"Hi! First I would like to say Thank You for the quick shipment! We used the GI soother at 2x strength on a ewe we thought we were going to lose. She had presented with scours for over 2 weeks and nothing we did helped her. After the first dose she perked up and after the second dose her poops returned to normal and she started eating with the other ewes. She is still thin but so much better! " PL in Oklahoma
This blend contains as many ORGANIC herbs as possible and then as many WILD CRAFTED herbs as possible. GI Soother™ is a pregnancy safe medicinal grade traditional whole herb mix to avoid diarrheal incidents in livestock, pets, and poultry from coccidia, bacterias, uclers, and Haemoncus contortus (barberpole worm). It is in a powder form so very easy to put in bottles or lambars or mix in feed or mash. We use it daily in rainy weather, and every 2 to 4 days (starting at 4 days old with livestock, newly hatched with poultry) in nice weather when raising our dairy goat kids. Your level of usage will depend on your exposure, climate, and facilities. GI Soother has been working very well added to poultry rations to give hatchlings a good start. It's also been used for pasty vent, as well as coccidial, bacterial, and other conditions that can cause diarrhea in birds. It can be mixed with a touch of olive oil and added to dry feed, or mixed with a damp mash. GI Soother™ in combination with HerBiotic™ Tincture, and Heart E™ are what I would use if I were fighting Parvo in my guardian dogs. Something to keep on hand if you are expecting puppies.... A Master Herbalist developed proprietary superior quality blend of apple pectin/ fiber, cayenne, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, mullein, slippery elm, turmeric.
My youngest childhood poultry memory was chasing flying termites during a warm summer evening and then flinging them into our eagerly awaiting pen of Rhode Island Reds. I've still been known to fling my poultry variety a bug treat on occassion (more to remove the pest from my garden rather than to nourish them). Whether they are chickens, ducks, geese, ratites or exotics here though are some nice very nourishing Master of Herbology products for your birds and they don't require you to grab something that squirms! Our products are whole herb, no filler, incredibly high quality, and formulated by a life long animal lover / owner with a Master's degree in herbology along with other alternative international degrees and certifications.
To feed any of these total up your flock weight per pen and use that weight for your dosage weight. The first dose or doses can be double dosed if you determine your birds have a greater than average need. If you are dealing with an emergency you may want to dose every two hours. After that most people dose about twice per week unless they have a higher risk flock / situation in which case they can dose up to every day. For every day dosing an herb holiday of once per week can be given. Often the body will utilize herbs even better if a holiday is given.
The herbs can then be mixed into a wet feed (or even into raw goat milk). This is the easiest way to serve them. Also a tea can be made with the same dose of herbs and put in the amount of water they will drink that day. There is the risk that not all birds will drink enough when there are herbs in their water so I prefer feeding in wet feed.
All of these products can be used with your poultry, exotics, ratites, canine, camelid, caprine, equine, feline, ovine, porcine etc families. There are no meat or milk withdrawals and all of them can be used with chicks / ducklings, etc. For pregnancy notes see each product.
DWorm A™ herb mix contains herbs traditionally used as an anthelmintic, anthelcide and taeneacide. It is frequently the first product customers start using from our product line up. At least twice per week during humid months. It can be fed daily (give an herb sabbath once a week for the body to utilize them better). Can be fed during pregnancy at normal dose up to once per day. After first trimester can be used heavier if needed.
GI Soother™ herb mix herb mix contains herbs traditionally used during coccidia and / or barberpole worm invasions or other GI issues/distresses. I also consider this with unthrify or failure to thrive animals of any age. Can be used during pregnancy.
BetterDaze™ herb mix is popularly used with all types of creatures as a wide encompassing natural nutrient supplement containing herbs traditinally used for high vitamin, mineral and nutrient components in a whole herb easily assimilable form. Can (and should be) used during pregnancy.
LayNLayer™ herb mix gives traditional support for female birds during egg laying season. Ideally start them on this a month before laying commences.
HerBiotic™ herb mix is a traditional blend used to offer body support during viral, bacterial, microbial and fungal challenges. It can be used during pregnancy.
BreatheDeeplee™ herb mix is a wonderful traditional support to give the body what it needs to support the lungs. It can be used during pregnancy.
