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Disbudding

Discussion in 'Birthing, Weaning, and Raising Young Goats' started by cteague, Feb 4, 2017.

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    cteague

    cteague Loving the herd life

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    Well lets just start out here...:hit. I knew it wasnt going to be pleasant. But i didnt know they was gonna cry so much after. One of them is all we got done. The little girl was not long enough to fit in the box we ordered. He doesnt want me to catch him now. And he cries and he went and laid down. And cries more. Did we do something wrong? It was cooper. So i hope not.
     
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    Goat Whisperer

    Goat Whisperer Herd Master

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    Any pics? Swelling? How long did you leave the iron on the head? What burner was used?

    None of ours have done that.
    After 30 seconds they are running around acting like baby goats.
    We always give a "comfort" bottle (or let them nurse from their dam). They don't seem fazed by the burning at all. Obviously it hurts when it's actually happening, but they don't scream. Only time they cry is when we shave the nubs :rolleyes:
    I stay with them for a while to make sure everything is okay, and the bottle babies literally run up and bounce off of me.

    Hoping your little one is okay :hugs
    Disbudding is rough, especially scary when it's your first time with no one to show you.
     
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    cteague

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    He munched on a little hay. Then went and laid down. He tried to nurse but his mom wouldnt be still long enough. We did 7 seconds like the dehorner said. Wait a few minutes. Did the other side the same. Waited. Then did the second burn on each. I didnt think to take a picture. I will get one though. Hes doing the whole what what sound then yells. Then he laid down like he was sleepy. His sister laid with him. And he went to sleep.
     
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    cteague

    cteague Loving the herd life

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    I hope we didnt kill him:hit. We got the copper ring and stopped.
     
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    Do you have a vet that could give you some anti-inflammatory meds? Something like dex or banamine?

    :hugs
     
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    Did you ice the head?
     
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    samssimonsays

    samssimonsays Milo & Me Hoppy Tail Acres

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    Hugs. I hope all is ok with your little guy.
     
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    Some do get more stressed than others.

    If you can get an anti inflammatory, I would. I give banamine when I do our kids. Ice helps....at least I feel like it cools the head down faster. By ice, I mean a pack of frozen peas, held to the spot for a few seconds.

    Hope he is OK.:hugs
     
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    cteague

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    I tried ice but he wouldnt have it. But i had a piece of ice. Daniel has kept an eye on him today. I had to "sleep" (not very well) for work. He said he came out in the pen. And he wasnt laying down like he was. So i hope he will be better soon. I dont know what to do about the little girl. May take her to the vet or try and find someone to come and help. We tried putting her in the box but her body is to short to fit it. We put a towel in the bottom to try and get her closer to the opening but we couldnt close the lid. And if we had it would have strangled her. I wish some of u were closer.
     
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    OneFineAcre Herd Master

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    I just hold ours in my lap when we do ours
    Maurine works the iron
     
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