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I am actually in the middle of my own little controlled study with it. I started using it last fall and thought it was working pretty well until I had a buck die from anemia caused by a severe case of haemonchus contortus (a.k.a. barberpole worms). As my does kid now, I am giving them either Molly's or DE and following up with fecals to see how they're working. I do my own fecals, so I can check every single goat multiple times. I don't know if it's still there, but the Fiasco Farm site used to have instructions for doing your own fecals, so I am wondering why Molly has never done this and provided the results on her website.
And speaking of herbal dewormers, the Hoegger dewormer shows you the results of a study that someone did with their dewormer, but the worm that's missing is HC, which is probably the worst one out there today. I used Hoegger's dewormer but didn't think it worked very well once a goat had a serious load of parasites, primarily HC.
I'll be sharing the results of my little research, which will be ongoing, because I really think we need to get away from the chemicals and find natural alternatives.
I have been using it for about 3 months on my guys that I was previously using Safeguard on. All are very healthy, vibrant, fat and sassy. Got a new girl 3 weeks ago, not in good shape. 6 years old, bounced around and not well cared for. Had a big worm load. Put her on the herbal for 2 weeks had her tested and worm load was significantly reduced. I like it! No throwing out milk and she is now shedding out nasty washed out coat and new coat is shiny and beautiful strawberry blond instead of bleached blonde if you can get my meaning about the contrast. I think the herbal alternatives are a good way to go!
I have used Molly Herbal wormer and I liked it a lot. You have to make sure they get the right dosing when they need it and not miss any for it to work. It also seemed to boost there immune system. Which I do believe that if they have a healthy immune system they can fight off worms. It was two summers ago that I used it. I did start making my own dewormer. The reason why I had not continued with it is because I was not good at getting them the dosing on time. I plan to go back to it this Spring again.
The worm Debra was talking about that killed her buck has been terrible this past year and very few wormers are working on it. Numerous people and species have had problems with it this past year. I think it is a sign of more problems to come! I had one buck who also came very close to dieing from it. Through fecals and working with my vets we goat a wormer that killed the worm and he is doing much better. The best thing that I can recommend with any kind of worming program is to do fecals more then once a year and famancha testing of the eyes! You will learn a lot that way about your goats. I can not say if the herbal wormer would have worked with that worm cause I did not try it.
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Deborah, please tell me how you administer the DE. I have just ordered Molly's dewormer for my goats but I'm really curious about the DE (partly because I have a 50-lb bag of it I use in the chicken coop).