Pen cleaning question

Discussion in 'Goat Management' started by LuvmyGoaties, Sep 7, 2010.

  1. LuvmyGoaties

    LuvmyGoaties New Member

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    Mar 8, 2010
    What do you use to clean your goat pens? I have 2 manure forks, one is a "regular" one with tines that are about 1" apart, and the other has tines that are 1/2" apart. The regular one is lighter and easier to use but the goat poop falls through unless it is mixed with hay. The one with the 1/2" tines works better but a lot of the poop still falls through and I never feel like I am getting their pen as clean as I would like it to be :GAAH: . Any suggestions?

    Jen
     
  2. RPC

    RPC Boer Goat Breeder

    I usually do a total clean out when we clean pens so I use a fork then a shovel and broom but i have cement floors what are your?
     

  3. LuvmyGoaties

    LuvmyGoaties New Member

    396
    Mar 8, 2010
    This is their outdoor pen. It is sand/dirt.

    Jen
     
  4. StaceyRosado

    StaceyRosado Administrator Staff Member

    Oct 4, 2007
    NJ
  5. HoosierShadow

    HoosierShadow Senior Member

    Apr 19, 2010
    Central Kentucky
    Our ground around the barn is dirt. Hard ground through the summer. I just use a leaf rake and rake it all up, and depending on where I put it, I use the shovel and wheel barrow. Never had any issues and the leaf rake works good for me. But not sure it would work on sand?
     
  6. StaceyRosado

    StaceyRosado Administrator Staff Member

    Oct 4, 2007
    NJ
    leaf rake does work on sand -- just hard still to scoop it up. A shovel would work but it hurts my back so I use the dust pan type thing with the long handle because it works ;)
     
  7. kubileya

    kubileya New Member

    32
    Apr 7, 2010
    Laurel, DE
    My pen has a dirt floor, too. I use a rake to get the hay & bedding, then just use a regular old broom to sweep the pellets into a pile that I can scoop up with the shovel. Easy-peasy! :)
     
  8. Realfoodmama

    Realfoodmama New Member

    425
    Apr 12, 2010
    Santa Fe, NM
    I have a dirt floor in the pen and a wooden floor in the barn. I use a leaf rake to rake the poo and hay from outside into a pile, then use a pitchfork or shovel to get it into a wheel barrow.

    For the barn I use the rake as well for the large piles, then sweep out the rest to get it back down to wood. The girls' barn is pretty small and they like to waste hay so using a broom alone doesn't really work!
     
  9. liz

    liz New Member

    Oct 5, 2007
    Shelocta PA
    Leaf rake and flat edge shovel for the yard, broom and shovel for the wood floor in the barn. During the summer it's easy to clean the barn cause it's nothing but berries...and very easy to make "manure tea" for use on the garden as well as houseplants cause theres no hay in with them.
     
  10. citylights

    citylights New Member

    822
    Jul 3, 2009
    Southern California
    I've simply trained my goats not to poop. :ROFL: (I crack myself up!)
     
  11. liz

    liz New Member

    Oct 5, 2007
    Shelocta PA

    :laugh: So...I guess you have statues of goats? :wink: Ever notice how every time they MOVE they drop berries?
     
  12. kelebek

    kelebek New Member

    Oct 5, 2007
    South Texas
    what is a "good" cleaner for the dirt floors - do you ever put down some type of disinfectant?
     
  13. HoosierShadow

    HoosierShadow Senior Member

    Apr 19, 2010
    Central Kentucky
    You can put down Sweet PDZ, it's real good stuff, I used it when I used to work on a horse farm years ago.

    Forgot to mention that it's a powder...here's a link on jeffers
    http://www.jeffersequine.com/ssc/produc ... id=0034089

    You can probably check with a local feed store so you can get it locally. Just use a little bit and it will go a long way :)