Fresh Start™ herb mix is a traditional herb blend to give support to the body for liver and kidney cleaning and given those vital organs nourishment to enable them to repair themselves. In poultry I would ideally dispose of eggs the first 14 days as they may have a higher accumulation of toxins from the early organ releases or start when they are not laying. Ideally not for first trimester pregnancy unless the animal has already been on the product for at least a month before breeding. If starting during pregnancy avoid first trimester and start at reduced dosage after that. Consult with a Master Herbalist if a tailored program is wanted for your creature.
Kelp- is a great natural source of minerals. Other herb products can be mixed with kelp and it can be fed free choice or it can be added to feed. Can (and should be) be used during pregnancy.
Wounderful!™ Salve is a wonderful support in burns and injuries from mild to severe in skin, bones, tendons & other tissue. In 2017 a chiropracter used it to enable his children's chicken's toes to heal after being partially eaten off by a raccoon. The chicken didn't experience infection and walks & scratches with the flock to her heart's content. Can be used during pregnancy.
Happy Flocks make Happy Farmers!
Katherine Drovdahl MH CA CR DipHIr CEIT QPT has a Master's Degree in Herbology and a lifelong love of plants & animals. It is her joy to grant hope to people and animals stuggling with wellness challenges with alternative, do no harm, cause oriented consulting and products. Consultations for human or creature conditions and all natural herb products for humans and creatures are available at www.firmeadowllc.com
This article is for educational purposes and has not been evaluated by the FDA and per the FDA we make no attempt to diagnose, cure, prevent or treat any disease.
Here's a story that came to me today from KH in Texas, "A fellow breeder (CM also Texas) recommended your DA Wormer (DWorm A- added for clarification) and GI Soother for our goats and I have to tell you how much I am impressed with these products. We bought a wether as a companion to one of our bucks in May and he had a bad case of cocci and worms. He has been on this product, along with the rest of our herd, and I did fecals today and found nothing!! I will be recommending your product even more than I already have. This stuff really works. Thanks so much!"
Also shared this weekend, "love this product our goats have never ever had a problem all the years we have been using this product." KF in Tennesee on DWorm A
Even better- herbal nutrients support your animal rather than toxify them. Parasite resistance does not become an issue when working with herbs either! Master of Herbology formulated with life long livestock/horse/pet/poultry experience including an internationally recognized herd of LaMancha dairy goats.
Herb Mix GI Soother™ OG WC 8 oz Also available in 16 ounce size!
Also look for DWorm A, available in 16 and 8 ounce sizes.
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Here's a story that was shared with us today from HB in Texas
"Once again your products amaze me! I bought the dvenom to keep on hand should anyone around here run into a copperhead. Fortunately that hasn't happened yet, but we ARE overrun with wasps. For several days in a row my kids would come inside in a panic because a wasp had gotten them. My daughter who is usually fairly allergic is always my main concern. So for each of them I soaked a piece of gauze in dvenom, then taped it on the wasp sting. Within 15 minutes they'd be tearing it off ready to get back outside because the pain, swelling and redness would be completely gone. Just amazing!!!"
Our DVenom™ has been used to support animals with bee/wasp/hornet stings, black widow bites, hobo spider bites (same venom as brown recluse), and even copperheads on body, leg/foot, udder and even face bites on dogs, livestock and horses. I have used it externally on my husband's stomach area for hobo spider bites. If used soon enough it enables the body to get ahead of the venom and break it down. It also contains herbs for vital organ and brain stem/neurosystem support.
DBug™ Salve has been used on bug bites and stings, as well as poisonous plant rashes, stinging nettle, poison oak and poison ivy. It helps the body tackle itching and helps the body to push out toxins.
ALL NATURAL INGREDIENTS! :)
Both of these are available on our site. These products are great to have on hand- you don't want to wait two or three days to get them when you need them now.
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"I just wanted you to know that we love your products and can tell a huge difference in the health of our animals especially our sickly goat S________. She has had a multitude of problems since we bought her. She had been raised on cheap feed and unfortunately she was in bad shape but, we didn't see the signs until after we got her home. She is now healthier than ever and has learned that the GI Soother makes her feel better, so now instead of fight us when we give her the dose, she actually comes to us, licks her lips and takes it willfully. Our new babies look Awesome and are a picture of health. Thank you." JH in Kentucky shared this today. She is using GI Soother, LayNLayer, Icelandic Kelp, Kop-Sel, DWorm A and A-King Joint with various members of her herd and flock. All of these are available on our website.
