Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats

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Maggie
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  • Lakeside, CA
  • United States
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Infertility

Started this discussion. Last reply by Maggie on Monday. 2 Replies

What are some signs that a buck is infertile besides being unable to settle a doe? What about a buck that never comes into rut? Never attempts to breed does in heat? Never gets musky or attempts to…Continue

Cold Weather

Started this discussion. Last reply by Maggie Nov 18. 2 Replies

We moved from California to Virginia a couple of months ago. This will be our first truly cold winter with our goats. At what temps do I need to worry about the adults needing extra heat? I’ve…Continue

Listeria

Started this discussion. Last reply by Deborah Niemann-Boehle Aug 30. 5 Replies

I just moved from California to Virginia. I’ve only been here a month and yesterday I lost a buck to listeriosis and another one is ill but receiving treatment. Whether it was climate or something…Continue

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

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Maggie replied to Maggie's discussion Infertility
"Thanks. I didn’t even think about intersex because he has all of the typical buck parts but yeah genetically he could be so I’ll have to check that too. At first I thought he was maybe a late bloomer but he’s now a year old and…"
Monday
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Maggie's discussion Infertility
"Sometimes an intersex or hermaphrodite looks like a buck.  Scrotum size is one of the things they measure when determining if a buck is fertile, and I noticed that the testicles and scrotum shrunk a LOT on an 8-year-old buck after he…"
Nov 22
Maggie replied to Cathy Jernigan's discussion I’m bewildered
"Sorry the pics didn’t show up on mobile but I see them now. That is kind of a lot of udder development for two months. Have you ultrasounded her? Her belly doesn’t look big to me and her being a FF means we have no idea what her usual…"
Nov 22
Maggie replied to Cathy Jernigan's discussion I’m bewildered
"Picture? It’s not uncommon for my girls to have some white discharge in early pregnancy. An udder developing at two months bred is a little ahead of schedule but I’ve had does start developing their udders at about 3 months so depending…"
Nov 21
Maggie posted a discussion

Infertility

What are some signs that a buck is infertile besides being unable to settle a doe? What about a buck that never comes into rut? Never attempts to breed does in heat? Never gets musky or attempts to pee on himself... what could these be signs of? Other bucks in the same pen with same diet and minerals do come into rut and do successfully breed does. I’m getting ready to run a fertility panel but I just wondered if anyone else had any experience with this.
Nov 21
Maggie replied to Maggie's discussion Cold Weather
"Haha ok thanks! That’s good to know. I wasn’t sure if the 20s would be a problem but I guess if they can handle -20 they’ll survive! "
Nov 18
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Maggie's discussion Cold Weather
"In Virginia ... cold is NOT a problem. Goats grow a thick coat of cashmere to keep them warm all winter. Our adults have been fine down to 25 below zero! In fact, we had 36 hours straight a couple years ago where the temp never got above 15 below…"
Nov 18
Maggie posted a discussion

Cold Weather

We moved from California to Virginia a couple of months ago. This will be our first truly cold winter with our goats. At what temps do I need to worry about the adults needing extra heat? I’ve purposely scheduled next years kidding to start in spring so that I can get a feel for winter before having kids born. What do you guys do for adults though through the winter? Coats? Heaters? Extra straw? And how cold is anything extra needed. Thanks!
Nov 18
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Maggie's discussion Listeria
"We keep our hay on pallets and even then, we have to be very careful with the bottom bales. We wind up throwing quite a few into the compost pile. Our barn floor is concrete, which is not great. "
Aug 30
Maggie replied to Maggie's discussion Listeria
"Thank you so much for your help and info. Yeah where we were in southern Cali there were no deer close to us at all. Originally the hay was on the dirt floor in the barn. Which is where I believe the problem arose. Now it has been moved so that…"
Aug 30
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Maggie's discussion Listeria
"Symptoms of the two are very similar, so diagnosis is usually made based upon other things. Based on what you've said about your hay, it sounds like that's your problem. Do you have the hay sitting directly on the ground or on…"
Aug 30
Maggie replied to Maggie's discussion Listeria
"Are the symptoms similar with meningeal worms? So far between the one that died and the one currently sick we’ve seen Head tilt, eye twitching, neck pulling back to one side, loss of appetite and desire for water. Dark pink eyelids and…"
Aug 29
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Maggie's discussion Listeria
"We had a case of listeriosis about 16 years ago, and we had a goat with meningeal worm that temporarily misdiagnosed with listeriosis about five years ago.  Listeriosis is usually caused by feed. Haylage or silage is usually the culprit, but it…"
Aug 29
Maggie posted a discussion

Listeria

I just moved from California to Virginia. I’ve only been here a month and yesterday I lost a buck to listeriosis and another one is ill but receiving treatment. Whether it was climate or something else I’m not sure but in the 6 years I’ve owned goats listeria was not a worry for me. No vet talked about it no fellow breeder had issues with it. So I didn’t know or recognize the signs in time for my one buck sadly. My questions are 1. Is there anything I can do to prevent the goats getting…See More
Aug 27
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

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