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Bucks Fighting

Started this discussion. Last reply by Tammy Gallagher Oct 16. 1 Reply

I had the first successful mating of my NG doe and buck today. That all went very well, but when I brought the buck back to their pen, he immediately began fighting with his pen mate. This was much…Continue

How do you keep your minerals dry?

Started this discussion. Last reply by kenneth spear Sep 15. 4 Replies

I have Purina Goat Minerals in a plastic feed bin like the one pictured below. The problem I'm having is that the minerals absorb water from the air and become basically a solid block. This morning I…Continue

New Bucks

Started this discussion. Last reply by Tammy Gallagher Aug 16. 1 Reply

I'm being gifted two new bucks from a family member in a couple of weeks after they are fully weaned. They're currently about 9 1/2 weeks old. They've never been wormed although they did receive…Continue

Underdosed-what to do?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Tammy Gallagher Jul 29. 6 Replies

My niece and nephew have three Nigerian dwarf does that kidded about five weeks ago, three sets of twins.  All the families appear to be doing well, but they treated them for worms based on a local…Continue

 

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Tammy Gallagher replied to Philip Hopkins's discussion Bucks Fighting
"Hi Philip I frequently note this increase in buck activity when one of my boys returns to the buck paddock after a ‘date.’ I feel pretty certain it is due to the heavy scent of the doe on the returning buck that gets everyone wound up.…"
Oct 16
Philip Hopkins posted a discussion

Bucks Fighting

I had the first successful mating of my NG doe and buck today. That all went very well, but when I brought the buck back to their pen, he immediately began fighting with his pen mate. This was much more vigorous than I'd ever seen before; previously, they just kind of rubbed their heads together with no real forceful contact. The buck that mated received a small abrasion on his head. I was concerned that somebody was going to get seriously hurt so brought the buck back to the doe pen where he…See More
Oct 16
kenneth spear replied to Philip Hopkins's discussion How do you keep your minerals dry?
"We have the same problem here n North Ga., after bout a week, the bottom is full of water. I just keep it wiped out, and dry"
Sep 15
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Philip Hopkins's discussion How do you keep your minerals dry?
"That's the exact same mineral feeder we use. I have never heard of it with standing water in it. That's amazing. That's never happened here, and we have humidity that's 80-90% in August. I can't imagine humidity alone…"
Sep 7
Philip Hopkins replied to Philip Hopkins's discussion How do you keep your minerals dry?
"The feeder is inside the barn which stays dry.  The drainage holes are a good idea. I'm thinking of putting some kind of absorbent material on the bottom as well. "
Sep 7
Naomi D'Andrea replied to Philip Hopkins's discussion How do you keep your minerals dry?
"I've noticed my minerals do become a bit sticky from humidity, but I've never seen standing water. Sometimes the goats go right from the water to the mineral feeder, so they might be dripping water in from their mouths. Are you keeping the…"
Sep 7
Philip Hopkins posted a discussion

How do you keep your minerals dry?

I have Purina Goat Minerals in a plastic feed bin like the one pictured below. The problem I'm having is that the minerals absorb water from the air and become basically a solid block. This morning I went out and actually found a puddle of standing water in the feeder.Does anybody know any tricks to keep these dry? I've tried putting in less at a time but they solidify within 48 hours.Thanks.…See More
Sep 6
Tammy Gallagher replied to Philip Hopkins's discussion New Bucks
"Hi Philip. Congrats on your new bucklings! This is actually a little complicated to answer =/ LOL... so I'll apologize for the book now! 1)Worming- you should never de-worm any goat just because. That is the fastest path to de-wormer resistance…"
Aug 16
Philip Hopkins posted a discussion

New Bucks

I'm being gifted two new bucks from a family member in a couple of weeks after they are fully weaned. They're currently about 9 1/2 weeks old. They've never been wormed although they did receive decoquinate a week ago because they had diarrhea. Diarrhea has resolved and they appear healthy, active and are gaining weight.They'll be kept in a separate pen and wood lot from my two does that are 5 and 6 months old.Any tips on what to do and not do (e.g. worming, quarantine, pasture transition…See More
Aug 16
Tammy Gallagher replied to Philip Hopkins's discussion Underdosed-what to do?
"Thanks for re-posting those! I would keep a close eye on Eve and Dawn. Cocoa looks great. I think once you have seen a truly white 5 and an unmistakable blood red 1, it is much easier to feel better about when to treat the in between scores. I also…"
Jul 29
Philip Hopkins replied to Philip Hopkins's discussion Underdosed-what to do?
"We did FAMACHA scores on all three of my nephew's goats. All three are published so should be viewable. https://youtu.be/pW4JqH_AKOs https://youtu.be/URK3RT-0_6c https://youtu.be/dpfcAh9yKcM Thanks."
Jul 29
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Philip Hopkins's discussion Underdosed-what to do?
"I can't watch the videos as they both popped up as "Private." I really wish I could see them because a 2 is excellent, and a 3 is questionable and means you look at other symptoms. Just to clarify ... 1 is bright red and 5 is paper…"
Jul 27
Tammy Gallagher replied to Philip Hopkins's discussion Underdosed-what to do?
"Hi Philip! I know that Deborah has back to back calls for most of the day, so I wanted to pop in here. I am sure y'all will cover all of this info in your chat too. A FAMACHA of 2 isn't typically treated, but certainly warrants watching if…"
Jul 27
Philip Hopkins replied to Philip Hopkins's discussion Underdosed-what to do?
"Here is the link to the video of the FAMACHA scoring on You Tube. This is for my two does as we did not video the ones for the other three goats. They were all noticeably paler than Katie. I'll try to get a picture of them when we do it again…"
Jul 26
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Philip Hopkins's discussion Underdosed-what to do?
"Deworming really should be based upon symptoms rather than fecal egg counts, and I am very suspicious that something is not right if you think all three does need to be dewormed. Either there are some management problems or they don't really…"
Jul 25
Philip Hopkins posted a discussion

Underdosed-what to do?

My niece and nephew have three Nigerian dwarf does that kidded about five weeks ago, three sets of twins.  All the families appear to be doing well, but they treated them for worms based on a local veterinarians recommendation two weeks ago.Today, we did weights, fecal egg count, and FAMACHA scores on all three of the adults. There was very little or no decrease in the fecal egg count, and all three had FAMACHA scores of three or four. Although I have no records of the actual dosage used, I…See More
Jul 25

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