Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats

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Myra Isaac
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HELP!! LGD pups dieing

Started this discussion. Last reply by Myra Isaac Sep 16, 2018. 2 Replies

To make a long story short we've been getting a ton of rain. My 2.5 year old LGD female had a litter of pups July 26th 2018. In the last week we have lost three pups. We started out with a total of…Continue

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Started this discussion. Last reply by Deborah Niemann-Boehle Jul 28, 2018. 3 Replies

How do you chill your Goats milk quickly? I was having a major problem with off tasting milk until I started really focusing on the chilling. I've found that if I can get the milk down to 40' within…Continue

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Prairie Fleur's first kids of 2017

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Two sets of twins in 24hrs time!!! The first set of doe twins on our farm ever and a beautiful set of buck doe twins. First set is out of Nu-Flower F Wild at Heart sired by Sparrows Nest Farm DA…Continue

Bred Mini Lamancha Doe For Sale - $300

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Gorgeous black and caramel sungau Mini Lamancha doe from Outstanding milking bloodlines. Caramels grandsire on her dams side is Dills GA Pandemic, her sire is Sparrow's Nest DA Earthstripe. Her dams…Continue

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Posted on January 8, 2014 at 11:53pm 12 Comments

I've got my goats!!!! I'm posting this from my mobile device. Were on our way home right now. They're cute and funny and they've already won my hubby over - or at least the does have and he's open to liking the bucks eventually too! :D of course I'm already quite smitten! I'm super excited!!!
BTW do any do any of you ever feed orchard grass pellets? Just wondered if I could use it occasionally instead of hay?

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At 3:47am on October 4, 2014, Winding River Farm (Bev) said…

LaHara hasn't been put to the test of guarding -but I think the males are better for that.  We had a castrated male for many years and he was so intent on the sheep care. 

We have the Katahdins now because they are less work for us and I no longer need fiber.  So with them -no shearing or tail docking.  They are a meat supply for us.  They are nice sheep.

At 6:17pm on October 3, 2014, Winding River Farm (Bev) said…

Hi Myra  - I had a good size hutch for my first girl - Jessica.   She was such a love - she trained herself to a litter box so she was often in the house or in my shop when I was spinning or weaving.   I used to put her on the lawn in  a dog pen thing - the kind that you can fold up but I would be out there close by.  She was so great - used her at many spinning demos and she would just calmly sit on my lap.  Also took her to several nursing homes for demos -she just seemed to love people.   I did find that letting people pet her didn't work well -it could mat her wool and being a meany I never let children handle her.   Later I had quite a few angoras as I had a fiber business - always had a booth at the Black Sheep Gathering in Eugene, Or.  When I had quite a few rabbits I had hanging large wire cages - also always straw lined.  I've seen rabbits with sores from wire cages and I never had anything like that.  I kept them very clean and never had fur mites either.   I've heard people that have that also.   At that time we also had a small flock of romney and romney cross sheep for the fleece.  I had large machinery for processing wool for spinners so did a lot of dying - but most of my sheep were colored.  Had some beauties.   Now with the garden and my spoiled little goats I hardly get time for spinning and still have bags of wool in my shop - maybe this winter I will get busy again.   I'm sending a picture of my spinning with Jessica - when I was quite a bit younger.  Age creeps up too fast.     

Enjoy your rabbit  -I miss them.   


At 6:12pm on September 28, 2014, M. K. said…

As for cages/hutches/pens, you can easily build what ever you want with just hand tools for much less than it costs for a commercial cage.  I built all mine.  Some are fancier than others.  If  some design idea doesn't turn out to work well,  I can just take it apart, and use the wire sheets in a different configuration.  Wire rolls are easy to work with,  I use several different types, and Lowe's stocks all of them.  The J-clips might be harder to source.  TSC used to carry them, but our local store discontinued their rabbit department.   If no luck, try the websites for  Kublertantz (spell?) or even Strombergs (better known for chickens) . 

At 5:59pm on September 28, 2014, M. K. said…

I'm sure you already know this,  but just to be sure, hay is very important for a rabbit's digestion.  Whatever the goats get should be fine.  I just use what they waste for my rabbits.  After endless attempts at the finding the perfect goat feeder, it just seems to be goats waste hay like there is no tomorrow.   The bunnies get heaps of waste hay daily.

At 1:07am on September 28, 2014, Winding River Farm (Bev) said…

Saw your concern about wool block,  couldn't remember what they called it.   I promise -get papaya tablets.  Will work to clear it right up.

At 1:02am on September 28, 2014, Winding River Farm (Bev) said…

I raised angora rabbits for quite a few years when I had a fiber business.   Something I found most important was papaya tablets.  They can die of hair balls but mine loved papaya pills, begged for them and it kept them clear.   Even in a bad case of hair balls - disolved tablets syringed into them helped clear it out.   I had a wonderful cream colored angora doe for quite awhile.   Have pictures of me spinning from her back - used to take her to spinning demos.   She loved all the attention.  

