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I would like to have my 2 little bucklings disbudded. I took one of my others earlier this week to have the vet do his. Price was suppose to be $28 but when all was done I ended up paying over $50 for the disbuddind and the vet visit. I have someone that can do the other 2 for free on the 18 th. of this month. the oldest one will be 3 weeks old at that time. Is that too old to have them done?
 

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Generally, yes three weeks is way too late, especially for bucklings. It would either have no effect, take them off, but have them grow back, or they would get scurs.
 

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Are they suppose to be bloody after disbudding? Just wondering because I thought they were just burned with no blood. But I know nothing about it and never seen it done except YouTube videos. But when I picked up my baby from the vet there was blood all over his carrier and his head was bloody also.
 

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no 3 weeks isnt to late if you know what you are doing and you get down to the white (not just a copper ring). You have to pop through to the base of the horn. Its fairly simple but requires you to not be skittish about it. Check out my website there is a video of a 4 week old kid http://www.endofthelinefarm.com/disbudding.htm

yes bumping it can cause bleeding. But again if done right there should be no blood just from the disbudding.
 

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The key to this question is what breed? Full sized dairy goat bucklings (unless smaller then average) need to be done within the first week. I have no idea about minis or ND. But to determine if they can still be done is to feel the horn bases. This is the area under the visible horn. If those are bigger then the base of your dis budding iron then you are going to have a hard time doing a reasonable job. But you will be much more likely to have scurs.

Now with all that said, they are not to big for a calf iron. I posted a link to a picture of one. A calf iron can be used at just about anytime as long as the horn fits in the center of it.

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no 3 weeks isnt to late if you know what you are doing and you get down to the white (not just a copper ring). You have to pop through to the base of the horn. Its fairly simple but requires you to not be skittish about it. Check out my website there is a video of a 4 week old kid http://www.endofthelinefarm.com/disbudding.htm

yes bumping it can cause bleeding. But again if done right there should be no blood just from the disbudding.
Yea I don't think the vet done it right. It looked more like he cut the buds out instead of burning them. On the other babies that I have previously bought that were already disbudded...you could still see the little buds they were just burned and after a couple weeks they fell off. But when I picked up my baby from the vet it was little bloody holes and there was blood all over the outside of his carrier like it was dripped on it.
 

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sounds like he used a scoop, it looks like a grapefruit corer. try to burn them youself and then in 3 weeks your friend can take off the scurs if there are any.
 

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I found someone that raises and shows Nigerians and does her own that lives closer. She is going to do them for me Monday. I'm gonna take the one the vet did also to see if she can burn them for me .
 
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