Discussion in 'Goats' started by jwcinpk, Jan 13, 2005.

  1. jwcinpk

    jwcinpk Well-Known Member

    Jul 1, 2002
    What is required to be able to do your own fecals?
    Looked like the vet was just using a plain old microscope. How hard is it to determine what is what? We have a problem with humonchous here and I hate running to the vet to get a fecal done.
    Also is it safe to assume if one goat in the herd has worms they all do?

  2. Vicki McGaugh TX Nubians

    Vicki McGaugh TX Nubians Well-Known Member

    May 6, 2002
    North of Houston TX
    If you are getting good information from your vet...ie...what kind of worm eggs and how many eggs per thousand...than he is using a microscope, a fecal solution and a chambered slide. Your vet can get you a chambered slide, or google McMaster Chambered Slide. A fecal solution is simply warm water in which you stir in as much salt or sugar into until it will not hold any more and salt pools at the bottom of the hot water.

    Saanendoah.com has great info on this with links to Karin Christensens great pen and ink sketches of what you are seeing. Of course there is a vet text, but it's expensive and overkill.

    Using a regular slide, or even paying for a vet tech to look at it with a regular slide only tell you yes or no you have a worm egg, this means nothing. Your goats will always have some worm eggs, the idea is to have a protocoal for worming, here....Fall and Winter if we have over 3000 eggs per chamber (this is multiplied out on the McMasters slide) than we worm, spring after kidding in March until late supper prekidding we don't allow this number to rise above 300 before we worm. Yep we are 99% of the time hemoncous also, and Cydectin is giving us incredible control. Vicki
  3. MoBarger

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    Mar 5, 2003
    upstate NY
    If you are by a college/university that has a vet school, they will often do your fecals for free, and use them as part of their classes.
    Signed, I just dropped off 6 baggies today :D