At 7:46pm on September 27, 2014, Deborah Niemann-Boehle said…

At the time that we put the angoras in the garden, we only had a 2-foot high chicken wire fence, so it was probably way too easy for a predator to hop over the fence and get them.

At 7:34pm on September 27, 2014, M. K. said…

With a basic working knowledge of rabbits, you very well might be disappointed in Storey's Guide.  I found it useful in the older version, long ago, when the internet was not so extensive.  I have corresponded some with the owners of Ranchito Bar H (IIRC, that is the name) in pursuit of that elusive Satin.  They ARE pretty.  The Satin angora does have a reputation of not having all that much fur to harvest, however. 

If you like hand spindle spinning (and you haven't come accross it yet), you must watch the videos of "Fleegle" spinning on her Tibetan and Russian hand spindles.   She also has some info on her experience with angora.  She is an expert with her tools.

At 5:25pm on September 27, 2014, Deborah Niemann-Boehle said…

We mostly fed the commercial rabbit pellets. Great idea about putting a board in her cage. We got the not-so-brilliant idea to let our rabbits run around in our garden one year in the spring before we planted, and in about 24 hours, we'd lost both of our does to a predator.

At 4:37pm on September 27, 2014, M. K. said…

I believe the basic book on rabbit care is Bob Bennet's Raising Rabbits the Modern Way,  although the title may have been changed to Storey's Guide to Raising Rabbits.  Should be the same content.  This author takes a "my way, or the highway" approach, but still has sound useful information.   I also like the House Rabbit Society website - this is more of a pet keeper perspective, and assumes the owner loves the rabbit.  Lots of insight here on emotional health, and medical issues.  The House Rabbit Society's founder (?) Marinell Harriman (spell?) also has a good book, but it is slender.   The website probably has more useful info, although I haven't visited in a long while.   It used to be very good. 

What type of angora?  French, English, German...?  I was only able to acquire the English variety locally.  Loved them, but they mat terribly.  The French is supposed to have more guard hairs, and less of a problem with that.   I've kept bunnies for years -some breeds for meat, some for pets.  It has been a long time since I had an angora.


At 5:15pm on September 23, 2014, M. K. said…

re angora rabbits:  I wanted to suggest the book Completely Angora by Kilfoyle and Samson.  It must be out of print.  Amazon wants $93 for a copy.  Yikes.  It is a good book on rabbit care and wool,  if you can get a copy

At 5:10pm on September 23, 2014, Deborah Niemann-Boehle said…

It's been quite a few years since we had angora rabbits, but I was never able to find a book about caring for them. One thing I do remember is that unlike most rabbits, experienced breeders do recommend that you give them some greens because they can get wool block from ingesting their fiber when they're cleaning themselves. We always gave ours some greens, such as grass and hay, and we never had a problem with diarrhea or wool block. Good luck!

At 7:46pm on October 8, 2013, Deborah Niemann-Boehle said…

Just noticed you're from Kansas! If you're close to Lawrence, you should attend the Mother Earth News Fair this weekend! I'll be speaking. It would be fun to meet you!

At 1:19pm on October 8, 2013, Rachel Whetzel at MigMog Acres said…

Hey, Myra! You'd be better off asking Deborah that question! I'm still learning Greek myself! ;)

I'll do my best. (the information you gave me from the breeder is in bold)

DIM= Days In Milk, meaning how many days she had been in milk (or since her kids were delivered)

I began to milk her at 15 DIM

Her breeder started milking for personal use at 15 Days In Milk. (so 15 days after the doe kidded)

She averaged 1.1 lbs/milking, twice a day milking (for DIM 15-25) and was nursing 1 kid (other 2 were re-homed) In between day 15 and day 25 her average was 1.1 pounds of milk. (I assume once a day milking, because she specifies twice a day in her next sentence)
DIM 26-56 .93 lbs/milking , twice a day milking

On twice a day milking from day 25-56, she produced an average of .93lbs of milk. (I assume at each milking, so the daily total would be higher. You could ask for clarification on that. Keep in mind that she was sharing with the remaining kid at this point.)

(kid re-homed 50 DIM)

On day 50, the doe's last kid was removed, and no longer nursing.
DIM 57-78 .8 lb/milking (once a day) - she was then dried up.

From day 57-78, she was milked once a day, and produced .8lbs. each day on average.

At 7:05pm on September 27, 2013, Myra Isaac said…
Still looking for a couple does. Had a couple of enthusing ones fall through.. :(
At 5:00pm on September 23, 2013, Deborah Niemann-Boehle said…

Welcome to the group! If you are close to Lawrence, KS, you should consider attending the Mother Earth News Fair on Oct. 12-13! I'll be talking about goats there!


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