Signs of parasitic worms include:
loss of appetite, increased appetite with no weight gain or loss of weight, rough looking appearance, bloody stool, loose stool, congested eyes, constant biting at the abdominal area, coughing (especially in goats), gasping for air (gape worm).
Parasitic worm infestation can cause other symptoms as well. If left untreated, it can eventually kill an animal.
It takes longer to remove parasites with natural remedies. It also usually requires more product. Many people give up on natural ways because they are harder, take longer and can be expensive.
My suggestion is to grow whatever plants you can, in bulk, so you can treat your animals in the most cost efficient way.
Make your own natural pet dewomer with my easy-to-use recipe!
The recipes here are part of a clean living conditions environment. In order to have good health, your animal's living quarters must be healthy as well. Proper feed, water and protection is a must for keeping animals healthy.
This is all I use to deworm my chickens, cats, dogs, and goats. After several autopsies, over months, I have found no evidence of worms in my chickens. The key to this working is to keep up with using it and to keep living conditions clean.
These wormers, as far as I have read, do not kill the parasites, they make them leave the body. You will kill them when you keep the ground limed and use things like food-grade diatomaceous earth sprinkled over the coop's floor.
My animals free-range so have ample opportunity to pick up parasitic worms.
I will add more of my natural livestock care recipes when I get a bit more time. I've got a few good natural things that most people can do.
As with all of my recipes, I use them and I use them often. You use them, at your own risk. What works for me may not work for you. I am not a veterinarian.
Good Luck and God Bless!
After the first week of treatment, I wait about seven days and then retreat for another seven days.
If your animals still have parasites, bump the treatment up to every week until the animals are free and clear. Use a microscope to take fecals and document worm counts in their manure.
All ingredients are organic if at all possible. The garlic is wild and grows on my land. You can use store-bought garlic, if you have to.
Garlic Paste for Parasites:
- Powdered garlic
- Walnut extract
Mix enough walnut extract into the garlic powder to create a firm paste. The paste should be smooth enough to easily exit a large syringe.
I feed my goats about 1/4 cup of the paste each day, for one week, or so.
Chickens get a few tablespoons, each, for about a week.
My cockatiel and other small birds get about 1 or 2 CCs, twice a week, or so.
The dogs get about two tablespoons of the paste.
The cats get about one or two tablespoons of the paste
Garlic can taint the taste of milk and eggs. Large doses probably will. You may want to feed the resulting eggs back to your chickens and the goat's milk back to the goats or chickens. Dogs and cats would adore the treat of garlic milk and eggs!
The effects of garlic in milk and eggs should pass quickly after their last dose.
Black Walnut Wormer for Goats, Cats, Dogs (small/medium-sized mammals)
- Eight walnut hulls, fresh (the green shell around the walnut)
- A gallon or so of water
- Large pot (crock pots would work well for this)
Simmer the broken up walnut hull bits until the water has reduced to nearly gone. Do not let it scorch. Add another gallon of water and boil down until you get a thick, scary-looking liquid.
Strain the liquid through a sieve.
You should have about enough black walnut extract to fill a medium-sized Mason jar anywhere from halfway to completely full.
There are different ways to do dose this. You can feed your animals walnut extract-soaked food, with one or two tablespoons of the liquid mixed in.
Or you can force it down their throats. Goats especially hate to eat black walnut extract (its bitter!)
I simply load up a syringe with one tablespoon of the extract, hold the goat's head firmly between my knees and carefully squirt it down their throats.
I do this every day for one to two weeks. I have never had a problem with toxic effects. This mixture got rid of my newly-purchased goat's coughing as well. We had poor weather that was ripe for lungworm. After about three days, or so, of taking this medicine, their coughing stopped.
Be warned, this stuff stains! If you're showing your goats, they will, no matter how careful you are, get it on their fur. It coats their mouths and when they lick or nibble themselves, it transfers to their coats.
Black Walnut Wormer for Chickens
- 1 part black walnut extract (I use the same strength walnut extract as I do for other livestock.)
- 1 part hot pepper oil (this year I used Black Pearl Peppers)
- Garlic Paste (Take powdered garlic and make a paste with the walnut extract to force-feed)
Mix one tablespoon pepper oil into one tablespoon walnut extract. Each chicken gets about two tablespoons of this liquid a few times a week. This is a bit intensive if you have a lot of chickens.
For the garlic paste, I simply use enough walnut liquid to make a paste. I feed the paste through a syringe. The chickens get a few tablespoons of the garlic paste, each.
I also keep some of the walnut extract free-choice for the chickens.
