Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats

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Dacia
  • Female
  • Dunkirk, IN
  • United States
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Purebred Nigerian or cross?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Tammy Gallagher Mar 21. 9 Replies

I know it can be difficult to tell from pictures. I've tried attaching files below, so I hope they go through. Does this goat look like a purebred Nigerian Dwarf? I have some other pictures if this…Continue

Sorting out proper diet for goats

Started this discussion. Last reply by Deborah Niemann-Boehle Mar 21. 23 Replies

Hello,I am brand new to goats, and I have a lot of questions, but I will try to keep it to one topic. Mainly this is about diet. Some background: I've had my two does (4 yrs old & 5 mos old) for…Continue

New Member & New To Goats

Started this discussion. Last reply by Deborah Niemann-Boehle Feb 14. 3 Replies

Hello,My name is Dacia and I run Duckleberry Farm in East Central Indiana. We are new to goats as we just brought home our 2 does about a month ago, but we also run a flock of Muscovy ducks, and keep…Continue

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Tammy Gallagher replied to Dacia's discussion Purebred Nigerian or cross?
"Oh my goodness- what a terrible situation you found yourself in when you went to pick him up. I can completely relate- I bought a llama when my gut and knowledge told me I shouldn't have. I just fell in love with him and the nurse in me wanted…"
Mar 21
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Dacia's discussion Purebred Nigerian or cross?
"If you use ivermectin, you should double the cattle dosage. It's not as strong as Cydectin, so it might not work that great, if they already gave him Cydectin. I'm not saying that you should not use it -- just that if you do use it, and it…"
Mar 21
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Dacia's discussion Sorting out proper diet for goats
"No worries! Thanks for your reply. I do sometimes need to edit my articles because they don't quite get the right message out there. I think sometimes I may wind up including more info that I need to, because I want to share everything about a…"
Mar 21
Dacia replied to Dacia's discussion Purebred Nigerian or cross?
"I am not sure what dose of Cydectin was used. But I have Ivermectin 1% that I administer orally. I tried to do a FEC on him today, but got nothing but air bubbles and hay fibers. It's only the second time I've done it, and I'm not…"
Mar 20
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Dacia's discussion Purebred Nigerian or cross?
"Nothing you said surprises me. He looks like he has a parasite problem. That is not a reason to not breed him though. It sounds like his previous owner was not the sharpest tool in the shed. Oral Cydectin would not kill biting lice because they…"
Mar 20
Dacia replied to Dacia's discussion Purebred Nigerian or cross?
"His legs are definitely skinny. His belly always feels bloated, no matter what he eats (hay, grain, or pellets). The breeder said they had wormed him with Cydectin before I came to pick him up. I found he was severely infested with mites and lice…"
Mar 20
Dacia replied to Dacia's discussion Sorting out proper diet for goats
"Your articles are very concise, and I love the way you teach. So, after reading yours & Tammy's responses about the alfalfa, I am seeing that I completely misunderstood. I believe I heard it in the Copper deficiency course. I thought you…"
Mar 20
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Dacia's discussion Sorting out proper diet for goats
"It sounds like you've read a ton, so you might not remember, but .... if you do remember reading something I wrote that caused you to think that alfalfa causes copper deficiency so badly that you should not feed alfalfa, could you let me know…"
Mar 20
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Dacia's discussion Purebred Nigerian or cross?
"His eyes look fine to me, but his body conformation does not look good in the whole body picture. He looks out of proportion, so I would expect him to be near the end of the line at a show. However, kids go through a lot of stages, and sometimes…"
Mar 20
Dacia replied to Dacia's discussion Purebred Nigerian or cross?
"But his general appearance looked off to me. It's just me then. Thank you."
Mar 20
Dacia replied to Dacia's discussion Purebred Nigerian or cross?
"I guess it's mostly his eyes. But"
Mar 20
Tammy Gallagher replied to Dacia's discussion Purebred Nigerian or cross?
"He looks like a Nigerian to me. Is there something specific that looks off to you?"
Mar 20
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Purebred Nigerian or cross?

I know it can be difficult to tell from pictures. I've tried attaching files below, so I hope they go through. Does this goat look like a purebred Nigerian Dwarf? I have some other pictures if this isn't sufficient. I have this feeling every time I look at him that he is not. It may be my inexperience, but he just does not look like any Nigerian Dwarf I have ever seen before.  Just looking for some feedback. See More
Mar 19
Dacia replied to Dacia's discussion Sorting out proper diet for goats
"This has been very informative. Thank you again, so much."
Mar 18
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Dacia's discussion Sorting out proper diet for goats
"You want the young on to be at least 2/3 of her mature weight before breeding, so I shoot for 40 pounds. I want my kids to be at least 20 pounds before I sell them, which happens about 8 to 10 weeks. So from 2 months to about 8 months, they need to…"
Mar 18
Dacia replied to Dacia's discussion Sorting out proper diet for goats
"Thank you for your input Deborah. I had no idea about the weight tapes. I was planning to get a small livestock scale anyway. So I will do that asap. I am planning to breed them. I definitely don't want to breed them unless they are for sure in…"
Mar 18

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