1 pregnant. Goats are browsers. So, if a doe must be at least 135 pounds to meet the breed standards, a doeling would need to be at least 110 pounds to be considered fit for breeding. If you are feeding just alfalfa then that sounds about right. Like larger dairy goats, these dwarf goats will have short, fine hair. Meaning that they will not grow horns. Nigeria dwarf goats are mostly found in the southern part of Nigeria. The uterus contracts and dilates, forcing the unborn kid against the cervix (neck of the uterus). He has been learning quickly and is doing well with the adults. Buying a Nigerian Dwarf Goat For Sale I prefer to give my girls a few months to rest and recuperate before they are bred again. Remember a happy goat gives the best milk. Weigh your vehicle empty, load up the goats, and weigh the vehicle again. Feeding foods to them that are not in their natural diet could harm them. Many people keep them as pets because of their docile nature and they are easily managed by children. This flexibility has helped to develop interest in this breed with hobby farmers and modern day homesteaders. It may seem elementary to some of us, but I have been asked too many times "Do goats give milk all the time like cows or do they have to have a baby first?" According to the Columbian Park Zoo, this West African breed are found all over the world today. More importantly, I love Nigerian Dwarf Goats. Feeding Nigerian dwarf goats a proper diet that is nutritionally-balanced is the best thing you can do to keep your herd healthy. Those little guys have been know to breed and be fertile as young as 7 weeks of age. Answer: Nigerian dwarf does weigh between 25 and 35 pounds. Unregistered Nigerian dwarf goats will cost between 50 and 100 USD. This is an attempt to provide a starting point for goat owners and definitely is not a definitive list. The mom goat was dues in 2 more weeks per the seller, but yesterday gave birth to 3. However, we have decided to keep our herd free from horns for a few reasons (which can be discussed at a later time). They are fed a 16-18% dairy goat feed. Nigerian Dwarf Goat Baby Care I love goats. She had quads a few days later. To view my affiliate disclaimer, click here. Top 9 Reasons Why You DON’T Want Nigerian Dwarf Goats. They can be as little as 10 ounces and still survive with a little assistance. Please consult your veterinarian for verification. As of 2012, The Livestock Conservancy Board ranked Nigerian dwarf goats as a recovering breed. These are toxic to goats. They birth on average 3 to 4 babies at a time, called kids. The doe can be milked immediately and the kids can be bottle fed. Primarily because the cost is minimal in relation to the time and effort it took to keep homemade solutions sanitary for any length of time. She gets as much as she wants while on the stand. A standard stainless steal pan with a handle works well. African Rue, Andromeda (related to foxglove), Azalea, Brouwer’s Beauty Andromeda, Boxwood, Burning bush berries, Calotropis, Cassava (manioc), China Berry Trees, all parts, Choke cherries, Datura, Dog Hobble, Dumb Cane (diffenbachia / houseplant), Eunoumus Bush Berries, False Tansy, “Fiddleneck”, Flixweed, Fusha, Holly Trees / bushes, Ilysanthes floribunda, Japanese pieris (extremely toxic), Japanese Yew, Lantana (? Ideal weight is suggested to be about 75 pounds. If the answer is yes further inspection is needed. We learned on an unexperienced but very very patient doe. If she is found to be ok upon visual inspection, meaning no open wounds or sores and no signs of pain. It is not because of the amount of milk it can produce but rather of the quality. An udder cream or spray can be used but is not necessary. Each goat can comfortably live in an area spanning about 10 square feet. However, the more kids in a freshening the more varied the weight of the kids can be. Question: How old does a nigerian dwarf doe have to be to breed? Nigerian dwarf milk goats are the smallest breed, with an average weight of 75 pounds (34 kg). We have given: Peanuts in the shell, orange peels, banana peels, small amounts of yogurt, cut up apples and pears and a favorite is bending a branch from a nearby tree down within their reach. We filter our milk through a stainless steal coffee filter that sits inside of a canning funnel. Colors and Patterns. I don’t feed just alfalfa pellets to my lactating does. Lactating does are fed free choice Alfalfa hay, graze, minerals and baking soda. After milking, the doe is returned to her kids. We use Purina Goat Chow with kelp added morning and evening – about ¼ cup per doe. For goats it is called freshening. Pregnant does are fed free choice Alfalfa hay, graze, minerals and baking soda. When the market is strong the price of Nigerian Dwarfs increases. My does that have quads are not milked until they wean their kids. This has been on an as needed basis when illness, recovery or an exceptionally long winter with poor hay quality is needed to keep them in good condition. She put up with a lot. ONLY occasionally, have we added buck pellets (pelleted food formulated for bucks only), kelp and black oil sunflower seeds (BOSS). Goats were one of the first animals to be domesticated and have been herded