Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats

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Buckwheat is doing really well.  He went to the vet about a week ago, and got his CDT shot, got wormed, had his hooves trimmed and the boil lanced on his cheek.  He's on antibiotics for that now, but it's almost completely gone.  :)  The vet did check him over and said he is malnourished but assured me that I am doing all the right things and he should start to thrive very soon.  He only weighs 6.6 lbs!! My rat terrier weighs more than that!  He's now eating little bits of hay and a raisin here and there...he's also chewing his cud, so that's a good sign.  The vet looked at his ears and told me that the tips of his ears had frostbite and that he may lose the tips.  Sadly, yesterday, he did lose a tiny piece on his left ear.  He didn't get frostbite here, because he sleeps in a pack and play inside our house...he must've gotten it from his previous home. :(  He does go outside during the day when it's nice out and hangs out with our baby bunnies in their pen.  He just loves jumping around and standing up on the stump I put in there for him...he's a crazy boy and we just love him.   He's somewhat of a celebrity at the grain store.  When we walk in, everybody yells, "HI BUCKWHEAT!!!"  I love it.  The said he's the only goat who comes in there.  I take him with me every time, although I must say, he is not that fond of the car! Anyways...just wanted to post that he is doing great, and we are currently looking for a buddy or two for him to play with.  For now, he thinks he's a dog!

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Comment by Beverly Almeida on April 29, 2011 at 10:52am
I found the ad on craigslist...it was in the heart of Springfield, Ma.  We bought inspectrin? (sp) for the mites...he was full of them, all his fur was missing on his legs but now it's all grown back and he looks normal.  I used the last of the goat milk last night so this morning when he was crying for it, I just gave him a bowl of water with a splash of cream in it...did the trick, he didn't cry and drank it all...it was 90 percent water, so I am not worried that he'll get scours.....Alfalfa and Darla are at a farm in Taunton, Ma. it's very clean and they are very healthy.....good luck with yours!!
Comment by Lyn Adams on April 28, 2011 at 6:17pm

I'm so happy that Buckwheat found a good home. I love the names you picked out. The little guy I'm getting had lice, but I've been told that they got rid of them. I've already made his first vet appointment so he can get a check up, his shots that he needs and he's getting neutered. Thanks for that info on the milk. I'll check it  out at the  Tractor Supply store near me. We already have two Nigerian's Moose & Lola and two more one the way, we should be getting them sometime in June. Their names will be Maxwell & Bella. I have a breeder from Sanddown,  NH . She's awesome. Where did you get your goats from ?

I live in a small town called New Salem. Thank you for all the info and keep me posted on your new additions.

Comment by Beverly Almeida on April 28, 2011 at 10:31am
Hi Lyn, I am really a newbie, but I've been learning so much from everyone on here...yes, he was what you would call a rescue, I guess, he came from deplorable conditions....he's sooooooo much better now, he will be 3 mos old on May 1st, and he now weighs 25 lbs....he's a little chubber.  When we got him he was 6.6 lbs.  and full of mites, with fur missing on his legs and cysts on his cheek and then on his upper leg.  All taken care of now with vaccines. (Thank God) I made the decision to give him Sav-a-Kid goat milk replacer.  You can get it from Jeffers, but my grain store sells it too.  I am now at the point where I am trying to wean him off it by watering it down.   He still cries in the morning for it.  I bought a bag of goat grain, he will not touch it.  I put baking soda out for him.  Again, he wouldn't touch it.  Minerals too, won't touch....This weekend, we are getting 2 more kids....Alfalfa and Darla.  I am hoping that he will follow suit when the other goats get here.  It's been tough weaning him.  I hate to hear him cry too...he only gets the milk at night before he goes to sleep and in the am when he wakes up.  As far as the name goes...we wanted to name our goats after the little rascals...so now we have 3 of them! It's fun picking out names.  Just look at her/him and see what fits.  This site is really good for asking questions and getting informative answers! It helped me a lot.  Where do you live again? I would like to meet you, I remember you live in Ma. Good luck!
Comment by Lyn Adams on April 28, 2011 at 8:34am
Thats great news for your little Buckwheat.  Cute name to. Was this a rescue goat ? I'm picking up a rescue on Saturday. I've never had a goat this young. So any advise on what to feed him , do they drink water or just milk, does he need minerals and baking soda right away ?? So many questions.. Help..... I just want to do the best for him. Oh I'm also looking for a name, he's black & white, any thoughts.
Comment by Beverly Almeida on March 22, 2011 at 1:51pm
So how big is she now? How much does a typical 6 mo old weigh?
Comment by Deborah Niemann-Boehle on March 22, 2011 at 11:43am
He might stay small forever. We had a kid born three years ago, which I initially thought was just the typical runt, but unlike runts, she never caught up. I've wound up keeping her because she's the size of a six-month-old, and I'm afraid to let her go to any farm where there's a buck, because she should never be bred.
Comment by Beverly Almeida on March 22, 2011 at 7:11am
We live in Middleboro, Mass....he is very very tiny, however, by the way he's acting, you'd never know he was not healthy, he jumps, runs, and is very happy, he was the runt of the litter too.....
Comment by Deborah Niemann-Boehle on March 21, 2011 at 10:46pm
6.6 pounds at six weeks is amazingly tiny! I have one-week old kids that weigh more than that. Glad to hear he is on the mend. Where are you located?
Comment by Beverly Almeida on March 21, 2011 at 9:57pm
yes, we do plan on it...next one will be Alfalfa, and we are all fighting over the 3rd one's name!
Comment by Adrienne on March 21, 2011 at 9:26pm
Are you going to name the other goats after all the little rascals? So glad he is doing better!

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