Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats

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Naomi D'Andrea
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  • Indianapolis, IN
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Teff Hay for Wethers

Started this discussion. Last reply by Deborah Niemann-Boehle Oct 29. 1 Reply

Does anyone have experience using Teff hay?I got my hands on some and stocked up for the winter--mainly because that's what was available by the time I got around to stocking up for the winter. A…Continue

Tags: chloride, wether, ammonium, calcium, hay

Barn Ventilation

Started this discussion. Last reply by Deborah Niemann-Boehle Jul 21. 7 Replies

Anyone out there have a favorite fan for under $300? Looking for recommendations. We have a pretty tiny barn (8x12) for only 3 goats. Half of one side of the barn is open all the time, but it gets…Continue

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

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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Naomi D'Andrea's discussion Teff Hay for Wethers
"This is interesting! We don't have it available in my area, but Standlee is working on creating a teff hay pellet, and I'm anxiously awaiting sampling it. The 2:1 calcium to phosphorus sounds great. I wouldn't worry about stones, but…"
Oct 29
Naomi D'Andrea posted a discussion

Teff Hay for Wethers

Does anyone have experience using Teff hay?I got my hands on some and stocked up for the winter--mainly because that's what was available by the time I got around to stocking up for the winter. A friendly acquaintance had grown it experimentally for the first time, and I was just happy to have found anything, with the summer we had.From what I've read, it's high in protein and calcium. Since we keep a wether with the does, and they all have to eat the same thing, I'm concerned about the calcium…See More
Oct 29
Naomi D'Andrea replied to Trish's discussion need help on dehorning paste on thick scur if possible?
"Can you restrain him somehow? Do you have a stanchion? Or maybe a short tether attached to a ring in the wall. You or someone (can you get help?) could sandwich him against the wall. Hope you get this resolved! Good luck!"
Oct 24
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Naomi D'Andrea's discussion Barn Ventilation
"That works too!"
Jul 21
Naomi D'Andrea replied to Naomi D'Andrea's discussion Barn Ventilation
"It is such a gift to have a willing second partner! The dynamic between me and my husband is: I try doing it myself, and then about 50% of the time, I ask him what I'm doing wrong. He then usually is happy to make the necessary fixes! :)"
Jul 21
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Naomi D'Andrea's discussion Barn Ventilation
"Good luck! I know I'm lucky that my husband can do just about anything I ask him to do, as long as it doesn't require any kind of expensive equipment. "
Jul 21
Naomi D'Andrea replied to Naomi D'Andrea's discussion Barn Ventilation
"I think that's the direction I'll go! "Somewhat" is the key word with "handy" there--it won't be pretty, but I can do it."
Jul 21
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Naomi D'Andrea's discussion Barn Ventilation
"Since we have a converted horse barn, I never thought about the importance of having a high ceiling with goats. Ours is overkill, but I can see where you might not make it tall enough if you were building it for goats. If you are somewhat handy or…"
Jul 21
Naomi D'Andrea replied to Naomi D'Andrea's discussion Barn Ventilation
"For sure--I have lost two appliances even though I tacked the cords to the studs where they meet the roof. As the bedding deepens, the goats are able to reach more. I really wish I'd known to make the structure just a little taller. I was…"
Jul 21
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Naomi D'Andrea's discussion Barn Ventilation
"I would just get one that you can mount on a wall or otherwise place it so that the goats can't get to it. If they reach it or the cord, they will mess with it. We just use cheap fans from discount stores. "
Jul 19
Naomi D'Andrea posted a discussion

Barn Ventilation

Anyone out there have a favorite fan for under $300? Looking for recommendations. We have a pretty tiny barn (8x12) for only 3 goats. Half of one side of the barn is open all the time, but it gets very stuffy nonetheless.TIA!See More
Jul 19
Naomi D'Andrea replied to Jess Johnson's discussion Wether drooling and not swallowing food
"So sorry you went through this, Jess! Thank you for contributing your experience to the body of knowledge."
Jul 12
Naomi D'Andrea left a comment for Amalia Young
"Wow, what sweet comments.It really has been a long time since I've taken the time to reflect. Thank you for the inspiration to do so again! I'm in a season of being there for others more than for myself, but maybe soon!"
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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 7:31pm on May 22, 2019, Amalia Young said…

Naomi, you have an amazing talent at telling stories! You write so beautifully! I enjoyed your blog so much! I hope you'll make time for more recent updates! I'd love to see how things are now. Have you ever considered writing, as in writing a book? You're truly talented! I'd definitely buy your books :-) 

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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