It’s almost time to start disbudding baby goats. I really hate that part of breeding them. I find myself coming up with excuses not to do it each day, but tomorrow it has to be done, at least on Ammi’s buckling.
If you are facing this task for the first time, here are a few hints;
- Remember to cut the hair on the goats head as close as possible to minimize burning and bad smell (so momma will take them back)
- Get your iron HOT and test it before using it.
- hold that goat STILL so you don’t get it’s eyes or cause undue pain
- give the baby a little children’s Tylenol before disbudding
- Let momma smell kids hiney so she won’t get the burnt smell in her nose before kid tries to nurse
Remember that, yes, it will hurt, but they recover pretty fast. There is always risk when disbudding, so give a break between buds to allow the head to cool and the iron to be hot again so you don’t have to do this again in a week or two. Take a deep breath and steel yourself to ignore cries and struggles and get the job done as fast and thoroughly as you can. The last thing you want is to have to repeat this, and I can’t impress that on you strongly enough. Make sure you get the “golden ring” that shows you did the job well, or you will have scurs to trim or band in the future. Also, avoid doing more than two or three kids at a time or in a day. You will be too tired after that many and may make mistakes, plus your iron needs to cool off and be cleaned. This also helps avoid doing kids too early. Make sure you can feel the bud before applying that iron!
I will try to post a few pics tomorrow, but if I’m too stressed I may not get any. In case you can’t tell, I really, really hate this!