for around 9,000 years. Adult females are called does and young females are called doelings. They can, many times, be the same height and weight, but pygmy goats tend to be stockier, and have shorter legs. However, if possible, wait until they are about 4 months old. To avoid illness we have worked with our vet to carefully to determine how to feed each one. A herd of Nigerian Dwarf goats is call a tribe or a trip. Collect all the supplies before you head out. Females of this same breed stand a little more than 22 inches high. However, we do not breed polled to polled goats because of genetic concerns. Truthfully, they prefer these more than grass. within the last 2 weeks. Many breeders keep their goats naturally horned. The matured males weigh between 20kg to 25kg while the matured females weigh between 18kg to 22kg. History. We try to make sure that the treats we give them are good for them as well. Cow milk stays in the human stomach for 24 hours. Make it a positive experience. Female Natalia, the first of the dwarf goat babies, was born on April 10 to doe Alyssa. They reach sexual maturity at a young age so be sure and separate the bucks and does. Disbudding at this stage is not very effective and can be more painful to the kid. Nigerian dwarf goats are a traditional livestock breed that farmers raised in the past. If this is a first time milker she may need some time to get used to the routine. Mini-Manchas “Mini-manchas”, as in LaMancha does crossed with Nigerian Dwarf bucks, are sometimes used as pets or homestead dairy goats. 4)  Clean hands and supplies are the most important part of the process. 5)   Wipe down teats with teat wipe and solution. In this article we are going to discuss the diet specifics such as grains, fiber (hay), and vitamins and minerals. Poor expecting Sadie. Make sure you don't contaminate that fresh goat milk. I checked her temp and it was 105 degrees F.  She was sick. Because they can breed off season - different than other goats, it is easy to keep a year round milk supply. It stays in the human stomach for only 20 minutes to 4 hours. Additionally, goat milk is easier to digest making it an option for many lactose intolerant people or those that have other gastrointestinal issues. Kids with immunized does:                 4, 6, 10 weeks ? We use a peppermint rub to soothe our does. If she has been doing fine and all of a sudden doesn't act right. We reserve the right to choose who we will sell our animals to. Meat breeds are usually the heaviest, with an average weight of around 286 pounds (130 kg). A goat will seek out the minerals that they need if it is not provided to them. http://www.luresext.edu/sites/default/files/BCS_factsheet.pdf, https://standleeforage.com/products/premium-alfalfa-pellets, (You must log in or sign up to reply here. Then Nigerian dwarf goats just might be the goat that you’re looking for! Bucklings can be fertile as early as 8 weeks. The Nigerian Dwarf does give a surprising quantity of milk for its size. And our vet says that happy well cared for/loved goats produce better tasting milk. We have many kids that are polled at birth. Continue the milking routine. 4. When changing feed, always make changes slowly. Goats are herd animals and as such must be with other goats. Adult Nigerian dwarf goats weigh approximately 75 pounds when full grown. 9)   Milk in the pan. We allow the doe to raise her kids for two tp six weeks naturally and then we remove the kids at night. Interesting facts:  Only goats, sheep, toads, and octopi have rectangular pupils. Anything that could cause choking:  nuts, nut shells, avocado pits, fruit pits, bones, etc. 11)    Filter the milk into the jar / date / refrigerate your milk ASAP! Question: Does a nigerian dwarf doe have to have kids to have milk? This is a good time to move the bucklings away from the does. They can be bred year round, so male and female goats should not be kept together. They commonly have 1 to 4 kids at one freshening, even up to 5, 6 or 7 kids. My son and his wife just bought 2 dwarf goats (Nigerian dwarf or pigmy goats?) Nigerian dwarf goats are good mothers and typically deliver easily and unassisted. We use Purina Goat Chow with alfalfa pellets, BOSS and kelp added morning and evening at the milk stanchion while being milked. Brownie (Nigerian Dwarf Doe) with Her Twin Kids about 12 Hours Old Following Morning, Brownie (Nigerian Dwarf Doe) with Her Twin Kids. Discussion in 'Mini Mania' started by CaramelKittey, Aug 3, 2020. Goats (and for that matter cows) do have to kid, calf or have a baby before they can give milk. She may lick herself, or even you. If you change the bacteria in the rumen too quickly you can cause bloat or the rumen to shut down. They are fed a 16-18% dairy goat feed. We also use commercial teat wipes and olive oil when milking. I just weighed my does, and one (Gracie) weighed 56.6lbs (Still surprised I could lift her! They came to the United States in the 1930’s and 1950’s as food for larger cats like lions. The doe is then milked one time a day, until the kids are weaned. Traditional pails (which we have tried)  do not work and make milking difficult as the udder ends up in the pail. However, not all the kids typically survive with