Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats

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Naomi D'Andrea
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  • Indianapolis, IN
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Burdizzo Possible Fail

Started this discussion. Last reply by Naomi D'Andrea Sep 12. 8 Replies

Hello all!Today Will and I castrated three kids using the Burdizzo emasculatome for the first time (last year we banded, but after extensive reading and deliberation, I decided to make the…Continue

Tags: Failure, Emasculatome, Burdizzo, Castration

Best Wishes to Deborah and Family!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Patty Meyer Aug 29. 2 Replies

I was so excited to read that Deborah's family is expecting their first grandchild. I'm sending all the happy and healthy wishes your way! And hoping maybe there'll be a birth announcement of a…Continue

Don't look if you hate cute stuff!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Patty Meyer Jul 21. 3 Replies

Our little Mira gave us three bucklings last night! All are well and figuring out nursing.Interestingly, #2 was born over 30 minutes after #1. The apparent reason for the delay was that only his face…Continue

Our Second Go-Round

Started this discussion. Last reply by Deborah Niemann-Boehle Jul 13. 1 Reply

All,I just wanted to say how much I appreciate this forum. Some nights I spend hours reading old threads and (hopefully) absorbing valuable information and experiences from all of you.This coming…Continue

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Naomi D'Andrea left a comment for Stephanie Hart
"Welcome, Hart goats!"
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Naomi D'Andrea replied to Naomi D'Andrea's discussion Burdizzo Possible Fail
"Congratulations, and so sorry you only had a short time to enjoy little Edward! Thanks again for your feedback. Yes, I felt that Will did an excellent job holding the kids as still as possible, I did a straightforward job of clamping, and saw no…"
Sep 12
Jess Johnson replied to Naomi D'Andrea's discussion Burdizzo Possible Fail
"I ended up feeling little bumps on the cords of the bucklings that were castrated a couple of weeks beforehand. Oh my god, I feel silly for not thinking of using my fingers to measure against! Seems so obvious. I observed what may be considered…"
Sep 9
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Naomi D'Andrea's discussion Burdizzo Possible Fail
"I've never checked the testicles daily, so can't say how they feel or appear every day afterwards, but if they are all the same on all four testicles, then you probably did the deed because you only had doubts on one. So, it's likely…"
Sep 9
Naomi D'Andrea replied to Naomi D'Andrea's discussion Burdizzo Possible Fail
"Thank you for your feedback, Deborah. I know sometimes you get busy and don't weigh in right away...but this time I hope the slight delay means you have been enjoying sweet little baby cuddles! I really should have thought of doing it right…"
Sep 7
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Naomi D'Andrea's discussion Burdizzo Possible Fail
"Didn't see this until I'd posted my original answer. I'd go ahead and "measure" the scrotums now and then check again the day they leave. If one side failed, I'd think you'd feel the difference fairly quickly…"
Sep 7
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Naomi D'Andrea's discussion Burdizzo Possible Fail
"We've never experienced a fail in goat kids, but I did have several failures in rams that I castrated at 6 months. I think it happened because they had wool on their scrotum, and I think that cushioned the cord enough to cause several to not…"
Sep 7
Naomi D'Andrea replied to Naomi D'Andrea's discussion Burdizzo Possible Fail
"Thanks for your feedback, Jess! Ugh--there's no way I'm doing it again unless I KNOW it has to be done. Trouble is, they're sold and leaving us next week. I suppose I'll have to just inform the buyers of my thoughts and if it…"
Sep 4
Jess Johnson replied to Naomi D'Andrea's discussion Burdizzo Possible Fail
"1. Yes, one testicle. 2. About a month. 3. It was obvious. This was on an 11 month old buckling, so I was making sure to take a good look once/week to make sure everything was shrinking. And after a month he was undeniably lopsided. 4. Don't…"
Sep 4
Naomi D'Andrea posted a discussion

Burdizzo Possible Fail

Hello all!Today Will and I castrated three kids using the Burdizzo emasculatome for the first time (last year we banded, but after extensive reading and deliberation, I decided to make the switch).I'm already glad we switched, because now I don't have to worry about infections and stinky rotten tissues!BUT. I observed that spermatic cords are reluctant to be crushed, and a person has to pay close attention to keeping them from slipping out of the clamp until the job is done. Trouble is, I…See More
Sep 4
Patty Meyer replied to Naomi D'Andrea's discussion Best Wishes to Deborah and Family!
"Congratulations to you and the family, Deborah!  Such exciting news!"
Aug 29
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Naomi D'Andrea's discussion Best Wishes to Deborah and Family!
"Thanks so much! I am so excited!"
Aug 28
Naomi D'Andrea posted a discussion

Best Wishes to Deborah and Family!

