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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Pregnancy signs or lack of

Started this discussion. Last reply by Maggie Aug 7. 4 Replies

When should a first freshener start to show clear udder development and vulvar swelling. My other doe came to me pregnant and had a small udder and swollen vulva by three months post breeding. She…Continue

Young buck

Started this discussion. Last reply by Deborah Niemann-Boehle Apr 3. 5 Replies

My doe just came into heat again and I moved her in with my buck. She is a first freshener but she is very flirty and seems very clear on what should be happening though she sometimes gets rough with…Continue

Size differences

Started this discussion. Last reply by Deborah Niemann-Boehle Mar 11. 6 Replies

How much of a size discrepancy between buck and Doe is considered too much to breed? For example if I have a 23in buck around 40lbs and a 14 in doe around 25 lbs should I even consider the breeding?Continue

Bleeding goat

Started this discussion. Last reply by Deborah Niemann-Boehle Feb 3. 6 Replies

My doe is bleeding from her back side. I cant tell if it’s feom her anus or vulva. This isn’t the first time she’s had some blood but it’s the worst time and seems more out of place. There also seems…Continue

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Maggie replied to Maggie's discussion Pregnancy signs or lack of
"Thanks! I had looked at that article when my first doe was pregnant but it was a good refresher. I guess I’ll know in a few weeks. She’s still very small. At least smaller than my other doe was at this stage. However it’s not so…"
Aug 7
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Maggie's discussion Pregnancy signs or lack of
"Movement can fool you. Sorry I didn't include this last time: https://thriftyhomesteader.com/is-my-goat-pregnan/ Hopefully, she is pregnant though! This is just more info to keep in mind."
Aug 7
Maggie replied to Maggie's discussion Pregnancy signs or lack of
"Thanks! Now that We’re a month out she is very obviously pregnant. She just popped all of a sudden and I can see movement sometimes. I’ll keep checking her udder to see if she’s getting close to kidding."
Jul 28
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Maggie's discussion Pregnancy signs or lack of
"You don't usually see any udder development until a month before the due date -- or even closer. Every now and then a first freshener doesn't have much of an udder until closer to a week before the due date. There is really not much reason…"
Jul 28
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Pregnancy signs or lack of

When should a first freshener start to show clear udder development and vulvar swelling. My other doe came to me pregnant and had a small udder and swollen vulva by three months post breeding. She was not a first freshener though. My current doe was bred April 2. She failed to come into heat again after that and she is slightly bigger in her barrel than usual. That said she should be due in about 6 weeks and has no udder development and her vulva is not swollen at all. I’m starting to question…See More
Jul 19
Emily replied to Maggie's discussion Castration
"My buyer's think the little pouch left behind with the burdizzo is funny. I tell them it's the wether's souvenir and they think it is hilarious.  "
May 6
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Maggie's discussion Castration
"I castrated a 3-year-old LaMancha with a Burdizzo, and it worked fine."
May 6
Trish replied to Maggie's discussion Castration
"Oh, plus  no one will buy my registered wethers with sacks hanging down esp. for show for 4H.  It's very unsightly using burdizzo."
May 4
Trish replied to Maggie's discussion Castration
"Yes .. kids won't mess with the bands and they act like nothing even happened...the sack falls off and no blood no infections nothing, best way I have found as well as my breeder friends and I have extremely positive feed back on banding and…"
May 4
Maggie replied to Maggie's discussion Castration
"That’s funny Trish I burdizzo bucklings but wasn’t sure if it’d work on adults. I guess we’ll see"
May 4
Trish replied to Maggie's discussion Castration
"I have found the only time I would advise Burdizzo is on adult bucks..but you better have someone strong to hold them  LOL....   kids banding is preferred."
May 4
Maggie replied to Maggie's discussion Castration
"I know this was asked on here before so I’m sorry but I couldn’t find it so here it goes again... What about adult bucks? I rescued two adult bucks from my local pound recently that need to be castrated. At their size will a burdizzo…"
May 4
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Maggie's discussion Young buck
"I would not expect to see anything the next morning. If you were watching and he bred her two or more times while you were watching, then you might see some semen leaking out, but I wouldn't expect to see anything even half an hour later. They…"
Apr 3
Maggie replied to Maggie's discussion Young buck
"Ok that’s good to know. I was told that I should see some of the semen leaking out in the morning if she was bred overnight. If that’s not a guarantee then I do feel a little more encouraged. I guess time will tell. I track her heats…"
Apr 2
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Maggie's discussion Young buck
"You can't tell by looking if she was bred, especially if they were together overnight. Definitely mark the calendar. I'll never forget the woman who bought goats from me and kept calling and emailing saying that they were never coming into…"
Apr 2
Maggie replied to Maggie's discussion Young buck
"Thanks. Today they’re acting like she’s not in heat anymore and I did check her his morning to see if she was bred over night but she doesn’t seem to have been. I did mark my calendar just in case and I also have when her next heat…"
Apr 2

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