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.
Recipe for Molly Nolte's Worm Balls
2 Teaspoons worm formula
1 teaspoon slippery elm bark powder
Molasses (I have never measured so I don't know how much I till I get the right consistency and it makes a big ball)
I just multiply by the number of goats I'm making doses for at any particular time.
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.
Pr*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 the back of a spoon but I am far to lazy for that. I even tried a mortar and pestle, too much work.
*I buy the molasses by the gallon from Amazon.com as it's expensive to by it in the grocery store as much as I use. Can always use it to give as molasses water to a goat that has just had her kids. BTW. I can not take credit for this recipe because it came from Molly Nolte, Thanks Molly!
They get formula #2 8 out of 9 weeks and then the ninth week they get formula #1 three days in a row. Pregnant does should not be given formula #1 ever as it can cause abortion.
I have started making them in large batches as it frees up my Saturday mornings then I only have to do it every few weeks.
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.