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Old 01-13-2012, 10:43 PM   #1
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I have read that Pumpkin seeds are a great natural De-wormer. We wormed our goats right before breeding season with the Equamax horse paste. We did the the 3 dosages 7-10 days apart and it worked great. Now the does have one month + before kidding. They broke into the closed off 'recovery pasture' & they all ate that infected grass with probable worms on it and probably all got worms again.
How well do Pumpkin seeds work on keeping the does worm load under control? We have been giving pumpkin seeds with their food and it if it works, it would be cheaper to give this than to worm then now and after kidding season. I hope to wait to worm them after kidding season but wanted a natural help for now.



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I've used pumpkin seeds on my animals for deworming, and I find that it works really well. I did a fecal test before and after using the pumpkin seeds, and they cleared the worm load really well. The only problem with them is that now all goats like to eat them. I roasted and salted mine, as the goats didn't like them raw.



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That is really gocd to know.... I may try that after the pelleted stuff I bought

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Merry what have your temps been there? Has it been freezing since they were last on that pasture? Maybe the worms are dead.
What worm did they have before? If it was one that Ivermectin kills Ivermectin is safe for pregnant does.

I too have read that pumpkin seed helps with worms. Not sure what type and not sure how much each goat needs to eat.
GoatSong what were your findings?

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I find it's a pretty good all-around wormer. The only things I would say it didn't have much impact on were liver flukes, barberpole, and cocci. Those worms needed a stronger punch. I gave my big Nubians about 1/2 cup per day, for five days. My ND got 1/4 C. per day.

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Thanks! Next time a fecal show a load I will try it on some.

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Logan of Freedomstarfarm,
Our temperatures have been more warmer than usual. It still does freeze at bit at night to upper 20's. The days have been warm to high mid 60's.
I still rely on our vet to do our fecals. -Now that I am learning more, I need to be more specific in asking what kind of worms. I am still learning all about this worm problem. I do know that the equamax knocked the worms well out and the Does eye mebranes coloring returned to a good dark pink-red. Now I need to get another sample in to test but leaving this week to be out of town. I will get a sample done when I get back. I gave all of them garlic and I also have been giving all the Does raw pumpkin seeds daily for about a week. The prego does get about 1/8 cup a day. I was hoping it works well enough to hold them off until after kidding but I guess the poop sample will determine if I need to worm with Equamax again.

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Thank you Caitlyn. I am hoping it works for them for now as they only have one more month to go in pregnancy. We don't have the Barborpole worm in our area that I know of. I think it is Eastern. Liver Flukes are a problem here and I am concerned about that a bit even tho we are dry land area with fresh water troughs.

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I realize in looking at a measuring cup.. I was giving them about 1/4 or more each day. I think I will continue this for a while.



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