Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats

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  • Sahuarita, AZ
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Questions about copper bolusing

Started this discussion. Last reply by Deborah Niemann-Boehle on Sunday. 7 Replies

I'm getting ready to give my goats their first dose of COWP... I'm seeing some signs of deficiency. My black goat is turning reddish, and some of them have rough coats, and there is a bit of…Continue

Tattooing

Started this discussion. Last reply by Lil Jul 8. 2 Replies

Is this a fine tattoo kit for the nigerian dwarfs? I didn't add a link, but here is the description.Special 3/8" letters & numbers fit right into the instrumentUse on pigs, sheep, goats, cattle…Continue

LGD questions.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Deborah Niemann-Boehle Jun 24. 5 Replies

I've been thinking a lot about getting a livestock guardian dog, and I'd really like to. I currently have just two doelings that live in a nice big pen, with a little barn. Right now I'm locking them…Continue

Should my goats have grain?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Lil Jun 20. 2 Replies

I have five goats -2 wethers, 2 does, 1 buck - they are all between three and four months old, and I've owned them all since they were 8 wks. I have never given them grain... should I be? If so, I…Continue

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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Lil's discussion Questions about copper bolusing
"Yes, I'd go with 2 grams at that size."
Sunday
Lil replied to Lil's discussion Questions about copper bolusing
"Thanks everyone for the responses! I think I will try alfalfa. Mine all weigh between 30 and 35 pounds, so I guess the 2 gram capsule will be fine?"
Sunday
GINGER K BRAUN replied to Lil's discussion Questions about copper bolusing
"oh wow! I guess I will find another method of giving copper! Thank you for letting me know."
Friday
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Lil's discussion Questions about copper bolusing
"I know marshmallows are a popular option. I'm not a huge fan because marshmallows are usually made out of gelatin, which is usually made from ruminant bones, and because of mad cow disease, you are not supposed to feed ruminant animal parts to…"
Friday
GINGER K BRAUN replied to Lil's discussion Questions about copper bolusing
"I read somewhere to cut a marshmallow in half, pour the particles on the sticky part, squeeze it back to together and put in their mouth. They don't waste any or spit it out. Thoughts? Is that bad for them? Mine like it. I prepare and put them…"
Friday
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Lil's discussion Questions about copper bolusing
"I've heard of people mixing it into all sorts of things -- whatever your goats will eat -- bananas, fig newton cookies, etc. I don't see why alfalfa crumbs wouldn't work. "
Friday
Naomi D'Andrea replied to Lil's discussion Questions about copper bolusing
"Sprinkling on alfalfa leaves sounds like it might work--maybe try spritzing with a little water so the bits stick together a bit? Here, we give them each a little treat in the mornings: sunflower seeds with a handful of kitchen produce scraps (like…"
Thursday
Lil posted a discussion

Questions about copper bolusing

I'm getting ready to give my goats their first dose of COWP... I'm seeing some signs of deficiency. My black goat is turning reddish, and some of them have rough coats, and there is a bit of fishtail.Anyways... I purchased the UltraCruz COWP for kid goats (because they're all under 5 months). Each bolus is 2 grams... how much should I give them? I don't plan to use a bolus gun, as I read through all the old forums and came to the conclusion that it's fine to sprinkle it on their grain. However,…See More
Jul 8
Lil replied to Lil's discussion Tattooing
"Okay, great! Thanks for responding. I'm sure the quick release is awesome to have. This one says "ear release" so I'm assuming it's the same thing. Hopefully."
Jul 8
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Lil's discussion Tattooing
"That sounds good. My #1 recommendation on tattoo pliers is that they have a quick release. We originally bought one that one supposed to be sized for Nigerians, and we had to PEEL all of those needles off the ear while the goat screamed and kicked.…"
Jul 5
Lil posted a discussion

Tattooing

Is this a fine tattoo kit for the nigerian dwarfs? I didn't add a link, but here is the description.Special 3/8" letters & numbers fit right into the instrumentUse on pigs, sheep, goats, cattle and livestockHolds up to 4 letters or numbers at a timePermanently tattoos the inside of an animal's earHigh-quality, sandblasted aluminium pliers: lightweight at 10.2ozTattoo kit with ear release lifts needles and prevents blurred tattooing. Standard size for medium and large animals. Complete kit…See More
Jul 3
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Lil's discussion LGD questions.
"You're welcome!"
Jun 24
Lil replied to Lil's discussion LGD questions.
"Definitely makes sense. So for right now I'll keep doing what I'm doing, but in a few years when I have more does, I'll expand my pen and get an LGD. Thanks for your quick responses!"
Jun 24
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Lil's discussion LGD questions.
"I would just put the does in the barn at night. Our original milking stall was 10 x 10, which is where our milkers would spend the night, and my only complaint is that after about five or six does, the manure would build up insanely fast, so…"
Jun 24
Lil replied to Lil's discussion LGD questions.
"Okay, that definitely makes sense. I would plan on getting a fixed dog.  So the goat pen is about 30x40 ft (so about 1200 square ft?I used a calculator and that's what it said.) would that be to small for an LGD?  In my situation,…"
Jun 24
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Lil's discussion LGD questions.
"LGDs must be large to be effective, and you really need one of the livestock guardian breeds because they have the temperament to chill out with livestock. Border collie and Australian shepherds are herding dogs, and they would drive your goats…"
Jun 24

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