I use Molly's Herbals worm formula's 1 and 2 as per her instructions on her website. The dosage for a goat regardless of their size is 1 Tablespoon a week of either formula 1 or formula 2. For 8 weeks we give formula 2 and on the ninth week we give formula 1 for three days in a row. Formula 1 should never be given to a pregnant animal, it contains wormwood, which is abortive. The schedule is on their website. I worry that my girls will not get the amount they should get when given dry in their food, so I mix the formula into dosage balls every time I dose them. I know it is a bit OCD but, there you are.
To make enough for 4 goats
4 Tablespoons worm formula (That's a quarter cup)
1 Tablespoon slippery elm bark powder
Molasses (I have never measured so I don't know how much)
Add the formula and powder to a food processor or bowl. I turn on the processor and drizzle the molasses into the food processor till it makes a ball. (I pour the molasses down the chute while the machine is running.) I know it looks disgusting but the goats love it! Then divide the dough into 4 equal parts. I actually weigh the ball and then do the math and divide and measure each portion by weight. Hey I told you I was OCD.
Then roll the dough into balls and then roll the balls in more slippery elm bark powder. If they are big goats I just give them the whole dose in one ball if they are little guys I might break it up into three little balls. Ok! the goats are a little spoiled. I have a tiny little Tupperware bowl for each goats dose and each gets their little treat on Saturday morning.
*You can make them ahead of time and they keep in the frig. If your dog can get hold of them he will eat them. Ask me how I know. ... They love them. If you don't have a food processor you can mix it with a spoon but I am far to lazy for that. I even tried a mortar and pestle, It's not happening.
*I buy the molasses by the gallon from Amazon.com as it is expensive.
I can not take credit for this recipe because I got it from Molly Nolte, Thanks Molly!
Melinda and Bennie Pepper
We work in technology but are homesteaders at heart. We're trying to set up our homestead with productive systems that are sustainable. We have Nigerian Dwarf goats and chickens and are trying to garden and raise fruit trees.