We had a recent question about Lung worm and irritated lungs in a goat, as well as wanting to be ready for an upcoming kidding. I'm sharing my notes.
Besides helping her body be a place that lungworm doesn't want to reside (DWA (tm)) she may need some additional lung support. If she has damage there- remember that is tender tissue that can be irritated with every breath containing particulate in it (ever see dusty barn air in a sunbeam?) I would look at BreatheDeeplee(tm) herb mix to give that support. It will take some time as the lungs aren't allowed to rest while they heal themselves.
I will also list other suggestions based on info in your email. Do or don't do as you feel led.
If you want for her you could also consider MMune (tm) as she probably is more susceptible to other potential issues at this time.
IF you think she may have a bacterial or viral issue starting (WATCH HER FOR ANY SIGN OF FEVER!) or if you just want to rule that out before there would be problems please look at HerBiotic (tm) herb mix.
For your pregnant doe if you want look at BetterDaze(tm) herb mix.
Kop-Sel if you are in a selenium/copper deficient area for support if you want herbal support.
PrePare(tm) for prekidding reproductive organ support.
Ewe-Ter-N(tm) herb mix given on kidding day, just before (or sometimes during) kidding, and after if afterbirth doesn't drop in 20 minutes.
GI Soother(tm) is extremely popular for raising kids that are in coccidia or barberpole areas.
Blessings every single one of you in your farm and family this year!!! And yes, I count farm critters as family :).
Thank you! We're new to dairy goats, have been reading your book (love it! Watching for more books too) and are on our way to raising our small herd naturally. Thank you very much for all the educational material you have out and continue to offer. CL in Pennsylvania
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Here's some afternoon stats from a 51 year old gal! Nope. Not on meds either.... The verdict? 20 year old insides :D. That is far improved over my health in my twenties!
Blood pressure 104/60 , 92/62, 100/58.
Pulse is 44 (marathon runner pulse- which I am not- BUT I practice 30 minutes of yoga stretching & breath 3 to 6 days per week).
Oxygen ranges from 98 to 99.
Cholesterol ratios- HDL 2.7 (stay under 5)
LDL/HDL - 1.57 ( normal range .6 to 4.3)
Triglycerides- 51 (0-150)
negatives for diuretic and beta blocker drugs
Kidneys: Bun 8 (9-26)
Creatinine .7 (.6-1.1)
Urine pH 5.7 (4.0 - 8.7) I eat more meat in the winter months than in the summer where I'm nearly vegan.
Protein (checks for spillage in urine indicating kidney disease) 2 (0-30),
Leukocytes and hemoglobins screens negative
creatinine 60 (27 - 260)
protein/creatinine ratio .03 (.0 - .20)
Liver: Alkaline phosphatase 62 (30 -115)
total bilirubin .5 (.2-1.2)
AST 14 (12 - 35)
ALT 14 (9-42)
GGT 10 (10-65)
Total protein 7.1 (6.1-8.2)
Albumin 4.3 (3.8-5.2)
Globulin 2.8 (2.1-3.5)
negative for hiv, cotinine (nicotine derivative)
blood glucose 75 (60-109)
urine glucose negative
A1c 5.8 (3.0 - 6.0) measures blood sugar over past several weeks. I will blame that on chocolate!
BTW my husbands last test at age 61 was
Yes, 20 years old inside :) and also healthier than he was in his twenties.
Consultations available for those that would like to help their bodies improve wellness levels naturally! When we are talking about health you want to work with someone that can prove that what they do WORKS. Much more than theory!
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Wild birds are so fun to watch. We have several species that visit our feeders and we love to identify and watch them. But what about those in our barn or with our chickens? Now that's another story! Birds of course can leave waste in feeders and spread diseases to poultry as they hop around going after stray feed. Birds can as hop on coccidia and then hop in your animal feeders and place their coccidia, e coli , etcetera onto their eating areas. So it's better if they do not mix with your animal feeding areas.
