Disbudded kids

Today I brought 5 goat kids into the vet to be disbudded with the aid of sedation and local anesthesia.  Here they are in the “recovery room”.

Here’s a closer view of the sedated kids.  One of them was already up and walking so not included in the photo.  Within an hour of this photo they were all up and about and moved back into the barn.

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12 Responses to Disbudded kids

  1. klefevre says:

    Donna, I am so glad you give them sedation for this process. I think back to college days, we we’d have to do calves and when we’d ask about sedation, got laughed at.

    Hope all is well with the babies. You’re a good mom.

  2. They all look so peaceful, they probably won’t remember a thing. I am all for sedation too. I wouldn’t like someone debudding me without it.

  3. They do look peaceful and won’t remember a thing. Their heads are still sore when they wake up but not nearly as bad as while they are being burned. I wouldn’t like to be disbudded, drugs or no drugs.

  4. Tammy says:

    What a sad little pile of goaties. Too funny, since they are all fine and sleeping it off. One of those not so pleasant, but necessary tasks for the farm animals.

  5. They are a sad pile of goaties. It is unpleasant. The goats we keep are not disbudded, it is the goats that are being sold that are disbudded because that’s what people want.

  6. They are such sweet little babes and it looks like you are taking very good care of them 🙂

  7. Jackie Craw says:


    The above was “written” by our cat, Garfield, as he walked across the keyboard. He said he likes your blog.

    I’m glad your vet is willing to sedate them. Are the kid’s moms freaking out while they are gone?

  8. Wow, Garfield must really like the blog!
    And yes the mother’s are freaking out while they are gone.

  9. Teresa says:

    I just can’t bring myself to do that. I do understand because I have to watch and make sure nobody gets stuck in the fences. I’m glad you make the effort to help it be less painful.

  10. I try to make it less painful. About half of our goats have horns and we ahve not had any problems with them, yet anyway,

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