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THANK YOU NDGA FOR THE ARTICLE FEATURING DOUBLE DURANGO FARM ON GOAT HOUSING AND GOAT PLAYGROUNDS  IN THE DWARF DIGEST!!

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HAPPY HOUR AT THE TIKI HUT!!!

OUR BREEDING ANIMALS ARE REPRESENTED BY SOME OF THE BEST BLOODLINES AVAILABLE IN THE COUNTRY.  IN OUR BREEDING PROGRAM WE STRIVE TO BREED FOR EXCELLENT CONFORMATION, DAIRY CHARACTER AND WELL SUPPORTED PRODUCTIVE MAMMARY SYSTEMS.  YES, WE LOVE COLOR AND BLUE EYES AS MUCH AS ANYONE AND LUCKILY WITH THIS BREED COLOR JUST COMES WITH THE TERRITORY!  WE TRIM HOOVES, WORM ON A REGULAR BASIS AND OFFER A HIGH QUALITY PELLET, PASTURE AND BERMUDA HAY DAILY.  WE ONLY GIVE OUR BUCKS LIMITED GRAIN THAT CONTAINS AMMONIUM CHLORIDE TO HELP PREVENT URINARY CALCULI - THE ONLY FEED IN THE SOUTHEAST THAT OFFERS AMMONIUM CHLORIDE IS THE ADM BRAND.  WE DO NOT SUGGEST GIVING OTHER BRANDS OF GRAIN WITH BERMUDA HAY TO BUCK KIDS.  OUR HERD WAS TESTED NEGATIVE IN SEPT 2007, JAN 2009, JAN 2011, JAN 2012, JAN 2013 AND JAN 2014 FOR CAE BY BIO-LABS.   

ALL OF OUR BABIES ARE BOTTLE RAISED, DISBUDDED AND CAN BE REGISTERED WITH ONE OR MORE REGISTRIES.  WE WILL PROVIDE YOU WITH EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO CONTINUE BOTTLE FEEDING ONCE YOU GO HOME WITH YOUR NEW KID(S) USUALLY AT 2 -3 WEEKS OF AGE.  ALL OF OUR ANIMALS ARE GUARANTEED HEALTHY AND FREE OF DISQUALIFYING FAULTS AT THE TIME OF PURCHASE WHEN THEY LEAVE OUR FARM BUT BECAUSE WE CANNOT CONTROL ANY STRESS THAT MAY OCCUR AS A RESULT OF SHIPPING OR THE ANIMAL'S ENVIRONMENT OR MANAGEMENT ONCE THEY LEAVE OUR FARM, WE CANNOT OFFER FURTHER GUARANTEES.

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GROUP PHOTO OF SOME OF OUR FALL SOLD KIDS
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SLEEPING BEAUTIES!
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THE LOVE SHACK....NO VACANCIES

FAIR WARNING!!!!  DWARF GOATS CAN BE VERY ADDICTING!!!!
Surprised

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DOUBLE DURANGO NACHO KIWI WINS 2 RESERVE GRAND CHAMPION AWARDS - 2X FIRST PLACES OUT OF 12 !

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THIS IS MOONSPOTTED, LOTS OF COLORS!
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PEACHES ON MILK PATROL
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LOOK AT US MOM!
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MOONSPOTTED BUCK KID WE ONCE HAD
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DAISY DUKE CLAIMS THE TUNNEL, TODAY ANYWAY
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MATERNAL INSTINCT TIMES THREE????
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THEY JUST LOVE YOU!
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PANDA AND CODY SURFING
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KIDS OF ALL AGES LOVE BABY GOATS!
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SOME OF OUR SOLD BABIES
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ALL ABOARD...WALKING ON THE NEW GOAT WALK
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BEST FRIENDS!
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SLIDE TIME!
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I WONDER WHY THEY CALL US MOONSPOTTED?
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OUR GREAT NEPHEW EMMITT'S FIRST TIME BOTTLE FEEDING!
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DID SOMEONE SAY DINNER?
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CODY CHECKS OUT THE NEW RESIDENT PENGUIN

DOUBLE DURANGO FARM - THE ORIGINAL "SIX FLAGS FOR GOATS"....CHECK BACK OFTEN AS THINGS ARE ALWAYS BEING BUILT AND ADDED AROUND HERE!   YES, I LIKE TO BUILD IN MY SPARE TIME!  YES, HOME DEPOT, LOWES AND ACE ARE A FEW OF MY FAVORITE STORES, YES, I GET EXCITED ABOUT WOOD ON THE CLEARANCE RACK!  MIXING CONCRETE AND DIGGING HOLES ARE PART OF MY WORKOUT REGIMEN, YES, I HATE FOR THE SUN TO GO DOWN AND I AM NOT FINISHED YET...AND FINALLY...YES, I HAVE WAYYYYY TOO MUCH TIME ON MY HANDS AND REALLY NEED A JOB!....(BUT DON'T TELL MY GOATS THAT!  I THINK THEY WOULD BE HEART BROKEN!).... DIANNE

OKAY, SO ONE DAY I WAS A BIT BORED AND DECIDED TO BUILD A 30 FOOT BRIDGE FOR THE FUN OF IT....IT IS USED BY MY HERD MORE THAN YOU WILL EVER KNOW  

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LAST ONE ON BRIDGE LOSES!!!

THIS IS OUR MAIN DOE SHELTER OR AS WE CALL IT... "THE DOUBLE DURANGO INN BED AND BREAKFAST"....WHERE OUR MENU FOR THE DAY READS..."TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT"

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INSIDE DOE SHELTER, LOTS OF SHELVES A MUST

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INSIDE DOE SHELTER
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INSIDE DOE SHELTER
 
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DIFFERENT HEIGHTS OF SHELVES ARE APPRECIATED!
   
