Can this ear be fixed?

Discussion in 'Dairy Goat Info' started by Anita Martin, Jan 18, 2009.

  1. Anita Martin

    Anita Martin Senior Member

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    He's about 5 hours old and the ear has not righted itself. A big surprise as the mother and his twin sister (as well as last years kids) have tiny, very upright ears, and dad has very normal ears. Both are alpine. I know I've seen this discussed on here before, and was wondering what some of your ideas are. Does taping really work?
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    Anita
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  2. NubianSoaps.com

    NubianSoaps.com New Member

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    I only fix Nubian ears obviously...but I don't even wait 5 hours to cardboard and tape/staple ears, and yes it works really really well. I want perfect ears so I do alot of cosmetic fixes that to others, they wouldn't bother with. But you can't show or sell as registered this kid with this ear, so fix it. I just make cardboard cut outs of what the ear shape should be and staple the cardboard cut outs with the ear inside, ear and cardboard sandwich. In a twisted ear cartilage like this, put a few staples in the actual cartilage to hold the cardboard together...in dogs they would take a leather punch to this cartilage to break/fix it, then the cardboard holds the ear in the place while it is held in the correct position. Vicki
     

  3. Anita Martin

    Anita Martin Senior Member

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    To get them to stand up straight, do I need to tape them together? Also, how long before I would undo the ears?
    Thanks,
    Anita
     
  4. NubianSoaps.com

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    I keep my cardboard on for 2 or 3 days at least, most of the time it's about the kids gets them off in 2 or 3 days. I don't use tape, it never sticks, it's an act of futility here with my dog licking at them. Vicki
     
  5. Kaye White

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    This is a standard sized Alpine, right? If it is...leave it alone, it will stand up on it's on in a few days.

    Since I do so much inducing, ears down on Toggs, Obies, and even the Saanens is quite common. I'd venture to say that about 80% have weak ears. I give 1/4cc of Bo-Se at birth. Leave them alone and in a few days they stand up. I've has some that took as long as a week but they evenutally stand.
    I always attributed it to the inducing...<shrug> not real explaination, I just know I've yet to have a kid's ears droop permanently and have had lots with ears drooping.

    Some even droop after I tattoo. I dont' bother them and they stand.
    Kaye
     
  6. BlissBerry

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    Put the staple gun away! :rofl

    Oh man, that still makes me cringe when you talk about stapling ears Vicki! :)

    Sara
     
  7. Kaye is right. Alpine kids bron early usually have floppy ears. About the time they are due the ear will right itself.
    I never do anything.
     
  8. SherrieC

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    Saanens too, in fact I had to look twice at the sable doeling I thought maybe it was a snubian, with its floppy ears and color but no just normal limp ears of a new baby swiss breed. the next ones out were just as floppy.
     
  9. Tracy in Idaho

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    Yep, perfectly normal on an Alpine. It WILL correct itself. I've never yet had one that didn't.

    Tracy
     
  10. Cotton Eyed Does

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    Ditto. I've had a couple do this and they straighten up in a few days.
     
  11. KingsCoGoatGuy

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    Ditto both qoutes. Had a buckling born with floppy ears which turned into perfect little Alpine ears... Sadly those ears never saved him from the bander! ;)
     
  12. Anita Martin

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    Well luckily, I couldn't find any staples! I tried to put the cardboard on, but it seemed to be making the ear just droop lower, so I took it off, (I had just used tape). I'm glad to hear this is normal, and will just wait for them to pop back up.
    Thanks
    Anita
     
  13. Liberty Alpines

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    Oh, I had a little doeling who did this, it was the cutest thing and made her look like a little puppy dog. Like everyone else has said, it corrects itself. I knew her ear needed to be erect, but to tell you the truth i was rather sorry to see it go. :) But it does.
     
  14. Tracy in Idaho

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    We had a buckling one year we called Dopey because he looked so ridiculous! His Dumbo ears stood up finally - it took a bit - and he went on to be a herd sire with another breeder :)

    Tracy
     
  15. Kaye White

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    :rofl Wait till you pay $100/straw for semen, doe kids and the kids you so desperately wanted both have lower than airplane ears!? <shock> 1st thought...OMG, that was NUBIAN semen in that straw?! Then the lightbulb comes on...duh, you induced her, it's normal! :blush All 4 ears are standing up by day 2. WHEW! but that nagging thought was there! :lol

    LOL...I'm glad you couldn't find the stapler, until you read our threads about the swiss breeds! Poor baby.
    Kaye
     
  16. Ashley

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    I know on dogs they will put dixie cups on their heads and tap the ears to it. Can you imagine lol. It really takes from the whole intimidating-doberman-pincher look.
     
  17. Anita Martin

    Anita Martin Senior Member

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    Actually, to tell the truth, I seriously doubt I could have stapled this little guys ear, even if I could have found the staples. It's just not that important as he will be a wether. I've got a couple people who want nicely colored, people-oriented goats for hiking. Don't know what they'd think about the ear, but if it stayed floppy, I was thinking he wouldn't look nearly as masculine and tough. It's day #3 and it is still dropping. I taped it for 24 hours, and that did nothing, so however it ends up now is how it will end up. I'm so happy to hear so many folks with a similar ear senario that turned out well. Today my gelding decided to take a walk across the frozen pond, with disasterous results. I came home to find him shivering in the cold, windy weather, covered with blood and cuts. .Big guy is okay, but cut up pretty bad. I blanketed him with a polar fleece liner and a dry blanket, plus fuzzy leg wraps and let him stand under a heat lamp for about 2 hours. .....No time to worry about little buck ears...kinda of seems unimportant now.