what size dehorner - how long to burn?

Discussion in 'Goat Frenzy' started by mistyblue, Sep 26, 2010.

  1. mistyblue

    mistyblue Senior Member

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    Nov 13, 2008
    Angleton, Texas
    What size dehorner do you use for your Nigies and mini's? Also, when do you dehorn.

    We will now be dehorning all of our babies.
     
  2. StaceyRosado

    StaceyRosado Administrator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Oct 4, 2007
    NJ
    Re: what size dehorner

    The 1/2inch works best. Anything smaller is not even worth it.

    Disbud when needed - ffel for those horn buds coming through. Some need to be done before a week old others can wait 2-4 weeks
     

  3. Epona142

    Epona142 The farm that Hope began

    May 25, 2008
    Madisonville, TX
    Re: what size dehorner

    Yup we use the 1/2 for both standard and mini kids. So far has worked wonderful.
     
  4. mistyblue

    mistyblue Senior Member

    815
    Nov 13, 2008
    Angleton, Texas
    Re: what size dehorner

    Great, I will get one ordered. I wanted to make sure on age as someone told me to disbud at 4 days old. That just seemed a little young for me. Now I have helped disbud Boers, will the timing be the same when burning?
     
  5. liz

    liz Well-Known Member

    Oct 5, 2007
    Shelocta PA
    Re: what size dehorner

    I don't do disbuds myself BUT I can say that with little bucks sometimes burning before a week old is best, I waited too long this year for a little pygmy/nigi buck to be burned...2 weeks and his horns were already through, he did scur. I've also had buckling born that had little points on their heads within a day of birth.
     
  6. mistyblue

    mistyblue Senior Member

    815
    Nov 13, 2008
    Angleton, Texas
    I got my dehorner in and we will be burning horns this weekend. But I have no clue on how long we should burn.

    I think that the man that will be doing this for me burns for 10 seconds then burns again for 8 seconds, is this long enough?
     
  7. StaceyRosado

    StaceyRosado Administrator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Oct 4, 2007
    NJ
    burn till you see the white of the skull popping through the copper burn ring.
     
  8. mistyblue

    mistyblue Senior Member

    815
    Nov 13, 2008
    Angleton, Texas
    Ewwww really! I thought it was just till you saw the copper ring, now wonder we have been getting scurs if that is the case. So once I see white through the copper ring then I can stop?

    To be honest that kinda freaks me out.
     
  9. Epona142

    Epona142 The farm that Hope began

    May 25, 2008
    Madisonville, TX
    Come move closer to me Misty, I'll burn heads for you. :D
     
  10. FunnyRiverFarm

    FunnyRiverFarm New Member

    Sep 13, 2008
    Hudson, MI
    Re: what size dehorner

    I had a Lamancha buckling this year that was BORN READY to be disbudded. I was uncomfortable doing it the first day, but on day two he got the iron. My doelings were all done at 4-7 days old. You really just have to feel heads and get the job done as soon as it needs to be. I personally think it is less traumatizing for younger kids.
     
  11. Thanatos

    Thanatos New Member

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    Mar 16, 2009
    Lake Ariel, Pa
    Also for bucks if you add an x to the burn it will help stop scurs. Just about 5 sec for each side of the x should do, then blue kote their heads :greengrin:
     
  12. peggy

    peggy Senior Member

    Aug 10, 2010
    B.C. Canada
    Is there anything to put on the head to help lessen the pain of the burning?? a type of spray anesthetic????
     
  13. Thanatos

    Thanatos New Member

    937
    Mar 16, 2009
    Lake Ariel, Pa
    The disbudder is so hot is sears the nerves almost instantly. So there isnt much pain for them. Most goats will even begin bashing heads the same day. But to answer the question directly... no i dont think there is a topical for that.
     
  14. peggy

    peggy Senior Member

    Aug 10, 2010
    B.C. Canada
  15. pelicanacresMN

    pelicanacresMN New Member

    Everyone around here sprays the Furall Aerosol Powder on it. It's a yellow topical antibacterial spray. I think just the cold spray going on it gives a little bit of relief.
     
  16. peggy

    peggy Senior Member

    Aug 10, 2010
    B.C. Canada
    Thanks, I will have to check our feed stores around here and see what they have available, my question was more for a before burn thing. Maybe just something to dull the area before the burning. I guess I am reaching.....lol....