BiteMe! Herbal Goat Bites are a line of herbal supplements made specifically for goats. I’m pretty obsessed with our goats and their health so when the creators of these treats asked if I’d be interested in reviewing them, I quickly said yes!
Although we don’t use pesticides, herbicides, etc. on our farm and feed the livestock natural or organic feeds, we’ve been using “normal” chemical based dewormers like Valbazen, Ivomec, and Cydectin for our goats whenever there’s been a case of suspected internal parasites.
Using these chemical based dewormers isn’t something that I like doing, but it’s what the Veterinarian tells me to do and they do help control the goat’s internal parasites.
So, I was happy when the creators of BiteMe! products sent me the Squirmy Wormy Bites for review. I’d been wanting to try a more natural approach for controlling internal parasites but wasn’t quite sure where to start. This seemed the perfect opportunity, what did I have to lose?
What Are Squirmy Wormy Bites?
The description for Squirmy Wormy Bites says “Bye-bye worms! You’re outta here”, and goes on to say “This treat is comprised of several traditional herbs used to discourage and/or kill pesky parasites from seeking residence in their host’s digestive tract and to help the body destroy parasite eggs it comes in contact with.”
The site also says “Our treats are made with high quality organic, wild crafted and/or naturally raised ingredients. Just as important as the ingredients we use is the way we prepare them. Each batch is handmade and prepared raw. This allows each ingredient to retain its nutrient rich qualities.” I really believe in using raw, high-quality ingredients so this made me feel that the creators were committed to a superior product.
I received my package of Squirmy Wormy Bites late last winter, but waited until summertime to test them out. That’s because we time it so that our goats give birth in early spring, and I didn’t want to test something new on them during or right after pregnancy.
The product says that it’s “Safe For: Livestock, poultry, and pets, including pregnant and nursing animals.” I just didn’t want to take a chance on adversely affecting either the dams or their kids since I’m not familiar with using herbal dewormers.
How Squirmy Wormy Bites Are Used
The instructions said “Begin by giving the recommended quantity of bites twice a day for 3 – 5 days, then give the recommended quantity of bites once per week.
- 1/2 treat for animals up to 35 lbs
- 1 treat for animals 35 – 75 lbs
- 2 treats for animals 75 – 100 lbs
- 3 treats for animals 100 – 200 lbs”
Normally, I notice that the does appear to need deworming around midsummer, but this year we used the Squirmy Wormy Bites instead. Since the does are all around 75 lbs. we followed the recommendations and gave them 1 bite twice a day for 4 days, and then continued with 1 bite per week after that.
How Squirmy Wormy Bites Worked
I don’t have any statistics on how many worms the does had before using the bites versus after, or how the bites compare to a chemical dewormer. However, the bites seem to be effective because I haven’t had to use chemical dewormers on the does yet this summer. None of the does have exhibited any signs of discomfort after eating the bites and we haven’t noticed any difference in the taste or quality of their milk.
The does didn’t immediately like the treats and tried to avoid eating them at first. But, after a couple of days, they seemed to adjust to the taste and were willing to eat them without being forced. My goats have been accused of being very picky (or perhaps spoiled) so other goats may like them better or adjust faster.
Since you can’t see the internal worm load in a goat, it’s hard to say just how effective these herbal supplements are – but the fact that we haven’t needed any chemical dewormers this year is quite encouraging.
If you’re interested in moving away from chemical dewormers and going a more natural route, this certainly seems like a safe, high-quality product that is worth investigating and trying. Also, since the parasites are becoming increasingly resistant to the chemical dewormers, having natural alternatives that work could become very important.
The ingredients are water, flax meal, spinach powder, pumpkin seeds, turmeric, mullein, fennel, ginger, cloves, wormwood, hyssop, pumpkin seeds, thyme, and cayenne. I don’t know too much about natural dewormers but I do recognize that several of these ingredients are recommended for deworming.
Each package contains 72 bites and costs $18.65. Depending on the size of your herd, that makes it somewhat pricey to get started, but 1 bite per week after that seems reasonable if they continue to prevent any internal parasite problems.
Once the goats got used to taking them, they’re also pretty convenient. Just slip a goat her treat once a week and that’s it!
In addition to the Squirmy Wormy Bites, the BiteMe! line of products includes Baby Mama Bites, Belly Buddy Bites, Achy Breaky Bites, Funk Fixer Bites, Mineral Mojo Bites and Milk Money Bites.
I love how creative those names are. I don’t know exactly what each bite does yet, but since the Squirmy Wormies seem to be working, I’m going to check them out! You can find the full line of these herbal products here: BiteMe!