Question about de-wormers.

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Honestly, unless they seem like they are being affected by the worms, I’d leave them be. If they are all in good condition and are eating and pooping normally, they should be fine.

Worming too frequently/on a schedule and under-dosing are 2 of the main causes of parasite resistance.

100% agree! If their body condition and general health is good, leave them be. No need to add extra wormer into the world, that's a great way to build resistance.
 

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100% agree! If their body condition and general health is good, leave them be. No need to add extra wormer into the world, that's a great way to build resistance.
Thank you both. They seem fine and are eating and drinking normally... it's hard for me to think they have hook worms in them though, and I'm not doing anything to help. I understand about the dangers of building resistance, also and prefer not to medicate unless necessary. Guess I should try to find out more about the damage hook worms can cause first and find out more about the fecal count. Thanks again.
 

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I was taught how to run my own fecals and it is a wonderful tool to keep a health check on my sheep. For light cases, I use Garlic Barrier. I save the chemical wormers for higher counts.

Garlic Barrier: Natural garlic extract used to repel insects.

It is mainly used for gardening, click on the sheep tab and read up on it. I don't even use much of this. But as a preventative maintenance, it won't create worm resistance.

If you don't have a chute to work your sheep through, make one with cow panels. I have used cow panels and pallets at each end. Not the best, but I had nothing and it worked good enough to get done what I needed done. Be sure to give them treats before you let them loose. Haha, cow panels are my go to for instant loading chutes and all sorts of things. LOL
 

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Thank you for the tips! I'll check on the case load and if light- I'll go the garlic way. I will have to come up with making a chute (have done something similar for a donkey who wouldn't cooperate!). Seems like the most efficient method that won't stress them out so badly. What kinds of treats do sheep like? I have given a few Cheerios occasionally but wasn't sure if it was something that could cause help problems.
 

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