Broken horn : LUSENET : Dairygoats : One Thread

I have what I have been told is a Nubian buck. He has broke his horn right at his head. It is hanging on I believe barely, I don't want to touch it because he cries when you get near him. It has bled some but I am concerned what happens from the point of breaking and the healing process. Will he lose the horn for ever or what exactly happens. I am not sure how old he is because I am new to goats, but his horns are around 2 1/2 inches. Please help me I am really worried.

-- melissa wallin (, August 13, 2002


How close to the base? How attached is it? Is there anyone around you that dehorns goats or cattle? We would cut it off and use a iron to seal it. Make sure to use a wound spray that repels flies.

-- bergy (, August 13, 2002.

Let me add one more thing I missed. If it was broken deep into the skull I would call the vet for help. There are better people here that will have better advice. Hope some of this helps

-- bergy (, August 13, 2002.

Is it a full size horn or is it a scur? A scur is a smaller horny growth, they break off frequently. If it is hanging it is going to come off, you might as well pull it off and then sprinkle the area with bloodstop powder. Cayenne pepper will also work to stop bleeding.

-- Rebekah (, August 14, 2002.

Hi Melissa!

How old his your guy and how large are the horns? Is the crack vertical or horizontally around the base? The vertical ones, if not too deep can heal up, but if its horz. and loose then unfortunately it will have to be removed and I would suggest you contact your vet for that one considering it's so close to the skull. I have had several goats break horns about 2 to 3 inches from the tips and with that I just cut them off and do like the others mentioned, but with it so close to the skull, I would call the vet.

Please let us know how you make out!

All the best! Lorna

-- Lorna (, August 18, 2002.

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