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Health Care & Worming
Schedule

There are two schedules on this page:

HOLISTIC Health Care, Vaccination, Worming & Schedule

"TRADITIONAL" (Chemical/Medical) Health Care, Vaccination, Worming & Schedule

HOLISTIC Health Care, Vaccination, Worming & Schedule

(This is the schedule we follow, you may decide to do it differently to fit your own situation.)

We do not vaccinate our goats. We did for many years, but most of our goats would developed abscesses at the injection site, not matter what we tried to prevent this. Goldie, our herd queen would react so badly that a big chunk of skin with it's hair would eventually come off at the injection site abscess. After researching vaccinations I came to decided something having such bad reactions in out otherwise extremely healthy herd was not worth it. Just because everybody told us we had to vaccinate was not good enough reason if it was negatively effecting our goats. Ever since we ceased vaccinating, out herd has been healthier. For our own situation, not vaccinating works for us, since we concentrate on holistic health care and building strong immune systems in our herd. You will have to decided what is best for you and your own herd. Please see the information supplied here when researching your own choice.

Kids

Within one hour after birth:

  • Make sure the kid receives colostrum.
  • Dip umbilical cord in 7% iodine

Day 2- Week 1 - 1 1/2:

Day 4-5:

  • Give a dose of Probios to help get rumen going.

Week 2:

Week 3:

  • Give first CD&T vaccination (if you choose to vaccinate- we do not) (If you vaccinate, the mother should have been vaccinated 4 weeks prior to kidding. This provides the kids with their first CD&T "treatment").

Week 4:

  • Neuter boys that are not being kept as bucks. (We use a burdizzo to do our neutering. If you band or cut to castrate your boys, you will have to do it at the appropriate times)

Week 6:

Week 8:

  • Check neutered males to make sure the burdizzo "took". If not, recastrate.
  • Tattoo
  • Trim hooves

 

Adult Bucks, Wethers, Dry Does

NOTE: All goats receive Herbal Worm Formula & Tonic in their grain once a week, every week all year round. 

Spring:

Summer:

Fall:

  • In Selenium deficient areas give Selenium/Vitamin E gel (we use gel) to breeding bucks.
  • Trim hooves

Winter:

 

Adult Breeding Does

NOTE: All goats receive Herbal Worm Formula & Tonic in their grain once a week, every week all year round. 

Before breeding:

5 weeks before kidding:

  • In Selenium deficient areas give Selenium/Vitamin E gel.
  • Start giving Herbal Pregnancy Tonic each day mixed with their grain

4 weeks before kidding:

3 weeks before due date:

  • In Selenium deficient areas give Selenium/Vitamin E gel
  • Start adding Vitamin  E to food each day.

Day after kidding:

  • Always worm the doe the day after she kids with Formula 1# no matter where she is in the "cycle" -Give the Wormwood Wormer for three days in a row)

Our pregnant does get Herbal Worm Formula & Tonic in their grain once a week.; they do not get Wormwood Formula 1# while they are pregnant.

 

"Traditional" Health Care, Vaccination, Worming & Schedule

Kids

Within one hour after birth:

  • Make sure the kid receives colostrum.
  • Dip umbilical cord in 7% iodine

Day 2- Week 1- 1 1/2:

Day 4-5:

  • Give a dose of Probios to help get rumen going.

Week 3:

  • Give first CD&T vaccination ( the mother should have been vaccinated 4 weeks prior to kidding. This provides the kids with their first CD&T "treatment").
  • Start Coccidiosis prevention treatments.

Week 4:

  • Trim hooves
  • Neuter boys that are not being kept as bucks. (We use a burdizzo to do our neutering. If you band or cut to castrate your boys, you will have to do it at the appropriate times)
  • Worm - Time to start the kids on their worming schedule if using chemicals. (We take a holistic approach to parasite control and use Herbal Worm Formula from Molly's Herbals which we actually start at week two.)

Week 6:

  • Give second CD&T vaccination (if you choose to vaccinate- we do not)
  • Start Coccidiosis prevention treatments if using chemicals.
  • Check neutered males to make sure the burdizzo "took". If not, recastrate.

Week 8:

Week 9:

Week 12:

Treat for Coccidiosis as needed. If any or our kids under 10 months gets runny diarrhea, treat him for Coccidiosis and also give him Probios.
Worm at other times if needed. See Worming Information.

 

Adult Bucks, Wethers, Dry Does

Spring:

Summer:

Fall:

Winter:

Worm at other times as needed. See Worming Information.

 

Adult Breeding Does

Before breeding:

5 weeks before kidding:

  • In Selenium deficient areas give Selenium/Vitamin E shot or gel (we use gel)

4 weeks before kidding:

3 weeks before due date:

  • In Selenium deficient areas give Selenium/Vitamin E shot or gel (we use gel)
  • Start adding Vitamin  E to food each day.

Day after kidding:

  • Always worm the doe the day after she kids

We do not worm pregnant does with chemical wormers unless absolutely necessary, but you may need to worm if needed. See Worming Information. If it is necessary, you could use Ivomec, since this is proven safe for pregnant does.

 

 

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