When is it safe to disbud a Nigerian Dwarf?

Discussion in 'Mini Mania' started by CaramelKittey, Mar 3, 2020.

  1. CaramelKittey

    CaramelKittey Well-Known Member

    Hi all!
    My doe Squeaks had two boys about a week ago. One is polled however the other isn’t. I’ve never had purebreds Nigerian kids that weren’t polled, (I’ve only ever had 3 kids and one we bought. :)) so I’m definitely not an expert on it!
    You can feel the kid’s horn buds coming in, but I’m afraid they may be to close to his eyes.
    Thanks in advance!
    @OldTurtleMom
     
  2. ksalvagno

    ksalvagno Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    As soon as you can feel horn buds coming through, you need to disbud. Especially males. I'm not understanding the close to the eyes part. You may want someone experienced to look at him and explain the horns better. But get him disbudded now.
     

  3. happybleats

    happybleats Well-Known Member

    Sep 12, 2010
    Gustine Texas
    I agree with Karen...Also do choose someone who has done disbudding many times, a person with experience. Get references or see their work. Not everyone is good at the job, that includes most vets.
     
  4. CaramelKittey

    CaramelKittey Well-Known Member

    Thanks all!
    We have an incredibly experienced breeder who disbuds our goats. She has never failed us, and only charges $10 a goat! We took our kid to her place yesterday and he was perfectly fine.
    Thank you!
     
  5. Chris Black

    Chris Black New Member

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    Apr 11, 2020
    Georgia
    Just did mine at 3 weeks! Was on the fence, but it went fine. Local Critter Fixers Vet did it.
     
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  6. CaramelKittey

    CaramelKittey Well-Known Member

    Very nice! All of my babies have recovered very well from the disbudding experience.
    I'm glad everything went well for your goats!:) It is always scary to see them next to that hot iron! :hide:
    And that horrible screaming makes me sad. I'm very thankful the lady who we pay to do our disbudding does it quick and easily.:D I feel so bad to see them cry. :imsorry:

    They always recover fine in the end. ;)
     
  7. NDinKY

    NDinKY Well-Known Member

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    Aug 3, 2019
    Kentucky
    I know you already had him done, but for future reference we disbud most of the bucklings at 2-3 days old. Many of ours are born with horn buds. Ours are all ND.
     
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  8. CaramelKittey

    CaramelKittey Well-Known Member

    Thank you!
    We usually have to do our Nubian/Pygmy/Nigerian Dwarf cross kid(s) at about 2-3 days old as well.
     
  9. Why is it important to debud babies ?
     
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  10. goatblessings

    goatblessings Fair-Haven Supporting Member

    Jan 5, 2015
    Southwest Ohio
    If your goats are dairy, most buyers do not want horns. Also, you don't want them to swing around while you are milking and hit you. Disbudded dairy kids sells better as well.
     
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  11. CaramelKittey

    CaramelKittey Well-Known Member

    :up::nod:
    Also, kids/does/bucks with horns can not be registered with the American Dairy Goat Association.
     
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  12. Goats Rock

    Goats Rock Member

    Jun 20, 2011
    NE Ohio
    You can register, just not show the large breeds. No idea about the Nigerians.

    I'm hoping Adga changes their horned stance with regard to showing. (They won't, but I can hope!)
     
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  13. Gooseberry Creek

    Gooseberry Creek Active Member

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    Jun 3, 2020
    Florida
    I am dreading doing disbudding. My does are due in March and April. I dint know anyone close enough and the vets here dont seem real knowlegable. I will have to do it myself and hurry up and order an iron etc. I dread it though.
     
  14. Goats Rock

    Goats Rock Member

    Jun 20, 2011
    NE Ohio
    Me too, I hate it. But, after several hundred, I'm resigned to the fact that I have to grit my teeth and do it. It is over quickly. The sooner you do it, the better and they recover really quickly!

    Watch videos and ask questions. It isn't as bad as your mind makes it out to be. (I continually tell myself that! ha ha).
     
  15. Gooseberry Creek

    Gooseberry Creek Active Member

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    Jun 3, 2020
    Florida
    What age do you disbud your kids?
     
  16. ksalvagno

    ksalvagno Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Anywhere from one day old and up. As soon as you feel horn buds, you need to disbud. Males always show up quickly and it is very important to disbud right away.
     
  17. Gooseberry Creek

    Gooseberry Creek Active Member

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    Jun 3, 2020
    Florida
    Thank you. What suze iron til for Nigerian Dwarfs and for Lamanchas? I have both so...
     
  18. groovyoldlady

    groovyoldlady Goat Crazy!

    Jul 21, 2011
    Central Maine
    We use the 1/2 inch tip on all our goats. We have Nigerians, LaManchas and mixes.
     
  19. Gooseberry Creek

    Gooseberry Creek Active Member

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    Jun 3, 2020
    Florida
    Thatd great! I was afraid I would have to buy two different sizes lol. Do you need to hold it for a shorter amt of time on the nigerians w a bigger iron tip?
     
  20. ksalvagno

    ksalvagno Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Absolutely not. You need a good copper ring around those buds and size of goat makes no difference.