QUESTION: We have our first case of a buckling with horns that keep growing back. He was disbudded at one week, then when the horns seemed to still be growing, we re-disbudded him on the recommendation of our vet. The horns are growing back again. He is almost a month old now. Thankfully, he is being retained in our herd, but is there anything we can do at this point to remove the horns without harming the little guy? Thank you!

ANSWER: It really is best to disbud at 2 weeks that way the circle of horn buds can easily be felt and seen and disbudded.  Not keeping the first downward burning at 12 seconds and then removing the cap and then flattening the bump that is left and then another downward hold for about 5 to 8 seconds until a copper color is seen in the round burned horn bud area can allow scurs to come about.  What type of disbudder did you use?

With all that said, at a month old you can snip off the scurs - if they are thin enough to snip or you can use horse hoof nippers to nip off as much of the scurs as possible and then try to roll the leftover horn part flat and re stamp down for a good copper circle.  Each time you re do a disbudding would also give him another CDT toxoid vaccination.  Hope this helps - Donna

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QUESTION: Thank you Donna!
Our not so little guy was born with 1/2 inch horn buds and started chasing the little girls around a little after his first week- he's definitely all boy! We use an X-30 and haven't had this situation happen before. His horns are growing back thick at the bottom (approx. 1/2 to 3/4 inch wide) and flat at the top. He has the circle from disbudding making an outer ring around the base of the horn with the new horn growing up in the middle. We assume we didn't hold the iron for long enough with him and he has some very determined horn buds! :) Would it still be safe to use horse hoof nippers and go for a copper circle again at this base size? Having never tried using horse nippers, will the horse nippers make him bleed, cause him pain? Disbudding is a tough one even if the results are so very worth it! Thank you for your help!

Thanks for the info.  I use the X-30 too.  I always roll the disbudding iron over the disbudded ring so the bump is flattened and the whole area inside the ring is also a copper color, especially for bucklings.  You can use horse nippers anytime on scurs to trim them down.  It is possible they may bleed a little but cauterizing with the disbudding iron will take care of that.  I always use aspirin for the kid goats - 1/2 of an 81 mg human aspirin crushed and dissolved in a little hot water to the kid goat before disudding and again 4 hours later usually keeps the pain down.  Hope this helps - Donna


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Donna Ruelas-Semasko/Edelweiss Acres


All goat health care, nutrition, judging questions about all goats - packgoats, dairy goats, pygmy goats, meat goats, fleece goats.


27 years health care/nutrition of all types of goats, 17 years experience in packgoats, 20 years experience in 4H goat projects as leader, superintendent and judge. 20 years experience in putting on goat care/nutrition seminars.

NAPgA, The Evergreen Packgoat Club, 4H, ADGA.

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4 years of college, ongoing education in goats.

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