Hey it’s Jaime from Guildbrook Farm and we have a little bit of a lice problem with our goatees. So we got our goats probably
about three months ago and when we first got them we noticed that the baby, who has
a little bit longer hair than the older doe, kept scratching and rubbing up
against the fence and you know was using her hoof like a dog does to scratch
herself. And after closer inspection we noticed that she was infested with lice.
Lots of lice. So what we did was I made up a lice powder which I have here
and it’s about a 3/4 cup of DE, which is diatomaceous earth,
it’s about 0.15 cups of sulfur powder which is this stuff here, and then some
tea tree oil and some peppermint oil. Now lice don’t like any of those things. The
DE is sort of an abrasive to lice and any soft body animals, and will
supposedly cut them up. The sulfur powder, peppermint oil, and the tea tree oil are
all deterrents for lice. So we started applying this every couple days to the
baby, which her name is Asriel, and we noticed that the lice were decreasing
and decreasing but she still has them now three months later. Now the reason for
that is because the life cycle of lice in goats is that they hatch out about
every three to ten days, so she was completely infested. We killed off all
the adults but there were tons of eggs in her hair and so like three, four or
five days later, a couple more hatched out and we did it again. She still had
enough, enough adults lived to lay more eggs and so on and so forth.
The numbers are decreasing but she still has lice. So what we’re going to do today
is we are going to trim her hair and we’re going to use an electric trimmer
with a number 10 blade on it. This is going to cut her close but not too close
and hopefully it will cut off most of those lice and then we’re also going to
sprinkle her down with this and we’re going to probably add a little bit of sulfur
powder to her diet. And so that’s going to attack it from all angles. You get
sulfur in her system that’s chasing away the lice, we have the powder that’s
killing off any of the adults and then we’re just going to shave off those eggs.
Anything that we can. Now I don’t know how this is
going to go guys, to be perfectly honest. She’s probably not going to like being
restrained so we’ll see how that goes. And for you guys who are interested in
doing something like this, keep in mind that our goats are kept in a
very shaded area. There’s some concern that shaving your goats might cause
sunburn so you might want to keep that in mind if this is something that you
guys decide to do. All right so we’re going to go grab Asriel, we’re going to
lock her into the milking stand, put a little food in there to entice her to
stay a little bit with us, and we’re going to see how this goes. Alright so “note to self” the clippers are
dead. I need to charge those right before doing anything like this. They were
charged fully but then they sat for probably about a month.
Definitely charge your cordless razor before you go to shave your goat.
Well now we’re going to apply the DE and the sulfur powder. So if you guys are
using DE, as you know, if you breathe it in it can cause breathing problems and inflammation so just make sure you don’t breathe it in or just be very careful in
applying it. I’m rubbing it in really good
backwards under her hair kind of thick. Make contact with any lice that are in there. We got quite a bit of hair off but could have gotten a lot more. She still was quite a bit of hair. She’s
about as long as Evie’s right now. I wish I would have been able to trim
her up just a little bit more on the sides, but you get what you get and you don’t make a fit. I did rub in the DE and the sulfur pretty well. Now that’s going to
cause her skin to dry out quite a bit but it’ll clear up. Right now my main
concern is getting all the eggs and the lice off of her so she’s much more
comfortable and I think this possibly ought to do the trick. Like I said the
eggs were kind of hatching and we were just trying to stay ahead of it and they
kept reducing and reducing and reducing but I think this might be the
final trick. We’ll probably put on another dose of the DE mixture in about
another three days or so and see how that is. Now when we first brought them
back with lice I did treat both goats even though I didn’t really see any lice
on Evie, but I’ve only been treating Asriel going forward because I don’t see any
reason to keep treating Evie when she doesn’t have a lice problem. It’s
really this one. All right so today is day two after shaving and doing the lice
treatment on Asriel. We’re going to go take a look at her and see how she’s
doing. Alright so she’s scratching, so they’re
still there. Let’s take a look. Really? Someone wants attention. I might get spiked in the face. I do see… I saw one and it was an adult,
and there’s another one right there so we still have lice but we’re gonna give
her another treatment of the powder and we’re just gonna keep doing that until
we get rid of all these lice. Huh baby. You don’t like it do you? Alright
guys so day three of Asriel lice eradication. ilaria and I attempted to
get Asriel back up in the milking stand and shave her again. We fully charged
this… what is this? A Wahl pet shaver thingy. And yeah it didn’t hold a charge
for like more than two minutes. I would not… at this particular time I would not
recommend this particular razor. So we’re gonna go in and check on Asriel
and see what her lice are doing today, see if we got off a lot of the eggs and
can see if we can find any adults in there still. Come on… There’s one. All right so there’s a
lice still. I don’t know if you guys can catch that on camera. So we still have a
little bit of a lousy problem. We’re going to keep putting on the sulfur and
the DE and giving her a little bit of extra sulfur in her feed and we’ll see
if that keeps working. I would love to know what you guys do for lice. Now again, I’ve only had goats for a couple months now. I’m only going by what I’ve read
that other people do as far as natural methods of getting rid of lice, which is
shaving, removing the eggs and putting on sulfur, and giving sulfur and
using DE and peppermint oil and tea tree oil. I’d love to know what you guys use?
What has worked for you guys in the past if you guys have goats? Leave your
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