Lumps and Bumps

Hey everyone! Over the past 5 months I’ve discovered a few lumps and bumps on my goats and I need some help figuring out what they could be. I have 4 different goats that I’ll tell y’all about. First off is Alice. She is a 6 year old ND who…

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6 Replies · Reply by Tammy Gallagher Jun 20
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Newby in Oklahoma

Hello and thank you for letting me join. My wife and I have decided to get some Nigerian dwarf goats and we have several questions. The first is the fence. I'm being told a fence with 4x4 holes is good. Has anyone had experience with that or should…

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1 Reply · Reply by Tammy Gallagher Jun 7
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updates


 our girls are really getting big now, and showing . they will be due late March early April, we r so excited .  we wanted, to wish you all a very Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year.   will keep u all posted later, bout our girls

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My ND goats


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


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!


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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Thrifty Homesteader Team posted a video
Someone just messaged me and asked what minerals my goats love, and the truth is that it doesn't matter what MY goats love or loathe. Why? That's what I'm talking about in this video!
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Michelle Boucher-Snodgrass and David walker joined Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats
Saturday
Thrifty Homesteader Team posted a discussion
https://thriftyhomesteader.com/listeriosis-in-goats/
Listeriosis can strike fear into the hearts of goats owners, not only because it needs prompt treatment to increase the odds of survival, and because it can be difficult to diagnose due to the fact that it shares symptoms with several other serious illnesses, but also because Listeria bacteria exist everywhere.
Today, Dr. Melissa Holahan, a postdoctoral researcher from the Washington Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory, is joining us to talk…
Jul 17
Thrifty Homesteader Team posted a video
You've probably heard me talk about the importance of weighing kids for the first two weeks to be sure they are gaining enough -- so you can start supplementing if needed -- but what do you do if you have underweight kids that are a month old or more? It's virtually impossible to get an older kid to take a bottle, so I'm talking about what you can do to help older kids gain weight when they can't get enough milk from mom.
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Jul 12
Kelsey is now a member of Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats
Jul 12
Tammy Gallagher replied to Kylie Eggers's discussion Hand milking cramps?
"Thanks for adding your advice Julieanne!!
tammy"
Jul 11
Tammy Gallagher replied to Kylie Eggers's discussion Hand milking cramps?
"Kylie
You will love your Simple Pulse!! Cleaning will take much longer than milking with just 1 goat, but it sounds like it will be worth it considering your situation. When you have 6 to milk, you are REALLY going to appreciate it :)
I've been using mine for about 4 years now and  could not be more pleased with it. Feel free to reach out here with any questions  :)
Tammy"
Jul 11
Kylie Eggers replied to Kylie Eggers's discussion Hand milking cramps?
"It is getting somewhat better. I've done a lot of what Julianne suggested but my current milker is not a fan of me taking longer ;) I do have the simple pulse ordered but still a month out on shipment. Next year there will be hopefully 6 girls in milk so we decided to invest. Just a pain (lol literally) in the mean time. Mostly my non-dominant hand at this stage. I can get about 1/3 of the left side done before I start having issues."
Jul 11
Julieanne Cook replied to Kylie Eggers's discussion Hand milking cramps?
"Hi, I have serious arthritis in my joints as well as nerve damage from CTS. I still hand mik, but I use a modified method. I usually milk one side at a time to begin with, then when I warm up I can do short spurts using both hands. I take frequent quicks breaks as well. My does are used to it by now so it doesn't bother them.  I wouldn't suggest getting a "suction" milker though. I've tried several, they do a poor job and the does hate them. If you can afford a pulsating one (I can't) those are…"
Jul 10
Tammy Gallagher replied to Kylie Eggers's discussion Hand milking cramps?
"Hi Kylie
Hopefully someone will hop on here with a better suggestion than mine which is strength comes with time.  Although after a month, I would think you would be starting to feel less discomfort in your hands. Is it improving at all?
Tammy"
Jul 10
Kylie Eggers posted a discussion
Hello!I'm sure this is new to no one who hand milks. Any suggestions for improving hand cramping while hand milking nigerians? I've been at it almost a month. In some ways, things are getting better, coordination, endurance, etc. Overall milking time down. Thankfully only the one doe in milk so I'm sure I sound like a baby to you multiple goat milkers lol. Any suggestions on how to reduce/prevent the sharp pain and hand cramping while milking? Suspecting some possible carpal tunnel like…
Jul 10
Adrianne Wallace is now a member of Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats
Jul 8
Tammy Gallagher replied to Kylie Eggers's discussion Any helpful tips/tricks?
"Your Welcome :)"
Jul 5
Kylie Eggers replied to Kylie Eggers's discussion Any helpful tips/tricks?
"Hi Tammy!
Thanks for the input on the barn stalls! I'll peruse the links you provided as well. :) "
Jul 5
Tammy Gallagher replied to Kylie Eggers's discussion Any helpful tips/tricks?
Jul 3
Tammy Gallagher replied to Kylie Eggers's discussion Any helpful tips/tricks?
"Hi Kylie!
What a fun adventure to renovate the old barn!!!!
For the milking parlor, my favorite thing is the large stainless sink with a small hot water heater. I also added a sink and hot water heater in my dairy barn which is my favorite upgrade in there. It's great to have warm water in the winter time!!
We used 2x4 welded 5ft horse panels that are supported by 2x4 framing between our barn stalls. Each of our girls have their own kidding stall  that they overnight in with their kids and then…"
Jul 3
Thrifty Homesteader Team replied to Kylie Eggers's discussion Any helpful tips/tricks?
"Hello Kylie! We're glad you've joined us. Here are articles and videos you might find helpful.
How to Milk a Nigerian Dwarf Goat - https://youtu.be/BsqJgN7PjXA
Milking Parlour tour: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Ioc_AKnqCM
Unsafe Hay Feeders for Kids: https://youtube.com/shorts/ao-akbya3zU
Stall mats: https://youtu.be/zr-De1-Bmhg
8 Things Goats Need: https://thriftyhomesteader.com/7-things-goats-need/
7 Things You Need for Milking…"
Jul 3
Heather Lozada and Larinda Brown joined Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats
Jul 3
Kylie Eggers posted a discussion
Hello everyone!I just joined the forum and am a first time goat owner. I'm now the proud momma of 8 Nigerians of varying ages. 5 adult does, February '24 doeling, and 2 buck kids still on milk. One of my ladies is currently in milk, so that's been a fun learning experience. Of course learned hands on how much I'd like to have a milking machine. Simple Puls has been ordered but stuck in the 6-8 week wait time. So her and I are getting well acquainted in learning hand milking. Learning that she…
Jul 3
Kylie Eggers updated their profile
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