higher multiple births. I tried searching the Internet to find out how much a full grown Nigerian Dwarf doe should weigh, and saw everything from 25-70lbs, so I figured I'd better ask on TGS. Since then we have learned a lot. Nigerian dwarfs don’t actually require the acreage that’s needed for larger varieties of livestock. How much room do Nigerian dwarf goats need? A newborn Nigerian dwarf goat weighs around 2 pounds at birth. We have worked to develop a good step by step milking routine so that even the those people who have never milked before can feel comfortable trying their hand at it. When giving grain add approximately ½ teaspoon of ammonium chloride to the feed. We mob feed the lactating does and kids, with a couple non-lactating ones joining in. And she wasn’t hollering at me. I will give a list of plants to avoid that have been reported to be poisonous or harmful to goats somewhere on the internet. For weight, expect your Nigerian Dwarf goat to weigh between 60 and 80 pounds. at birth but grow quickly. A doe can support up to 4 kids in good living conditions without supplementing the kids. We sell Nigerian Dwarf goats with ADGA papers and a few without. Between about 1930 and 1960 a variety of small goats of the West African Dwarf group of breeds were imported from Africa to the United States to be exhibited in zoos. Right now I’m only milking one. Nigerian Dwarf goats have a more slender neck, and thinner, longer legs. You are ready to get your goat. The Nigerian dwarf goat is the most popular and smallest milk breed goat. Nigerian dwarf goats often produce multiple kids; 3, 4 or even 5 kids per pregnancy. At that time, we begin milking twice a day about 12 hours apart. However, being a mother myself who “kidded and nursed” my children, I know that it takes a lot out of your body. Goats that have a good choice of graze, proper hay and/or grain that they need will not eat non-edible or poisonous substances. There are plenty of color combinations to be found. Does stand between 16 and 21 inches tall at the withers and bucks can grow to be 23.5 inches tall at the withers. So here is a list of vital signs to know about your goat. Keep a log or chart of illnesses, medications, freshening, vaccinations, etc on your goat. 10)   Wash off teats with your wipe. They do love brush, bramble, trees, poison ivies and most weeds that other livestock will not eat. Though, they will need shade protection during periods of intense sun. They also are extremely friendly, so they are a great fit for the Goat Yard. Bed down the goat pens or house with straw, cleaning them on a daily basis. « Basic Health Care Supplies – Nigerian Dwarf Goats. We want them to restore their vitamins and minerals before breeding again. Males reach sexual maturity when they are … Vetricyn, Vitamin B 12 (BOSE), Meloxican for pain relief, Ammonium Chloride, Vinegar, CD&T, Minerals (block or loose), Baking soda, Dried kelp food grade, Probiotics, Diatimatious Earth... A few tools that are handy to have are as follows: Hoof trimmers, Wood file, Collar and leash, Carrier for transport, Bowls to feed, Water heater elements to prevent frozen water in the winter, Rake, Barn lime, Shelter / Large dog house, Water container, Food container, Hay manger, Leur lock syringes and 22 gauge - 1” needles, Standard syringes, Alcohol, Cotton balls and paper towels, Scissors, Nasal Aspirator, Disposable scalpel, Disposable gloves, Digital thermometer... Nigerian dwarf goats can be milked once or twice a day. The balanced proportions of the Nigerian Dwarf give it the appearance of the larger breeds of dairy goats, but does stand no more than 22.5 inches (57 centimeters) and bucks no more than 23.5 inches (60 centimeters). If planning to wether a buckling, they can be banded before they leave. Looking back, well...looking back is embarrassing. When one of our goat’s routine changes, like - they aren’t first in line to eat, or don’t come up for a scratch on the shoulders – something is wrong. When giving birth, the Nigerian Dwarf Goat doe will produce three to five babies. We wean our kids around 8 weeks unless sold as bottle babies. The compact size makes keeping them easy keepers on smaller properties. We make no apologies. ), Oleander, Red Maples, Rhododendron, Rhubarb leaves, TuTu (coriaria arborea), Wild Cherry, Yew. Goat milk is best, and I prefer raw milk because it has all of the antibodies intact. We milk two times a day by hand. When my electronic milker comes in I’ll be milking more. When the doe gives birth it is called freshening or kidding. Feeds containing UREA. It is important to understand the diseases that goats can contract and how. Unlock additional features, and fewer ads while browsing. Is her udder red, cut, hot or does she jump when you touch her? When cared for properly, the Nigerian Dwarf goat can have a lifespan of between 12 and 14 years. I would want a doeling to be 60 pounds or close to it before breeding. Male Nigerian dwarf goats are about two feet tall, on average. Are you interested in raising pint-sized goats that are productive and friendly? If this is your plan make sure the kids all get colostrum first. However, cows and sheep are grazers and will eat everything in an area. Dwarf goats