for people who love the littlest dairy goats
I finally found some really good hay today. I've been having a heck of a time finding decent hay at a fair price. But I found a family that raises Nubians and grows their own custom hay. Not only that, but they were really nice people who were ok with me buying a smaller amount. They also said that they'd be happy to be my hay supplier going forward. What a relief!
Juniper and Pokey came to blows today over their treat of peanuts. I get so worried when he head-butts her on her…Continue
Added by Julieanne Cook on April 2, 2015 at 8:21pm — No Comments
Lately I've been wondering if the adage about being able to tell if your pregnant doe is going to have boys because she acts "bucky" while she's pregnant is true. Juniper is being such a bossy girl lately! Her previously shy temperament is going away, and she is bossing Pokey around all the time now. She mounts him, chases him and antagonizes him by nipping at his legs and sides. She also goes around stamping her hoof a lot, not something she used to do. It's so funny. I guess if she does…Continue
Today was rainy so I didn't get to spend much time with the goats, which is a shame because that's usually my favorite time of day. But the time I did get with them was, um, challenging. That is to say that Pokey thought he could jump up on me and try to climb on me when I was sitting down. And that he'd attempt that coming from a full run! Wow did that hurt. I kept pushing him off and giving a firm "NO" but it still took 3 tries to get him to stop. He reminds me of an adolescent boy…Continue
Added by Julieanne Cook on March 11, 2015 at 5:01pm — No Comments
Yesterday I noticed that Juniper is growing a beard! She looks so cute with her whiskers. I wonder why Pokey isn't growing one, considering he's the boy. I guess it's hit and miss. He sure has the full neck and shoulders hair that intact bucks have, though. I just can't get over how soft and lush their coats are. I'd always imagined goats having coarse coats, probably because of my previous experience with those poor pitiful petting zoo goats.
Juni is getting leggy now,…Continue
I'd like to start jotting down all the cute and interesting things that are going on with my duo. It's mostly just for myself, so I can remember the things they do and stuff that happens in my ND goat adventure.
Today they were somewhat jumpy, especially Pokey. I wonder if something got close to their pen last night, or earlier today when I was out running errands. After the incidents with the stray dogs last weekend, I really worry. I'll have to take action if I see those…Continue
Added by Julieanne Cook on March 8, 2015 at 4:44pm — No Comments
I was wondering what was the normal amount of milk from a Nigerian? My parents had full size Saanen goats I would milk and I knew my ladies wouldn't milk as much but I am receiving a little over a pint each. Is this normal? They have plenty of food and water left over every night so I know they are getting enough as well as I have a nutrition goat block and individual feedings with goat minerals.
hello, to all first off. I am new to this site , I have I full 3-4 yr old nigi,whos's named pepper (my first,who's preg), then I bought her a friend Harley , she's 1, who's 1/2 LaMancha, 1/2 Nubian, then I bought 2 preg pygmys pinky and the brain, who's about 3-4 yrs old. now I've had them a month or so now, i'm able to bring home my newest addition named sunny she is 6 weeks old mini nubi. I put her in with the nigi & the lamacha/Nubian and they keep butting her. I understand…Continue
Deer Ridge Farm Sweet Pea is for sale. She kids easy. This is her 2nd time kidding. 1st time had a single buckling. This time had a doeling and buckling. Gives alot of milk. Does good on milking stand getting better each day. Has a nice full udder. We have been milking her she is in milk but is starting to dry up. Have been milking her once a day. Was still working on shaving her in picture so not…Continue
Hi I am posting not knowing if this is the right way to do it as it's my first time posting. My question is that I am milking for the first time and I have a first freshener and I have only been milking her in the morning. I take the two doelings away from Mom at night as I have a stall separator that allows them to be beside mom but separate. I only milk her in the am and return her to her babies for the whole day. I noticed the amount I have been getting from her is decreasing. Should I be…Continue
We have an 8 week old buckling who we neutered this morning using a Ritchey Nipper! It went smoothly relatively speaking. About a week ago though I noticed a different issue - a scur coming up. Now they are in 3 places, about 1/2 inch tall and pretty thin (so they are kind of sharp). What should I do? I'm concerned about him hurting someone else when headbutting. Do I have him re-burned by the vet? (I'm doing the burning next year)! cut them myself somehow (how?)? Any ideas.…Continue
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Added by Margie McCoy at River Dance Farm on March 1, 2014 at 12:00pm — No Comments
http://www.riverdancefarm.com We have now integrated etsy for our store for easier navigation. Click on Etsy Store and there you will find not only handmade gifts from our farm but also from my friend Monica at Polka Dot World. We want to wish all of you happy holidays and hope everyone stays safe.
After this group kept coming up in searches I finally joined and I'm excited to be a part of it! I currently have 2 ND does (1 senior and 1 FF), 1 ND wether and 3 ND kids (3 doelings and a buckling). All of them are from Castle Rock stock.
I also have a couple of grade pygmies and 3 pygmy/ND cross kids (2 doelings and 1 buckling) with more kids on the way any minute now. They were my first goats before I really knew anything about goats. We milk them as well as the…Continue