New kids can be lots of fun.
However, there is one unpleasant task that has to be taken care of within the first couple of days of their lives - disbudding.
A goat with the horns can be difficult to control. A horned goat could gouge another animal or person. They could catch and break their horn; a broken horn could actually cause an animal to bleed to death.
Disbudding a kid involves using a hot iron to burn off the newly formed horn buds, before the all of the nerves are formed, and before the horn has a chance to take root and grow. It sounds pretty gruesome, but it's actually the most humane way to take care of what could become future problem with an adult goat.
Our friend, Katherin, stopped by and helped us preform the task quickly and correctly. I was able to force myself to stay in the room while she and Joe preformed the procedure. Fortunately, Dr. Joe was able to give the little guy some anesthesia so that the process was less painful.
When the procedure was completed, the resulting wounds were coated with a silver alum spray. Not only does it cool and protect, it also happens to match his fur so it doesn't look bad either.
So in the end, it wasn't exactly a hip-slapping good time and I'm not really looking forward to the next go at it. But I'm glad I didn't run out of the room screaming. By forcing myself to watch the process, I could see the kid bounce back almost imediately. He was jumping around and playing with the dogs as soon as we released him.