breed year round. However, if she develops mastitis or is mineral deficient she may have more difficulty and need help to support her babies. Many goat owners do not attempt to breed doelings until they are at least 80% of their adult weight. Alert and defending them from dogs and any other animals they think could hurt their babies. The does gestation period is 145 to 156 days or about 5 months. It is better to have a veterinarian surgically dehorn them at this point. Most of our goats come from great bloodlines. Open does are fed free choice brome hay, graze, minerals and baking soda. If however, you have a problem address it first. One morning I came out and she wasn’t there. Goat milk is easier to breakdown and digest. Our goats are registered through ADGA and/or AGS. Does can be bred at 7 to 8 months of age if they have reached good size. This helps decrease any discomfort for the doe and speeds up the amount of time it takes. We love them like family – just family that live outside. Their small stature means they do not require as much space or feed as their larger dairy goat counterparts. When her stream slows bump the udder or massage softly then finish milking her out. As long as the kids continue to grow and develop normally, we continue this until the kids are 8 weeks old and weaned. Angora goats, the most common type of fiber goat, can weigh 88 pounds (40 kg) or more. The information was not any clearer when it came to the bucks. And the does are between 17 and 19 inches (up to 22.5 inches). The more you know your goat’s behavior and personality the better caretaker you will be. The Saanen is another great dairy goat if you want more traditional type ears. The earliest record of Nigerian Dwarf goats is from West Africa. And if you have space and a safe environment - goats with horns are fine. They can be as little as 10 ounces and still survive with a little assistance. However, if the milk comes from a doe that has CAE, Johne’s, or another infectious disease, then the milk needs to be pasteurized so that the kid does not get infected.Beyond that, you’ll hear people argue all day long about what to They do not eat anything as urban legend suggests. If planning to disbud, best practice is to do this when the kids are 2 – 10 days old. We have had good success with our does and they have always been healthy and ready to visit the bucks again. When feeding our Nigerian dwarf goats we feed the bucks/wethers and does differently. No one in our family grew up on a farm and learning to milk has been a process. These mothers are very protective of their kids. They live up to 12 years and in ideal situations they have lived as long as 20 years. They are supplemented with a 16-18% dairy goat feed. Finally, conformation determines how much Nigerian Dwarf Goats are worth if they are to be a show goat. This can save a lot of money and your goat’s life. I’ll go with that. Yes. 2 were alive and 1 was still in the sac but the sac … Some breeders even breed 3 times in two years to maximize the does potential. Something may be wrong. Hi Lindsey, most experts on Nigerian Dwarf goats say the ideal weight is 75lbs but a range between 60 and 80 pounds is normal and healthy, depending on her frame. Now they are dual purpose animals, able to used for both meat and milk. Nigerian dwarf bucks weigh between 30 and 45 pounds. You can add apple cider vinegar to water in the winter. Kids with non- immunized does:   Birth, 4 , 6 weeks ? Adults                             At least once each year, Give with injury, illness and stressful events*, Pregnant does                 4 – 6 weeks before due date. One of our girls perches herself on the highest place she can and bleats out at us until we feed her in the morning and evening. This is because our does are dwarfs. However, it is still recommended to get the help of a professional, such as a veterinarian, to deal with the whole process. Dwarf goats are very playful, and they love to climb on things. The teats are wiped clean and then a little olive oil is applied to our hands and the teats. Nigerian Dwarf goat breed generally have simple births with few problems and kids are born at an average of around 2 pounds. For 8 adults, 6 of whom are lactating, and 8 kids we are feeding 1 scoop alfalfa pellets and 1 scoop grain twice a day, in addition to browse and hay. The bucks are ideally between 19 and 21 inches (but up to 23.5 inches). They will be much healthier in the long run and have the benefit from the does immunities. Since 2010, Lesa's writing has inspired new homesteaders on their journey to more sustainable lifestyles via this website. They prefer to eat a little here and a little there. Listen with your eyes to what she is telling you. I tried searching the Internet to find out how much a full grown Nigerian Dwarf doe should weigh, and saw everything from 25-70lbs, so I figured I'd better ask on TGS. Over time it is a good idea to have a few commonly used medications on hand. *It is also a good idea to give probiotics with Vitamin E during stressful situations. Typically our Nigerian does get pregnant while they are still lactating, then dry up 2 to 3 months after conceiving. 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