There are a few things one can do to minimize or avoid these things. First is if you like to feed birds as we do, is to keep their feeding stations far from poultry and livestock feeding areas. Another thing is to only feed your poultry and stock what they can consume at that feeding and to feed it in containers that avoid waste. Feeders that can be picked up and moved after feeding should be removed and put in a feed room or other place not accessible to them. Also, most birds will enter your barns or sheds from higher. Closing off gaps between eves and other openings with one inch poultry wire or woven hardware cloth so that fresh air movement is still allowed over head but birds aren't allowed to land and hop in will reduce the amount of birds entering your barn areas. Even old screening can often be obtained for free and be upcycled this way. Keeping barn doors closed when possible also helps. Also keeping a barn cat (keep it healthy & chlamydia free!) in the barn can also reduce wild bird populations. I personally don't do this because of problems with cats using hay for their bathroom. For poultry's safety from wild birds (as well as weasels!) it is best to use a one inch poultry netting for their pens, housing, chicken tractor and supplemental feeding areas. Two inch netting, while cheaper, allows birds and small predators in. It also deteriorates faster allowing foxes and raccoons a greater likelihood of getting to your birds.
Another way to combat this is to be sure your animals and poultry are the healthiest they can possibly be! We achieve this by supplementing poultry with LayNLayer herb mix or BetterDaze herb mix as well as decrease their parasite challenges with DWormA and GI Soother for coccidial challenges and MMune herb mix for any that need that additional support for their immune systems such as weak, old, recovering or senior creatures. For livestock we offer the same products (of course they don't need the LayNLayer!).
BLESSINGS TO ALL OF YOU- YOU, YOUR HUMAN FAMILY AND YOUR CREATURE FAMILY :D
White Horehound (Marrubium vulgare) , Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) and Red Valerian (Centranthus ruber) at Fir Meadow. Photo by Katherine Drovdahl.
We like to say that livestock and humans should eat plants and plants should eat rocks and dirt. Why is this SO CRITICALLY important???!!! When we keep things in that order bodies do well. You see when a plant converts sunlight through photosynthesis it combines nutrients it uptakes from soil (broken down rocks & organic matter) with a carbon atom. It is that carbon atom attached to that nutrient that makes it bioavailable. That nutrient becomes fully utilizable by the body. It's able to uptake it into cells, use it fully for it's intended purpose and it is fully able to eliminate any excess that it doesn't want to utilize. This allows the ability to fully nourish the body and to not store toxic or structurally damaging excesses of copper, selenium, copper, fat soluble vitamins, etc. Some of these excesses can and do build up to cause liver toxicity (which can lead to death), stones such as urinary calculi, kidney stones, enteroliths, gall stones (which form in the liver and are there as well), bone spurs, hardening of the pituitary gland or brain tissue, etc.
So how on earth do we and our beloved critters end up eating rocks? Here are a few considerations.
Our wells and city waters are not soft water- they contain rock mineral particulate. When we lived in southern Oregon I could actually SEE the particulate from our high calcium well whenever water was brewed for tea. It also accumulated at the mouths of faucets etc. There were no dandelions or alfalfa plants growing in our well to contribute to this. The soils in that area contain high amounts of calcium.
Store bought food and feeds that have minerals added or are 'fortified' have rock or synthetic sources added. Read your label- if it doesn't say the magnesium is because whole alfalfa, stinging nettle or another plant is in the product then it's not from a plant! It's from a rock or a formulated fake from a laboratory. Why do companies do this? Because it's much less expensive to mine and purchase rock nutrients than it is to use whole plants that contain the nutrients. I can purchase a whole ten yard dump truck load of several tons of rocks or sand for the same price that some of the herbs that I work with cost me by the pound! Most calcium put into food and feeds in the US is mined limestone from the midwest. Chemical or synthetic derived nutrients are cheap too and are derived from oil. Kodak is or used to be one of the largest suppliers of nutrients for the food industry. Scary or interesting. I'm not sure which it is!
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Here's a few tips on how my husband and I largely avoid coming down with these types of issues...
Keeping your water intake up, even in the winter months is key to helping your entire body work and in helping your body dilute and move out toxins in cells and organs. If your lips feel dry then you are already dehydrated. Caffeine or refined sugar intake will dehydrate you faster.
Foods- even in the winter months try to keep an abundance of raw fruits and vegetables in your diet. Opt for vibrant colored and a diverse collection of colors in your fruit and vegetable choices. If you have a picky family member that only likes just a few choices, be sure and keep those on hand and you enjoy the variety yourself :). This is a GREAT time of year to keep citrus in front of you. My tea right now has squeezed lemon into it- which also aids in cleansing. Your citrus must be fresh squeezed or fresh eaten and not a refrigerated or processed product to retain the vitamin C. In fact, upwards of 60% of the Vitamin C will already be gone just fifteen minutes after juicing your fruit. Sometimes I will just add 1 drop of lemon essential oil per day (not for children under 12) to my quart canning jar filled with water.
