Horn Growing Back

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  1. GoatLove

    GoatLove Well-Known Member

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    I banded the horns on Rocky about a year and a half ago. Well, one of the horns is growing back toward the back of his head and I am afraid it will grow into his skull if I don't do something soon. What do you guys recommend? Can I snip it off and if so, will that hurt him? Please help Rocky-TIA!
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  2. Sweet Goats

    Sweet Goats Cashmere goats

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    Could you get a picture of the horn? That might help.
     

  3. GoatLove

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    I will try to get a pic tonight. But, like I said, the horn IS growing back towards his skull.
     
  4. moonspinner

    moonspinner Well-Known Member

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    I had one like that on a buck, rock solid growing into his head. Fortunately, he got into a serious butting challenge with another boy over a doe and I couldn't believe it was knocked off. I was about to saw it off with a wire band saw. If you saw it down close to the skull you will hit the root and draw blood and pain. But you can saw it down fairly close and in this case, you don't want it growing into the skull.
     
  5. topside1

    topside1 Retired Coastie Supporter

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    How about another band?
     
  6. sullen

    sullen Question Answerer

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    I have no idea but boy I'll bet my LaMancha doe would find that boy sexy. Too bad you live in MD.
     
  7. GoatLove

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    HA!!! You are a trip! I am sure Rocky would love her too! :p
     
  8. GoatLove

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    *Bump* Anyone else have some suggestions besides rebanding or sawing off his horn? Are there clippers out there that I can use? I am starting to worry about this. I couldn't get a pic, because my camera isn't working-but it is growing back into his head.
     
  9. moonspinner

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    Is this more of a movable scur or fixed horn? One time I did use a strong pruning shears on one that did the trick. I have also gone to cut a scur down and when I clamped down the goat pulled and the whole scur came off.
     
  10. gccrook

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    What you have is most likely a scur, and I used some PVC cutters to remove one from a doe. I just cut off enough to fix the problem. It can be pretty hard, but those PVC cutters are racheted to cut really hard stuff. Possibly lopping shears would work.
     
  11. GoatLove

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    Yes, it is a scur. Now, when you cut some of it off, did she bleed?
     
  12. PygmyLover

    PygmyLover nigerian & pygmy breeder

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    The scours that I have delt with normally just fall off after they grow about 3/4 of an inch max.