Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats

for people who love the littlest dairy goats

Maggie
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  • Lakeside, CA
  • United States
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Udder Development

Started this discussion. Last reply by Deborah Niemann-Boehle on Saturday. 3 Replies

What is the latest that anyone has seen an udder start to develop on a first freshener?Continue

How old is too old for a buck to breed

Started this discussion. Last reply by Deborah Niemann-Boehle Sep 27. 5 Replies

Would it be worth adding a buck to my herd that is 7 years old? It’s his blood lines that I’m really after and I have a unique opportunity to get him at a great price from a herd dispersal but at 7,…Continue

Breeding age

Started this discussion. Last reply by Maggie Aug 9. 4 Replies

What’s the earliest that you guys will breed a doe age wise? I have a doe that is 6 mo old but she’s already over 60lbs and 18inches tall. I usually wait until my does are 10mo but it usually takes…Continue

Doe and Wether For Sale San Diego

Started this discussion. Last reply by Maggie Jul 2. 1 Reply

Two ND kids available in San Diego County. Available to go home mid August. https://adgagenetics.org/PlannedPedigree.aspxContinue

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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Maggie's discussion Udder Development
"OK -- I understand your question now. Most people ask that question because they have a doe that they think is past due and she has no udder.  I don't think I've really felt for an udder any earlier than six weeks prior to due date,…"
Saturday
Maggie replied to Maggie's discussion Udder Development
"I was mostly just curious because I had a doe this year that started to develop her udder latter than my other does have. She’s currently 15 weeks along and just started to show some udder growth. Usually my does start to develop an udder in…"
Saturday
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Maggie's discussion Udder Development
"Maybe one out of 100 will fill up around the time they freshen. However, you should feel something at least a couple of weeks before they kid. I never say anything is impossible, but if if her udder area is flat as a pancake, she wouldn't…"
Saturday
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Udder Development

What is the latest that anyone has seen an udder start to develop on a first freshener?See More
Dec 1
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Maggie's discussion How old is too old for a buck to breed
"You're welcome. It's worth mentioning that the 8 year old was probably having trouble producing enough milk because she had lost most of her teeth. I noticed she started losing some of her front teeth by the time she was 6. I've never…"
Sep 27
Maggie replied to Maggie's discussion How old is too old for a buck to breed
"Thanks so much!"
Sep 27
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Maggie's discussion How old is too old for a buck to breed
"Most does can be bred until they are 10 years old. I've only had one that wouldn't get bred when she was 9 -- and thats is with breeding 15 or so does on average every year for 15 years or so. I don't normally breed them after…"
Sep 27
Maggie replied to Maggie's discussion How old is too old for a buck to breed
"That’s kind of what I figured. Thanks! Is it about the same for does or can does be bred longer assuming they’re in good condition? "
Sep 27
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Maggie's discussion How old is too old for a buck to breed
"I hate to say it but I wouldn't do it. In 17 years of owning goats and being on Yahoo groups back in the day and then other social media and knowing thousands of goat owners, I have known one buck who lived past the age of 10. And they…"
Sep 27
Maggie replied to Jabe Thomas's discussion What are YOU feeding your milking does?
"My milkers and pregnant does get alfalfa and some Bermuda plus access to pasture and browse. They get Purina dairy parlor feed on the milk stand only. All of my goats have access to free choice mineral all the time. My bucks, dry does, and wethers…"
Sep 26
Maggie posted a discussion

How old is too old for a buck to breed

Would it be worth adding a buck to my herd that is 7 years old? It’s his blood lines that I’m really after and I have a unique opportunity to get him at a great price from a herd dispersal but at 7, I’m hesitating. How many years can I realistically expect from him?
Sep 26
Maggie replied to Maggie's discussion Breeding age
"Haha yeah that’s a good point. She is long bodied as is her dam but not oddly so. I’m gonna weigh her again too cause even though she is close to the same size as my other doe around that weight I’m starting to wonder if maybe the…"
Aug 9
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Maggie's discussion Breeding age
"I would definitely breed her ASAP. If she has to divert some energy to growing kids, maybe that will slow her down a bit. She is on her way to being oversized if she continues to grow this fast. Unless she's as long as a freight train, I'm…"
Aug 9
Maggie replied to Maggie's discussion Breeding age
"She is a registered PB Nigerian. She’s certainly the biggest doe I’ve had at that age and she is the same size as my other adult does. I also have her mother and She’s still nursing. Don’t know if that has anything to do with…"
Aug 8
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Maggie's discussion Breeding age
"I'm assuming she's not a purebred Nigerian, as that's the weight of a full grown doe. You shouldn't breed them until they are about 2/3 of their adult weight, so typically, that means you don't breed at less than 40 pounds…"
Aug 8
Maggie posted a discussion

Breeding age

What’s the earliest that you guys will breed a doe age wise? I have a doe that is 6 mo old but she’s already over 60lbs and 18inches tall. I usually wait until my does are 10mo but it usually takes them that long to be that size. I have access to a great buck next month (she’s be just shy of 7 mo then) for one of my other does and I’m wondering if I could just expose them both. Or do you think she’s too young? Thanks!
Aug 8

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