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. 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. 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 liked Tanya Elrick's discussion Getting goats soon! Intro
May 14
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
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
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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
Naomi D'Andrea left a comment for Nicole Sanders
"Hooray for fellow Hoosiers with goats!"
Apr 5
Naomi D'Andrea liked Jessica L Wiebe's discussion Introduction
Mar 28
Naomi D'Andrea replied to Jennifer's discussion Poor mothering instincts
"No advice here, just best wishes! Keep it up!"
Mar 28
Naomi D'Andrea replied to Maggie's discussion Castration
"Last year I banded, and ended up with one kid having an area under the band becoming an open sore. It was like the band was cutting into his skin because of tightness and friction. I felt terrible watching it become puffy and slightly infected. I…"
Mar 26
Naomi D'Andrea replied to Suzan Shipp's discussion Intro to Capracreek Mini Farm
"What an adorable little guy!"
Mar 19
Naomi D'Andrea replied to Joanna Phalen's discussion Doe with rectal prolapse
"Hoping for the best for you and your doe! Thank you for sharing your updates!"
Mar 15
Naomi D'Andrea replied to Tammy Lee Birrer's discussion Triplets born today
"If you're sure the kid is warm, would you be able to stay outside with it and oversee nursing? If mom is reluctant, you could encourage her to stand still by giving a treat while you direct the kid to nurse. From what reading I've done, it…"
Feb 23
Naomi D'Andrea liked Lori's discussion Expectant ND Goat Mommy Here!
Feb 16
Rachel Payne replied to Naomi D'Andrea's discussion Doe lets her brother nurse
"I was just going to suggest separating and using the kids as buddies. :) "
Jan 13
Naomi D'Andrea replied to Kali Sink's discussion Ornery Milker ?
"On our coldest day, our doe stamped her feet while being milked--several stamps in a row, one foot at a time. She stayed pretty much in the same place while doing this, though."
Jan 10
Naomi D'Andrea replied to Mary's discussion Orange pee?
"You know, it could possibly have been beet tops and skins. They occasionally do have these scraps to eat, but we don't usually have snow so I don't see it. I didn't end up taking away the tree since they only nibble at it a little…"
Jan 9
Naomi D'Andrea replied to Naomi D'Andrea's discussion Doe lets her brother nurse
"We definitely want one more doe eventually--both for more milk, and as companionship insurance in case something happens to one of them. I just don't know how I'd ever get rid of him--even though he's a bugger, he's still our…"
Jan 9

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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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