We disbudded Nettie's two bucklings, Pickles doeling and buckling and Annette's two doelings. I was thinking about just doing Lily's kids since we had the supplies out, but they are only two days old and I like to give them a few more days to strengthen up before we put them through the trauma inherently involved when one burns the flesh on top of the head.
|Annette's doeling, disubdded about a half-hour earlier.|
|Let's play on Auntie Nettie!|
|Auntie Nettie ROCKS!!|
The family that bought NewNew came over today to pick up Nettie's bucklings (Whoo hoo!! No more bottle feeding!) We disubdded them earlier in the day and then let them watch us disbud one of the other kids. I hope they decide to disbud NewNew's kids, but in the end, it's all a personal preference. I'm just glad we were able to rid the bucklings of their horns. A doe with horns is bad enough, a male goat with horns is, in my opinion, an accident waiting to happen.
Having said that, I have to also admit that we still have four goats with horns at Krazo Acres. Penny the Boer / Nubian cross has horns, as does MamaGoat (the Mini-Saanen) and Lily & Herman (both Boers). These goats already had horns when I got them. But as soon as things slow down here, we will be banding Penny and MamaGoat's horns. Right now Penny is in a separate enclosure so she no longer poses a threat to anyone, and MamaGoat's horns really aren't as pointy nor is she very aggressive. But I think we'll end up putting tennis balls on top of MamaGoat's horns pre-banding just to avoid any more horn accidents. There are a lot of kid goats running around and I'm sure once she kids she'll be more aggressive towards other kids trying to sneak snack or getting too close to her offspring.
We'll disbud Lily's kids sometime Monday or Tuesday and then put the disbudding iron and box away for about three weeks when MamaGoat is due to kid.
Going to check on the kiddo's in the barn now and maybe start adding some more bedding down in the barn for the impending cold snap.