I was so excited to read that Deborah's family is expecting their first grandchild. I'm sending all the happy and healthy wishes your way! And hoping maybe there'll be a birth announcement of a different kind here on the forum!See More
Aug 28
Naomi D'Andrea replied to Crystal Parker's discussion New Mama
"Welcome and good luck!"
Aug 25
Naomi D'Andrea replied to Patty Meyer's discussion Mastitis Questions
"Patty, I am following. I'm so sorry I can't give you any feedback, having never experienced mastitis. Thank you for the updates! I'm definitely filing your story away as it progresses!"
Aug 12
Naomi D'Andrea left a comment for Daylily Farm
"Yay, another Hoosier! Welcome to the group!"
Aug 8

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Hackberry Woods

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A Year (and a half) in Review

Posted on December 11, 2016 at 9:29pm 3 Comments

Bought the kids July 2015. Bred Mira January, first travel and goat-sitters March, babies June, learned how to milk, sold babies August, started playing with chevre and cheddar, built cheese press, rigged a sort of cheese cave, expanded goat yard, added more play structures for the goats...

...and I keep putting off the eternal question from Willow, "Can I keep another doe next year?" I keep waiting for the proverbial bloom to fall. I waited to see if she'd get tired of the constant…

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Our Herd has a Name

Posted on February 26, 2016 at 6:32pm 0 Comments

Willow and I decided on the name Hackberry Woods.

Hackberry is the predominant species of tree in the goat area. We love the funny bark, the precious little berries, and the haphazard look of the foliage.

For nature nerds: Hackberry is native to Indiana and a lot of the Midwestern US; the small berries (or drupes) are edible in autumn; also goes by the names Sugarberry and Nettletree. The name Hackberry is from the Scottish "hagberry," meaning "marsh berry."

These…

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"I'll Feed Them Every Day!"

Posted on December 30, 2015 at 6:41pm 1 Comment

In the spring of 2014, my daughter Willow asked me for the hundred and twenty-third time if we could get dairy goats. Like always, I said something to the effect of "that would be fun. Maybe someday." This time, though, instead of moving on, she followed up with the line we all know and love: "I'll buy them with my own money. I'll do all the work." And just like that, now we have goats.

Now, the actual full story is longer and boringer.

We spent three months just reading books…

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At 7:29am on June 21, 2016, Joy said…
Hi, Glad you are enjoying the goats.
We have not moved to the property yet. Our friend owns it & he is moving to Austrailia in September. We are putting our house on the market in two weeks & hopefully move Sept/Oct. We are so excited to move & get started on our new adventure.

Silver Springs is really nice. The cooler it is the more manatees you'll see since they go to the springs for warmth during winter. They leave the springs during the day to feed.

Good to know this site is a great resource. Hope to be on here more once we get settled. Hope to see pictures of your new babies!

Joy
At 9:48pm on June 20, 2016, Ruth Goode said…

Just saw your message about friending on the NG site--did not realize until now that we could PM through the site! I sent you a PM om FB.....

I always welcome farm visits!  Let me know when you would like to come and if it works with my crazy schedule I will show you my kids!  Ruth 

At 3:58pm on March 16, 2016, Joy said…

Hi,  I'm new to this website.  We are in the process of getting 5 acres and always wanted goats & chickens.  We don't have them yet so maybe next time you come to Florida.  

We are looking at an area next to Blue Springs in Orange City, FL.  When its cold, manatees go to the Springs to keep warm.  One day in January over 300 were crowded in Blue Springs.  They are awesome to see.  Many with babies! 

Looked at your pictures with your goats.  How do you like them?  Do you find this website helpful & friendly?

Enjoy your trip to Florida, its been 90 degrees the past few days, but it is supposed to rain the next few days.  Have a good Spring Break.

Joy Domian

 

 
 
 


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