My mom makes natural goat worming balls for our goats. Since we are not treating them with chemicals, it is important we check their feces for worm eggs. She purchased a microscope and we spent an afternoon searching for eggs. First we had to collect fresh specimens from each goat.
Pearl must have thought we were crazy!
We asked Glenn to do the boys because they are more difficult. In the picture below, Glenn is thinking how much easier his life would have been if he had married a city girl.
Once we collected samples from each goat, we brought the poop into the kitchen. We mashed it up with sticks and added a salty solution to it. It was then strained and put into test tubes. We waited for 15 minutes for the worm eggs to float to the top of the tubes.
While we waited, Oliver's mind was being blown by frog blood and cheek cells.
Finally, the slides were ready to view. We found a few worm eggs on each slide. We were very happy to find less than ten eggs each. Our goats have healthy guts!
My mom and I took a soap making class when I was pregnant with Pearl. She has been reading everything she can gets her hands on about goat-milk soap. Finally, she was ready to make her first batch. We assembled a team to help with our first attempt at soap.
First my mom added all of the liquid oils to a pot. She then added lye to our frozen goat milk. Pop's job was to entertain Pearl during the lye process.
All of the ingredients (oils and goat milk/lye mixture) and essential oil (grapefruit, in our case) were mixed together until they were the consistency of pudding.
My mom carefully poured the mixture into molds.
The final product smells wonderful and makes an excellent lather in the shower! Look for goat-milk soap in our shop soon!