Nigerian Dwarf goats can be a great dairy animal for small homesteads and they can even be kept in the city. I first got goats in 2012. My goal was to produce as much of my family’s dairy as possible. Nigerian Dwarf milk is delicious, and goats are great fun to keep and breed. If you have the space I highly recommend them!

I ended up selling my goats in 2016 because my goals for our property changed. Instead of producing as much of my family’s food as possible even if relying on purchased feeds, I am now more focused on creating self sustaining systems that produce food for our family. It’s a subtle difference in goals, but what it means right now is using the space where I was raising goats and storing purchased hay to produce more of our chicken, duck, and rabbit feed.

Nevertheless, here are some of my thoughts and things I’ve learned from keeping Nigerian Dwarf goats. I hope it helps you in your own goat adventures!

How Much Space Do Your Goats Need To Be Happy?

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9 Reasons Why You Need Nigerian Dwarf Goats

9 Reasons Why You Need Nigerian Dwarf Goats

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Are goats the new cat? They are if you are the crazy goat lady of the neighborhood! Here are some ways goats are like cats.

7 Ways Goats Are Like Cats

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Are Goats Right For Me?

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Basic Goat Care- Pregnancy And Kidding

Basic Goat Care: Pregnancy and Kidding

When your goat is due with kids it's your job to make sure she is as healthy as can be ...
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Basic Goat Care- How To Get Started Breeding Goats

Basic Goat Care: Breeding Goats

Unless you are keeping goats as strictly pets eventually there will come a day when you find yourself breeding goats ...
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How To Dry Off a Goat After Lactation

How To Dry Off A Goat After Lactation

After you breed your goat, you will need to dry her off 6-8 weeks before she has her babies.  This ...
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How To Care For Your Goats In The Winter

When the weather starts getting chilly it's time to start thinking about winter goat care.  Goats are pretty cold hardy ...
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How To Make Your Own Animal Feeds

Once you've had chickens for a while you may want to experiment with making your own animal feeds.  Making your ...
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How To Make An Upcycled Goat Hay Manger

Everyone says goats will eat anything, but the truth is that they are rather picky!  Goats can be very particular ...
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What Will You Need For Milking A Goat-

What Will You Need For Milking A Goat?

Milking a goat seemed very mysterious and difficult the first time I set out to try.  And what was I ...
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How To Make A Goat Milking Stand For Free Or Cheap

How To Make A Goat Milking Stand For Free Or Cheap

Building a milking stand for your goats doesn't have to be painstaking or expensive!  Here is how to make a ...
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Fodder Feeding- How To Get Healthy Livestock AND Save Money

Fodder Feeding: How To Get Healthy Livestock AND Save Money

Fodder feeding sprouted grains to your backyard livestock is a great way to decrease feed costs while giving your chickens, ...
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How To Know If Breeding The Goats Was Successful

Breeding the goats every year or two is part of keeping backyard dairy goats.  Once you've mastered basic goat care, ...
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Basic Goat Care For New Goat Keepers

Basic Goat Care For New Goat Keepers

If you are thinking about getting goats it's a good idea to have an overview of basic goat care.  I ...
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