Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats

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November 2011 Blog Posts (7)

Getting into breeding season

Ok.......Here we are at that time of year for us again. We like to breed the end of Dec. to insure May babies as that is when the temperatures here are more tolerable. The bucks are definately ready ha ha! The matches for the breedings are determined and we are getting ready for lift off ha ha! This definately gives us goat breeders something to look forward to through the rough winters. The anticipation grows and the excitement takes over the worst part of winter to where you dont notice…

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Added by Margie McCoy at River Dance Farm on November 30, 2011 at 5:54pm — 3 Comments

Hurray for Small Victories!

David was about to call the nut house this morning I was so excited I was dancing and hollering and I am still high from this an hour later!

 

First a recap of the changes...Dry lot cleaned  really well 3 times a week, No browse. basic necessities only: Hay, minerals, baking soda, salt. Homemade herbal dewormer infusions in bottled water for the girls plain bottled water for the boys.

 

Yesterday was the girls herbal holiday where they got plain bottled water…

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Added by Adrienne on November 26, 2011 at 10:54am — 1 Comment

Don't Drink the Water!

Interesting development in my search for answers last week, but first some recap and back story.  This summer the pumps on our community well were changed ( and their may have been other issues), so we received a boil advisory "until further notice" which turned out to be about a month.  Call me lazy all you want, but you try boiling water for 16 animals and 2 people in HOT summer and only 4 burners 2 pots and 2 saucepans I promise you will pay for bottled water!…

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Added by Adrienne on November 23, 2011 at 12:06am — 4 Comments

5 days of herbs.

So here we are after 5 days of herbal wormer with the goats. After the first day when they ate the entire half batch that I made , they didn't eat much of it any other day.

I did a fecal on Ty who has had diarrhea for a few days that I thought was related to coccidosis. I did see what i thought were HC, but they weren't elevated the way  I have seen in the others.  But the meds weren't working,  and he was still eating and playing well. So I decided to take him to the vet. Turns out…

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Added by Adrienne on November 13, 2011 at 10:47am — 2 Comments

First experience with herbals

For the last several weeks I have been managing dry lots for my goats...bucks...well, Dream Catcher, and Does including the pen jumper Diego and the still quite young buckling. It is a lot of work to start, but once you get into a routine its not too hard to maintain. Had an issue with a really goatie smell at first in the new winter house, and I was cleaning it out every other day or so, but now it seems to be a bit better, and I can now do it with my regular whole pen cleanings 2-3 times a…

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Added by Adrienne on November 10, 2011 at 6:51am — 3 Comments

HOUSE update!!

We got all of our paperwork in to the lender and been approved. We will be closing on the refinancing of our home sometime this month!  The mortgage will INCLUDE property tax and insurances, which it currently does not. The total savings will be about $700 a MONTH!!  Can you say " NEW FENCE??"  "VINYL SIDING??" or "NEW CENTRAL AIR UNIT?"

I have known I wanted to replace the fence since we moved here, but it still does it's job as far as the bigger dogs and the goats are concerned, so…

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Added by Adrienne on November 8, 2011 at 12:22am — 1 Comment

It's A Love Hate Relationship.



So this morning while I was cleaning the doe pen the girls were out eating leaves under this mysterious fruit tree that we have. I came inside to get something and David said " I see four big goats outside." and I said " What? I only let the girls out, who is it?" So I looked and it's my…
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Added by Adrienne on November 2, 2011 at 6:30pm — 3 Comments


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