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A place to discuss natural treatment of parasites

Discussion in 'Natural and Organic Husbandry' started by Beekissed, Apr 7, 2016.

  1. Jul 29, 2019
    Mike CHS

    Mike CHS Herd Master Golden Herd Member

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    I will be interested in the results.
     
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    I don't do fecals, so can't provide the much asked for "proof" that all of that works. Proof for me is good conditioning and health of the animal without supplemental grain, with good production of offspring. Culling comes into play with this management style, though that gets more difficult with just a few sheep and a 5 yr old grandgirl who already loves the sheep. :rolleyes:

    We'll see how things pan out. ;)
     
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    I never ask for proof. If sheep are thriving and not rolling over, that's about as much as you can ask. :)
     
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    That's the way I see it too...I've never been one to keep records of feed consumption, finishing wts., etc. I just put an eyeball on them and see if they look right, act right and are producing right. If that's alright, then we are all doing alright.

     
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    We've had an unnaturally wet summer, following a very wet spring. I applied sweet lime to the yard this spring as per usual and that usually keeps us flea free.

    But...a few weeks ago I saw Ben biting at the base of his tail and that area was wet. Looked at it but couldn't find flea debris of any kind but it's enough to know he was biting there. Dusted his tail, back and neck area with sulfur powder, then massaged it all in to the skin. Repeated that a few days later at the base of the tail and around his neck.

    Haven't seen him biting or scratching since then and he hasn't even gotten a tick this season, though we walk in the woods every day. I groom him every other day now due to his blowing his coat, so careful examination of his skin shows no evidence of flea activity at all.

    If we ever get a dry stretch near the end of summer I'll repeat the lime application to the yard...doing that spring and fall usually keeps us flea free here. If not, there's always sulfur!
     
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