anyone doing their own fecal testing?

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by VKat, Jan 20, 2015.

  1. VKat

    VKat Chirping

    Aug 10, 2014
    How many people on here do their own fecal testing?
    What microscope do you use?
    Also- I have found two slightly different methods outlined online:

    The ever popular Fiasco Farm

    and here's another one that seemed informative

    The main difference between them being the solution to mix- one talks about using a solution of epsom salt, the other sugar.
    What do you use?
    Is one better than the other?

    Thanks in advance for any info and tips are welcome! I just ordered a microscope and need to learn how to do this.
  2. Stacykins

    Stacykins Crowing

    Jan 19, 2011
    Escanaba, MI
    Considering your goats are ill right now, you need to have a sample sent off to a professional. Passing time learning the best tricks will not benefit them. Perhaps it is a skill you can learn, but your immediate situation warrants not waiting.
  3. VKat

    VKat Chirping

    Aug 10, 2014
    I agree and have spoken to one vet that has called me back so far.

    Like I said in my other post. I can't get a goat to the vet easily. I do not have a car. The vet that I have heard back from says I am not in their area, but gave me lots of advice. I am waiting to hear back from the other offices I have called.

    Since I am reading so much about management and worms etc. I am interested in this for the long term. It seems like the only way to really stay on top of knowing when to worm and if your treatments are effective, is to check fecals. It makes sense to learn to do this yourself.
  4. H Diamond

    H Diamond Songster

    Jan 26, 2014

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