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Hi all,

I know there is a TON of info on here about banding goats, but I don't like how the search works on here. So, I though I would just post!

My buck, Buster, is 11 weeks old and is in the stable with two does. We do not have a good way of separating them so he needs to be fixed. We are going to band him. His testes are pretty big, I am a little nervous that they will not fit, but I will give it a try. I have NEVER done this before....

So from my research and reading this is my current plan:

Go to TSC and but the Elastor and rings. Not sure the size of rings?
Purchase Tetanus antitoxin.

This week, have my husband pin him down and we will band him and make sure not to get anything under the ring. Then give him Tetanus antitoxin.

Questions -

1) Are there different sizes of bands and what size should I get. They are pretty big (compared to his brother he was always bigger, but he brother died a month ago).
2) How often should I give him the antitoxin?
3) I have Blu Kote on hand in case an infection develops, what else should I have on hand?

THANK you all in advanced for your responses!
 

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I like to pour rubbing alcohol on the area the band will be as well as on the band itself. I find this has eliminated infections as no dirt or bacteria is caught under the band.

Depending on his size I would pick him up or have him on a milking/fitting stand. holding him on the ground will make the testes go back up into the body and a higher chance of you only banding one or non. You want them to free hang.
 

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ALWAYS..keep a blade handy..if you get your finger or misplace it on the goatsyou will want to cut it off fast
we give tetnaus antitoxin first..we apply iodine on the location .... band making sure both testes are in the ring and no teats are trapped..release..check our work..and retreat with iodine..
banamine will help with any pain or swelling..but most dont give anything..a baby aspirin canbe given as well...
make sure he has a quiet place to pout with plenty shade and water..
 

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I just did one that was pretty big, he was laying down and I just put the band/bander over the end of the testes, got a hold of the skin and just held steady while pushing with the bander to get it to slip over the testes. I almost thought the band wasn't going to fit, but then it just popped right over them. The best thing to do to make sure you don't get any teats in the band or get it pulled too tight is to just get the band where it needs to be without pulling on the testes. If you just get it slipped over them, let the bander close just at the top of the testes, it doesn't need to be right up against his body. If he is 11 weeks I'm sure you won't have any problem knowing if you got both testes below the band, but do make sure you feel two before you close the bander, then just roll the band off of the bander so it is in place. I hope that makes sense. lol

I use the green bands, they are the only ones they make for that style of bander. There is a bander used on cattle that is much larger called the Calicrate bander, it works kind of like a cum-a-long with a different type of band that is much larger. I always put the band on the bander first, put it back so it is over the little indents in the "teeth" on the bander, about half way back. (You will know what I mean once you are looking at the bander), I then open the bander to make sure the band is not going to snap right away or fly off of the bander, if you don't have it back far enough it will come off. If it breaks get another one and do it again. Some bands are just defective and can't take being stretched open. Also after you band him, I always store my extra bands in the fridge since the bag says to keep in a cool dark place. It does help them keep longer and not get dried out.
 

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Thanks all for the reply's!! Doing it today wish me luck! I have all the tools required. Will let you know how it goes. He's got pretty big ones for his age so hopefully we can get the and over them!!
 

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Hi all. Just did it. Gave tetanus antitoxin this morning. Waited a couple hours the. Banded. Applied iodine to the area. Banded. Applied more. How does this look? Felt like I got em both and no teats were in the band. Will keep on eye on him all day.
 

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I have to say i was and am super nervous about it. He was such a good sport though. Didn't scream in pain just laid down and started licking. First time ever doing that!!
 

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Thanks everyone, it feels so good to hear that it looks okay. Phew!! I just went down to check on him. He is definitely uncomfortable, but walked a round a bit (slowly). He lets me pet him and he rubs up against me still so that's good. I am hoping he will be comfortable enough to take his milk this evening. We'll see.

I gave him about 3 cc's of baby asprin liquid right before we did the banding. Anyone think I should give him another dose later tonight or call it good? Thanks all for helping a poor newbie out :)
 

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I would wait to see how he is handling it....if he seem ok..the hold off on the aspirin..B complex does wonders when they are stressed :D
 

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When I stocked up on meds and other things TSC only had Vit B12 gel for horses. Still good to give for the stress? How much?
 

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Last year was my first time. The little 3 month olds were laying around everytime I checked but did just fine. After a few days, back to their playing and goofing around. I did a yearling last year too. His balls were so big. I talked to customer support for help. lol Anyhooo..I got it done just fine and afterward, he went right back to grazing with the herd..didn't even care. The chickens were thoughtful enough to find the dropped, dried out balls for me. I told friends for a long time I was going to turn them into coin purses for Christmas :)
 

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Last year was my first time. The little 3 month olds were laying around everytime I checked but did just fine. After a few days, back to their playing and goofing around. I did a yearling last year too. His balls were so big. I talked to customer support for help. lol Anyhooo..I got it done just fine and afterward, he went right back to grazing with the herd..didn't even care. The chickens were thoughtful enough to find the dropped, dried out balls for me. I told friends for a long time I was going to turn them into coin purses for Christmas :)
That's hilarious!! I may steal your coin purse joke :).
 

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Just looked outside and all three goats are up andouille grazing, including Buster! Tail up and wagging and everything. Huge sigh of relief. :)
 

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I hate my phone. Not andouille. They are up and out grazing. Sheesh.
 

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And still wondering if b12 is still good for stress it is all I have.
 

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He seems pretty lethargic today still walking around to graze and very snugly when I sit down with him but will not run around. Hopefully he gets some energy soon! Any tips that might help him a bit? I am taking his fecal in tomorrow to make sure the cocci is gone. I have a sneaking suspicion that he still has it. We'll see!
 
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