28: As the major kidding time approaches, have all your supplies on hand: heat lamp, blankets, disbudding
boxes, nipple waterers, iodine or other disinfectant to treat the naval cord of new kids.
Disbud: To burn out the horns of very young goats (three to 10 days old) with a disbudding
iron or caustic chemical.
One of the easier ways to restrain your kid for disbudding
is to use a holding box, which is easier on you and the young goat.
The rams almost always have horns, the ewes are usually polled and they do not require tail docking or disbudding
Lunar lore suggests that the moon's weakest position as it enters its second and fourth quarters (the 9 and the 25 this month) are the best days for herd and flock foot care, for worming, disbudding
, clipping wattles, castrating, spraying for external parasites, giving vaccinations, and for taking your animals to the vet or to the fair.
The quickest and easiest method is the electric disbudding
If your budget is larger and you want to take a more deluxe approach, there's store-bought cheesemaking equipment, a disbudding
iron, a tattooing set .
After years of disbudding
kids by my woodstove, I can do without smelling burning flesh and hair.
Dairy Goats for Pleasure and Profit is divided into 30 chapters - each concerned with practical topics such as purchasing, feeding, housing, pasturing, kidding, milking, kid care, and disbudding
, including a Just for Fun chapter on driving and packing.