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Discussion in 'Mini Mania' started by Cinder, May 14, 2010.
Specifically related to Nigierian's... what is the best age to wether a buckling? Why?
Since I raise pygmy/nigi pets and have yet to have a PB nigi buckling born, I band at 7 weeks...they are leaving at 8 weeks for their new homes and I know that they are doing ok by that time....I won't let a buckling leave without being banded.
Is 3 weeks old too early to band them?
The man I got them from has bred Nigis for over 20 years and always bands around 3 weeks old - he says he has only once ever had a wether with UC problems that he sold and that was because the owner fed the wether straight alfalfa and lots of grain.
I like to band at about 8 weeks, sometimes 7 weeks.
I band around 7-8 weeks of age. Usually because 8 weeks they are weaned and ready to go to new homes and also because nigerian bucklings are capable of breeding as early as 8 weeks of age. I would personally prefer to wait closer to 12 weeks of age but most buyers want their new wether asap usually. I would never band any earlier than 7 weeks of age...why risk it is the way I figure.
I'm so glad this thread was started cause I have three bucklings to do this ,, they are mixed and going to the Alternative Livestock Auction that just started this weekend,, I went and saw some uglyyyyyyyyyyyyy goats none of them dehorned either.. should make a killing in the fall..