Joey’s kids are not quite two weeks old. To be effective, disbudding of the horns should be done within the first few days, especially with buck (male) kids. Since they are female that gained me a few extra days. So because they were so small (about 4 lbs. each) and were born during a cold snap, to minimize the stress I put off disbudding them until they were eight days old. I opted to try using a disbudding paste this year as using a disbudding iron to cauterize the horn buds is traumatic for me as well as the kids. The instructions stated there was a ten day window to disbud if the kids were pygmy goats and female. While not pygmy goats, I’m hoping Nigerian Dwarfs fall into the same category so I’m hoping the paste is an effective method. It certainly was a whole lot less traumatic for all of us.
While lambs are cute, I have to admit that goat kids are even cuter. The kids started to nibble at hay during the first week and this past week have discovered the joys of using mom as a trampoline.