We've had 3 goats living in an acre area, but their barn is 8 x 8 ft. The straw area is 4 x 8 and about 8 inches deep. I change this once in a while. They are boer goats and spent most of their time outside until recently. We added two little ones (not bred here) from a friend, so now there are 5 goats. The straw area is always saturated and feels /sounds squishy. I think the ground where they would sleep has just met it's limit of saturation. I want to dig down a few inches below the straw and start over. Any suggestions for a base? I was thinking gravel or pea stone , then sand , then woodchips and then straw on top. Another person said just use pine shavings below the straw and that should work. I don't have a problem in the winter. It's like this year the ground can take no more moisture. Thanks, in advance!