Bot Fly Symptoms and
Cures, Cracked Heels and Sumac Tea
Oh the joys of homesteading! This past month has seen its share of
over come. From cracked heels that are extremely painful if you have
them, to bot fly worms or larvae lodged in the neck of a rabbit, to
basic upkeep of the farm;
it's always interesting homesteading in the summer!
Cure for Cracked Heels
of you that suffer from cracked heels, I have found the best thing to
do, is not go barefoot. I'm always running around without shoes and it
this was the cause of my problem. Who would have thought it? Sleeping
Vaseline on my
heels and wearing socks to bed, as well as in the daytime, has cured my
thought that I would add my own cure for cracked heels. I haven't
tried Gypsy's cure, but I did find that by covering my heels with
Manuka honey, wrapped in some plastic bags for a couple of hours cured
my cracked heels immediately. I didn't have to do it more than once,
and I haven't had a problem since, and this has been several months
now. So worth a try. More benefits
of honey! - Kathryn for Countryfarm Lifestyles
Bot Fly Symptoms and Cures
The bot fly
larvae found in the neck of the rabbit was a bit harder to work with. I
noticed one of my young bucks had some matted hair around his neck.
catching him up and shaving that area I noticed a swollen pocket with a
visible through what appeared to be a breathing hole for the worm. The
larvae was easily removed.
Bot Fly Larva After being Removed
do want to take care to get the whole bot fly larva their poisons can
the creature they have burrowed into. The next issue was all the dead
behind. Infection was there, but not bad. This was cured easily by
cleaning the wound and flushing it with some warm salt water.
next step was to
all the dead tissue possible. If I had known then what I know now, I
cut the dead tissue out. At the time, I didn't know what it was so
it was actually dead tissue. By the time this became evident the hole
shrunk to an extent it would have had to be re-opened to remove the
Hydrogen peroxide and tweezers to eat away at the mass
became too small. At that point I simply allowed the wound to heal. A
earlier I had a young doe die with what appeared to be puncture wounds
neck. It seems she had an infestation of bot worms that killed her due
infection. Infection can happen so rapidly in high humid temperatures
rabbits need to be checked twice a say for bots. I learned this the
bot fly is not native to
Iowa, where I live. Bot fly come from Central and
America. They capture a mosquito, lay their egg on the underside of the
mosquito, and then release it. When the Mosquito bites an animal, the
bot egg is
also released, thus beginning the gruesome stage of development under
of its host.
believe it is due to the climate change that these insects whom
horses, have become such a problem. We never used to have the humidity
heat we do now. Things are changing that's for sure.
issue we encountered this month due to the high heat was deaths. Many
know had rabbits and other small animals die from heat exhaustion.
my birds and rabbits live under large oak trees and we are located on a
hill. There is also a breeze. That doesn't change the actual
however. Heat is a problem.
with High Temperatures and Animals
breeds I have, I keep because they can stand out sever winters. This
the summer, they suffer. My Flemish Giant rabbits are a prime example
great in the winter, not so much in the summer. I now have not only my
victim in the house, but a large pregnant doe who got the snuffles due
high humidity and heat. In doors her lungs can heal. This means I may
litter of giant rabbits in my house. Not something I’m looking forward
to this is to build an
underground ice-house. Yes, an old fashioned
Something with an angle and opening small enough to keep the cool in,
enough not to keep the rabbits out. If they can get to the ice year
they will not have bot flies, snuffles, or heat stroke. The digging of
ice-house will have to wait until I do a bit more research on the
this time next summer, my bunnies will have air-conditioning.
Sumac - A Wonderful Native and Ancient Plant
also the time of year many native fruits are ready. A lot of them I bet
pass right by. Sumac or "buck brush" is a plant that has been
forgotten by most people. Sumac
is medicinal, as well as tasty. Sumac
pudding too is
Sumac Dessert Recipe
3 cups water, boiled.
2 cups flour or corn meal
1 1/2 cup cold water
1 cup ground sumac berries. ( I use my coffee grinder)
berries with the flour or cornmeal. Add slowly and always stir
water. When this is done, pour slowly into the hot water. Stir
1/2 cup to 1 cup sugar to taste. Also Apricots and raisins are common
the stove and allow to cool. Eat hot or cold. Some people like this on
ice-cream. I like it on ice-cream personally.
Sumac Tea Recipe
and soak sumac berries in it. They have a wonderful lemon flavor and
rose color when soaked. Add honey or sugar to taste, mint is very good
this. Cool, and enjoy.
resident homestead blogger from One
Wanderings Homestead Blog
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