The day that I have been dreading finally arrived, it was time to disbud the young bucklings. Alexander is a few days older than Becca Boo’s “Little Man” so I selected him to go first. I warmed up the disbudding iron and tested it on a piece of wood to make sure it was ready, this whole process really had me worried. I first shaved the top of Alex’s head so the little horn buds would be exposed. The Commander held Alex down using a towel over his body and rested his head on a pillow. It broke my heart when I touched the iron to his head and he cried out.
I was able to get nice copper colored circles around his buds and the “dead” caps popped right off when I was done, no bleeding. I sprayed the spots with “Blue Kote” when I was done to prevent infection and bug infestation.
Alex was back to his happy little self shortly after the process was over, but that didn’t make me feel any better.
It was Little Man’s turn next and his head was much smaller, making the job a lot more difficult. I applied the iron and once again there was heart breaking cries. The other goats were calling back and going crazy, thank goodness we had the forethought to make sure Sara was in the house.
A while later Little Man was happy and playing in the pen with everyone else. The Commander told me that he couldn’t shake the smell of burning hair, he didn’t like this any more than I did. Thank goodness the sheep get to keep their horns. I have been on a food binge and alcohol frenzy ever since finishing up, I can’t wait for tomorrow.