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This might help you keep her from shaking the posts out. She is probably fussing with them so much because the rod is loose in the ear and feels funny.
I imagine you may be doing these already (and I’m repeating what others have said because I wasn’t on line earlier and type slowly), but just in case:
1. Use a smaller size backer rod. You can tape it a little more above the tapered part to make it stiffer, but the tapered tip might help it go in further. You can, of course, still use the size you are currently using if the smaller size doesn’t seem stiff enough to hold the ears in the right position or as she gets bigger to carry the extra weight of her larger ears without bending. But it might be worth experimenting with a smaller diameter rod.
2. Have everything ready before you start--tape cut to the right lengths, and easy to reach (I stick one end of the tape on the edge of a table and leave the rest dangling free so I can grab it quickly). Have your backer rods already stiffened with duct tape and back taped.
3. Taper the end of the post like a sharpened pencil and twist the post as you push it in (sorta screw it in), stretch the ear up (lightly) and stick it to the post. Don’t let go! While you have the ear stretched up and stuck to the post, apply the tape. If the ear is stuck to the tape while it is stretched a little, it should have no slack or looseness in the ear tissue at the bottom which will help keep the post snug in her ear.
4. Use a bumper at the place where her ears are really trying to fold back to make them stay in the right position. You may need an especially big bumper since her ears are so determined to fold back. Tape over the folded/broken area if you are seeing a crease where her ears fold back (tape running across the bent area and a bit on each side to keep the area straight) as you post to add extra support and help keep the ears upright. Tape the ear rather lightly above the crease so there is no extra weight at the tips make them bend more.
As everyone has said--learn to post them yourself. Keep trying; you will learn a few tricks as you go that makes the process work for you. Repost them immediately every time the post comes out, if they get wet, if you smell a funny smell, or see a discharge/raw skin/reddened area. ( I imagine you know that.) If you have to wait until you can get an appt. with the vet or have the time to drive there...you will have a problem keeping up with the posting. It takes constant attention to make sure the posting keeps looking right.
Her ear should be completely healed from the cropping and infection--no scabs or open cut areas at all, and no redness or other signs of infection. Once she is ready for posting, don’t leave her ears down for more than about 15 minutes or so...long enough to dry them, clean them up, and give them a gentle massage if she enjoys it. Then back into the posts. If you let them stay un-posted until you see them fall or fold back, you are setting the process back and risking the posting not doing its job.
Last edited by melbrod; 07-19-2017 at 04:53 PM.