New kid has turned-up ear tips

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  1. Key

    Key Well-Known Member

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    One Boer kid born today has turned-up ears so the last inch of her ear tips fold completely over...I think I read somehwere to use duct tape and a popsicle stick to try to train the cartidgle. Any advice or experience on this? Thanks-
     
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    Cut two pieces of stiff cardboard and sandwitch the ear between them. Just tape to tape it together and leave on for about 2 weeks. I have done this before and have good luck doing it to straighen ears! Good luck!
     

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    one of my kids with floppy ears had a folded ear; I taped a piece of cardboard on it tightly--it only stayed on about 2 days but it worked.
     
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    Thanks...that seems much easier and nicer to the kid (than popsicle stick with duct tape.)
     
  5. Jcran

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    double check that there is not tissue holding the ear flaps in the turned up position. Last year a friend told me to "pop" the cartilege if there was tissue connecting. I had two doe kids who just needed the ear held in place and one doe kid who actually had cartilege. The second the one doe was born, I just did a quick TUG and popped the tissue loose. The kid didn't make a noise. I got some scabbing, then hair grew in. This is a pretty typical situation with boers.