Doing Fecal Floats at Home

Discussion in 'Peafowl' started by KsKingBee, Nov 2, 2015.

  1. KsKingBee

    KsKingBee Overrun With Chickens

    I made the plunge... and invested less than $300 for all I need to do my own testing at home. My vet is awesome and is very reasonable on her pricing, only $16 per exam, but now I can do my own testing without having to drive 25 miles and I can afford to do each pen independently. I have assisted in many exams so I feel pretty assured that this is going to be pretty easy, and if I do need to I can still run one in that I am unsure of.

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  2. shadow rabbit10

    shadow rabbit10 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Does this work for chickens as well, or just Peafowl? And what exactly does it test for? This looks really interesting.
     
  3. KsKingBee

    KsKingBee Overrun With Chickens

    It works for all types of birds. It is an exam of the feces to look for Cocci, worms, and worm eggs under a microscope.
     
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  4. Dany12

    Dany12 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It's not only KsKing Bee .... bur DOCTOR KsKingBee !
     
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  5. casportpony

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

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    You can do your dog's, too!

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  6. KsKingBee

    KsKingBee Overrun With Chickens

    And the cat, the ducks, the guineas, the chickens, the wild turkeys that come through...
     
  7. PertyGertie

    PertyGertie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just wondering if you found a good link of how-to do your own float. Also did you find good a good place that will show how to identify what you've found on the slide?
     
  8. KsKingBee

    KsKingBee Overrun With Chickens

    The bible reference book is the Veterinary Parasitology fifth edition by William J. Foreyt. I also found a good article by a Dr. at K State that was a good read.

    I did make on mistake when buying my microscope, I did not buy a high enough magnification. You need at least an 80 power to 100 power scope, I bought only 60X and I can only see worm eggs. Cocci takes at least 80X so a new one is on the way. AM Scope has a really nice Vet Lab unit on sale (50%) off right now that I am planning to order this week for $277.

    Again, if you like videos, Youtube has lots of them and different methods you can try.
     
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  9. casportpony

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

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    New scope, how exciting! Which one are you getting? [​IMG]

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  10. Argus

    Argus Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hmm, a new way to spend money "for the good of the birds?" Usually this time of year I decide I need a "better" incubator. A microscope sounds much more believable!
     
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