Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats

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"I'll Feed Them Every Day!"

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…


Added by Naomi D'Andrea on December 30, 2015 at 6:41pm — 1 Comment

My Fav


Added by James Tinker on September 18, 2015 at 10:27am — No Comments

My little ones growing up..

I still think they are cute and enjoy their antics just as much as when bottle feeding them, but my wife just made the comment that they are grown up and not as cute as when little. …


Added by James Tinker on September 15, 2015 at 10:50am — 2 Comments


Mother Mavis gave birth to twins, 45 min. in labour for the first large one, and then a small brother, who popped out after a few minutes.   The small one has been getting weaker and weaker as the larger keeps pushing him out of the way.

Now I'm milking the mom to feed the babe. How many hours do 2 day old kids sleep?  I keep bringing the kid back to the mom, but he just nestles her and can't seem to latch on to the teat.  I'm hoping, he'll get stronger as the days go by.

Added by Beth Courtney on September 4, 2015 at 5:36pm — 1 Comment


My 4h goat has something on her bottom that looks like fungus. At first, we used vetricine product that made it shrink a bit but now it is back. Has anyone else experienced this or knows what it…


Added by Emily Howe on June 5, 2015 at 2:49pm — 3 Comments

Photos from the River's Edge


Added by James Tinker on May 12, 2015 at 12:42pm — No Comments

7 week old agouti pygmys

they are 7 weeks old today

Added by Dion Walters on April 28, 2015 at 12:40am — No Comments

Feeding Kids

We have 2 kid bucks. Trouble is 15 days old and lost his mama at 4 days old. He takes his bottle well. Little Bit is 10 days old and fights the bottle. We use a syringe for the most part. He bites at it rather than sucks. We have tried different nipples, different milk, and dipped it in honey/molasses. He is a hand full at feeding time. Any suggestions?

Added by Laura Nicklas on April 26, 2015 at 9:30am — 5 Comments

Building a Goat Maze to maxamize Browse on one acre

Am interested in developing a Permaculture version of raising Nigerian Dwarfs for my own use not a business............ I am on Face Book as Permaculture for Georgia........ I like to call my Effort The Goat Maze Home of the Amazing Goats.My effort is 10 does one billy and babies only once a year........ My Goat Maze is on one acre , the pens are set up with 10 plastic tote houses in the center with browsing sections that look like a orange cut…

Added by Paul Badon on April 25, 2015 at 7:40pm — 1 Comment

how old to breed

what is right age for a buck to start breeding. i have a lamancha x nubian doe…


Added by Dion Walters on April 23, 2015 at 10:40pm — 3 Comments

Morning time with the animals

After taking the children to school I went to the farm. It is a very peacefull way to start off the work day. As you can see it is on the river bank and floods so for a month or so a year I have to move everyone to another place. That is why I chose to make my chicken coop on a trailer. Lock them up at night and move in the mornings when needed. Now I have some ducklings that I have added. This morning there was a pilliated woodpecker and what I call sapsuckers pecking away while I was…


Added by James Tinker on April 23, 2015 at 10:52am — No Comments


It is SOO fun to watch Juniper and Pokey enjoying spring's bounty. After a long winter with no browse other than the occasional pine needles, they are loving all the juicy new green leaves and grass. And they're bigger this year so they've figured out how to get up on the taller shrubs/saplings and make them more accessible. Clever little caprines!

I wish I could decide for sure whether or not Juni is pregnant. Sometimes I think so and sometimes I don't. Her teats are really…


Added by Julieanne Cook on April 22, 2015 at 6:18pm — No Comments

Started a Herd

After 4 years of reading and learning I started my herd with 2 bucklings one to be a wether and a doeling. I opted to not go registered but did purchase from milking herds.

Here is my doeling that is from a heard in NE Arkansas, this is Yolanda and her parents

The boys,…


Added by James Tinker on April 19, 2015 at 10:30am — 2 Comments

Yay! Hay!

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…


Added by Julieanne Cook on April 2, 2015 at 8:21pm — No Comments

blue cigars?

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…


Added by Julieanne Cook on March 21, 2015 at 6:32pm — 5 Comments


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…


Added by Julieanne Cook on March 11, 2015 at 5:01pm — No Comments

hairy issues

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,…


Added by Julieanne Cook on March 10, 2015 at 10:41am — 2 Comments

My two goats

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…


Added by Julieanne Cook on March 8, 2015 at 4:44pm — No Comments

New Milker


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.  

Added by Ellie Weidenhammer on February 27, 2015 at 10:47am — 3 Comments

new introduction

 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…


Added by Dion Walters on February 17, 2015 at 8:51am — 2 Comments


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