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THIS IS THE "KIDDIE CORRAL"...HEY, THEY NEED THEIR OWN SPACE!

     
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About Nigerian Dwarf Goats

The Nigerian Dwarf is a miniature goat of West African origin. Nigerian Dwarf goats are small in size and have very colorful markings. Their small stature means they do not require as much space as their larger dairy counterparts. Their gentle, friendly personalities make them good companion pets and easy to handle. Even small children are safe around these little goats. Nigerian Dwarf goats are a true dairy goat and have been approved as such by the US Department of Agriculture making them eligible for youth 4-H and FFA projects.

Is That a Pygmy Goat?

Although both Nigerian Dwarfs and African Pygmies are both of West African origin, they are two separate and distinct breeds. It can be easy to confuse the Nigerian with the Pygmy because of the similarities of size and origin, but the similarities stop there.

African Pygmies are bred to be "cobby" and heavy boned. They are almost as wide as they are tall. Nigerian Dwarfs are bred to have the length of body and structure in proportion to their larger dairy goat counterparts. This makes breeding and birthing easy. Nigerians Dwarfs are also still somewhat rare in the US, compared with the numbers of Pygmies residing here. 

Color!! Color!! Color!!

Color, along with ease of kidding, were my main reasons for choosing the Nigerian Dwarf over the Pygmy. You can never be sure what color the kids will be until they are born; even then you can't be sure, because many times their color may change. Main color families are black, chocolate and gold with virtually every color combination imaginable being produced.

Besides every color of the rainbow, every color-pattern you can dream up can pop out and some you can't imagine. Dwarfs can be dalmation-spotted, pinto-patterned, tri-colored, or solid. One of my favorite patterns is called "buckskin" and is described as contrasting facial stripes, a "cape' around the shoulders with a coordinating dorsal stripe and leg markings.

While brown eyes are most common, dwarfs also have china blue-eyes, which can be very striking.

A True Dairy Goat

A healthy Nigerian Dwarf doe can produce a surprising amount of sweet milk for her small size, as much as two quarts per day. Nigerian Dwarf milk has between 6% and 10% butterfat, with higher protein content than most other dairy goat breeds. So if you wish for your pet to provide you with milk, she most certainly can.

Care

If these little caprines are stealing your heart, the first thing you need to understand is that they are a herd animal. As such, if they do not have one of their own for companionship, they will be very sad and lonely. So when considering ownership, consider purchasing two or more. Getting two dwarfs is not the hard part... getting only two is the challenge. You can house does or bucks together, or you may decide to get a little "wether" (male goat that has been fixed) or two. Wethers can get along well with both bucks or does.

Housing

Goats should be kept in clean pens free of dampness, drafts, and pests such as biting flies and rodents. Please take into account dwarfs goats' small size and fence accordingly. My personal recommendation is four-foot high 2x4 no climb woven wire fence. Goats are extremely intelligent and can keep you on your toes when trying to keep a gate shut, so plan accordingly. If you only have a few goats, a large doghouse or two can be adequate shelter for them. These adorable little ones will let you know just how spoiled they like to be as well. They will tell you that they do not like it too hot or cold, too windy, and God forbid you let a single raindrop fall upon them!

Health Care

Dwarf goats, like all other animals, need some basic care for good health and long life. Hooves should be trimmed regularly. Since we don't have a lot in the way of natural wear and tear on the farm, we trim hooves about every two months. Vaccinations such as CD&T and rabies should also be considered. Check with you local vet for recommended vaccinations in your area. Worming is also essential to good health. Parasites are livestock animals' number one killer here in the south, so we worm regularly.

Diet

A goat feed, or general livestock feed of 12-18% protein is recommended or a dairy ration.  The amount of grain fed can vary due to pregnancy, male or female, age, and how much browse or pasture is available. Good hay or pasture should always be available. Fresh water in clean containers should also be available at all times. We also supplement our feeding program with minerals, baking soda and a salt lick free choice.  For feeding any grain to bucks we only use feed with ammonia chloride in the ingredient to help reduce risk of Urinary Calculi and the only brand here in the Southeast that offers that is the ADM brand of meat goat pellet.  We cannot say enough good things about the ADM brand and how happy we are with this product.  We do not offer the baking soda free choice to the buck kids until they are older as the baking soda can have a counter effect on UC.  

Breeding

Dwarf goats can breed year around. The gestation period for a doe is approximately 145-153 days. For the most part, Nigerian Dwarfs are a hearty breed, which seldom have kidding problems. New babies are about 2 pounds at birth and grow quickly. Little bucklings have been known to breed as young as 7 weeks old so watch out!! Generally, though bucks are ready to be used for service as young as three months, and easily by seven months. Does can be bred at seven to eight months of age if they have reached a good size. We tend to wait till they are about a year old though. Dwarfs can have several kids at a time, with triplets and quads being common. Dwarfs are generally excellent mothers and take great care of their kids should you decide to let mom raise them.

Lifespan

Average Lifespan: Nigerian Dwarfs live between 12-15 years or about the same as a dog.

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SMALL HAY RACK TO KEEP HAY OFF THE GROUND (FOUND AT HOEGGERS)
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SALT LICK, BAKING SODA & GOAT MINERAL OFFERED FREE CHOICE
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PRTCHARD NIPPLES ON 12 OUNCE BOTTLES
 
       
       
       

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SOME OF OUR GIRLS WAITING THEIR TURN TO BE MILKED

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VIEW FROM UNDERNEATH
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TIKI HUT FRAMED IN FINALLY!
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STRINGING THE POLES TOGETHER
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LOTS OF BAMBOO - THANKS KEN!!!