Knock the cap and cauterize. I didn't get the cap off last year but had nice copper rings...those 2 kids have scurs now This is my 2nd year coming disbudding. I'm terrified.
Great job! It's a def learning experience. I don't like doing it as I'm not comfortable and it's traumatic for me lol. Here, it's my husband's job and he does a good one.I just thought I'd let you know that I just disbudded my little buckling. I think it went pretty well, and I was surprised at how not traumatic for me it was. Time will tell whether I did it enough, but for my first time I feel great with what I did. I'm not going to be too hard on myself. I mean, if I get scurs, I get scurs. This is a learning process. I could not flip the cap off, I don't know if it was just because the buds weren't quite large enough for me to do that, but it didn't happen so we will see. Benjamin seems to be doing fine. I know that if there was a problem you wouldn't know right away, but he bounced right back and was nursing and jumping around in the stall when I put him back after finishing. Thank you all for your support and advice. I could not have done this without you.:ty:
Thanks! My bucks that I bought have scurs that they knock off occasionally, but sometimes if they don't, I trim them with a wire saw because they grow towards their heads. Man--they hate when I have to do that.Good job!
We use a knife to pop the caps off, then cauterize the area. Sometimes they bleed (my husband's first time he got arterial spurt which freaked me out but we were able to stop the bleed and the buckling was fine).
When we notice scurs, if it is soon enough we reburn. If they're small and movable we just pop them off with pliers like a scab. My keeper buckling from last year was growing some decent scurs that weren't movable. He bashed them off once, but they regrew. I was trimming his feet this past weekend and decided to take the horse hoof nippers to trim back his scurs some (have read about it but never tried it). He threw such a fit when I tried to nip it that the whole scur came off (sweet!), so I did the same to the other. He had minimal bleeding but was so mad at me. As they grow back I'll keep popping them off. Hopefully they'll stop growing back.