I had a Fowl Pox question today. Please share this with others looking for HOLISTIC BODY NURTURING ways to deal with this challenge. If I had that in my flock (wet or dry) here is what I would use. Do remember antibiotics will get you nowhere with this problem because it is viral. HerBiotic (tm) herb mix orally (can mix in wet feed- give triple dose first day 2 to 3x that day- so split their feed up over several meals), HerBiotic(tm) salve on the lesions or pox that you find at least 2x a day- this will enable the body to try to make them so that they can't infect your facilities or anything else as they fall off. MMune(tm) herb mix to support their immune systems. Lung Support Extract can be given to support respiratory or help their bodies avoid respiratory issues. We also just changed our Breathe!(tm) Tea into a feedable herb mix - it can also made made into tea but can be fed. It also can be mixed with wet feed. Black Strap molasses (it has to be black strap with is high mineral and low sugar) can be added to make it more palatable as well as giving their bloodstream an additional nutritional boost.
If this is a problem in your area (generally humid summer climate areas and mosquito areas) consider keeping the flock on Better Daze(tm) to boost their nutrient intake. Layers can be on LayNLayer(tm) herb mix.
Many people like to start their chicks, poults, ducklings, keets, etc on GI Soother mixed with a wet mash. It really helps give thier system endurance as well as help the body with coccidial and bacterial challenges.
Happy & Healthy Poultry make Happy Owners :)
All of these products and many more are available right here on our site under the products tab. Look under herb mixes and also extracts. BE VERY BLESSED!
Heading to the fair? Here's some tips to helping your animals come though it better!
MMune - start them on it two weeks before if possible (so you know for next time) and keep them on during and two weeks past.
DWorm A- Do keep them updated- consider having them on during the event to help their bodies knock out eggs they ingest then 3 days in a row after. Yes, worm ovum will be even floating in the air (manure flakes off in small particulate and goes airborn- with worm ovum attached) and is breathed in. Consider a program for yourselves as well- we have Dr Christopher herbal parasite formula under human products.
HerBiotic herb mix- this is for bacterial, viral, fungal, yeast (can we say fair) issues. One can make herb balls if you like per my blog article and give them a couple per day and for three days after to help their bodies knock out things as they are exposed. Rabbits, Guinea pigs, Poultry, hedgehogs and other small creatures benefit from HerBiotic extract. Many will lick a drop or two off of the eye dropper. Or 6 drops can be added to a day's supply of water.
Consider keeping Eucaplyptus globulus (on our site under essential oils) on hand. I put a tiny smear (not a whole drop) on my clean finger tip and smear it under nostrils twice per day. if you milk then on the milkstand is perfect. this helps knock out buggies in the lungs that they are breathing in and helps them expectorate the barn air dust.
GI Soother is incredibly helpful to have on hand in case of diarrhea. It's very easy for kids, even adults to pick up something from fair or exhibition facilities that gives them diarrhea. Sometimes just the fair and moving stress will do it.
Everyone have a Safe and BLESSED time out there with your herds!
A client of mine shared a story today. I've heard similar stories a few times from customers about their dogs. This is the first time I"ve heard one from a goat owner... Anyhow WB in Vermont shared today that last year after she started her goats on our DWorm A (tm) and our GI Soother (tm) that her goats would come back from their wooded walks and instead of live ticks she'd find dead ticks on them, that would then fall off. They would leave behind bumps that would heal without her having to do anything for them. However, this year, now that she is on her second year of using them- they are coming out of their wooded browse walks without any ticks on them, and no skin problems or bites to heal. She is just now starting her guardian dog (who has already been diagnosed with lyme and anaplasmosis) on the same program. She has been picking 20 to 30 ticks off of her dog after their daily walk, so it will be interesting to see how long it takes before her body is able to be distasteful to them.
For Lyme support I recommend HerBiotic. When we lived in Southern Oregon and I would pull ticks off of my LGD's I would always follow up by putting HerBiotic salve on the bite area as well as giving them HerBiotic orally. We never had any problems though lyme is in that area. Better Daze (tm) herb mix is always a great choice to increase the nutritional levels helping the animals body to rebound faster. MMune (tm) herb mix is also available to boost systems.
