Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats

for people who love the littlest dairy goats

All Blog Posts (212)

First Timers!

Hello all! My name is Tristian and my husband and I recently purchased our first herd of goats. I say herd because we have five does and two bucks. All five of the does are pregnant and due from mid February thru early March. Let's just say I am very nervous! Four of the does are first fresheners. My senior doe is 5 and has thrown triplets twice. I am new to all of this, and am wondering how to go about milking; when it is safe to start, how much (often) I should milk, etc. I am so looking…

Continue

Added by Tristian on October 13, 2012 at 9:26am — 2 Comments

He'd rather be inside

Finnigan has grown by leaps and bounds. He has discover the cross piece on the perimeter fence. I watched him go up but decide not to jump out. I was pleased to see him turn around and come back down.…

Continue

Added by Jan on October 7, 2012 at 7:45am — 1 Comment

Westie at 16 Weeks Fresh

Westie didn't produce well her first freshening(Sept) and then backed up to the fence to be bred in Jan. She kidded in late May with quads. The three boys were sold as bottle babies and her daughter was left to nurse whenever she wanted.   In the last week we have gone from .12 # of milk to 2# every morning (I only…

Continue

Added by Jan on September 21, 2012 at 2:05pm — 1 Comment

Injured Teat

Today at milking time I noticed a bit of blood on the paper towel that I used to wash Sumac's udder with. I took a look and saw that she had a bad cut on it. This happens from time to time as some of our fencing is barbed wire and the goats like to find places to squeeze through it. When it happens we carefully hand-milk the doe rather than using the machine, and we keep the cut dry and clean until it heals. Sumac's cut was pretty deep and I could see something that I thought might be the…

Continue

Added by Marin Waddell on August 20, 2012 at 10:53pm — 16 Comments

They're here! :)

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! …

Continue

Added by Wendi Gunter on August 8, 2012 at 12:19pm — 3 Comments

Tuesday, Tuesday, Tuesday!

This is our families "Saturday".  My husband is home from work for the next two days, and we are all happy.  Especially our goats, which he has been known to take his first cup of coffee with.  At 6:15am it was 55 beautiful, crisp degrees outside, and the air felt good deep in my lungs.  We stacked the last of our firewood for the winter after morning chores.  My oldest son Alex, who is 12, is such a huge help around our little farm.  I think I'll never teach him to drive so he can't grow up…

Continue

Added by Kirsten Lowe on August 7, 2012 at 2:40pm — 1 Comment

Goats love corn stalks

My goats are in love with all the goodies hubby brings to them. Last week it was green bean leavings. This week it is corn stalks. They seem to like the variety. Comfrey is another favorite.…

Continue

Added by Jan on August 7, 2012 at 9:12am — No Comments

Nigerian Dwarf Doe for Sale - Astoria, Oregon

I have a really nice pet doe for sale. Unfortunately, despite her dam's gorgeous udder, Anna has freshened with an udder that qualifies her for beloved pet status, without papers.

Algedi Farm H Thunderstruck's granddaughter - Camanna TN Orianna "Anna". Cost is $100.

For more pics and more information please visit our website at http://toaheedliinii.jimdo.com/ or email at…

Continue

Added by Toaheedliinii Farm on July 30, 2012 at 3:18am — 1 Comment

In love!

It is such a joy to have our goats home!  I can't believe how they grow on you in such a short time.  It have been raining for two days here in MA, and they have been hold up in their barn.  So we all go out just to spend time with them and let them get to know us.  I still feel like I did as a new mom, wondering through all the same questions.  Am I feeding them right?  Is the poop normal?  Are they comfortable, and content? What stuff do I…

Continue

Added by Kirsten Lowe on July 29, 2012 at 10:31am — No Comments

My new girl

I brought a new girl home a few days ago and is still low girl in the group of 3. She is in milk and I'm worried because I dont think she is eating enough. She wont eat her grain while I milk her and the other two are not very nice when they eat hay together. So, I put two areas for hay so she can get away, but she wont leave the other two. Im hoping to get her to produce more milk too. Any suggestions?

