Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats

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Ginelle Hewitt replied to Ginelle Hewitt's discussion Export to Britain
"Thank you! Do you have any recommended ones? I'm not in the area, so don't know those companies. TIA!"
2 hours ago
Heather L replied to Heather L's discussion Overdue. Should I be doing something?
"Bummer but thanks for the peace of mind. I’ll stop being so on edge then. My other doe is due today so hopefully we get at least some babies this year. I don’t have a lot of space so we only keep two. Well conditioned is definitely how…"
13 hours ago
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Heather L's discussion Overdue. Should I be doing something?
"That does not look like a pregnant goat. You weren't kidding when you said she has no udder. You don't need to do anything. I'd keep an eye on her udder for a few more days just in case it suddenly balloons up, but she looks like…"
14 hours ago
Heather L replied to Heather L's discussion Overdue. Should I be doing something?
"I tried to post pictures but I’m not sure if it worked. My vet doesn’t do ultrasounds so I’d have to drive her 4 hours away to get it done. Can I just wait and see or do I need to get her an ultrasound?"
14 hours ago
Heather L replied to Heather L's discussion Overdue. Should I be doing something?
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Heather L replied to Heather L's discussion Overdue. Should I be doing something?
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14 hours ago
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Lil's discussion Color Description
"The goat standing is a broken chamoisee (or maybe chamoise, because they spell it differently if it's a buck or doe). On his papers I'd write ... broken roan chamoisee with frosted ears and muzzle and broken belt.  A buckskin has a…"
15 hours ago
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Heather L's discussion Overdue. Should I be doing something?
"The only way to know for sure if she is pregnant would be to get an ultrasound. If she is having a false pregnancy, she will test positive on a blood test because her body thinks it's pregnant.  You should not squeeze her teats. That tells…"
15 hours ago
Heather L posted a discussion

Overdue. Should I be doing something?

My first freshener who was due a week ago at this point still doesn’t look close. She is soft in the udder area but doesn’t have a bag yet and has slightly larger teats. I was able to squeeze milk out and her ligaments seem a bit softer than usual but are far from gone. Her vulva is still tight like normal. I know my date is absolutely correct because we did driveway breeding so she was only with the buck once. We saw him breed her three times while we were there and she didn’t come back into…See More
18 hours ago
Lil replied to Lil's discussion Color Description
"Sorry... meant to put this in a different category!"
18 hours ago
Lil posted a discussion

Color Description

I'm trying to decide what I would describe my buckling's coloring as... he is mostly a reddish roan/ brown, with white markings, and the black markings that a chamoise would have -black underbelly, legs, and dorsal stripe. I would call him a broken buckskin, but he looks to red roan in my opinion (of course, I'm a newbie so my opinion doesn't count for much LOL). In the pictures he looks a little more brown. What would you (any of you) describe his coloring as?…See More
18 hours ago
Lil replied to Lil's discussion Moonspot?
"How neat! I know her mother doesn't have any... she's a buckskin, but her father is also gold like her and I believe he may have moonspots. I guess I'll know for sure if any of her kids turn out moonspotted!"
yesterday
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Lil's discussion Moonspot?
"Moonspots are basically just dark spots rather than white spots, so that's probably one. They are genetic, so a goat won't have them unless one of its parents had them. But unlike blue eyes, which are super obvious, sometimes moonspots are…"
yesterday
Lil posted a discussion

Moonspot?

So I'm a newbie, and I'm trying to learn about the coat patterns and colors. My doeling is light gold, and I noticed a darker gold spot on her back... could it be a moonspot? I can take better pictures tomorrow if this isn't a good enough one to tell.Thanks in advance!…See More
Thursday
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Ginelle Hewitt's discussion Export to Britain
"I don't have any experience with it, but there are a couple of companies that do semen collection for goats. I would think that they'd have info on exporting semen. "
Thursday
Aimee Mayfield is now a member of Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats
Wednesday
Ginelle Hewitt posted a discussion

Export to Britain

Hello!I was wondering if anyone has had any experience (or knows companies) experienced in exporting Nigerian Dwarf straws to Britain?Many thanks in advance!See More
Wednesday
Maggie replied to Maggie's discussion Breeding age for buck
"I usually do the same. I like to see at least one, ideally two breedings. My particular guy already notices and tries to mount does in heat but isnt tall enough to get things where they need to be. Hopefully when the time comes he’ll still…"
Tuesday
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Maggie's discussion Breeding age for buck
"Just circling back to this because one of my Goats 365 members texted me with this exact situation, except the doe was in heat that day, and she wanted to use a 5-month-old buck. I pretty much told her that she can try but no guarantees, and a…"
Tuesday
Lil replied to Lil's discussion Breeding age for doe?
"Thanks so much! That definitely makes sense. I have a doeling that will be 9 months in November, and I'm hoping she'll be at a good weight then so I can breed her. If not, I'll just wait till next fall. "
Tuesday
 

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Export to Britain

Started by Ginelle Hewitt in Introductions. Last reply by Ginelle Hewitt 2 hours ago. 2 Replies

Hello!I was wondering if anyone has had any experience (or knows companies) experienced in exporting Nigerian Dwarf straws to Britain?Many thanks in advance!Continue

Overdue. Should I be doing something?

