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We are purchasing our first pygmy goats and are in the process of building their shelter. I've been reading on what flooring is best but and would like opinions from those of you with experience... Thanks!
 

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We use plywood as it is easier to clean you need it off the ground a litle so that it wont rot, but you should put some sort of banking on the outside to prevent drafts. Another option is plywood covered with linoleum tile that will make the floor last longer and is even easier to clean.
 

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Thanks... We were going to do wood... after reading many people say the urine smell is bad with wood and it doesn't have anywhere to go with linoleum I was second guessing it? Does the wood become saturated with the urine, swell, and rot?
 

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You will have to clean it and use stall dry- it is a horse product for that very thing. It works great and will dry it out in very little time. Use your own judgement in how often to clean. We do some every week and some every month depending on how dirty and wet it gets.
 

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I like having a dirt floor for my goats. We haven't had any urine smell at all. I for one would HATE having to deal with cleaning up the urine off a wood or linoleum floor. I used to have trays under my rabbit cages and it was soooo smelly and gross cleaning them off. I can't imagine cleaning the amount of pee a goat would leave.
 

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I have a love hate with our concrete floor. We don't use shavings because we have fiber goats as well as dairy. We do have wood pallets for them to sleep on. Amazingly our crew mostly pees in one area. They leave berries everywhere but the pee is confined mostly to the middle of their area. So we put the pallets at either end. I plan to build some higher shelving for the winter to keep them a littler further off the floor.
 

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Thanks... It's nice to know there is a solution to any flooring. I think we are leaning toward dirt. So, the best way to cover the dirt is? I'm looking for healthiest and easiest to maintain. Thanks so much.
 

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Our 3 sided shelter is dirt. After mucking it gets a good layer of shavings & plenty straw.
During the winter I throw wasted alfalfa in there & they be toasty warm.
The barn stalls are wood floors. Those get straw. Yes the urine soaks down (where's the barf icon) but a good hot water vinegar rinse after the 3 or 4 days they are in there does fine.
 

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We of course have dirt but I like the idea of dirt, sand and then a drop dressing of straw. When you clean out the straw you can always mix in some lime in the sand before bedding down new straw.
 

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My sheds have dirt floor, also. I clean them out as needed, taking them down to the dirt, leave them for a day or so if wet and the sun dries them out. Sprinkle barn lime and re-bed with straw or cheat-grass hay. I do not clean them from late fall until the thaw in spring because the manure pack puts off heat and helps keep the girls warm. I just put down barn lime and re-bed.
 

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I have a dirt floor for my boys too. I use fine shavings. I have a 10 x 14 shelter and 3 bags cover that area well. I have used fluffy pine shavings but they don't like them. I have found them laying on the ground when i have used them. I have used the pdz for horses for smell. And i spray permectrin on the ground to kill the creepy crawlys that are in the dirt before i put the shavings down. That lasts about a week and a half before i have to clean it out.
 

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I have a dirt floor for my boys too. I use fine shavings. I have a 10 x 14 shelter and 3 bags cover that area well. I have used fluffy pine shavings but they don't like them. I have found them laying on the ground when i have used them. I have used the pdz for horses for smell. And i spray permectrin on the ground to kill the creepy crawlys that are in the dirt before i put the shavings down. That lasts about a week and a half before i have to clean it out.
Doesn't this get expensive? I need help with what to put down in my barn to!
 

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These are great... So, will have our "barn" Put in tomorrow it will be 12x14, dirt floor... Still not sure what we will use over dirt husband says just straw. I say no, I want something else between for them. :) sand? Small gravel? Shavings? We will be using straw from our neighbor who has huge dairy farm. Another question I had was, do we need to have floor (dirt) inside up higher than the foundation of the barn and if so by how much? Best way to seal/keep rodents out and the elements. I know that's a lot to ask... I just want it to be done where we have the best setup possible I'm so excited!! Thanks for all the help!!!
 
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