Added by shelly Collins on July 27, 2012 at 11:54am — 1 Comment

Big Trip Planning

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…
Continue

Added by Wendi Gunter on July 17, 2012 at 8:31am — 3 Comments

to drink or not to drink

I just brought home my very first two nigerian girls!!!! Ive been waiting for this for 17 years. One of my girls is in milk. The breeder was trying to make the transition for them as safe and stress free for all. Little did either of us know that Ivermectin sl stays in there system and needs 40 days withdrawal before I can drink her milk. I was heartbroken! But she asked her source and I did a bit of investigating to find out that a lot of people only wait 4 days. These are dairy goat…

Continue

Added by shelly Collins on July 11, 2012 at 4:27pm — 3 Comments

to drink or not to drink

I just brought home my very first two nigerian girls!!!! Ive been waiting for this for 17 years. One of my girls is in milk. The breeder was trying to make the transition for them as safe and stress free for all. Little did either of us know that Ivermectin sl stays in there system and needs 40 days withdrawal before I can drink her milk. I was heartbroken! But she asked her source and I did a bit of investigating to find out that a lot of people only wait 4 days. These are dairy goat…

Continue

Added by shelly Collins on July 11, 2012 at 4:27pm — No Comments

First Freshener!

Fiona, a feisty little goat visiting Gillis Hill Farm from End-O-Way Farm. She is a Nigerian Dwarf dairy goat and a first freshener who…
Continue

Added by Cindy Lillich on July 8, 2012 at 6:00pm — 1 Comment

My Story

Many people think that I am a newbie seeing I just built a barn and moved my animals home. I am far from it. I have owned Nigerian Dwarf Goats for 6 years and have worked around them for 8 years, And around livestok for almost 9 years.

I boarded my animals for 5 years before moving them home. the main reason behind this is because of local town by laws. I had to go through a 6 month process and a very expensive process to move them home. lets just say I could have bought a very nice…

Continue

Added by Rebecca Wilson on July 6, 2012 at 8:36am — 1 Comment

Finally Hay

The window for cutting hay a week and a half ago closed quickly with several days of rain. However on Sunday our hay guy was able to get on the field and start mowing. Last night he baled up the first 12 or so bales just to make sure the baler was working right. (of course it needed adjustment!)

This morning we are looking at a full day of picking up and putting in the barn. He has about 1/3 of the field left to mow but wanted to get this stuff under cover before the next rain.  Each…

Continue

Added by Jan on July 4, 2012 at 4:30am — 2 Comments

Our First Milking on Our Own!

Continue

Added by Cindy Lillich on June 30, 2012 at 9:36am — 3 Comments

Sad! Sad! Sad!

I cannot continue to put six quarts of milk in my fridge everyday.

 My three goats have put me over the top. Unlike Deborah I haven't learned to make all kinds of cheese and with just two of us we really don't need it. I have made ice cream, yogurt, cajeta, soft cheese and frozen a lot. I have given some away and traded for eggs weekly.  Still too much! My last freshened one is still nursing as well.

However...I am going to once a day milking with my two that…

Continue

Added by Jan on June 27, 2012 at 10:57am — 10 Comments

New additions to our show herd

We were thrilled to find this site after losing the link for so long. I even did a search for it on Google and couldn't find it. We have made some herd additions this year. We were blessed to be able to acquire Pecan Hollow C Clabber, a 2nd freshener out of a San Francisco Bay buck and Rosaharn's Tom's Bit-A-Willy doe. We lost the kids, due to either stress of the trip from Nemo or from a bump from a bad doe the second she got into the pen. Her production was a little low, due to the…

Continue

Added by ksenia on June 5, 2012 at 12:53pm — No Comments

Drying Up

I bought a doe in milk and have been milking at least twice a day. Every milking I have gotten no more than 1/2 cup. I am certain I empty her out. She was dry on one side when I got her.  Anyways I'm selling her as a pet to a petting zoo. They don't want to milk her. I wanted to know if it would be ok just to stop milking her alltogether?  And also when I stop milking does she need grain? And do I change her feed from alfalfa?  I looking forward to making a better purchase soon. You learn…

Continue

Added by Trisha Lawver on May 26, 2012 at 5:08pm — 2 Comments

Order these books on Kindle!

We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com.

Need goat equipment?

Yogurt Maker

2-quart milk pail


Mineral feeder (put minerals in one side and baking soda in the other!)

© 2014   Created by Deborah Niemann-Boehle.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service