1. I

    How to find a market

    My husband and I are wanting to do some small scale farming. Just something that makes enough profit to pay for itself and maybe a little bit of pocket money. We had a circumstance where we cared for two pigs for a woman and the deal was she buys all their needs, we care for them. The idea was...
  2. I

    What to farm

    summary is at the bottom Hello for the California part of the Mojave Desert. So just a brief intro my husband and I bought a three acre property out in the desert about a twenty minute drive away from a big traveling pit stop on the way to Vegas. We love animals and livestock and have cared for...
  3. Kalimak

    I don't know what I'm looking at here - Please advise

    Hi all, What is this above her anus? She's 9 months old - half ND half Nubian.
  4. A

    Assimilating Goats to New Home

    How do you get your goats to assimilate to their new home? I know they can go through stress during a move which can be dangerous for their health. I know I need to just sit with them when I do finally bring them to my property and slowly build a relationship with them. I was planning on buying...
  5. A

    Trees and Goats

    Hi all, I'm planning my property for when I buy goats (hopefully next year). I'm planning on using a two pasture rotation method but the area I'm planning on using is without shade. I'm thinking of planting some trees but want to use something the goats could eat. I have a lot of Junipers on...
  6. A

    Getting into goats

    Hi everyone, my name's Allison and I'm looking into adding goats to my homestead. Im really interested in dairy goats, either nubian or dwarf Nigerian. I already have ducks and chickens and belong to the sister site Backyard Chicken. I find communities like this very helpful so I'm hoping to...
  7. Shaman Squirrel

    Baby goat missing; possible predator

    I had a 6 week old baby Nigerian dwarf goat that was sickly and then she went missing on Tuesday (5/28). I looked everywhere for her to no avail. I'm thinking a predator came into the fenced area and got her. It obviously would be a predator that only goes for the weakest individuals, since...
  8. Rachelmariexx

    Down goat

    Hi! I just joined! My problem is with Jack who I’ve owned since he was 2 days old he’s now 11 years old. He’s been down 12 days. Only symptoms week back end and turned under ankles. No other neurological Symptoms was literally fine the day before. No twitching, circling etc Fecal showed low...
  9. Rosetta

    Goats ear bleeding. Predator?

    I posted a couple weeks ago about my Nigerian Dwarf x Pygmy goat, Mario. His ear kept bleeding, and it was supposed his twin brother being housed with him, bit Mario on accident. Now there's a big dent on the tip of his ear and blood on the same side of his face. Could this be a small predator...
  10. abraeri

    Goat with Diarrhea and other questions

    So we got goats (2 2-year old, first freshening does) for the first time 2 weeks ago, and the first few days they weren't eating, always crying, etc. They are from a farm with around 50-so goats, so were extremely homesick the first week. They have somewhat settled down lately (thankfully), and...
  11. Rosetta

    Ears bleeding?

    My goat, Mario, is a Nigerian Dwarf and Fainting Goat crossed buck. He is about 6-7 months old, and is housed with his twin brother, Vinnie. I recently noticed that the tops of his ears are bleeding. What is it? How can I help it?
  12. Rosetta

    Update on Rosie

    My Nubian boar doe is about 3 weeks old and her name is Rosie. We recently took Rosie to the vet, because she was coughing and her nose was runny. When we got there, she was diagnosed with a severe case of bronchitic pneumonia, due to fluids in the lungs. I started blaming myself for not bottle...
  13. Rosetta

    Pregnant or fat?

    My 1 1/2 year old pygmy/Nigerian dwarf nanny. We think she's pregnant but we're not sure. If she is, she'd be due in March. We wouldn't want to go outside one day and find dead baby goat(s) because we weren't sure whether or not she was preggo. Her stomach is tight, and hard. But her udders...
  14. SonRise Acres

    Touch me not to milking goat

    We have a Nigerian that I believe is pregnant. She’s my best mama goat we have. She literally takes a nap, stands up and makes 2-3 quiet cries, delivers her babies, nurses them, and never bats an eye. She always has strong healthy babies. BUT she doesn’t like us to touch her (pregnant or not)...
  15. K

    Goats or sheep

    Goats or sheep? Which do you prefer and why? And what are some potential uses of each? Know about some of the more obvious uses but curious to hear your thoughts/the less obvious ones.
  16. Latestarter

    Latestarter's 2019 kidding

    April just got "had" by RJ so right now it looks like first kidding will be on/about March 13th. I had all the girls, adults and yearlings with the buck and wethers up till September 5th. I had hoped to separate my buck RJ before he went into rut or any of the girls went into heat. I saw him...
  17. K

    When can I put doelings with buck?

    My doe had twin girls 5 weeks ago. As soon as she started to kid I put her in the barn and she has been separated ever since. The buck is not the baby daddy and we eventually want to breed the 2 doelings with him but I obviously don’t want him mounting them quite yet as they are very small. When...
  18. MatthewsHomestead

    Getting rid of lice....Naturally?

    So I noticed a few lice on my doe today. In this day and age we tend to over medicate everything so I would like to deal with this as naturally as possible. Would a small amount of garlic in her nightly feed help? (Can she have that)? Also, I know for humans and other species, a natural mint oil...
  19. Feo

    Goat under 29 inches. Can I show?

    Hey i just got a Nubian... a year and a half old... and I was wondering if she has to be 29 inches to show? She is currently an inch or two short. If not, can she be show as a mini? Thanks
  20. B

    Sharing a city backyard with goats?

    First off - livestock is allowed in Chicago, with no limits. That being said, would I be crazy to share my backyard with two Nigerian Dwarf goats? We have a detached 2.5 car garage, and I’d convert half of it into a pen for them, so indoor space isn’t a concern. We have a fully fenced yard...