For humans I recommend Dr. Christopher's Super Immune Garlic extract which we sell on our website at a discount. It can be taken daily if needed if you are in a high tick area and want to aid your body's ability to reduce problems from possible exposure. Vitalerbs is also always a bonus to increase nutritional levels on any body that is under stress.
Are you already dealing with Lyme disease or other related infections in your family, pets or farm? Order a consultation today under our services tab to let our Master of Herbology help you develop a plan tailored specific to your situation.
These can be purchased on our website at firmeadowllc .
Wishing all of you a BLESSED summer season!
Ever see these? If you breed enough goats you will! There is no alarm if the kid is otherwise healthy, it just means their space was limited and their feet were curled under probably the last few weeks of third trimester in the womb.
Here's how I work with these. First our subject: Johanna - moderately contracted...
First I gather the kid, scissors, toilet paper rolls and duct tape. Please note that if you kids are around other goats (dam, siblings, etc) that other goats may pull off the wraps, chew on them and ingest part of it or injure the kid while chewing on the wraps. We handraise our kids so we don't have those issues.
Then I cut the tube lengthwise, measure for height keeping the tube lower than the knee and cut them shorter if needed.
Then I cut about a 1 foot length of tape (less for minis) and firmly but not too tightly wrap the leg with the tube starting at the knee, then slide the splint down toward the bottom of the hoof to be sure the hair is lying in the correct direction, then wrap the tape. After that I cut about a 6 inch length of tape and starting on the inside fetlock (ankle) wrap around the foot bottom then up the other side. This sticks the boot in place and keeps it from riding up into the knee.
Then I repeat. The end result is a happy bouncey baby that will keep her leg straight enough to restretch the tight tendons while she walks. I recheck the tendons in a day, and then about every twelve hours after that. Most splits can come off in 1 to three days. I haven't found it necessary to tape the top of the splint to the leg hair so I don't so that it's easier to remove.
I had an interesting and thoughtful question today...
"Right now after I get done milking I just wash with soap and water before returning the goats to their pen. Is this sufficient / proper in order to reduce risk for mastitis?"
My answer was;
"Maybe, but not likely.
When we are washing our hands with soap and water they usually haven't been exposed to manure and urine and dirt 24/7 nor do our hands have an opening with access to the inner body. Also udder tissue and especially orifices can't endure the scrubbing that would be necessary to remove bacteria only with soap and water. Also some soaps will leave a residue at the teat end, to which bacteria or foreign particulate could adhere to. just things to consider.
I always recommend using some type of diluted essential oil spray."
A thought on antibacterial soaps... Nearly all of those contain known or suspected carcinogens. That is not something I want on my hands or skin or on the skin of my goats that are producing my table milk! Also consider that they tend to strip natural oils from the skin, allowing skin to be compromised or chafed- even at just a microscopic level chafing leaves hidey holes that bacterial and debris/dirt are quite comfortable taking up residence.
I personally use our Thieves type of essential oil that I dilute with water and a touch of natural soap in a quart spray bottle. I spray pre and post milking to sanitize the teats and orifices. A cool spray also encourages the orifices to close sooner than they would without it. The sooner orifices close the less opportunities bacteria have to enter the orifice. Even though the teats are disinfected there will still be bacterial issues floating around in the air, which does come in contact with teats.
;Happy MILKING :) !!!
