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    Yippy I just won a microscope on Ebay. So now I can do my own fecals of my herd of 8 horses and many ponies and 1 donkey. So question? Where is the best place to get the rest of what I will need. It does come with a box of large and small slides. But is there a special slide to do the count? I worked at a Vet clinic over 25 years ago and did fecals on dogs so have some memory of what to do...

  • #2
    I can't help with any of your questions, but I'd like to know how DIY fecals goes for you! Please keep us updated
    Y'all ain't right!


    • #3
      No special slides needed.. you need the glass slide and the thin plastic covers. I was taught to do them using an old film canister with the cover on top.. eggs float up and attach to the cover and then you out it on the slide to read..
      What type of microscope did you get? I think you need an electric one for the best resolution to see the eggs and such.
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      • #4
        I had posted on this not that long ago, but it seems my thread has been annihilated.

        Here's a kit


        And I don't know about needing an electric microscope. I was told you just need one 80x or 100x magnification to see the eggs. I got a microscope a few months back and just haven't been able to get around to getting the fecal kit.


        • #5
          I'm loving the fecal kit on the link! Thanks jamiebaker
          So, if I wanted to buy a microscope too (I do love eBay!), what else should I look for? I really wasn't looking to spend $$, but I suppose I'll save that pretty quickly by doing my own fecals....
          Y'all ain't right!


          • #6
            How hard is it to do your own fecals? I have considered learning how to do it for my herd of 4.


            • #7
              Originally posted by Hampton Bay View Post
              How hard is it to do your own fecals? I have considered learning how to do it for my herd of 4.
              Other folks who have posted in the past (on threads I can't find) say it's super easy. So easy you'll be sick at what you've been paying the vet to do them. I'm going to get a kit probably after Christmas. Gotta do something with the fancy microscope my hubby bought for my birthday (just to do fecals I might add).


              • #8
                One caution to doing the fecal yourself - I just got back my results and learned that my boys had sand in their poo...one of them much worse than the other. My boys are not on a sandy surface - we have nice pastures...not sure how they are getting sand in their poo except maybe my clay soil has some sand in it that comes to the surface when it rains? I dunno...

                I learned that they needed to go on Sand Clear one week of each month.

                So, maybe do your own fecals - with a vet check once or twice a year?


                • #9
                  Wouldn't you also be able to see the sand if you did your own fecals? It seems that you'd be able to see the sand settle in the water. I mean, eggs float, sand sinks, right?
                  Y'all ain't right!


                  • #10
                    Originally posted by LivviesMom View Post
                    No special slides needed.. you need the glass slide and the thin plastic covers. I was taught to do them using an old film canister with the cover on top.. eggs float up and attach to the cover and then you out it on the slide to read..
                    What type of microscope did you get? I think you need an electric one for the best resolution to see the eggs and such.
                    im curious about this film canister method~do you add water and shake??


                    • #11
                      Originally posted by SpringOakFarm View Post
                      One caution to doing the fecal yourself - I just got back my results and learned that my boys had sand in their poo...one of them much worse than the other.
                      I'd bet ten bucks that your vet followed this simple procedure, which you could also do at home. Scroll down to "Check manure for sand":
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                      • #12
                        MM, Not water, a float solution. There is one you can make with sugar, it is in one of my vet tech books if anyone wants it. I would imagine that you just put a little feces in the canister, add some of the solution (not all the way to the top), mix and then finish filling the canister the rest of the way. You want a meniscus (I think that is the right word, it has been a while!) on top, and then you place the coverslip over the top. I believe you should let them sit 10-15 minutes, but it usually depends on the solution.


                        • #13
                          You can do a fecal flotation with plain slides, but if you're going to do a quantitative assay (eg, eggs per gram), you need a McMaster slide.
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