pre-birthing haircut...

Discussion in 'Goat Frenzy' started by lesserweevil, Mar 11, 2009.

  1. lesserweevil

    lesserweevil New Member

    Oct 5, 2007
    Ok I am thinking of giving Demi her pre-birthing haircut early... cause ummm well I'm impatient and I want to be able to see her development better. I am just going to shave down from her tail to her udder and a bit on her back legs. I dont want her to look half nekkid, and I can always give her a second haircut before she actually does kid :wink:

    Buuut, how do y'all hold your goats for this? Last time I tried to touch Demi's udder she kicked like a lil demon and almost fell off the milk stand. And that was just trying to touch it!!!

    LW
     
  2. StaceyRosado

    StaceyRosado Administrator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Oct 4, 2007
    NJ
    its not easy. I usualy hold one leg up and do it like that. but keep your nose away from the hoof as they do still try to kick with the one in your grasp :angry:

    Did you see the picture of Angie's udder - I didnt shave anything but the longer hairs on the legs (didnt shave the legs) and the udder itself.
     

  3. RunAround

    RunAround New Member

    Feb 17, 2008
    Massachusetts
    If I know they are going to be terrible when I shave them then I wait till their within the safe zone for Kidding and have at it. They are usually too fat by then to put up a good fight, and the stress might send them into labor. An added bonus. :ROFL: :wink:
     
  4. SDK

    SDK New Member

    Jun 26, 2008
    Yucaipa ca
    LOL.. then maybe i should wait till next wednesday for amelia.

    drama queens :roll:
     
  5. fcnubian

    fcnubian New Member

    764
    Oct 22, 2007
    When I give the birthing cut, I clip the tail, udder, down the backlegs to the hocks, and about 2-3 inches on each side of the udder. I also shave on top the rump area where the ligaments are so I can see if they appear very mushy or gone.

    I put all the does on the milk stand for clipping.

    My one doe that is a kicker I just keep on shaving even if she's kicking. The clip job looks HORRIBLE but I don't immediately quit. If I did that, they would learn kicking gets them out of clipping.
    They can be quite frustrating especially when we clip for shows because I'm very picky on how they look. lol

    With my does being full size dairy goats, I can put my nearest leg on the milk stand and hook their back leg over the top of my leg for clipping if need be. That is how I clip rear legs for showing. Much easier when they are grown then fighting them.
     
  6. lesserweevil

    lesserweevil New Member

    Oct 5, 2007
    hmm the bit about putting your leg under their leg makes sense. I will try that with Demi.

    I wouldnt shave where her ligaments are, as I find it very easy feeling with my fingers whether ligaments are there, or mushy, or gone, etc.

    I am going to give her a basic trim when I get back - hopefully. Like - just her udder =]

    LW
     
  7. AlaskaBoers

    AlaskaBoers New Member

    May 6, 2008
    Wasilla Alaska
    i'd get both sides off the tail too- keeps them from getting birthing junk matted on it.
     
  8. lesserweevil

    lesserweevil New Member

    Oct 5, 2007
    ok will do - but closer to kidding. I just want to be able to see her udder atm I guess!
    LW
     
  9. Anna

    Anna New Member

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    Oct 16, 2007
    Fayette, AL
    What day is she on?
     
  10. lesserweevil

    lesserweevil New Member

    Oct 5, 2007