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  • Joined Jun 2014
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Re: Is it always this blimmin' difficult?! (Castrating)
« Reply #15 on: January 28, 2015, 11:46:36 am »
Well we ended up bringing him in (we have plumbers in at the moment and the baby was up so couldn't just leave the house lol)
His little marbles seemed to of dropped since yesterday, maybe the warmth of the house helped?? I tried with a bit of twine which seemed to work until I tried getting the band on. In the end I managed by pushing the applicator towards him a bit harder and pushing on his tears to make sure they didn't get ringed.
So glad it's done now and I don't have to worry for another year!
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  • Joined Feb 2011
  • Cornwall
  • Rarely short of an opinion but I mean well
Re: Is it always this blimmin' difficult?! (Castrating)
« Reply #16 on: January 28, 2015, 11:55:52 am »
Well done!   :thumbsup:

And actually, yes, the warmth may have helped.   :thinking: I can just imagine BH's face as I bring all my little primitive boys in for a warm before they get their wee nuts ringed...  ::) :roflanim:   (We already get a black Wensey, a Manx X and a Shetland X BFL in the kitchen if we leave the back door open...  :love: :sheep:)
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Re: Is it always this blimmin' difficult?! (Castrating)
« Reply #17 on: January 28, 2015, 06:37:37 pm »
I must admit I used to get the vet to do my pygmy goat boys but helping at lambing time up at the local farm was a big learning curve - started by the farmer holding the lamb and giving me direction and after a few days got the tecnique. Now do it on my own and quite quickly - I do find the more you mess about the more agitated the lamb/kid gets, so the more practice you can get the better.
Pygmy Goats, Shetland Sheep, Zip & Indie the Border Collies, BeeBee the cat and a wreak of a building to renovate!!


  • Joined Nov 2011
Re: Is it always this blimmin' difficult?! (Castrating)
« Reply #18 on: January 28, 2015, 10:22:13 pm »
I don't think kids are so tricky as lambs, they don't seem to pull them back in the same. :roflanim:


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