Question Hello, We had disbudded our doelings and bucklings a couple of weeks back with a Rhinehart 50x. We did everything we were supposed to do, but I think our disbudder has lost it's strength, unfortunately. All of our kids are growing back horns or scurs! A couple of our bucklings all have full horns growing now! What can we do now? We've tried disbudding them again, but it's just not working. I think we have a bum disbudder and will have to purchase a new one. But we really wanted our goats disbudded. Is there anything else we can do to fix this problem, or are our goats stuck with scurs and horns now? Thank you! Oh- they were disbudded at about 1 week old, and are now between 4 to 8 weeks old.
Answer One week of age is too young for proper disbudding. Kid goats should be at least 2 weeks of age. A 12 to 15 second straight down pressure is needed first, remove the bud top, then roll until the area is flat and then go straight down one more time so you see a copper ring. If that is not done then scurs are possible. Of course, inadequate heat in the disbudding iron can also cause issues. You can still disbud now. Re the scurs/horn part growing, you can snip them off as close to the head as you can with a horse hoof nipper or small straight garden clippers - once clipped off you then must still "roll" the disbudder iron over the spots to kill the horn buds. Unfortunately you may still have scurs come up over the next months. Hope this helps - Donna
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