Disbudding- How to with pics

Discussion in 'Health & Wellness' started by RunAround, Apr 10, 2010.

  1. RunAround

    RunAround New Member

    Feb 17, 2008
    Massachusetts
    Alright, this is how I disbud, others may do different. I use a rhinehart x30

    I don't just burn till I see a copper ring, I burn until I see a copper and white ring:
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    Then I pop the cap off:
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    Both done. If I see any bleeding or oozing I just put the iron back on for a bit.

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    Once all done I put some blue kote on to prevent infection.
     
  2. 4kids

    4kids New Member

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    Jul 21, 2009
    Why do you pop the cap off? How old is that doe/buck? Is that a little horn growth I see on the undone side in the first picture... just trying to imagine it in my head.
     

  3. RunAround

    RunAround New Member

    Feb 17, 2008
    Massachusetts
    I usually don't wait till they have hard horns, but this was Bonnie's kid so I wanted to wait until I thought he could handle disbudding. He was Born 3/18

    Usually I do buck kids at about 3 days-1 week old.

    I pop the cap off to make sure it I burned it enough, plus I feel that leaving dead skin/horn sitting on top of their skull is just asking for infection. Since I have started pulling off the caps I've had zero infections.

    You will see tomorrow. ;)
     
  4. myfainters

    myfainters New Member

    Oct 29, 2009
    Lancaster, CA
  5. farmgirl42

    farmgirl42 New Member

    640
    Jan 2, 2010
    Eastern Ohio
    Maybe this is a silly question, but HOW do you "pop the cap off"?
     
  6. 4kids

    4kids New Member

    844
    Jul 21, 2009
    Great photos Ashley!
     
  7. RunAround

    RunAround New Member

    Feb 17, 2008
    Massachusetts
    I am bumping this up because it's kidding season!!! And all those bundles of joy are going to need their horns burned. ;)
     
  8. peggy

    peggy Senior Member

    Aug 10, 2010
    B.C. Canada
  9. KW Farms

    KW Farms Moderator Supporting Member

    Jun 21, 2008
    Wapato, WA
    Great pictures Ashley!

    Erin, once you disbud, the horn cap is basically just sitting on the head, you just grab the little cap and pull up and it just comes right off, no extra pain or anything. Just make sure you don't pull if off if it's attached to skin or something, you'll have to slowly take it off. It's very easy. I left the caps on kids the first year I disbudded and some of them had bad scurs. Last year out of about 70 kids (burning and popping caps off), 5 bucklings got very tiny scurs. ;)
     
  10. GotmygoatMTJ

    GotmygoatMTJ New Member

    Thanks soo much for this!! Its great to see. :)
     
  11. milkmaid

    milkmaid I'm not addicted - I'm in love!

    Great pictures!
    I have always heard that you have finish up by burning the tip of the horn bud. Why is that?
     
  12. peggy

    peggy Senior Member

    Aug 10, 2010
    B.C. Canada
    I disbudded my girl when she was 5 days old. I wondered how long it takes before I know if any scurs are going to grow. She is 18 days old now and it looks the same.
     
  13. Bellafire Farm

    Bellafire Farm New Member

    810
    Jan 5, 2010
    NW Oregon
    My first Nigi's (doe's) that I disbudded, each got one tiny little scur on one side and it wasn't until they were over a year old, maybe even closer to 2, before you could see it. It's about 1/2inch in size.

    @ Ashey or Kaylee- I haven't been able to "pop" the caps off as cleanly as this shows. Everytime we make sure to pull/scrape it off, but it's still kinda 'stuck' on there...not necessarily attached but just stuck. Maybe I'll try harder when I do the newborn kids next week...now that I have a pic of what a clean disbud should look like. We haven't really had 'scurs' on ours though, but we do burn twice on each side too, but boy I'd love to be able to pop those scabbies off nice & clean like this pic shows.

    Thank you so much for this update! See we can all learn something! :thumb:
     
  14. capriola-nd

    capriola-nd New Member

    Jul 6, 2008
    Northwest Oregon
    I've noticed it's harder to pull the cap off if the iron is not on long enough. That's one of the ways I tell they are burned enough is by the cap (along w/ the ring and all that ;)). The cap pops off really easy with a good burn.
     
  15. TinyHoovesRanch

    TinyHoovesRanch New Member

    My friend who is a big breeder uses gloves when burning, she then puts a bag of ice on the babies heads, and then rubs some aloe vera gel on. Does this seem like a good idea?
     
  16. peggy

    peggy Senior Member

    Aug 10, 2010
    B.C. Canada
    I did the ice thing but I used snow in a wet cloth. I thought about using aloe vera but I thought leaving it to dry up would be better. Just my opinion.
     
  17. TinyHoovesRanch

    TinyHoovesRanch New Member

    I thought the same thing...BluKote seems better.

    Im going to do the ice, and then BluKote.
     
  18. RunAround

    RunAround New Member

    Feb 17, 2008
    Massachusetts
    If the cap does not come off easy I burn longer or hold teh iron sideways on the cap so it burns it more and it comes off easier. After I burn I always spray blue kote on the caps. Helps everything dry up and heal up faster imo.

    I never put ice on their heads... but that's just me.
     
  19. peggy

    peggy Senior Member

    Aug 10, 2010
    B.C. Canada
    I use the cold wet cloth to cool their heads. I just touch the head off and on with the cold wet cloth, I don't hold it on steady. Don't know it that is a good idea after having such intense heat on their heat.