Started by Heather L in Kidding. Last reply by Heather L 13 hours ago. 6 Replies

My first freshener who was due a week ago at this point still doesn’t look close. She is soft in the udder area but doesn’t have a bag yet and has slightly larger teats. I was able to squeeze milk out and her ligaments seem a bit softer than usual…Continue

Color Description

Started by Lil in Goats 101. Last reply by Deborah Niemann-Boehle 15 hours ago. 2 Replies

I'm trying to decide what I would describe my buckling's coloring as... he is mostly a reddish roan/ brown, with white markings, and the black markings that a chamoise would have -black underbelly, legs, and dorsal stripe. I would call him a broken…Continue

Moonspot?

Started by Lil in Goats 101. Last reply by Lil yesterday. 2 Replies

So I'm a newbie, and I'm trying to learn about the coat patterns and colors. My doeling is light gold, and I noticed a darker gold spot on her back... could it be a moonspot? I can take better pictures tomorrow if this isn't a good enough one to…Continue

Breeding age for buck

Started by Maggie in Breeding. Last reply by Maggie on Tuesday. 4 Replies

Guys what is the youngest you’ve successfully used a buckling for breeding? I’m making my breeding plans for next year and I have a buckling I’m planning on using with a doe I usually breed in September. At that time he will be 5 months old. Should…Continue

Breeding age for doe?

Started by Lil in Breeding. Last reply by Lil on Tuesday. 2 Replies

Is it okay to breed a Nigerian Dwarf doe at 8 or 9 months if she weighs enough? If so, how much should she weigh?Thanks! Continue

Sick Nigerian Dwarf Kid

Started by Taylor in Health. Last reply by Deborah Niemann-Boehle May 6. 1 Reply

Hi! My family recently got 2 baby goats. We got them when they were a few days old and they are now 4 weeks old.  The past couple of days, we have been struggling to get our girl Nigerian dwarf to take her bottle. We have to force her to take 2 oz…Continue

Singleton Nursing...

Started by Leslie Honcoop in Kidding. Last reply by Leslie Honcoop Apr 28. 2 Replies

I have a buckling who is a week old. We lost his sister (that's another post) so he is alone. We had a rough start with momma (FF) not wanting him...was 5 hours before he nursed much...but now he is nursing well, though he does have a side…Continue

Molly's Herbal Dewormer

Started by Heidi Sloan in Health. Last reply by Deborah Niemann-Boehle Apr 28. 16 Replies

I've just been browsing the Fiasco Farms site, after reading way too much complicated literature on goat worms.  I think I'm going to take the plunge and give the…Continue

Our First Kid!!!

Started by Melissa in Kidding. Last reply by Melissa Apr 27. 8 Replies

We had our first kid born last night!  He was a singleton buck and is the cutest little guy we've ever see.  The delivery went well and was very quick...or at least it was a lot quicker then I was imagining it would be. Our doe is a FF and was very…Continue

Blog Posts

My ND goats

Posted by Julia M Willams on January 2, 2017 at 2:26pm 3 Comments

Hi everyone! I thought maybe you all might want to see some pictures of my goats. So here they are, I hope you enjoy them...

I'm glad they don't mind the snow, because we're sure getting a lot this year!…

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A Year (and a half) in Review

Posted by Naomi D'Andrea on December 11, 2016 at 9:29pm 3 Comments

Bought the kids July 2015. Bred Mira January, first travel and goat-sitters March, babies June, learned how to milk, sold babies August, started playing with chevre and cheddar, built cheese press, rigged a sort of cheese cave, expanded goat yard, added more play structures for the goats...

...and I keep putting off the eternal question from Willow, "Can I keep another doe next year?" I keep waiting for the proverbial bloom to fall. I waited to see if she'd get tired of the constant…

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Old Haunt Blog Announcement!

Posted by Old Haunt Farm on May 21, 2016 at 6:41am 2 Comments

Hi Folks!

I'm announcing my new (still being edited and added to, but published) farm website complete with blog! I wanted to put the blog link here, since it's about my recent (and first) kidding experience. I've gotten a TON of support here over the past few weeks, and I thought I'd share this story with you as a sort of thank you! I hope you enjoy it! Here's the link...…

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When can goat kids go out on pasture?

Posted by Sophie on May 20, 2016 at 4:28pm 1 Comment

Hey! I have a question for anyone who'd be kind enough to answer! :) I'm new to goat, we just got 3 NG last week. One 7 year old milking doe, a 15 week old and a 8 week old doeling. When can the babies start going out to pasture? (we have a very safe and "kid" proof pasture) They haven't been in the pasture yet so I'm thinking I have to work them up to it like horses? How would I exactly do that? Also, the doe hasn't been in the pasture for a week but that's fine to put her in it all day…

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