharine Norton Nov 4, 2016. 3 Replies

Always a great goat discussion!We have a chunk of woods that I'd like to fence for our goats and I'd love recommendations.  I'd like to find something that looks nice but is on the lesser end of cost…Continue

Overachieving left side

Started this discussion. Last reply by Naomi D'Andrea Nov 26, 2016. 5 Replies

Hey all- in the past few weeks, my doe's left side of her udder has started producing almost three times the amount of her right side.  Overall, milk production has gone up slightly so it seems that…Continue

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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Kali Sink's discussion Testing Milk
"If you're planning to sell your milk, you should check on your state regulations. They may have specific rules you have to follow. In Illinois, we now have to have our milk tested for coliform counts, which is not that uncommon. If you are just…"
May 31
Kali Sink replied to Patty Meyer's discussion So...I lost a perfectly healthy seeming doe today...
"Aw Patty, I'm so sorry to hear about your loss.  That is SO sudden, and a scary reminder of how fragile our goats can be.  I think you handled the situation as well as anyone could have in the moment.  I've never even heard…"
May 30
Kali Sink posted a discussion

Testing Milk

Hello!  Does anyone here test their milk for bacteria and such, outside of mastitis strips?  I'm curious about the protocol for "guaranteeing" safety in raw milk.See More
May 28
Naomi D'Andrea replied to Kali Sink's discussion Overachieving left side
"Well, best wishes for next season. Willow and I are both committing to get better at two-handed milking. We both started out one-handed, since we were paranoid about the doe kicking our container over (so we held the container in the non-milking…"
Nov 26, 2016
Kali Sink replied to Kali Sink's discussion Overachieving left side
"Naomi- interesting insight with the one-handed technique!  I was also milking using only one hand (before and after my hand-pump milker) and I don't doubt that could be part of the reason.  I've since trained my lazy hand to milk…"
Nov 26, 2016
Kali Sink replied to Kali Sink's discussion Doe Hormones and Breeding
"I wasn't able to coordinate my schedule with the buck owner's for another visit, but we're in no rush.  If she comes back into heat 21 days from now... well, maybe I'll drop her off for an overnight instead!  I'm…"
Nov 26, 2016
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Kali Sink's discussion Doe Hormones and Breeding
"I agree with Julianne. What didn't you wind up doing?"
Nov 25, 2016
Naomi D'Andrea replied to Kali Sink's discussion Overachieving left side
"Kali, Have you seen any changes since your observation in September? My daughter's doe is also becoming lopsided in production. Willow milks her one teat at a time, using only her right hand (she faces her doe's side and goes for the teats…"
Nov 25, 2016
Naomi D'Andrea liked Kali Sink's discussion Overachieving left side
Nov 25, 2016
Julieanne Cook replied to Kali Sink's discussion Doe Hormones and Breeding
"Speaking only from my experience, I'd bring her back to the buck for another try. My Juniper tends to have a long standing heat period, and the only way I got her bred was to leave her with the buck till she was done. Does tend to ovulate…"
Nov 23, 2016
Kali Sink posted a discussion

Doe Hormones and Breeding

Our doe went into heat over the past 2-ish days so yesterday, we took a quick field trip to have her bred.  We aren't positive the buck was successful but she was certainly cooperative!  My question is: how quickly should her hormones change?  She is still acting very much in heat today, calling and trying to run off and find a buck at any opportunity.  Does this mean she's likely not pregnant, or should I expect this cycle to follow a normal pattern either way?Thanks!See More
Nov 23, 2016
Katharine Norton replied to Kali Sink's discussion Fencing
"We use moveable metal fences which are great - they are in 8 parts and I tied them together at each corner so I can move them two at a time.  The spacing is too wide to keep the kids in - I tried using rope to make lattice at the bottom as you…"
Nov 4, 2016
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Kali Sink's discussion Fencing
"We use Premier's ElectroNet for sheep and goats in areas like that. You might need an extra step-in post in a few spots to keep it from sagging in some places that are uneven. It's temporary fencing."
Oct 17, 2016
Julieanne Cook replied to Kali Sink's discussion Fencing
"I would love to fence in parts of my woods for the goats as well.  But I live on the world's most uneven land. I'm hoping someone has some ideas, too. "
Oct 14, 2016
Kali Sink posted a discussion

Fencing

Always a great goat discussion!We have a chunk of woods that I'd like to fence for our goats and I'd love recommendations.  I'd like to find something that looks nice but is on the lesser end of cost and labor.  Yeah yeah, I know...How do you fence your goats?  What's worked best and what was a waste of time?I struggle HUGELY with getting welded wire taut and decent looking and don't want a saggy, loopy fence situation.  I also have five cattle panels that I occasionally move around and could…See More
Oct 14, 2016
Kali Sink replied to Julieanne Cook's discussion Acorn season!
"Yes!  My goats are acting the same way.  After am and pm feeding each day I let them roam the yard/woods for 30 minutes or so and they've been heading STRAIGHT for the oaks.  I can't imagine anything less appetizing to chew…"
Oct 14, 2016

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