Totally not fun! I hate dealing with retained afterbirths. We had just dealt with a very difficult kidding on this doe. Her tail tendons had been gone all day and she had not yet kidded. She wasn't impatient, but by the time darkness fell I knew I was going to have to glove up and find out why. I had already given her one dose of Ewe-Ter-N tea to help us with more efficient contractions which she drank readily a few hours ago. So I drenched her with a second dose. Then after we milked does and fed kids Jerry and I went to work. My husband has the very important job of holding the does and talking to them while I do the fishing to find out why the goat stork had not arrived. So after lubing up with 3 drops of lavender essential oil (see our website to purchase) mixed into some olive oil, I found that I had a cervix only somewhat dilated so I applied firm but not too hard of pressure with my fingers in an outward circle position and it began to dilate further. It probably took about three minutes to get full dilation so that I could feel what I had going on. And just what?!? was going on? So I felt a bony 'corner' then I felt a spine, then I found a tail. Oh rats. rump first. Not even any rear legs to go with it. To top it off there was a kid just to the right with one front leg and a nose, but as I was feeling around I felt an eye socket that felt ldeeper than normal. hmmmm. So I opt to slowly, carefully slide my hand down the uterus under the rump of the kid that was just a bit closer to me. Carefully keeping my hand along the underneath of the kid I find one leg. So then I carefully had to simultaneously try to move the rump further into the doe while I cupped my hand around the foot and took some time to first curl the foot around, then get enough room to slowly bring the foot up without compromising or breaking the fetlock joint (pastern). Yes, it was tight in there. My cupped hand protected the doe's uterus from being torn as I brought the leg up and through the vulva. Now I had one rear leg and a rump. Not ideal, but better than no rear legs to pull. This kid was somewhat dry (not a good sign) so I filled up a 50 ml cc feeding syringe (available on our website- always keep one in your kidding kit!) with olive oil and five drops of lavender essential oil (standard sized lamancha doe) and carefully inserted it into the vaginal canal between the kid and wall and squirted it up into the canal. Nicely lubed- yes! Be very careful if you have to do this with a forward facing kid- try to get the lubricant back behind the head so you don't aspirate your kid. After some working I was able to get the kid out. Dead kid- at least for several hours by looking at the eyes- which explained the deeper than normal eye sockets. So this was the SAME kid that I thought was two- in a u shape with his rump and head trying to get out at the same time. First time for everything and hope I don't see another one of those!
With him clear the second kid- a doeling came out just fine and normal. Then the third kid came out rear feet first but in goats that is normal. I just help the doe with these by pulling downward towards HER hocks so we can get to the face fast to strip it with a soft absorbable cotton washcloth before it tries to breathe. So thankfully two nice and healthy strong doelings.
Because of the work to get that first dystocia (malpresentation) this doe's vulva was quite mishapen. And because I had to dig in and out of her I loaded up the drenching syringe with HerBiotic herb mix (on our website) and olive oil and drenched that into her vaginal canal with a hard push on the plunger to send the mix as far up as possible. I wanted that up there since I had been past the cervix even though I sanitized my glove I still most certainly introduced bacteria into her uterus- remember it's airborn in a barn and sticking to your glove and any thing else wet immediately. I also put HerBiotic salve on the very damaged vulval lips. First photo shows the damage to the vulva and retained afterbirth. Second photo shows how much salve I put on and third shows her just 24 hours later. We do blanket our does after they kid until the next morning when we put them back with the herd after milking- unless there is a problem.
With a very difficult birth a retained placenta isn't all that uncommon and I also hate these. The whole time you have afterbirth hanging their bacteria are climbing up the afterbirth and marching into the vulva and uterus. With these we typically tie about a one pound weight to the top of the afterbirth- being careful not to break it and being careful to never tie any of the vulval lips into the hayrope. I like hay rope best because it's stiff for easy tying/untying, easy to sanitize and we never have a shortage of it! I also tie up any extra placenta into a not to add to the weight and gave another dose of Ewe-Ter-N herb mix. Every couple hours I untied and retied the block back up at the top as the placenta slowly worked it's way out of the doe. This placenta held on for nearly a day- very long for us and I don't like the doe having to deal with it that long. But we can't pull the placenta out or we risk damaging the future fertility of the doe. I will always check the afterbirth with a firm but gentle and slow downward pulling action to see if it will just let go and come out before I add weight. You never want to tear it or force it out. I'm continuing to give this doe oral and intravaginal HerBiotic to help her deal with any bacterial issues that could turn into bad infections. I'll do this for a week to ten days based on my observations on any potential discharge and her attitude (which so far is great). Milk wise and appetite wise this doe hasn't missed a beat! All products can be found at www.firmeadowllc.com
So just some thoughts and hopefully these will help you out! hankfully this has been our only hard birth this year to this point. We still have a few does spread out over the next few weeks for kidding.
Be Blessed with happy healthy kids and does!!!
