Saturday, August 21, 2010

The hated Debudding time

Debudding (disbudding) it's dreaded but it must be done in a dairy goat heard. Debudding is where you burn or cut the little horn buds off the kids head, this will prevent the kid from growing horns.

Yesterday, it was time to take Annabell's baby to the vet to be debudded...he prefers to cut the horn buds bleeds a little, but, it heals quicker and would you prefer to be burned or cut?
So Samantha had to go to school, so it was up to mom and I to take her.....we get there, the vet comes out and puts her's just awful seeing a kid get a shot in the neck and then RIGHT after it goes limp-as if it was dead! So the vet takes her and....I clog my ears and look away at this point. He takes something that almost looks like and apple corer and well.....use you imagination.
So it's done, he wraps her head...the bandage (like aways-we've have Fubar, Snafu, Gemma, Handsome, Naomi, and Awol all done this way) starts getting covered with blood....But at this point it's really bleeding....even the vet said, "hmm, yeah, I don't know why it's bleeding this bad. But she's fine."
So we get her home and as the vet instructed we removed the bandage around 7ish......what happens when you bleed really bad and put a bandage over the wound? It one of the clotte areas starts bleeding, GUSHING BLOOD! So Sammy and I wrap it again and try to remove it around 11-12 last night, ONCE AGAIN the bandage removes the clot! GRRRR! This time though, before we wrapped it, we packed it with corn startch.
So this morning (actually I had to pause in the midst of writing this) we slowly peeled half of the wrap off (the side that everytime we removed then wrap it never stuck) and then we worked towards the bad side. The corn startch seems to have really helped. There is still a circle of bandage over the wound area, but it should fall off soon, we din't want to risk pulling it off.

I canned more chicken and chicken broth....also more tomatoes. We have all the corn we'll be getting this year canned. All the stalks were pulled and given to the animals. We harvested our first cantaloupe a few days ago-yum!!!

Gabrielle W.
"The Lord directs the steps of a christian. He delights in every detail of their lives. Though they stumble, they will never fall, for the Lord holds them by the hand." Psalms 37:23-24

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