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Parasites & Fecal Exams

Every 4 to 6 weeks we do fecal exams in combination with FAMACHA scoring to help identify and keep ahead of any parasite worm infestation within our herd of Nigerian Dwarf Goats.

Below is a list of the items needed to perform fecal exams as well as a very detailed video done by Dr. Ann Zajac at Virginia Tech.  The video does a very good job of explaining parasite exams and how to perform them.



Click here for a copy of the handout here.


Here is a list of items needed to perform your own fecal exams:


  •  a McMasters Slide 

  •  Latex gloves

  •  Permanent marker 

  •  a 4X and 10X lense or better Microscope w/internal light   source & moveable stage 

  •  floatation solution

  •  a digital kitchen scale that measures in grams (0.1 gram   increments) with tare 

  •  a tea strainer

  •  wood craft sticks (popsicle sticks),

  •  a couple of plastic cups

  •  a measuring cup

  •  a syringe 1ml (without needle) or pipette

  •  a timer 

  •  a small cooler with ice pack to keep marked samples cold   until finished collecting samples to test.  

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