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Discussion in 'Chit Chat' started by Ila, Feb 26, 2018.

  1. Ila

    Ila New Member

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    Hello everyone, I always find myself on this forum when looking up something regarding goats.

    My boyfriend & I sort of fell into goats about 3 years ago. Our fist season with babies went fabulous.


    Last year however, one of our does broke her foot & miscarried one & the other was premature. Sadly we lost him at 2 weeks. Which was our only incident. This year unfortunately we have run into a big problem 2 of our does, went into premature labor & out of each we had twins where one didn’t make it. Of the 2 surviving. One we are bottle feeding and not looking too good & the other is up walking able to nurse momma is all about the baby.

    Anyways. This was meant to be an intro but in experiencing these things for the first time I thought it was about time to look more into this forum which has already helped tremendously & that I thank you all.

    We own a purebred Alpine buck named Billy Ray (I didn’t name him). Then we have our twin Toggenbergs Patty & Marty. Last year we ended up with Gloria (an unregistered alpine who had been dog attacked) & Rita, La Mancha who up until we got her was terrified of people. Now we have Sunnie who is our doe from our first year. & unfortunately I’m not gonna finish naming the rest but that includes the triplets (Gloria’s & a Pygmy that we didn’t Kno about) blondie (Rita’s, also Pygmy) & the 3 boys (twins from Pattie & 1 from Mattie). So we ended up with our hands quite full of goats.
     
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  2. TexasGoatman

    TexasGoatman New Member

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    Hello Ila, as you can see it is pretty easy to get more goats than you originally intended to own. Ha, I have repeated the same process. Most of the folks I talk to or that post on this site have the same problem. They are just so cute a birth and it is hard to turn them loose. My wife and I started out with one Saanan doe and then purchased 2 Nubian doelings. A friend had a buck we were able to use for breeding and then we had 4 more Nubians. I did sell the Saanan just before hunting season. I love the outdoors and hunting and my wife really enjoys the venison on the table as I do also. A friend wanted her as he is a diabetic and loves goat milk and didn't have a goat that milked any amount of milk, so I sold her to him. Fast forward to today and we have 7 does and 2 bucks plus a doe that has never come into heat. She is 2 years old and something went wrong in her reproductive system so she is moving on down the road to another owner. One doe (half LaMancha/Nubian) bred by boer has kidded 2 doelings and are so very cute, and the other 6 (all Nubians) are due between now and the end of April. Only Annie the older doe is bred to the boer buck, the others are bred to a young nubian buck. So will we keep any doeling from this kidding season ? I don't know !! Good luck with your goats.
     

  3. punchiepal

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    Welcome!
    Sorry for your losses Ila. Many things can cause miscarriage , many times we don't know what it is. There is much searchable info in the dairy goat info part of this forum. Somethings that come to the front of my mind would be pinkeye, chlamydia, and cats in the barn spreading toxoplasmosis.
    Texasgoatman for your girl not breeding search hermi or hermaphrodite on the dairy goat info board in this forum. There are some great photos someone posted if there still there! See if she looks like that.
     
  4. TexasGoatman

    TexasGoatman New Member

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    Punchiepal, I appreciate the information. I did go and search the files and found the photos and other posts. When I read the post about the tiny teats being a dead ringer, I thought OK, that is exactly what I have. Our doe doesn't show the buck traits as much as the photos I found did but after looking at the photos, I can see a little bit of a buck effect in this doe. She has a vulva but it is not exactly normal and she has really tiny teats even for a small doeling and she is 2 years old. So she is going to the sale this weekend with the 2 bucks. I have made a deal on a registered Nubian buckling that is out of some of the best breeding in the country. I hope to be able to improve the milk production of my herd plus his dam and sire are both large Nubians. Dam is around 225 lbs and sire is much larger. So I am hoping to be able to produce some likeness in our goats, not this year but next year. Our registered doe is 185 lbs and we have 2 registered doelings out of her that are bred. Both doelings are 110 lbs or so at a year old. Anyway, thank you again for your post/reply.
     
  5. Capracreek

    Capracreek New Member

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    Welcome Ila - glad you joined. Sorry you had a rough year. First thing I learned when we started with goats is they do not eat anything and everything and they need lots of care!! But we love them and enjoy them -