there are two schools of thought regarding goats and their horns. some people dis-bud, some people don't. the first little nigerian dwarfs we brought home, still had their horns....as did the next two. the breeder we bought them from does not disbud goats she sells.
the next goats we purchased (mini-n ubians) didn't have horns. we purchased them from breeders who disbuds all the goats on their farms
which created a bit of a challenge for us
which way should we go?
leaving the horns intact would be less stressful on us (truth be told, disbudding a goat is a little scary the first few times), and more natural for the goats
in the end, we decided that disbudding was the best way forward for our herd. furthermore, if any of our goats are to be shown, they will have to have been disbudded.
disbudding entails using a hot iron to essentially kill the root of the horns. it is important to do the procedure when you first feel the horns coming in. typically people disbud anywhere from day 3 to day 10... for our little guys...we could feel their horns at 2 days old. we asked the vet to come out and disbud our bucklings so we could learn from her experience.
the bucklings squirmed a little and cried just a wee bit. it took only a few minutes and once over, the boys were back to playing. the burning causes a little copper ring around the horn, which will fall off in a couple of weeks. hair will grow over the scars and all will be normal again.