Garlic, Black Walnut and Hot Pepper Extract for Pet Birds:
Same strength as for the chickens. I simply feed them less of it. Several drops, slowly, in the mouth. I use this on my cockatiel and a rescued Eastern Towhee. The Towhee had tapeworms (wild bird) when I rescued him.
I use neem oil both externally and internally. The goats get anywhere from one-half tablespoon to one tablespoon of neem, orally. I do this for a few days and then rest them. After seven days I retreat with the neem oil. Neem is pretty powerful stuff.
The chickens get several drops orally for a few days and then again in seven days for a few days.
My cats and small dogs get about the same amount as the chickens.
Use this and all of my treatments at your own risk.
My goats had livestock lice when I purchased them. Blech! I killed the lice by washing the goats with a grease-cutting shampoo and then spraying them down with organic neem oil. After about seven days, I brushed the goats and sprayed them again.
No more lice!
It is important to treat not only the animals with the neem oil, but their living quarters as well. You can always shave your goats (or other livestock) before proceeding. I don't shave mine because I fear they may get sunburned.
Chickens and Neem Oil
I simply spray their coops down with the neem oil and then spray them too. I coat them pretty well with it. They look a bit damp after the treatment.
Spray under the wings, over their bodies, around their vents, on the legs, and rub some in around their wattles and combs.
As with any medication, start slowly and watch for allergic reactions. Even natural remedies can cause harm, in some instances. If you notice an allergic reaction, quickly wash your animals to remove the oil.
Neem Oil and Dogs:
I treat my dogs the same way I do the goats. They get sprayed very well with neem and I massage it into their fur/skin. I haven't noticed a problem with allergic reactions, just a lack of ticks and fleas.
If the Neem Oil Is Drying,
If the neem oil causes dry skin, try mixing it with meadowfoam oil, or some other skin conditioner.
I keep a deep dish full of walnut extract (I simply add the hulls to a pan of water and let it steep in the open). My dogs, cats and chickens drink from this dish whenever they get the notion. They always have clean water so their drinking from the walnut pan is of their own choice.
I try to deworm my animals every couple of months, or so.
My animals have 24/7 access to natural anti-parasitic plants as well. Black walnut trees, wild garlic and mugwort are some of their favorites.
Keeping your ground cleansed is another must do to prevent infestations. Allow fields to rest and add agricultural lime to the area. Rotational grazing will keep your fields from becoming inundated with parasites.
Good drainage in fields will also prevent some worms. Worms like damp environments and will craw up damp grass blades so animals will ingest them.
Keep new animals quarantined. Even if they seem parasite-free, I always treat my new livestock and pets with a dewormer and treat them for lice/mites/fleas-etc.
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madmilker on December 26, 2011:
u who, if Neem oil contains steroids....
do your goats need to lift weights?
[[Make your own natural pet dewomer with my easy-to-use recipe!]]
Love the idea of a natural dewormer....
duh! did you know it doesn't matter how you spell the word "dewormer" on this comment page you still get a little red squiggly line under it...
Are there very many computer nerd farmers?
now, that would be a great question to ask the hub community.
Anyway....thanks for the walnut mix as a paste. I have been growing tobacco and using it on all my farm animals but here lately my roosters ain't been wanting to breed more hens until I deworm them again.
I think that nicotine sulphate is taking its toll on how my roosters want to get laid.
Oh! My neighbor got a leaf(tobacco) from me a few months back to use on his horse and silly me was thinking he had intentions of giving his horse an enema to kill tape worms but I found out a week later he mixed it in oats and the next morning had to dig a very large hole to bury his horse.
Oh! do you mix any baking soda into the feed in all those farm animals of yours.......
I been feeding it to my milking cows for years to keep them from bloating but for the past five to ten years I have been feeding it to all the animals and have seen a great improvement at the way they communicate with one another...even my bird dog Licker has cleaner smelling breath.
duh! if you have any cows it be best you keep some large shoelaces and half pint empty whisky bottles laying around just in case one of your cows has a complete uterine prolapse....
that way you have no need to call a Vet....
just wash the swollen uterus with warm soapy water and gently shove it back into the cow. Next take the empty whisky bottle and push it into the deepest part of her uterus and leave it there....
Next using the long shoelaces place about two to three stitches kinda wide in her rear-end...
and in about twelve to twenty four hours the swelling will go down and she will pee that whisky bottle right out on the ground....
and you will save yourself about a $450 Vet bill.
oops! Sorry!!! didn't mean to get off the subject of your walnuts ....
Happy New Year!!!