Hello everyone! I'm a long time lurker but I finally buckled down and made an account! :)
A newbie poster, I'm also a newbie homesteader, which is why I'm making a post asking for some advice on goats: more specifically Nigerian Dwarf dairy goats! Come this spring, I'm hoping to purchase two doelings, and I've done a fair amount of research and pen-building (and goat breed-dairy-taste-testing), but I still have a fair amount of questions! If anyone has any experience raising doelings for dairy I'd love to hear your stories!
This is looking into the future but I just want to have a basic idea:
1. If I purchase doelings, how long must I wait before breeding? (I've read so many different things and I'm so confused on the timeline!) I know it'll be a while before I actually get milk from them, and that the kids must be born before that, but what age did you generally get the first milk?
2. Do you recommend purchasing kids that must be bottle fed or purchasing a weaned kid at 8-weeks? (I know the time requirement for this is a huge part, but in your experience did that pay off?)
Or do you think it's just easier to purchase a already bred adult? If so, what are some tips you have for purchasing the best-friendliest one available? (I'm not necessarily looking for the *best* milker, just one that is easy to milk.)
I'm sorry if these questions seem sort of silly or obvious, but I just want to make sure I have everything in order before the time comes when I make a purchase. Thank you so much for your time and experience!