Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats

for people who love the littlest dairy goats

Naomi D'Andrea
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  • Indianapolis, IN
  • United States
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Just a funny milking question

Started this discussion. Last reply by Deborah Niemann-Boehle Apr 18, 2018. 1 Reply

Does anyone here think it's possible for a doe to give more to her favorite milker?My Will and I share duties; I almost always milk in the mornings, Will in the evenings. The evening haul is always…Continue

Tags: time, milking, production, milk, Milk

Doe lets her brother nurse

Started this discussion. Last reply by Rachel Payne Jan 13, 2018. 5 Replies

All, if anyone else has dealt with this issue, I'd love to hear your experiences and outcomes.Our doe is a second freshener, and this time around, her brother has been nursing off her. We've thought…Continue

Tags: support, udder, bra, nursing, Adult

Reference Book Recommendations

Started this discussion. Last reply by Deborah Niemann-Boehle Dec 29, 2017. 6 Replies

All,I'm a little old-fashioned and still enjoy having real-live, genuine books around. Iam looking for recommendations for a "level up" reference book. I already have Raising Goats Naturally and…Continue

Tags: Book, Parasitology, Reference

Burdizzo Possible Fail

Started this discussion. Last reply by Naomi D'Andrea Sep 12, 2017. 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

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Naomi D'Andrea replied to Sparrow's discussion Goats won't eat minerals
"Gotcha. I never thought much about whether a loose mineral mix was organic or not, since it literally just looks like a bunch of ground up rocks. You're right though, my label shows corn gluten feed and soybean meal in it."
Mar 24
Naomi D'Andrea replied to Sparrow's discussion Goats won't eat minerals
"Wow, so much to know. No, I don't use Sweetlix though I did try it once--I get mine from a local feed store and it seems to do well. It's not sweetened but the goats go right for it when we put a fresh scoop out (morning and…"
Mar 22
Naomi D'Andrea replied to Abbie Stockett's discussion Baby goat horns
"Congratulations on your new kids! Have you felt their heads? If they are going to have horns, you should be able to feel and see a difference every day. They grow fast, and feel pointier than their polled counterparts' bumps. Buckling horns…"
Mar 19
Naomi D'Andrea replied to Sparrow's discussion Goats won't eat minerals
"From what I gather, the loose minerals that I buy are enticing to the goats because there's salt in them. Do the mineral blends you've mentioned have salt? (I imagine your acquaintance told you to take away the kelp because it provides…"
Mar 19
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Naomi D'Andrea liked Sparrow's discussion Smart questions when buying a milking doe
Feb 20
Naomi D'Andrea replied to Elizabeth Parson's discussion acquiring does or wethers?
"Love it!"
Feb 17
Naomi D'Andrea replied to Elizabeth Parson's discussion acquiring does or wethers?
"I would think it's all the same if you don't think you'll be interested in milking, and if they've all been living together already. There may be a sex-related dynamics difference if they aren't already friends with each…"
Jan 28
Naomi D'Andrea replied to Glenna Rose's discussion RIP VanEden Dollie Sheridan
"I'm so sorry, Glenna. What a beautiful young girl."
Jan 15
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Naomi D'Andrea replied to Helen Huskins's discussion Soon to be goat owner
"Best of luck with your goats! I found myself in the same boat when we purchased ours. No matter how prepared I thought I was, there was so much uncertainty in everything. We've found that a good part of goat ownership has to do with learning as…"
Aug 1, 2018
Naomi D'Andrea liked Tanya Elrick's discussion Getting goats soon! Intro
May 14, 2018
Naomi D'Andrea replied to Tanya Elrick's discussion Water set up for two goats?
"We give our two grown Nigerians a gallon pail every morning, and a new gallon every evening. There's always a little leftover, even in summer (though their summer diet is higher in liquid than their winter diet). We keep the pail in the shade."
May 14, 2018
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Naomi D'Andrea's discussion Just a funny milking question
"Goats give more milk to their babies because they love their babies, which triggers oxytocin release, which is why babies will always get more than any human milker. However, I'm not aware of any similar research done comparing human…"
Apr 18, 2018
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Just a funny milking question

Does anyone here think it's possible for a doe to give more to her favorite milker?My Will and I share duties; I almost always milk in the mornings, Will in the evenings. The evening haul is always more than the morning, unless I substitute for Will. It's generally 2 1/2 to 3 cups in the morning, and at least 3 cups in the evening.The milking times are 7:30am and 8pm, which means there's an extra half hour to build up for the evening.It wasn't always like this. Our scores were pretty identical…See More
Apr 16, 2018
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"Hooray for fellow Hoosiers with goats!"
Apr 5, 2018

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If you already have goats, what's your herd name?
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…


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."



"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!

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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Mineral feeder (put minerals in one side and baking soda in the other!)

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