I love kidding season! All those new little critters running and jumping around, learning about their big, wide world... being just what they are - wild goats. It's Great!
Then comes the work - blaah! The new little critters aren't there for your amusement only. There are things you have to do to convert them from "wild" goats to domestic livestock. They have to be "city-fied". That means they have to be identified and disarmed. Said goats have to be properly restrained during identification and disarmament to prevent injury to them or to you.
Goats are disarmed by removing their horns and removing the ability of those horns to grow back. We produced over 550 kids at our place and never had the need or desire to disbud or dehorn one of them. One thing that I know for sure... If we had needed to disbud kids we sure would have used the kid box - can you imagine trying to disbud a kid with a hot iron while you or someone you like/love restrains the squirming goat's head, their hands an inch or less from the hot iron?
To most breeders identification is provided by means of ear tags and/or tattoos. Applying ear tags is an easy chore (once you get past procedure 3, below)
1. Load the tag pliers with the correct tag
2. Dip the tag and end of pliers in alcohol (or other disinfectant)
3. Catch the goat (the hard part)
4. Attach the tag to the goat's ear
5. Let go of the goat
Applying tattoos, however is a bit more difficult... After you load the tattoo pliers and catch the goat you have to hold the goat still while you clean the ear with alcohol, let it dry, apply the tattoo ink, apply the tattoo, apply more ink, sprinkle on baking powder and scrub the tattoo ink and baking powder into the tattoo holes - you also get to stop any bleeding that occurs from the tattoo holes and reapply ink as necessary. And tattoos are usually applied to both ears. All this is done, preferably, without you and the goat becoming completely covered with tattoo ink.
One method of restraining a young goat during this procedure is to have a helper sit on an up-side-down bucket or raggedy old lawn chair and lay the kid across their knees on it's stomach. The helper holds the kid down on their lap using one hand and restrains the kid's head with the other while you apply the tattoos. This usually results in perfectly acceptable tattoos but you now have two humans covered with tattoo ink and your helper will assuredly have many tiny hoof-shaped bruises on their legs.
An improved form of restraint is the use of a "fitting/milking" stand. This frees up both of your helper's hands to restrain the goat from the neck down. Inventive breeders should be able to come up with a method of restraining a goat's head once it's captured in the head piece of a fitting stand. Rope, straps and a custom made wooden tray come to mind immediately. Now we have to come up with a way to keep the goat from simply refusing to stand and collapsing while they have their ears pierced.
Using this easy to build kid box relieves much of the difficulty associated with tattooing and disbudding of young kids. How you first catch the goat is up to you.