Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats

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Maggie
  • Female
  • Lakeside, CA
  • United States
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Breeding age for buck

Started this discussion. Last reply by Maggie Jun 2. 4 Replies

Guys what is the youngest you’ve successfully used a buckling for breeding? I’m making my breeding plans for next year and I have a buckling I’m planning on using with a doe I usually breed in…Continue

Extremely thin buck

Started this discussion. Last reply by Deborah Niemann-Boehle Feb 20. 3 Replies

Guys I’m looking for suggestions on helping a buck fatten back up. He’s finished breeding for this year and while I know bucks tend to lose weight during rut his weight loss seems excessive. He is…Continue

Fertility

Started this discussion. Last reply by Deborah Niemann-Boehle Feb 17. 6 Replies

How potentially fertile is a two week old buck? I have a buckling that is acting as if he were in full rut. I’ve never had one act like this so early. Tongue flapping, blubbering, peeing, and now…Continue

Heat after Lutalyse

Started this discussion. Last reply by Deborah Niemann-Boehle Jan 28. 3 Replies

My neighbors full size buck broke through their fence and ended up in my pen with my Nigerian does. He bred one of my girls who isn’t even big enough to be bred to a Nigerian buck! Long story short…Continue

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Maggie replied to Maggie's discussion Breeding age for buck
"I usually do the same. I like to see at least one, ideally two breedings. My particular guy already notices and tries to mount does in heat but isnt tall enough to get things where they need to be. Hopefully when the time comes he’ll still…"
Jun 2
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Maggie's discussion Breeding age for buck
"Just circling back to this because one of my Goats 365 members texted me with this exact situation, except the doe was in heat that day, and she wanted to use a 5-month-old buck. I pretty much told her that she can try but no guarantees, and a…"
Jun 2
Maggie replied to Maggie's discussion Breeding age for buck
"Thanks so much!"
May 16
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Maggie's discussion Breeding age for buck
"That is the youngest I've ever had a buck succeed -- and it was totally accidental. When I was traveling a few years ago and gone for weeks at a time, I came home and discovered four bucklings in with my does -- one five-month-old and three…"
May 16
Maggie posted a discussion

Breeding age for buck

Guys what is the youngest you’ve successfully used a buckling for breeding? I’m making my breeding plans for next year and I have a buckling I’m planning on using with a doe I usually breed in September. At that time he will be 5 months old. Should I wait A couple months or do you think he could get it done successfully at that age?
May 13
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Maggie's discussion Extremely thin buck
"Dumor does not make a pelleted dewormer. Dumor medicated goat feed is a coccidiostat, which prevents coccidia. Adults don't normally have a problem with coccidia. Medicated feeds are really just useful for kids at weaning, which is when…"
Feb 20
Maggie replied to Maggie's discussion Extremely thin buck
"Ok I just need to be more serious about it then I guess. I’ll call my vet out. He had a Dumore pellet dewormer because I already had some and that’s what I was thinking was his problem too. I just wanted to try to get something in him…"
Feb 20
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Maggie's discussion Extremely thin buck
"Other than a couple of diseases that you really don't want, it really sounds like worms. When you say he was dewormed, what do you mean? What dewormer was used? What strength? What was the dosage exactly? How often have you used that dewormer…"
Feb 20
Maggie posted a discussion

Extremely thin buck

Guys I’m looking for suggestions on helping a buck fatten back up. He’s finished breeding for this year and while I know bucks tend to lose weight during rut his weight loss seems excessive. He is skin and bones. I’ve increased his hay and he always seems to have a lot left over now. He also has access to some browse. I haven’t noticed any odd chewing but I’m going to watch him more over the next few days. He was recently dewormed. He seems to be pooping normally he’s just progressively gotten…See More
Feb 20
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Maggie's discussion Fertility
"It does sound like it would be funny to watch! "
Feb 17
Maggie replied to Maggie's discussion Fertility
"I’m more laughing at his drive. I totally doubt he’s getting anything right where it needs to be haha. Truth be told it would be a great breeding if he did succeed so I’m not really worried about it. I’m retaining him as a…"
Feb 17
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Maggie's discussion Fertility
"Ambitious little guy!  If it makes you feel better ... a few years ago I was traveling for six weeks and when I got home I discovered that there was a 5-month-old and three 4-month-old bucks in with my does. In fact, I was in the pasture and…"
Feb 17
Maggie replied to Maggie's discussion Fertility
"He’s now trying to breed my doe in heat at almost 1 month old. I guess I’ll let you know in five months haha"
Feb 17
Maggie replied to Maggie's discussion Fertility
"I figured as much but I wanted to check. He’s been cracking me up! "
Feb 8
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Maggie's discussion Fertility
"At that age it has more to do with dominance than anything. I've even seen young doelings do that sometimes. He is definitely not producing sperm at two weeks of age. I don't castrate until 2 months of age, and I have never had any…"
Feb 8
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Fertility

How potentially fertile is a two week old buck? I have a buckling that is acting as if he were in full rut. I’ve never had one act like this so early. Tongue flapping, blubbering, peeing, and now attempting to mount any goat near him. Should I be worried about his potential to actually do anything at this age or is he just practicing so to speak?See More
Feb 8

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