At home fecal matter testing. Do you own a microscope?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by kuntrygirl, Jun 22, 2010.

  1. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

    Feb 20, 2008
    Opelousas, Louisiana
    Is there anyone who has the equipment (microscope, glass slides, etc.) who tests their chickens fecal matter for worms, tests blood, etc.? If so, how is that working for you and is it easy to learn what to look for?

    If not, if you had the equipment, knowledge and know-how, would you do it yourself?

    How much does it cost to take samples to your vet?

  2. clayhill

    clayhill Songster

    Nov 17, 2008
    Lee County, Arkansas
    I have now idea, but would be interested in knowing also. Better than paying a vet to check your flock over every little thing.
  3. kelar

    kelar Songster

    May 22, 2010
    I've looked into it before, but was a bit discouraged by the cost of a decent microscope and supplies. However, it's something I may do in the future so I can more easily monitor the health of my flock. I found a good article online about how to read the samples, but it's been awhile, so can't remember where I found it.
  4. babsbag

    babsbag Songster

    Jan 12, 2010
    Anderson, CA
    I borrowed a microscope from my school for the summer. I have the flotation solution, the test tubes and rack. The slides are in my desk at work, because I forgot them yesterday. I had originally started this to test for worms in my goats. I had a cheap microscope but it was really hard to use so I decided to borrow one before buying a better one.

    I hate worming anything that doesn't have worms. I went to a goat education day and they offered a class on how to do fecals. I bought all my supplies at the class, except the slides, which I also got from school. If it works I will buy a box of slides and cover slips.

    Here are some directions that I found for the DIY. It is pretty easy, but you have to have a decent microscope, one with a light, not just a mirror.
  5. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

    Feb 20, 2008
    Opelousas, Louisiana
    I posted an ad on Craigslist asking for a FREE microscope and I was 100% certain that I WOULD NOT get any responses. Well lo and behold 4 people responded to my ad and they were all willing to give me their microscope. Well, now I have in my possession a VERY high tech microscope. I do not have the slides, so I will have to purchase all of the accessories.

    The learning and researching is about to begin. I have been looking and researching the internet for articles, pictures or anything that will help me in my journey in taking fecal samples from my chickens and testing for worms. I think this will be very interesting. I don't know how successful I will be but it's a start and I'm at least trying to do what I feel will benefit my chickens and myself.
  6. nnbreeder

    nnbreeder Songster

    Jun 22, 2008
  7. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

    Feb 20, 2008
    Opelousas, Louisiana
    Quote:Thanks for posting this link. I have goat as well and this info will help me with him as well.

  8. CarolinaSkies

    CarolinaSkies Chirping

    Jun 13, 2012
    How did performing your own fecal floats work for you all? I have been thinking that this would be very useful and less expensive than the 15-20$ that our vet charges per float. And we also have goats to consider as well. Thank you for your feed back.
  9. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member Project Manager

    Jun 24, 2012
    My Coop
    Glad I found this thread... We have everything needed now, so it's time for me to learn, lol.

  10. Gallo del Cielo

    Gallo del Cielo La Gallina Resort & Spa

    May 6, 2010
    My Coop
    It's interesting that I stumbled across this thread today. Yesterday I was looking at CL for a used microscope just for this purpose. A couple of years ago I was interested in doing my own fecal counts and wrote this byc page on what I learned in my research. I'd really like to get set up for this. If anyone else has done this, please share.

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