Thursday, September 17, 2009

FAQ

Frequently asked questions?

I don't know if there are questions that are asked frequently.....

But if ya wanna post any here in the comments, I will answer them! How does that sound?
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Got my first question!! YES! 9-17-09

Q from Larissa:


do [the goats] all have big horns? Are there advantages to keeping them on? All of the petting zoos we have been to they have all been burned off.

A:

Thanks for the question, sharpshooter ;)

Most goats have horns, but some (regardless of breed) are born naturally without horns. This is called a polled goat. Mine all have horns :)

Many goats have their horns "disbudded" when they are about two days old.

"I think of goats with horns and I think of them ramming their heads into my butt and I go flying. Maybe I just watched too many cartoons as a kid. Larissa"


Larissa, I cannot tell you how many times that thought has occurred to me already as a newbie goat farmer! LOL I am just waiting to be head-butted in the hieney!!! haha

I bought my goats with horns and they were all too old to be disbudded. However, I do not think I will disbud the new babies if they are born as horned goats. The reasons are:
1. I don't want to hurt them - if you read that article (and I tried to find a neutral one, because it is a bone of contention among goat owners) you see that it DOES cause them pain and there can be complications.

2. I don't think it is necessary, and I actually like the horns! They haven't hurt any of us with them yet, although Alice has got her silly head stuck in the fence! LOL

3. And also, I am more into "natural" as opposed to "messed with" animals and farming! LOL I think the horns are beautiful, myself. Even though they are a bit intimdating, they are also a useful way to grab them thar goats and pull 'em ;)

I can absolutely see the point in disbudding if the purpose of your goats is to let everyone else enjoy them by petting them; or if your purpose is to have a big ole dairy and you have to have tons of goats in stanchions all at once! But since I just have the goats for my personal enjoyment, and I like the horns; I don't want to go through disbudding them!

Now how is that for a looooong answer?!

3 comments:

  1. Very thorough! :)
    I agree with the "natural" look. I guess it is the same reason I will never have a great dane with cropped ears. To me it is just plastic surgery for animals.
    I love the look of the horns on your goats. They make them look more goat-like. Ha ha. Does that make sense?
    Larissa

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  2. Wow, that's fascinating. You are so brave! Love the pics in the previous post too.

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