Seems to me that if a vet can do a fecal on cat poop retrieved from the litter box or dog poop picked up off the ground, a fresh goat sample picked up moments after it hit the ground would be reasonable. If the animal has a problem there would be far more eggs in the sample than could have hit the surface when it hit the ground. Of course that wouldn't be any fun for Bay!
You don’t have to apologize for questions. How else are you supposed to learn. If you want to keep a couple of nitrile or latex gloves in your pocket and play Catch The Poop Minor League Baseball, then by all means, do so. It gets boring, they KNOW you are waiting and are suddenly struck by Bashful Butt and refuse to drop a load.
We got equipment this year to make chutes with and it has certainly made life easier. We have 10 ewes and a ram. I am able to take fecal samples, drench with garlic juice, worm medicine, give shots, trim feet, whatever needs doing. I’m on my phone, when I get on the laptop I’ll post a link to my equipment so you can picture what I’m talking about.
Yes, you can use freshly dropped but, YES it will have a few added particles of ??? It all comes off in the float medium. Just more to look at and can be confusing.
You want forearmed???????
WELL -- for many of us the sheep and goats will begin kidding/lambing within a month....seasonal breeders, most.....and you will see & read things new to you. Goat & sheep lady parts, milk bags, kids/lambs, you name it and it will be on here. Yep, a learning experience as every year the first timers ask more, again. We gladly reply more, again. Then there are the buck questions, issues. Discussions on testes size, age, methods for breeding, castrating -- yeah, our amusement while waiting for gardening. Goat/sheep porn abounds. Pictures galore.
Of course, there are not so good outcomes and the sad losses. We sympathize, feel their loss and understand. Even tho animals are raised for use as food, there is a reverence for that life. Winter often brings the loss of older animals we have raised and love. Yes, there comes a time when we must see them leave us and morn that loss. I have a 34 yr/old horse that is certainly pushing limits! Every day is a blessing but, slowdown shows.
So get ready for the gamut of information and emotions. And Baymule, the eternal jokester, will totally collapse the day she loses Joe, the horse in her avatar. Another 32+, so adored, heart horse. Yep, same lady who will harvest a bunny in minutes, butchers 50+ chickens and eats without issue......it's about understanding purpose and reverence for that.
Many of us are more deeply involved in our animals than just enjoying their antics. Nothing wrong with that "just enjoying" them and having a fresh egg or 10, an occasional meal....we are a diverse group and appreciate all goals.
@Baymule & @Mini Horses
Yep, I definitely feel like I'm reading animal husbandy for second language learners. Can't tell you how many times these discussions have sent me googling. Bay just offhandedly mentioned drenching with garlic juice. Now I've been caught out in the rain before and gotten drenched. So I read that and found myself wondering just how much garlic juice it would take to drench a wooly sheep....as well as just how bad her vampire situation really was. So it was back to Google. See, I try to do some self-learning before I drive you guys crazy with my questions. There's just an amazing amount of practical knowledge that is NOT covered on Google!
Now, I really don't know how often its said, but THANK YOU ALL for being so patient with questions you've heard and answered dozens of times, often probably from people who will disappear, never to be heard from again. I have experience with this myself, in a different venue of my life, and recognize how frustrating it can become. YOU GO GUYS. YOU'RE GREAT PEOPLE!
Oh, a P.S. for Baymule. Nitrile or latex gloves? Somehow I envision you as more of a "there's the poop I need, I'll just grab it and go" gal. But, I suppose there's that cross contamination thing again.
Well said @Mini Horses. And thank you, you know my heart when it comes to Joe.
Gloves, nitrile or latex, doesn’t matter to me. Yes, I use them. Wouldn’t want to scratch the poor sheep’s inner intestines with a broken off fingernail with a snag on it. That, and having my druthers, I’d druther not purposely get possibly wormy poop under my fingernails. I’ll do whatever it takes, but gee, I gotta have limits somewhere! LOL
Garlic Barrier: An all natural and organic concentrated garlic extract, sprayed on farm crops and garden plants to keep insects off.
It can be purchased cheaper on Amazon. While I try to be as organic as possible, I have no qualms about using chemical wormers. I will not let the health of the animal suffer if organic methods are not working.
WHOO-HOO!!!! :weee:weee:weee:weee I'm just a little excited. I found a Craigs List ad for sheep handling equipment. Two guillotine gates, a stop gate and a 2-way sorting gate for $650 from Premier1. I immediately looked up the pieces, new they totaled $955. This couple had used hog panels to...