Have you ever wondered how they did something back in the old days? You know, back when there wasn’t a store to go to for your every need. I’ve often wondered how farmers did lots of things without modern conveniences. In particular, I’ve wondered how they took care of the health of their livestock back in the pioneer days.
Through this homesteading adventure of ours, I’ve learned that most livestock need to be wormed, or they’ll die. But how exactly did pioneers de-worm their animals without the manufactured drugs we have nowadays?
Well, after asking around I’ve found the answer. Lye. I know it sounds crazy, but I have talked to people who are still using lye to worm their livestock to this day.
In particular I’ve been told that a tablespoon of lye in a 5 gallon bucket of slop is enough to worm a full grown pig. Just make sure to supply plenty of water. I asked if the pig seems to be in pain or anything from the lye, and the answer has always been “no”. Just don’t overdo it, or it could cost you the life of your animal.
I thought this was pretty interesting.
Have you ever heard of using lye like this? Do any of you know of any other natural ways to worm livestock? I’ve heard mixed reviews about DE (Diatomaceous Earth). I guess the problem with DE is that you’d still have to buy it. I’m interested in a worming product that I can create myself. I’d love to hear your thoughts!
A city girl learning to homestead on an acre of land in the country. Wife and homeschooling mother of four. Enjoying life, and everything that has to do with self sufficient living.