Here we go, first kid of the season born today and more to follow this week. A very well built beautiful chocolate colored buckling from a superb pedigree. Learn more about him at Buckling Hallie son dob 3/16/17 He 'gets' all the cute points on the scorecard too :) He is looking for a working home. I expect him to improve milk on most breedings, overall structure (general appearance), probably strength and likely temperment. His damline is solid for mammaries for generations too.
But even worse than that is to not be prepared for one! There are natural product orders we receive every week where it would have been more helpful for our customer to have had the products on hand before they needed it and often would have reduced stress and suffering if it were already on hand. Often it also would have saved a consultation fee. I'll list a few of those here for you. Remember that in acute situations it is best to herb hourly or every other hour at the longest interval during waking hours (but get at least 4 doses in before bedtime) and continue the following day if you didn't get a waking day of dosing in). These products are Master of Herbology formulated, high quality and can be used for any species or stage of pregnancy or lactation. No meat or milk withdrawals.
The first one that always comes to mind (and yours if you've read my book is CAYENNE! Not just any cayenne, but ideally 40,000 heat unit cayenne and medicinal quality. There is no medicinal benefit to go hotter, so to me it's not worth traumatizing my pet, livestock or family member with anything hotter. I use this to stimulate the heart to wake back up as well as for heart emergencies, for bleeding, for hemorrhaging, to get new baby animals to clear additional fluids from their sinus, bronchial, lungs, for shock, hypothermia and more. Just about every situation one could face will benefit from this very inexpensive but very important herb. We keep it in the kitchen, milk room, tack box, stock trailers, first aid kit and vehicles. It's available in extract and in herb powder form from us at Herb Mixes & Supplies. (Click on the blue link for this and the other herb mixes).
ColicNBloat™ herb mix is a very good friend if your beloved creature is facing either a bloat episode or colicking. You can diluted and use our Peppermint essential oil externally at the same time. Essential oils can be purchased here: Essential Oils .
ClostridEaze™ herb mix is very important to keep on hand if you have small ruminants and certainly can be kept on hand for other types of animals experiencing enterotoxemia or acidosis from getting into too much of a food they aren't used to such as a hay change that is much richer or a different type or a grain raid.
DBug™ salve is used for toxic or annoying bites and stings. If you get it on quickly it will give the body what it needs to pull a lot of toxins out fast. Salves are found here: Herbal Salves Skin Hair
DTox™ herb mix help support the body and gives it what it needs in the event of consuming a toxic plant material as long as you give it fast enough. It also helps support organs often damaged by these potential toxins.
DVenom™ extract is given in the case of bites or stings from a venomous creature. It helps the body to break down the amino acids comprising the poison and helps support body organs often put under additional stress from these types of incidents. Extracts & Infusions are found here: Tinctures & Extracts
Fresh Start™ herb mix besides giving kidney and liver support is is a must have support in the event of mold poisoning which can be found in hays or feeds that were improperly harvested or stored.
GI Soother ™ herb mix is useful in situations of diarrhea from bacterial cause in the GI tract. It also supports the body in coccidiosis and barberpole worm attacks. It is much better to be proactive than reactive so is a good product to feed regularly to young stock or older stock before a problem arises.
HerBamine™ extract is used in situations such as injuries where pain or inflammation may be a problem. It can also be used for routine herd maintenance such as castrating or disbudding (horn removal).
HerBiotic™ herb mix, salve, extract. These are used in situations that involve viral, bacterial, microbial, fungal or yeast opportunists to support your creature and enable them to deal with the problem better.
Ketomix™ herb mix is useful in situations of Ketosis or Pregnancy Toxemia. Vital support during these metabolic challenges along with nutrition to support the body systems under additional distress.
Wounderful!™ salve is a wonderful companion for burns of all types, superficial to deep injuries including flesh, tendons, hoof cracks, nerves and bones. It supplies the nutrition the body would like to have to get up and going on the healing process.
UdderBlast™ infusion is useful support when dealing with Mastitis. This is definately a product you will wish you had on hand ahead of a problem, instead of having to wait 2 to 3 days to receive it by mail. Often used together with HerBiotic™ herb mix.
BetterDaze™ herb mix and MMune™ Support herb mix can be used as additional nutritional support in any situations.
