Flies again

Discussion in 'Beginners Goat Raising' started by NigerianDwarfOwner707, May 14, 2020.

  1. NigerianDwarfOwner707

    NigerianDwarfOwner707 Well-Known Member

    May 17, 2018
    East Coast, USA
    Flies, gnats, whatever, are really itching the goats. Their bellies are getting a little raw from all the itching. I have a goldenseal salve for the raw spots and homemade fly spray, but I’m wondering if there’s anything you guys know of that I could use to help their raw spots from fly bites?
     
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  2. Tanya

    Tanya Well-Known Member

    On my chickens and fellow deer i use a mix of vaseline and chopped mint leaves. I also add in 1 chopped clove. Flies and gnats and fleas and lice stay farvaway. Tea tree oil dries the skin too much.
     
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  3. MellonFriend

    MellonFriend Well-Known Member

    That is a great idea, do you use it on yourself too?
     
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  4. CaramelKittey

    CaramelKittey Well-Known Member

    Do you have Scarlex? We use it for any open wounds/fly bites as long as it isn't near they face/eyes. I hope the flies get better. They certainly are annoying!
     
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  5. Tanya

    Tanya Well-Known Member

    I use it when we go camping. At night we like to go fishing at night on holiday.
    I find it very effective and environmentally friendly for my animals. Its not as invasive as sprays and chemicals.
     
  6. Tanya

    Tanya Well-Known Member

    I use it when we go camping. At night we like to go fishing at night on holiday.
    I find it very effective and environmentally friendly for my animals. Its not as invasive as sprays and chemicals.
     
  7. NigerianDwarfOwner707

    NigerianDwarfOwner707 Well-Known Member

    May 17, 2018
    East Coast, USA
    No but I do have swat.

    He just bites it so much I want something that’s edible.
     
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  8. NigerianDwarfOwner707

    NigerianDwarfOwner707 Well-Known Member

    May 17, 2018
    East Coast, USA
    I think I may try to make my own homemade fly repellent cream with various ingredients... it’d be a good project for me lol!
     
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  9. CaramelKittey

    CaramelKittey Well-Known Member

    Sounds like a great idea!
    We've been trying to make a salve out of Comfrey for ourselves. I wonder if that would work on goats too..
     
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  10. NigerianDwarfOwner707

    NigerianDwarfOwner707 Well-Known Member

    May 17, 2018
    East Coast, USA
    I have made wound and chapped skin salves, so this won’t be too much of a stretch!!
     
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  11. CaramelKittey

    CaramelKittey Well-Known Member

    Scarlex is definitely not edible! :haha:
    I just like it especially for chickens because it makes the wound a blue, black, or purple color so other chickens won't peck at the wounds. Thankfully, goats don't peck at red things but it seems like flies do!
     
  12. CaramelKittey

    CaramelKittey Well-Known Member

    :great: You just have to share your recipe with all of us so we can benefit from your hard work. :haha:
     
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  13. Nigerian dwarf goat

    Nigerian dwarf goat Well-Known Member

    Sep 24, 2017
    Texas
    Maybe mites?

    If you want, you can make a natural fly spray.
    Happy bleats told me this was a good recipe. I got it from Fallon Taylors' YouTube channel. She uses it for her horses

    1 c ACV
    1 c Mineral oil
    1/2 tsp bitter orange
    1/2 tsp citronella
    1/4 tsp clove ess oil
    1/4 tsp eucalyptus
    2 tbs dish soap
     
  14. NigerianDwarfOwner707

    NigerianDwarfOwner707 Well-Known Member

    May 17, 2018
    East Coast, USA
    It’s not mites. There’s no scabs or flakes it’s just pink. Plus I have treated for mites with NuStock and ivermectin and it did nothing.
     
  15. NigerianDwarfOwner707

    NigerianDwarfOwner707 Well-Known Member

    May 17, 2018
    East Coast, USA
    It’s not mites. There’s no scabs or flakes it’s just pink. Plus I have treated for mites with NuStock and ivermectin and it did nothing.
     
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  16. NigerianDwarfOwner707

    NigerianDwarfOwner707 Well-Known Member

    May 17, 2018
    East Coast, USA
    I don’t like ACV in fly sprays, I have personally seen it attract flies more than repel them. I have a good homemade fly spray recipe but it’s not enough, I need something I can smear on them that lasts.
     
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  17. Tanya

    Tanya Well-Known Member

    That is a good recepe. I should try it some time.

     
  18. NDinKY

    NDinKY Well-Known Member

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    Aug 3, 2019
    Kentucky
    I use swat and horse fly spray on mine. My vet said we could use pretty much any product labeled for horses on the goats safely.
     
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  19. Nigerian dwarf goat

    Nigerian dwarf goat Well-Known Member

    Sep 24, 2017
    Texas