for people who love the littlest dairy goats
My doeling is polled and my whether was supposed to be dis-budded. The dis-budding did not take and now he has little stubby horns. The lady I bought him from told me to bring him back and she would notch and band them. I spoke to my vet and he just said it was really just what I would prefer. If he wanted to butt he would do it with or without horns. I just really hate the thought of putting him in pain. I really hated the thought of dis-budding but that was going to be done before I got him, so it wasn't like I was doing it (funny logic I know). My fence is 2x4 squares so he should not be able to get caught in it. He does try to butt my doe but he'll still do that with or without horns. What do you guys think? I just don't want to hurt my baby but didn't know if there was a good reason to remove the horns.
Also what do you guys do to keep ticks off your goats? They are really bad here this year. I've picked ticks off all our animals AND kids AND children too many times already! Thanks you guys!!
There are lot of good reasons to disbud, and plenty of reasons not to. It truly is a personal decision. Here are the reasons I would:
Those are my two biggest reasons to be sure my disbudding takes the first time.
Without knowing how old your little guy is, I'll give you a few reasons NOT to disbud.
The main one, you mentioned...
There are ways around disbudding... one of which is to cut holes in tennis balls and put them on the ends of your goat's horns. I've also seen pics of people duct taping a stick between the horns that hang a little past the sides to keep their goats from putting their heads through fences.
Long story short. If it were me... and the kid in Q was still fairly young... I would complete the disbud.
Personally I would take him to a vet and have it done. If this breeder messed up to the point that they're 2-3 inches long, that's pretty bad. And are they really horns, or are they flat like tortilla chips? How long has the breeder been raising goats and disbudding? I don't actually have much faith in your vet either if the only thing he mentioned was butting.
Scurs are not usually a big deal and can be dealt with in a number of ways. However, I would not have horns on my farm again. Someone gave me two horned pygoras when I first moved out here nine years ago, and after three months I gave them back because I was seriously afraid they were going to kill my other goats. The straw that broke the camels back was when I saw the wether hook his horns under the belly of a pregnant doe and lift her off the ground. Their horns are meant to be weapons, and they do learn to use them as such.
Perhaps you should post a picture of his head.
Here is a pic of his horns. Please ignore his ears, right before we got him he got out and a dog "loved" all the hair off his ears. They are scabbed but they are dry and peeling off. They're ugly but getting better.
I'm going to call my vet about the horns. He goes to the stockyard and has other people who have goats that he sees. I think he also does house calls. He probably has done this before but I'll call him and ask.
Whoever thought they disbudded him didn't do anything. Those are horns. Whoever said "the disbudding didn't take" is clueless. I would talk to the vet about this. The sooner, the better.