Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats

for people who love the littlest dairy goats

Naomi D'Andrea
  • Female
  • Indianapolis, IN
  • United States
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Experiment: Flavored Water

Started Aug 31, 2016 0 Replies

I was wondering if anyone has ever tried giving goats the water left over from cooking vegetables. If I don't save it for stock later, I always pour this water into the compost pile or directly on…Continue

Tags: Cooking, Vegetables, Nutrition, Water

Fortunate goats rescued from wildfire

Started Aug 16, 2016 0 Replies

Here's a link to news about some little ones in the Clayton Fire.…Continue

Tags: News, Rescue, Wildfire, California

Field Trip Fun

Started Jun 27, 2016 0 Replies

I just want to give a special shout-out to Ruth Goode for letting Willow and me tour her farm and see her kids! It's fun to put a face with an online profile, and her farm is such a sweet, pleasant…Continue

Epic Weird Birth Photo

Started this discussion. Last reply by Naomi D'Andrea Jun 9, 2016. 3 Replies

All,I just wanted to share this fantastic photo of a weird thing my daughter's doe birthed. It's an empty amniotic sac (baby #1) dangling, with an actual baby (#2) beginning to emerge in its sac.…Continue

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Naomi D'Andrea replied to Patty Meyer's discussion Triplets!
"How sweet! Congratulations!"
Apr 19
Naomi D'Andrea replied to Daniella Lake's discussion Ligaments Gone for 23 hours
"Hooray for you! Congratulations!"
Apr 17
Naomi D'Andrea replied to Daniella Lake's discussion Hello Newbie Here
"Welcome, and best wishes! They're all so beautiful."
Apr 8
Naomi D'Andrea replied to Jason Crawford's discussion Where and how do you store your alfalfa and hay
"What an adorable little house! Best wishes with your new venture. It seems like they'll be able to climb all over the hay and soil it, so they probably won't want to eat it for long. We do let them have hay overnight, but only as much as…"
Mar 9
Naomi D'Andrea replied to Tiffani Wilson's discussion newborn with breathing trouble
"Poor little guy! So sorry. I'm glad you were there to keep him comfortable through it all."
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Naomi D'Andrea replied to becca kaisner's discussion Wether losing hair on legs and belly.
"Same thing happened to my daughter's wether last winter. Poor guy went through some really cold days with near-naked legs and nose. We had purchased some hay that unfortunately had a higher legume content than ideal, so I thought once we could…"
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Naomi D'Andrea replied to Tammy Lee Birrer's discussion quads
"Can't share any wisdom with you, but congratulations Tammy! Best of luck."
Jan 21
Naomi D'Andrea replied to Julieanne Cook's discussion Concluding my first milking season
Jan 20
Naomi D'Andrea replied to Julieanne Cook's discussion Concluding my first milking season
"Thank you for sharing your experience, Julieanne! It's so cool that in your first season you already got a market for great milk products. Good luck with your next season!"
Jan 19
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Naomi D'Andrea replied to Julieanne Cook's discussion RIP Pokey
"So sorry, Julieanne! Sad way to start the year. I'm thinking of you. :("
Jan 1

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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…


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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