Goat scabs after disbudding

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  1. MOCthree

    MOCthree New Egg

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    Hello. I am a new goat owner to two Nigerian Dwarf females. They are about six weeks old and approx. 4 weeks post disbudding. I have been reading that their scabs should have fallen off by now. Is this true? They do scratch their heads against things, so I know the scabs must be itching them. I also don't want to pull off the scab like I've read some do. Can someone offer me advice on this topic? When should they fall off? Is there a time I need to take them to a vet? Thank you!
     
  2. CherriesBrood

    CherriesBrood Chicken Photographer

    Hmm, I don't think you'll get a lot of help about goats here, but those. Types of goats are exactly what my family is looking for right now! Try joining backyardherds, they are a sight just like this, except they are for all sorts of differnt farm animals. I'm sure you'd get a ton more help over there.
     
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  3. MOCthree

    MOCthree New Egg

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    Hello, there is quite a large goat community here on backyard chickens and I have had many questions answered about our goats before on this site. It's not just for chicken owners. Thank you for the website referral.

    Thank you
     
  4. kaylabeans28

    kaylabeans28 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi, goat owner here! In my experience it sometimes takes more than 4 weeks. Once they start itching it means they should be rubbing them off anytime now. I've had some take 6 weeks+!
     
  5. MOCthree

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    Thank you! I've been so worried. There doesn't seem to be any infection, but it is nice to hear from another goat owner that its gonna be ok :)
     
  6. kaylabeans28

    kaylabeans28 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No problem! You'd know if there was an infection. It will usually happen right away. I had a doe kid with an infection in the horn bud and we just scrubbed it with soap and water and sprayed it with vetercyn! That stuff is gold! In a week the infection was gone. If you can smell a nasty rotten stench coming from the area with pus (it's pretty nasty) you'd know there's an infection! Just keep an eye out. Sometimes they itch the scabs off and they'll bleed a little. We normally blot them dry with a paper towel and spray vetercyn on them or bluecoat to prevent bacteria from getting in! Glad to have helped! [​IMG]
     
  7. Chickerdoodle13

    Chickerdoodle13 The truth is out there...

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    Sometimes the scabs can take longer to fall off, but I would definitely just leave them alone. As long as they were disbudded properly, the tissues will necrose and eventually slough off. Some people like to scoop out the burnt tissue with the hot iron and others leave it on but it will fall off eventually!
     

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