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  1. Goat Frenzy
    Hi there, I have 2.5 month buckling I need to wean,I have been separating at night ever since 2 weeks so I can milk mom. I have a weaning pen ready for him ,he will have a friend with him .I only have 2 weeks to wean will this be to quick? His new owners are coming the 5 of July to get him...
  2. Kidding Koral
    I have 2 four day old kids that will not take the bottle. I've already tried honey and molasses on the nipples and tried to cover their eyes. Please help! I've only gotten a little taste of milk replacer in them in the last 24 hours! New to goats, 911! Edit: have now also Tried a baby bottle...
  3. Beginners Goat Raising
    Hello! I have seven babies that were born the first week of December. We are keeping two and selling the rest. None are on bottles and I planned on having them weaned by mid February when they will be going to their new homes. I am separating the babies at night to milk the moms in the...
  4. Dairy Diaries
    Hi all - I have a weaning question. I currently have three does, and do pasture rotation on a weekly basis. I milk one of them (Patience) daily, and have been since early May 2019. I've read that folks typically wean the kids around 3 months, and sell them or rehome them, etc. However, I kept...
  5. Beginners Goat Raising
    I have had Cream since May 9, her and her kid, (Espresso) Bean and another yearling ND, Starbuck who is actually a doe. I got them from a lady near me who had them as pasture livestock for ag exempt tax break. I also bought an in milk mini La Mancha from another farm, “Mo”cha I went through...
  6. Goat Management
    I have 9 kids this season (my first) and am selling 6 of them. I have started separating the triplets that are 3.5 weeks old just this week. No complaining from mom or kids. LOL so I think this was a good age. I have buyers for these 3, and they are wanting them sooner rather than later. What...
  7. Goat Management
    So, it just dawned upon me, (when i saw briar drinking from one of my does!) that my boys are too young to be weaned. They are almost 8 weeks old, and lost their mamma on Sunday. I know they probably wont take to a bottle too well but i will try to get them to. I have a doe in milk, who has no...
  8. Beginners Goat Raising
    Hello! This is my first year doing dairy goats (my second year keeping goats). I have three does: Patience is my mama goat, Stability is her kid (born May this year), and Bunny is the unrelated companion goat. I've been doing the first pull method where I separate the kid at night, and milk...
  9. Goat Management
    So, I have 2 bucklings, different ages, but when would be the best age(s) to wean, tattoo their ears (if ABGA requires it), give them the initial CD/T shot, deworm and copper bolus? Would it be different for doelings? I only recently found out goats need for copper and their mother were showing...
  10. Beginners Goat Raising
    I had the pleasure of having 7 kids be borned this year! I am fairly new to keeping goats. This is my 2nd year having kids. (Last year I only had 2 doelings be borned). Got 3 Doelings and 4 Bucklings this year. So I am big time, looking for some advice for my bucklings. Let me start with...
  11. Health & Wellness
    Hi I'm new here, and to goats, so any help is appreciated. I have a 6 week old dairy goat (La Mancha and Nigerian dwarf mix). I bought him yesterday. The owner said I should be able to bottle feed him. I tried to get him to bottle feed the day I brought him but nothing. I tried 4 times today...
  12. Introductions
    Hi guys. I bought some goats! I have never owned a goat, though loved for many years. Now we live in the country (southern Ontario) and i just bought 3 mamas and their twins. Mama #1 Reg. Nubian- had two boys June 5. (9.5 wks) her first kids- she is 17 months old Mama #2 N.Dwarf and her b/g...
  13. Beginners Goat Raising
    I got two Alpine Boer cross does 1.5 years old, both nursing little girls. The girls were quite large and clearly needed to be weaned so we moved them to a new pen. Even though I never saw the girls nursing they must have been because both mamas are engorged on one side. I took them both to...
  14. Introductions
    Hi all! I am seasoned with most animals but am totally new to goats. I purchased a pair of 3-day-old goats (one Alpine, one Saanen) from a dairy farm in NC. I admit I didn't know what I was doing. I brought them home, INTO MY HOME, fed them and took them to the vet. Unfortunately my little...
  15. Beginners Goat Raising
    I have twin Alpine kids that I am weaning, (this is our first time btw), and we also have two boer kids that are around 4 months old. The Alpine kids are 3 months old. The boers are a little bit bigger than the Alpines but I haven't seen the boers get aggressive with them in the pasture. Should...
  16. Health & Wellness
    I have a 13 week old male pygmy who just died from bloat. I have been weaning him and just feeding once a day, and when I got home from work, and fed him a cup of milk from his bottle, he seemed happy, and about 5 min later started expanding and making noises, and then he kept expanding. I...
  17. Goat Management
    We raise Nigerian Dwarf goats for dairy and show. This year we will be breeding up to nineteen does. We leave kids with their moms until weaned. Last year we had thirteen does bred and segregating them was difficult. We have several indoor rooms/stalls that we divided into smaller areas with...
  18. Beginners Goat Raising
    Hey there! My bottle baby is 3 weeks old, when should i start to wean her? Is there a limit of time where I should give up giving her a bottle, because i love it and find it so adorable! Will weaning her early or late affect her size and attitude as an adult?
  19. Health & Wellness
    Help! I have a buckling who is not even 6 weeks old yet. We must be doing something right, because he has gotten quite big and is already VERY interested in the does. He is blubbering, sticking his tongue out, and acting like a fool just like his dad does when he's in rut. There are 2 does...
  20. Meat Market
    This is our second year producing meat goats from our breeding herd. We built a creep feeder over the summer. We had 100% registered Boer twins born January 4, 2016 and another set born January 21, 2016. Both are nibbling at grain and hay. The older ones will eat with the buck when we feed...
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