In Winter I deep bed so instead of cleaning out each week I put a layer of lyme ontop of the old bedding and lay down a new layer of bedding. It makes Spring clean out super hard but it helps keep my goats warmer thru the cold months. If there were ever any smell to it I would strip it out all the way but it does not get smelly.
A strong ammonia smell would not be good for the goats so from time to time get down close to the ground and take a deep whif. If it smells fine they should be fine if you gag they need that cleaned out for their health.
I have stall mats in my goat stalls. I have it set up so one is a feeding/potty stall, the other is their sleeping stall. In their sleeping stall I bed with watered down wood pellet bedding, with straw on top. In their feed/potty stall I use about a half bag of pellets, then water them down and spread it out in the middle of the stall. That lasts about 4 days, then I strip it out. As long as I keep the feed stall clean, they really don't pee in their bedding all that much.
Dosent the water keep there bedding area moist all of the time..... I use the pellets under straw to absorb urine..... They get pretty fluffy when wet
There are so many diff ways to do things it's crazy... Hehe there is no odor now and it's been a few weeks..
I noticed when I cleaned stalls every day there was much more ammonia smell... It seems odd .... But I sit down in the stall to talk to the girls almost everyday and no stink yet
The trick is to find out what works for you. I generally don't clean out anything except kidding pens in the winter time because the manure pack provides heat as it is decomposing. I spread barn lime and then re-bed. Come the spring thaw I clean out everything.