Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats

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Wendi Gunter
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Kids Not Thriving

Started this discussion. Last reply by Wendi Gunter Jun 21. 4 Replies

Posted this to the goat forum I'm in this morning, but thought it might be good in a couple of different places. :)   I need some tips for some babies not thriving (appear healthy, just not gaining).…Continue

Kid Weight

Started this discussion. Last reply by Wendi Gunter May 31, 2016. 2 Replies

I know I've seen discussions on this before, but I was unable to find anything when I searched.  I have triplet bucklings from a first time doe.  They each weighed 2 1/2 pounds at birth.  They are…Continue

Soft Hooves

Started this discussion. Last reply by Deborah Niemann-Boehle Apr 20, 2016. 3 Replies

So both my does that kidded a little over 2 weeks ago now have soft hooves.  Both are walking fine (and even playing) and their feet are not hot.  Not sure what kind of problem, if any, I might be…Continue

Overweight Doe

Started this discussion. Last reply by Wendi Gunter Dec 7, 2015. 13 Replies

I have a 3 year old doe that has put on weight the last couple of months.  She freshened at a year old and then did not get bred last year.  I know that not getting bred can cause a doe to become…Continue

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Wendi Gunter replied to Elyse Nicholson's discussion Proof That Nigerians Deserve to Show In Dairy
"My goodness!  I would have him google Nigerian Dwarf goats and read all about them!   I guess because there are a lot of NDs in our area, but the breed I thought was more visible than that!  I even have people who don't know…"
Jul 27
Wendi Gunter replied to Wendi Gunter's discussion Kid Weight
"Perfect!  That's just the info I was needing!  Thank you! :)"
May 31, 2016
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Wendi Gunter's discussion Kid Weight
"They should double their weight by 1-2 weeks of age. By 2 months, 15 pounds or less is worrisome. I'm happy if they're 20 pounds, but if they have a bucket-busting mama and not too many siblings, it's not unusual for a kid to reach 25…"
May 31, 2016
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Kid Weight

I know I've seen discussions on this before, but I was unable to find anything when I searched.  I have triplet bucklings from a first time doe.  They each weighed 2 1/2 pounds at birth.  They are currently 8 1/2 weeks old and still a bit small.  I have not weighed them recently, but plan to this week.  I will be hanging onto them until 12 weeks to give them some extra time.  What kind of weight is average for a 12 weeker?  I've usually had good sized kids and never thought to weigh.  Is there…See More
May 31, 2016
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Wendi Gunter's discussion Soft Hooves
"That sounds great! You can learn a lot from your goats by looking them over regularly."
Apr 20, 2016
Wendi Gunter replied to Wendi Gunter's discussion Soft Hooves
"I think I got it figured out. :)  The more I was thinking about it, the more it seemed like it might be related to the wetness (even though they weren't in mud.   Sure enough, a day or so after I posted this the weather got…"
Apr 20, 2016
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Wendi Gunter's discussion Soft Hooves
"Most of what you've written sounds normal, except for the soft hooves. Can you explain what you mean? What exactly are you seeing and feeling? Also, you really should be giving alfalfa to does producing milk as it is high in calcium, which they…"
Apr 20, 2016
Wendi Gunter posted a discussion

Soft Hooves

So both my does that kidded a little over 2 weeks ago now have soft hooves.  Both are walking fine (and even playing) and their feet are not hot.  Not sure what kind of problem, if any, I might be looking at.  They are not in mud (although outside is wet with rain, and their stalls have clean dry bedding. They are on a dairy ration I mix (whole barley, whole oats, sunflower seed) along with alfalfa pellets.  This was begun a few weeks before kidding in small portions and gradually built up to a…See More
Apr 15, 2016
Wendi Gunter replied to Wendi Gunter's discussion Overweight Doe
"Good grief.  Yes, you're right, I was handbreeding.  My brain fell out a bit today, I guess.  Trying to do to many things a once.   Since she's only on grass hay, I figured there wasn't much I could do as there is…"
Dec 7, 2015
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Wendi Gunter's discussion Overweight Doe
"Just for clarification, in case any lurkers are confused -- What you described earlier did not sound like pen breeding. You mention putting her with a buck when she appeared to be in heat. Pen breeding means you just put her in the pen with a buck…"
Dec 7, 2015
Wendi Gunter replied to Wendi Gunter's discussion Overweight Doe
"Yeah, she hasn't left a lot of room for doubt. lol  I've been around dairy goats all my life and I've heard about fat goats, I've just never owned one.  She was pen bred 3 times and after the last time, she did not come…"
Dec 7, 2015
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Wendi Gunter's discussion Overweight Doe
"Yeah, she's a chunky girl. Have you tried pen breeding? Just leave her with a buck for a month or two? When all else fails that usually does the trick."
Dec 7, 2015
Wendi Gunter replied to Wendi Gunter's discussion Overweight Doe
"I haven't been able to feel her ribs for a while.  It's not just her belly.  You can't tell as well with her winter coat, but she's shaped like a barrel.  I can't blame this on a large rumen. :)  You can…"
Dec 7, 2015
Wendi Gunter replied to Wendi Gunter's discussion Overweight Doe
"I'm leaving for church right now, but I will take a photo this afternoon and post it for you. :)"
Dec 6, 2015
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Wendi Gunter's discussion Overweight Doe
"They say that obese does are more likely to have complications during birth. However, I am curious what you mean by overweight. Does she just have a big belly? Can you feel her ribs at all? Does the underside of her tail look like a triangle (thick…"
Dec 6, 2015
Wendi Gunter replied to Wendi Gunter's discussion Overweight Doe
"Well, it's been 30 days since does were last bred and no signs at all of tubby coming back into heat.  My next question then is how will her weight effect her pregnancy and labor?  I would assume, just like with people, that it's…"
Dec 4, 2015

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They're here! :)

Posted on August 8, 2012 at 12:19pm 3 Comments

My two new girls are finally here. :)  They did spectacular on the drive.  We took all the bench seats out of our minivan and laid it thick with bedding so they rode pretty comfy.  Our trip did take longer than planned, however.  With only 2 hours left of our 10 hour trip the transmission went caput.  They ended up finishing the trip in the back of our Land Rover (which is still pretty roomy), and the drive ended up being 14 hours instead!  They were real troopers, though, and did so well! …

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Big Trip Planning

Posted on July 17, 2012 at 8:31am 3 Comments

In 3 weeks I will be bringing home my Nigerian Dwarf does (I'm picking them up after my daughters wedding). I'm concerned about the drive so was hoping for some input. I'm getting them from my friend Anna in Siletz, Oregon (near Newport) and I live near Moscow, Idaho. It's about 500 miles and we will be on I-5 until Portland, then east on I-84 along the Columbia, and…
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