Sleep- MAKE SURE you are getting adequate sleep to avoid wearing down your adrenals and immunity.
Exercise- FRESH AIR AND EXERCISE is important in the winter too. Those of us that participate in winter chores usually don't have a problem with this. Be sure you are getting some walking and deep breathing. I have a friend that comes over for yoga 3x per week as well. I have videos but there are good yogas to be found on youtube as well.
Herbal support- The most awesome thing about herbal support is that even if your body doesn't need it (and really, your body will still pull and use nutrients anyhow) these aren't going to hurt you. Products to consider?
Vitalerbs- available in capsule, extract or bulk powder form. This is a must take for my husband and I to be sure we have a wide range of whole herb nutrient bases covered for overall body wellness. We take these year round to be sure cells have what they need to replicate into healthier ones. Also look for Kid-E-Mins non alcohol extract for young children, toddlers, babies and even pets. Either give it by mouth or drop into their water. Nursing moms can drop a drop or two on their nipples for their baby to nurse. Click here for Vitalerbs capsules. Here for the extract. Click here for Kid E Mins. And here for the bulk powder Vitalerbs.
Herbal C - This is a fast way to get high quality whole herb C into your body. I take these every day twice per day and any time I'm heading out into public. This product also offers some heart support for a bonus. Click here.
Super Immune Garlic Extract- Is a must have in our home to keep on hand. Again, I like to have this in my blood stream before I go out in public and again after I return. It's so seldom we feel off like we are catching something, but that is another time to take it up to hourly. If a problem hits definately take it hourly!!! Click here.
Echinacea & Goldenseal capsules- Popluar and time tested to support the body during wellness challenges. If you are pregnant take this in combination with Cayenne so that the goldenseal doesn't use up all of your Vitamin B in your body. Also follow with Cayenne as the last dose of the day to top off your B's. Click here.
Kid-E-Mune extract- Echinacea is really really safe for all including pregnant and very young children. Young children can be allowed to take Kid-E-Mune hourly if wanted. Echinacea in the system helps the body make it difficult for viral activity to capture cells. I also take this before I go out in public. Take every 4 hours during public exposure. After ten days of solid use (3 or more times per day) give your body a three day sabbath from it so that your body will utilize it fully. Click here for Kid E Mune.
Cayenne- is always an option due to it's provision of Vitamin's B and C to the body as well as it's infection fighting ability. I like keeping it in salt shaker in the kitchen. It gets added to much of my meals including salads and in most of my drinks including water. Click here for capsules or here for the extract. Cayenne powder here.
Raspberry tea - drinking several glasses of this in a day often helps one feel remarkably better. Remember to continue to rest though for another couple of days or you'll relapse as your body hasn't finished the interior battle yet. Click here.
Chest Formula , Cold Formula, Lung and Bronchial Formula and Sinus Formula also offer excellent support. Take 3x per day if these are areas of weakness for you and hourly if you are having a problem. Click here.
ANYTIME you see something that creates you concern don't hesitate to consult with your medical provider. There are some real severe flu issues going around right now and you need to catch them early or better yet stay AHEAD of them before and early into exposure for best results. It's way easier to avoid an issue by keeping herbs in your body for viral and bacterial activity to hit the second they are inhaled than to fight a problem that has time to replicate and overwhelm the body.
Starting a whole body cleanse - Bowel, Liver/Kidneys and Bloodstream are a long term strong foundational building approach towards a well body. Never do these without direction from a degreed herbalist. Doing them wrong or out of order can cause serious problems. Done right there are amazing tools! We offer online consultations with our Master's degree in Herbalism practitioner under our services tab for those that don't already have someone to work with.
Here's to PEACE of mind, wellness, blessings and happy herbing! :D
*Non of these statements have been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to cure, prevent, treat or diagnose disease.
"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
Herb Mix GI Soother™ OG WC 8 oz
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.
"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!
Katherine MH, CR, CA, CEIT, DipHIr, QTP has extensive alternative training in Vitalistic (cause oriented) wellness,including a Master's Degree in Herbology and has a heart to share with you so that you, your family and your creatures may achieve abundant wellness.