And last but never least- My book- The Accessible Pet, Equine and Livestock Herbal will walk you through most emergencies and how I would handle them if I were in the same situation with my animal(s). Since emergencies seem to often happen after hours, before hours or on weekends /holidays having this book on hand will save you a lot of time and consultation fees.
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About every two weeks I'll get an email asking me how to get herbs down my horse, livestock creature, poultry or pets. Here are some various, but not all ways, to get herbs into them. BTW- my book, "The Accessible Pet, Equine and Livestock Herbal" covers this topic and much more in it's over 500 pages written to help you in your quest to have healthier creatures. Click here to purchase a book from me.
For pets & livestock the simplest is to mix the herbs with some wet food for them to just eat. Some people mix with black strap molasses, mashed banana, raw applesauce (can add a dash of cinnamon), organic peanut butter, smoothie (NO GRAPES FOR DOGS), a bit of fish, vegetable broth, meat broth, olive oil, etc.
For pets and livestock that will not eat herbs that way then making herb balls (blog on how to make) and giving them like a pill will be your other option. Of course salves are infused herbs that are applied topically for tissue issues. Appropriate for issue herb powders can be poured onto wounds.
The easiest way to work with Poultry & Games & Ratites depends on your personality. Some people like to make an infusion (herb tea that is lidded and steeped for 15+ minutes) with LayNLayer tm (click here) or other products and add that to their drinking water. HerBiotic tm is often fed this way when bacterial or viral issues show up in the flock or in the geographical area (click here). The amount of herbs you use will be to estimate your total bird weight in that pen. For example a group of 10 chickens at 5 lbs per bird weight will give you a 50 lb animal for dosage. If you use this method BE SURE that your animals continue to drink well and that the water is changed out and the container cleaned every single day to avoid growing a harmful bacterial experiment. You can keep your fresh infusion for up to three days in the refrigerator.
The other way, which is what works best for me, is to mix a bit of a liquid (such as in the pet section) with some feed and serve that. This works real well for starting chicks and baby birds of all types with GI Soother tm (click here for GI Soother) and Better Daze tm (click here). This method also assures me that my birds will drink their water since I haven't tampered with it's taste.
Adding an infusion (herbal tea) to water is the easiest way to give herbs to Rabbits,Cavies,Specialty Birds,Reptiles, Fish & Bees. Just like in the bird's section one will take the total estimated weight of the creatures and use that amount of herb with some water to make an infusion (herbal tea). If you are putting the tea into a water bottle with a roller tip be sure to strain the herbs out well so it doesn't jam the bearing. If you are adding herbs for overall nutritional reasons or being proactive start getting your animals used to the tea by adding only a little bit into their water so that they continue to drink well. For animals that are sick or otherwise needing the herbs now you may need to use an eye dropper and feed them some tea, extract or tincture. Ill fish can be put into a smaller tank and the tea can be added to their water. Bees should have a small amount of tea added to their drinking water or an appropriate amount of essential oil (very low doses- start with one drop) put on cotton balls and put in the hive.
Livestock often will drink infusions in their water and this works well if you limit them in their tank to just a bit more than the amount of water they will drink in a day. Be sure to stir your infusion (tea) well into the water and that everyone continues to drink the herb water.
Because I like to KNOW that my livestock are getting the herbs I want them to get I tend to make dosage balls and serve them, or add herbs mixed with a liquid to their grain / sprouts or in a difficult case I will mix the herbs with just enough liquid for it to draw easily into a drenching syringe (buy here) and then carefully drench (administer liquids orally) them. I also will mix some herbs with kelp and leave the kelp in mineral feeders which works great for small livsetock. For my horses I prefer to add their herbs with kelp to a mash (bran or grains, black strap molasses and warm/hot water). My pregnant mares, goats and alpacas never receive mu-se or bo-se injections. I just keep them on our whole herb product Kop-Sel tm which I serve with their kelp. Buy Kop-Sel tm here. Often times I will have herbs mixed in kelp in the bottom of the feed dishes for my milkers. While they are on the milkstand they have the option of eating their herbed kelp after they finish their feed if they want any. Often they do.
Here's to abundant wellness for your home, farm & ranch!
Katherine MH, CR, CA, CEIT, DipHIr, QTP has extensive alternative training in Vitalistic (cause oriented) wellness and has a heart to share with you so that you, your family and your creatures may achieve abundant wellness.