[Jacob-list] dehorning sheep
patchworkfibers at alltel.net
Thu Apr 27 06:32:09 EDT 2006
I think the lamb is too old to to use the iron on.
Registered Jacob Sheep, Angora Rabbits, Handspun Yarn
On Wed, 26 Apr 2006 20:32:11 -0700, Melody wrote:
> Need some input, please. I just had a call from a woman who got a
> Jacob lamb as a pet. It is now about 2 mo. old, has horns up about
> 1/2 inch according to her, and she wants to have it disbudded. She
> is afraid of the horns with her small children. She does care
> about the lamb, though, and was looking for advice. The person who
> has offered to disbud the lamb (using an iron as for goats) is
> afraid it will be too stressful and harmful to the lamb. I've
> never heard of disbudding a lamb, so I don't know what to tell her.
> Frankly I'd like to go and snatch that lamb right off her place
> and bring it home--what was she thinking to get a Jacob if she
> didn't want horns? But I need some opinions. Would the
> pain/stress of disbudding be harmful to the lamb? I know lambs
> react differently to pain than kid goats do.
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