Boer Ears

Discussion in 'Goat Frenzy' started by Stacie1205, Mar 19, 2013.

  1. Stacie1205

    Stacie1205 New Member

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    Mar 25, 2011
    I am new to boers. Had zero at the beginning of the year and now have 8! So the babies born here, one has the ends of her ears folded up. Looks like they are attached too. She is almost 3 weeks old, born March 2. Is there anything I can do at this point to straighten them out?
     
  2. goathiker

    goathiker I'm watching you

    Apr 13, 2011
    Oregon Coast Range
    I'm pretty sure that it is acceptable for the breed. If you were going to fix them it needed done as a newborn.
     

  3. HoosierShadow

    HoosierShadow Senior Member

    Apr 19, 2010
    Central Kentucky
    I agree, as far as I know it's acceptable. I also agree it should have been done at birth, now it would probably be very painful and I'd think it would scar her ears too.
    I've seen boer does with folded ear tips in the summer fairs.
     
  4. You can still fix it. But you will need to apply Neosporin a lot to try to minimize the scarring .
    And yes it gets more painful the longer you wait. You are basically going to have to "rip" or "pop"
    The ears apart. Have you ever done it before?
     
  5. Stacie1205

    Stacie1205 New Member

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    Mar 25, 2011
    Nope never done it before. These are my first Boer babies. I think if there is really no reason to do it, I won't. But it makes me wonder if since it's folded like that is there any potential for it to get stuff in the fold causing any issues? I would think if I did do it, I would have someone hold her and take a very sharp knife or scapel and just seperate it. Seems a little cleaner that pulling it apart. But she is too cute to worry about it if it won't cause her any problems.
     
  6. nancy d

    nancy d Moderator

    Oct 5, 2007
    near Seattle
    We have a few older ones with flipped up ears. It has never been a problem.
    One of the first things I do now is run my fore finger & third finger on both sides of ear when kid is still wet.
     
  7. toth boer goats

    toth boer goats Moderator

    Jul 20, 2008
    corning california
    It can cause issues, but not always.

    I myself ,rip any that are born that way.

    ABGA does not frown on those kind of ears and the goat can be shown.

    I agree, they still can be ripped. I wouldn't cut them apart, because if the goat jerks the wrong way, you may slice the ear in two.
    You will need someone, that is strong to rip the ears apart. By now, it will be harder to do. At birth is the best time, things are still soft and easy to rip.
    Make sure after you rip, that you put something on it, don't cover it leave it exposed to air and put something on the ear, such as duct tape, to help keep it flat for a few days.

    It is up to you, whether you want them to remain flipped or not. ;)