Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats

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Eyes look funny.

My little babies all have big round pupils instead of the little narrow oblong ones, should I bee worried. My husband and son think I'm being silly but I don't want them sick. Has anyone seen that before?

Added by Kathy Fuller on July 12, 2013 at 8:09pm — 2 Comments

Poor Zaffy

This morning I went out to the goat barn to let them out, and I found Hazel standing on a knocked over hay feeder, Mable where she usually is, but Zaffy was nowhere to be seen! After scanning the inside of the barn, though, I noticed a small muzzle poking out of the keyhole opening of the feeder.  Don't know how Zaffy got in the box, it being locked and all, but she did.  Probably slipped through the hole, but it would have been a tight squeeze, and since the box was on its side then she…


Added by Becka Taylor on July 12, 2013 at 8:06am — 1 Comment

New store opened with gifts from our farm

We are so excited that we opened a new store featuring hand made gifts from the farm. It is still a work in progress as we are adding new items to the list all the time. If you would like to check it out its There is also a link on our website for the shop the gift store.

Added by Margie McCoy at River Dance Farm on July 8, 2013 at 1:32pm — No Comments

Goats in the Pool

It was over 110 here so I carried my goats in the pool and they didn't like it very much but I could tell they loved it afterwords when they were out and running around, but then they sat in the sun so they dried very quickly. 

Added by Sophia A. Heimberg on July 1, 2013 at 1:42pm — 1 Comment

Sore Mouth

Melissa,  thank you so much for your reply and recommendations.  We are starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel concerning the sore mouth saga.  What a learning experience. 


Added by Lindy Tate on June 25, 2013 at 6:42am — No Comments

training LGD questions

I'm a newbie - we have had our first goats for one month: 3 kids who are now 3 months and 1 kid who is 7 months.  We have two GPyrs that we are training.  The young GPyr is a male 8months who spent the whole day with the goats yesterday, for the first time, and actually slept under the platforms that the goats play on-- he has been spending briefer time with them before that.  

But during the day, he developed worsening diarrhea, and last night vomited up what looks like the goats…


Added by Izzy Kosice on June 6, 2013 at 6:37am — No Comments

Bradford pear limbs and leaves

can my dwarf nigerian eat Bradford pear limbs and leaves?

Added by polly jackson on May 13, 2013 at 4:37pm — 2 Comments

what do you feed your Nigerians ?

I have just started my herd and I just wanted to hear from everyone on what you feed your herd.

I have dumor goat pellets and a few alfalfa pellets. I have just started to add a little purina goat chow too.

Added by polly jackson on May 10, 2013 at 11:09am — 8 Comments

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,…


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


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, 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.…


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…


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…


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.…


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…


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

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