Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats

for people who love the littlest dairy goats

Maggie
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  • Lakeside, CA
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Lactation and ovulation

Started this discussion. Last reply by Deborah Niemann-Boehle Apr 23. 3 Replies

When should I expect my doe to come back into heat after giving birth? Does the fact that she is nursing her kids affect that?

Castration

Started this discussion. Last reply by Deborah Niemann-Boehle Nov 26. 3 Replies

Banding vs. burdizzo. Which is best? what are the pros and cons? At what age should they be used?

New kids

Started this discussion. Last reply by Deborah Niemann-Boehle Mar 10. 3 Replies

My doe gave birth to two bucklings yesterday afternoon. They all seem to be doing well. Both boys are eating and walking around. One seems more vigorous than the other. How often should they be…Continue

Udder development

Started this discussion. Last reply by Maggie Feb 7. 2 Replies

I keep hearing different things so I wanted to ask you guys. Do first fresheners bag up sooner or later than past fresheners? Also do first fresheners have smaller udders? My does udder seems to be…Continue

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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Maggie's discussion Castration
"Here's a blog post that I recently wrote about the Burdizzo. It also includes a video."
Nov 26
Deb Blake-Satchel replied to Maggie's discussion Castration
"Thank you for the question & the answer. Planning for kids & how to deal with castration.  Definitely leaning to Burdizzo!"
Nov 25
Deb Blake-Satchel liked Maggie's discussion Castration
Nov 25
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Maggie's discussion Lactation and ovulation
"Most people castrate at about two months of age for that reason."
Apr 23
Maggie replied to Maggie's discussion Lactation and ovulation
"Thanks! I'm more asking about her kids who are bucklings. One is being weathered this next month but the other isn't. I wanted to let them nurse as long as possible but didn't want to put her in the position to get pregnant again…"
Apr 23
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Maggie's discussion Lactation and ovulation
"There is no simple answer because it varies. I don't see my does in heat when they are nursing kids under 6 months, but it's also usually spring and summer then, and goats don't normally come into heat during that time anyway (unless…"
Apr 23
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Lactation and ovulation

When should I expect my doe to come back into heat after giving birth? Does the fact that she is nursing her kids affect that?
Apr 23
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Lemon and her bucklings

Bucklings are three days old here enjoying their first time out of the barn
Mar 11
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Maggie's discussion New kids
"Some of them take a couple of days to get their land legs. Sometimes they were bent funny while inside mom, but within a few days, they should be looking and acting normal."
Mar 10
Maggie replied to Maggie's discussion New kids
"Thanks! I'm still looking for a good mentor but my vet is coming out to disbud next week so I'll see how it's done. The less stable kid seems to have trouble straightening his front legs and walks funny. Is it just taking him longer…"
Mar 10
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Maggie's discussion Castration
"We've done both banding and burdizzo, as well as surgical. Here is an excerpt from my book, Raising Goats Naturally, on castration options: http://thriftyhomesteader.com/castration-options-goat-kids/"
Mar 9
Maggie posted a discussion

Castration

Banding vs. burdizzo. Which is best? what are the pros and cons? At what age should they be used?
Mar 9
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Maggie's discussion New kids
"Congratulations on the kids! If they weren't nursing, peeing, and pooping, they'd have died already. If they've survived 24 hours, that's an excellent sign that all systems are working properly. They sleep quite a bit the…"
Mar 8
Maggie posted a discussion

New kids

My doe gave birth to two bucklings yesterday afternoon. They all seem to be doing well. Both boys are eating and walking around. One seems more vigorous than the other. How often should they be sleeping? How active should they be day 2? What signs should I watch for that could indicate a problem? When should they have their first vet visit? Thanks so much!
Mar 8
Maggie replied to Maggie's discussion Udder development
"Thank you! I'm trying to learn as much as I can as new goat owner. I appreciate your help!"
Feb 7
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Maggie's discussion Udder development
"First fresheners generally do not bag up as early or as large as does that have freshened in the past. But it's all relative and without a due date, there's not much you can figure out ahead of time. Don't worry about shaving her…"
Feb 7

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