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Gruff
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« on: July 10, 2016, 03:39:14 AM »

Hi all,
I'm happy to say i have a deposit on a pair of mini goats, a doe and wether. (Will post photos soon Smiley)
They are currently about 5 weeks old and doing well. They are still with their mother.
I only have one concern around their horns.
The owner disbudded or attempted to around 10 days old.
The male doesn't appear to have any horn growth but the female had small horns which were loose.
After we left he said he popped them off.
I'm wondering if you think horns will grow back or not?
Any thoughts appreciated  Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: July 10, 2016, 05:57:16 AM »

Congratulations!!!  I'm very happy for you.  Can't wait to see pictures of them.  And I am so thankful that you haven't brought them home yet.  It's always best to wait until they are at least 4 months old before taking them off the mom.  Over here where I am, these folks are selling these babies off the moms at 6 to 8 weeks old and I can't tell you how many babies I am doctoring for folks right now.  These babies are sick from dehydration, worm overloads, emaciation, you name it, it blows my mind and makes me so angry. 

It could be that he did pop those horn buds off.  Sometimes it does happen that way.  There is always the possibility that they will grow scurs back, but if it's done correctly and at the right age (which he did do it at the right age), they typically don't.
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« Reply #2 on: July 10, 2016, 01:16:31 PM »

We had a pair of Nubian bottle babies when we first started with goats.  They were both disbudded but one had small scurs grow back. They were very small and never caused an issue. I am thinking that might be your case , especially if these are experienced breeders.

Pictures are required once they come home  Roll Eyes
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« Reply #3 on: July 11, 2016, 04:05:43 AM »

Thanks very much for the replies so far Smiley
I'm hoping they won't grow back and it sounds like they won't.
I will be sure to add some photos soon Cool
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« Reply #4 on: July 11, 2016, 11:49:32 AM »

Glad you found us, Gruff!

IF they do happen to grow back you will likely have just loose scurs, in which case you just trim them back periodically with hoof trimmers just like you would with feet. Wink
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« Reply #5 on: July 14, 2016, 06:41:42 AM »

Glad you found us, Gruff!

IF they do happen to grow back you will likely have just loose scurs, in which case you just trim them back periodically with hoof trimmers just like you would with feet. Wink
Thanks Nancy Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: July 15, 2016, 10:35:25 AM »

Hi and welcome!

Chances are pretty good that those scurs will continue to grow back. However, they probably won't get very big. Just keep popping them off or nipping them with a pair of hoof nippers or garden shears. I doubt they will get very big or cause a problem.
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DragonLair Farm and Kennel in Central Maine with Nubians, Lamanchas and Oberhasli. Of course, combinations of 2 or more breeds happens also.
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« Reply #7 on: July 16, 2016, 03:16:23 AM »

Thanks Dragonlair and everyone for your responses.

I really appreciate you all and this great forum  Smiley Wink

As promised here are a couple of photos. The wether is black and white.



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« Reply #8 on: July 16, 2016, 06:11:27 AM »

OMG!!! They are adorable!!!  I am in LOVE with that little boy.  The little girl is a cutie pie too, with that sweet innocent face that instantly says "I'm the boss around here!!"

They look like mini breed...are they Nigi x pygmy or maybe pure nigi?

What ever they are...they are just too cute!  Whatcha' gonna name them?
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« Reply #9 on: July 16, 2016, 03:48:57 PM »

Ears are wrong for a pure Nigie. Mini Nubian, maybe? Awfully cute, whatever they are!
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DragonLair Farm and Kennel in Central Maine with Nubians, Lamanchas and Oberhasli. Of course, combinations of 2 or more breeds happens also.
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« Reply #10 on: July 17, 2016, 02:47:12 AM »

Hi guys
Thank you, they are very cute hey Smiley

Birdie, my girls have named them Abe ( short for Abraham) Meg (short for nutmeg) Grin

Both pygmy an Nigies are quite rare here and the breeds have only been in Oz for a very short time.
These two are Australian miniatures Smiley
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« Reply #11 on: July 17, 2016, 05:03:18 AM »

really...never heard of the Australian Mini...can't wait to see these two grow up.  Those are adorable names and fits them perfectly.
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« Reply #12 on: July 17, 2016, 01:42:31 PM »

I am so glad we don't have those around here because I wouldn't be able to control myself  Roll Eyes Roll Eyes  They are just precious!  The boy is something else with all that flash.  Isn't that always the way it goes..........
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« Reply #13 on: July 18, 2016, 07:01:00 AM »

Thanks guys  Smiley Smiley
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« Reply #14 on: July 18, 2016, 08:37:39 PM »

OOooh ooh cute as the dickens!
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