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Herd Reduction

*UPDATED* from my last post.



I have decided to retain one of the bucks for now, because there was no interest in him and I can still use him in my herd, whereas I cannot use the other at all and need to sell him the most.



So I still have one buck available. 



Wonderland Lord Licorice  is polled and very friendly. He is NDGA registered, dam tested negative for CAE. No CL or abscesses of any kind in my herd. I simply can't keep him because I have his dam,…

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Added by Rachel Payne on April 25, 2013 at 10:30pm — 9 Comments

Would you breed this time of year?

We have had our ND does since Sept., but only now have finally resolved issues with the past owner and are getting the registration papers for our girls!  So, is there any reason why we shouldn't start looking to breed them?  It would mean having the kids around Sept-Oct., which seems like a good time for New England--not too hot, not yet freezing cold.  What do you think?  Would it be harder to sell kids just before Winter?  Should we wait, or go for it?

Added by Julia agron on April 22, 2013 at 6:18pm — 5 Comments

Determined

Its the first day of spring and I have finished the milking. Misty has been blatting since I went into the goat area. When she jumps off the milk stand and I put her in her pen she rushes outside and wades through belly deep snow towards the buck's winter pen.  The bucks begin their vocalizing and I realize...no, I don't want a "through the fence" breeding. I catch her and lock the doors so she cannot get out. Poor girl she was really wanting a conjugal visit.…

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Added by Jan on March 20, 2013 at 7:00am — 1 Comment

first milking experience

This was my first time ever milking.  After watching many videos and reading about milking, I knew that it was not going to be easy.  For the first try we were able to get 1/2 cup of milk.... not successful at all.  Maybe next time we will get more?

Added by Eloisa Acevedo on March 19, 2013 at 3:34pm — 9 Comments

What? She IS pregnant after all? Silly Goat!

I have a doe on her first pregnancy.  Thought the rest of you would get a kick out of her little story.

 

Bought her in early Dec. and she was supposed to be bred.  She didn't come into heat, but then in mid Jan. she was acting like she was in heat.  Brought her back to breeder, and the bucks were interested, so we got the choosen boy back out, and he was willing but she wasn't.  It was done anyway.

 

Now, I've been looking at her.  This little goat, who would…

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Added by Marty on March 10, 2013 at 9:52pm — No Comments

Gone off his feed?

Tater a 3 year old buck has suddenly gone off of his feed.  He acts like he's feeling well and doesn't appear to be loosing weight.  However, for the last couple of days he just noses around his hay pellets and hasn't cleaned them up.  We've never used him to cover a doe.  He's been vaccinated and is in a pen by himself, but next to the herdsires. Does anyone have any suggestions?

Added by Kimberly Mondragon on March 7, 2013 at 12:16pm — 1 Comment

Wintering Our Goats

 I thought I'd share a little about how we've set up our barn for the goats for the winter. We have a 17m X 24m (~56' X 80') pole shelter. From what we can tell it was originally just a roof with no walls, possibly intended for hay storage, but at some point it was enclosed with plywood. Over time this plywood has deteriorated leaving gaps. We live on the Canadian Prairies and temperatures get pretty cold. The goats do just fine in our big breezy set-up. 

Some photos:

The door…

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Added by Marin Waddell on January 28, 2013 at 12:30pm — 4 Comments

10 below zero

When I went out for chores this morning and to check on the week old triplets it was 10 below zero with a wind chill of -33. Those little ones were jumping around like it was summer!  In the other pen there was a single doeling freshly arrived , full belly, dried off with her mom.  I have the heat lamp on for her and she seems to be doing all right. I did give her a sweater as well.…

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Added by Jan on January 23, 2013 at 5:08pm — 3 Comments

Milking Cinnamon

Good morning everyone,

I have some questions, as usual.

Cinnamon had triplets on Dec. 9th. I sold 2 of them on Jan. 13 and they are being bottle fed and doing great. I started milking Cinnamon on the 14th...once a day, by the 16th she was hollering in the afternoon as her bag was really full, so I started milking her twice a day...her one kid is with her all of the time.

The last two mornings, I am getting NO milk and in the afternoon I'm lucky if I get 1/4 cup. Now all…

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Added by Adele Rodgers on January 21, 2013 at 11:53am — 5 Comments

Bridal Suite

I told my husband that I put the doe and buck in the bridal suite and he asked when is he going to be a "goatpa" (you know grandpa)  I thought that was so funny, just had to share it!!

Added by Shannon Jurdzy on December 17, 2012 at 10:28pm — 2 Comments

Best hoof trimmers

Do any of you have favorite hoof trimmers for Nigerians and womens size

Added by Shannon Jurdzy on December 13, 2012 at 9:56pm — 5 Comments

Trade

In order to reduce my herd size due to illness that is sapping my energy I was able to make a trade. She got a doe back (that she had sold to me and dearly wanted back), a buckling and another doe. Both does were pregnant. I got two 8 week old does (full sisters to one of the does).  They still need names.…

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Added by Jan on November 21, 2012 at 11:05am — 1 Comment

Moose

Today my husband and I had to put our beautiful Moose to sleep. The vet had no idea why he got sick and to find out is apparently expensive. So while I was holding him the vet put him down. Very emotional for the both of us. …

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Added by Lyn Adams on November 16, 2012 at 7:45pm — 9 Comments

please give my goats a good home

i have 2 nigerian dwarf goats that i am not able to care for due to health problems. i am a senior citizen whos only passion in life are my animals. i have been this way since i was a child. my goats are my pets and i only trust them to go to someone who has had goats before and who truly loves them .too many want them for free so they can sell them.so i read this forum and hoped that here i could find them a loving home.they are 6months old.they are brother and sister the doe is black and…

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Added by mary smith on November 15, 2012 at 11:18am — 7 Comments

miscarriage?

Our does were with a buck from Oct 1-27.  Unfortuntly, while feeding one of them this am I noticed some blood under her tail. I am so sad. At this point is there anything I should do for her? 

Added by Rachel Crowley on November 4, 2012 at 12:54pm — 1 Comment

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…

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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.…

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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…

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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…

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

 

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