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clean pasture

Started this discussion. Last reply by david curtis Mar 11. 2 Replies

Hello,Our goats have a fully enclosed 12 x 16 paddock for sleeping and moving about when the weather is not so great and raining.  When its sunny out they spend time out in the pasture for goats…Continue

New Member and New to Goats

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jane Rogers Feb 22. 5 Replies

Hello,My name is David and we just moved to NW Washington state a year ago from Utah.  As part of the move we wanted out of the suburbs and into the country for some land.  We got a little over an…Continue

Goat Bedding anyone used hemp

Started this discussion. Last reply by david curtis Mar 8. 5 Replies

We are getting our first goats in a week and I've been reading alot about different bedding.  The seller uses pine shavings for all of their paddocks and I use to use pine shavings for our chicken…Continue

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david curtis replied to david curtis's discussion clean pasture
"Hello,Your advice as well as a few others has convinced me that we should probably turn our pasture into a dry lot as its too small to really turn it into rotational grazing and we don't have additional land to expand.  The pasture is 90 X…"
Mar 11
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to david curtis's discussion clean pasture
"You cannot keep an area that small clean. You have two choices .... 1) start doing rotational grazing 2) create a legitimate dry lot If you continue keeping the goats in an area this small, you will have parasites problems that cannot be solved with…"
Mar 8
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clean pasture

Hello,Our goats have a fully enclosed 12 x 16 paddock for sleeping and moving about when the weather is not so great and raining.  When its sunny out they spend time out in the pasture for goats (plants, grass) which is 125 x 125 foot area alongside the chickens.  We have 4 NG and 7 chickens.Now that they've been running around the pasture for a few weeks I'm wondering how do you keep this clean?  between the goat and chicken poop the pasture area is going to need cleaning out.  I've seen…See More
Mar 8
david curtis replied to david curtis's discussion Goat Bedding anyone used hemp
"I've been using it in  sleeping area which is a 5 X 4 foot section and then they have another area that is 4 X 12 for walking around on really rainy days when they can't be out in the pasture.  For the larger area we are using…"
Mar 8
Maggie replied to david curtis's discussion Goat Bedding anyone used hemp
"I was wondering about this too! I’m in Virginia and it’s advertised a lot on goat pages out here. Several small farmers sell it for way less than $58 a bag but I was curious if it would be a good alternative to straw. Try shopping around…"
Mar 1
Jane Rogers replied to david curtis's discussion New Member and New to Goats
"hi"
Feb 22
david curtis replied to david curtis's discussion New Member and New to Goats
"Thank you - that's what i was reading about last night is the ElectroNet.  I'll be getting some of that so I can subdivide and rotate.  Thank you for the clarification on digging, with all the post out there it's hard to…"
Feb 17
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to david curtis's discussion Goat Bedding anyone used hemp
"OMG! $58 per bag?! Now I know why I've never heard of anyone using this. It looks a lot like shavings in the picture, which means that one bag would not even be enough to bed a 10 x 10 stall. This might be okay for  a little rabbit cage,…"
Feb 17
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to david curtis's discussion New Member and New to Goats
"Goats do not dig, and neither do chickens. A goat may paw at the ground a couple of times before laying down, but that's it. Chickens scratch when looking for bugs and worms.  For rotational grazing with goats, the best option for…"
Feb 17
david curtis replied to david curtis's discussion Goat Bedding anyone used hemp
"This is the stuff I get off amazon and your right unless I order it online I have either straw or pine shavings…"
Feb 16
david curtis replied to david curtis's discussion New Member and New to Goats
"I was going for Ft. Knox lol.  I was new to the fencing so I went off the guide that 6 inches accounts for all sorts of animals, but your right I went overboard but gotta keep the kiddos safe. I was thinking on the poly tape to keep goats,…"
Feb 16
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to david curtis's discussion New Member and New to Goats
"Welcome to the group and the world of goat ownership!  Wow! You have the Ft. Knox of perimeter fencing there. I can't imagine any predator going over that fence. If you put up more perimeter fence, two strands of electric is plenty -- one…"
Feb 16
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to david curtis's discussion Goat Bedding anyone used hemp
"I've never heard of anyone using hemp for bedding. It's pretty rare, so probably not available in most areas. If it's like straw, that sounds like a good start. I am not a fan of shavings as bedding for goats. I very much prefer…"
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