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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.
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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.
 

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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!
 

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Just did mine at 3 weeks! Was on the fence, but it went fine. Local Critter Fixers Vet did it.
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. ;)
 

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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.
Thank you!
We usually have to do our Nubian/Pygmy/Nigerian Dwarf cross kid(s) at about 2-3 days old as well.
 

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Also, kids/does/bucks with horns can not be registered with the American Dairy Goat Association.
 
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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.
 

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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).
 

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We use the 1/2 inch tip on all our goats. We have Nigerians, LaManchas and mixes.
 

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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?
 
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