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  1. Beginners Goat Raising
    I'm wondering if any of you happens to have pictures of what your properly disbudded goats' disbudding sites look like a few weeks after the disbudding was done. I have a few kids that I did at a few days old and they are now 5 and 6 weeks old. Anyone have disbudded kids that are that old now...
  2. Kidding Koral
    I'm seeing some strange behavior from Bella today with her buckling, Benjamin. Any time he gets his head near hers she will butt him. Not very roughly, but enough to push him away. His belly is full and she's letting him nurse, but I'm just a bit worried about this. We disbudded Benjamin...
  3. Beginners Goat Raising
    With kids on the ground now disbudding looms on the horizon. My question is: in the instructions I've read and videos I've watched I've seen some people only burn the copper ring and others do the copper ring and cauterized the center after the skin cap is knocked off. Am I understanding this...
  4. Kidding Koral
    With kidding on the horizon so is disbudding :/ . I've got my iron ordered and now I'm wondering what kind of heat proof gloves you guys like to use to keep your hands safe while working with the disbudding iron?
  5. Goat Management
    This little guy is 2.5 weeks old and disbudded ~10 days ago. Unlike his twin, his horn sites seem to be "rounded up" under the scabs (one has just fallen off). I did not do his disbudding (he was done before I got him) but I have an iron. Does this look like he should get re-burned? I have...
  6. Barnyard Bananza
    We had a new vet out today because our regulars are booked. I got the name from a friend and after snooping around, I found out he went to prairie view A&M and he specialized in the goats there! Awesome!! He is also a mobile vet, so I don’t have to load anybody up, so that’s even better...
  7. Kidding Koral
    So asked my vet if when I have babies to disbud if she would teach me how to do it. She said that she would, but what I am wondering about is she said that she does not like the method where you hold the iron on for the whole time. She like the put on pull off method so that there's less risk...
  8. Goat Management
    I'm looking to buy a dehorner for my Nigerian Dwarf kids. Usually I take them to the vet, but I'm thinking it might pay for itself soon and might be a good investment. Do you use the 1/4" or the 3/8" ...what brand do you like? Thanks y'all for your insights in advance :)
  9. Health & Wellness
    Ok, I have a couple questions now that I’ve had my first-ever goat babies!: 1. I have a mama who gave birth a week ago to a single doe. The baby is eating well and growing great, but I suspect she is drinking more from just one side (the other side has a “double” teat). Both double-teats...
  10. Bucks
    We have a three year old Nigerian Dwarf buck who was disbudded when he was young. We were taking him to fair because his mother was going and he was too young to be away. As it happens most of the time with our bucks, the horns grew back. Only now they are slightly messed up. They go out and...
  11. Beginners Goat Raising
    Hi All, I've got a Nigerian Dwarf buckling that is one month old tomorrow, and needs to be disbudded/dehorned. Since he's already a month old and his little horns are too big for the iron, are there any other options?
  12. Health & Wellness
    Hello, all! Because I'm a wimp, I have someone else disbud my goat kids. Today I was wondering about the possibility of passing disease through the iron from kid to kid. When I googled it, it was listed as a possible secondary method of CAE infection, which has me a little nervous. At the same...
  13. Health & Wellness
    So, I disbudded my 2 bucklings last night, first time ever doing this. 1 if the sites is oozing a little. I applied blukote last night, do I need to reapply every so often ir do something else?
  14. Goat Management
    Seriously, I understand all the arguments for disbudding goats. We show for ADGA and 4-H, so we can't even opt out if we want to. And I really DO like owning goats without horns. Still. I hate, Hate, HATE disbudding them. HATE! LOATHE! DESPISE! As many of you know, we had 8 kids born as...
  15. Health & Wellness
    Hello lovies! I have a lady close to my house who raises goats and is very knowledgeable. She has a bottle of the Merck Covexin 8-way vaccine and said she would vaccinate my 2 Nigerian Dwarf bottle babies for me tomorrow. They will be 4 weeks, one tomorrow and one on Wednesday. I was going to...
  16. Health & Wellness
    https://www.journalofdairyscience.org/article/S0022-0302(18)30263-7/fulltext This article is the first professionally published clinical trial I've read about the pros and cons of different disbudding methods. I may just have to buy it to see if they describe the clove oil disbudding in great...
  17. Health & Wellness
    I have two ND girls and they were disbudded when few days old, they are now 6 mos old and they each have a small bud growing in, should I have them removed?
  18. Goat Management
    OK...So I've never had a polled goat until this year. We leased a polled, blue-eyed buck and bred him to three of my does. The mini LaManchas he sired got the blue eyes. The female mini Munchie developed horn buds and we disbudded her. I expected to disbud her brother, but when we shaved his...
  19. Health & Wellness
    What do you guys think of the disbudding job of our 3 day old triplets by the vet, performed this morning?? I was not expecting their heads to look like this, particularly one of them. Pics on the forum look like neat little circles. Is the job botched? If so, what action would you take??
  20. Goat Management
    I need to replace my dehorning iron and have been looking at the Lenk 200 as a possible replacement. Anyone have experience with these? Are they better or similar to the Rheinhart models? Thanks!
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