Which method to you use to castrate

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I assume most of you use the cut method? Do any of you band or use the Burdizzo (sp) crusher instrument? Do you think banding is "inhumane" as some people say?

-- Lynn (moonspinner@bluefrognet.net), March 17, 2002


We band, and no, I don't think it is inhumane. Our little guys have never had any complications. Some walk a little funny the first day before they are bouncing again. Others don't even seem terribly bothered the first day. I'm sure it's a bit uncomfortable, mind you, but they don't seem to have any ill effects from it.

And, of course, for the caretaker it is quick and easy and bloodless.

-- mary (mlg@mlg.com), March 17, 2002.

We also band. No it is not inhumane. Vicki

-- Vicki McGaugh TX (vickilonesomedoe@hotmail.com), March 17, 2002.

Banding is done here too. Just make sure both testicles are banded and don't band his itty bitty teats.

-- Charleen in WNY (harperhillfarm@yahoo.com), March 17, 2002.

I don't castrate anymore. Instead I just eat or sell them before they are old enough to breed. But if I castrate, say for a buyer of a pet that will be a wether, I use the knife. I have had 'wethers' that came from experienced goatkeepers and turned out to be bucks, that had been banded. When I use the knife, I know 100% that I have got it all out and they are not going to breed. Once you get the hang of it, using the knife is fast and easy, doesn't bleed much at all, and they don't seem to suffer very much, within half an hour they are playing again.

-- Rebekah (daniel1@itss.net), March 18, 2002.

We band. Having some of those ourselves, we think it's less inhumane than cutting would be. We give a tetnus shot at the same time.


-- Dennis & Joe (westwoodcaprine@yahoo.com), March 20, 2002.

we band , its easy,ecenomical , and simple, i dont like the burdizzo, and for me the less blood i see the better. so cutting is out

-- Beth Van Stiphout (willosnake@hotmail.com), March 25, 2002.

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