keeping manure out of the water

Discussion in 'Goat Management' started by billmac, Sep 23, 2009.

  1. billmac

    billmac Member

    Sep 8, 2008
    Most of my chore time is spent emptying and refilling water buckets. My life would be a lot easier if I could simply top up their water, and only have to clean the buckets occasionally if I could keep the dumb goats from pooping in the water. The problem is made worse because a few of my goats have horns (never again), so something like a hole they put their head through to drink is problematic. Any ideas?
  2. liz

    liz Well-Known Member

    Oct 5, 2007
    Shelocta PA
    Hmmm, the only time I have a problem with berries in water buckets is when my does are in kidding stalls. And even then, those buckets are off the floor :?
    I have short goats so I have to use short 4 gallon buckets....and the 1 for my 6 girls is at the bottom of the pen sitting on the ground by the gate...never saw a berry in it, a lot of bugs but no berries.

    A friend of mine also has nigies and she sets the flat back buckets up on cinder blocks with another block in front to use as a step, I don't recall seeing berries in them so maybe this will help you.

  3. sweetgoats

    sweetgoats Moderator

    Oct 18, 2007
    Peyton CO.
    WOW, if you can figure out a way to keep the berries out you could just become a millionaire. I have berries in my water because I have the big water tanks that are like oblong and it seems like no matter where they stand they always drop in the water. Now if they are in the kidding stall, the water is higher and no they can not or I should say do not drop them in there. What I do is take a piece of plywood and I put it over the top of the tank, and only expose a little bit. It does help keep the poop out and it helps keep the heat in. BUT just be careful if you do that. My daughter cleaned the tanks and put down the plywood but the wrong piece, and it was very thin, and a baby jumped up on it and slid in the tank and drowned. It was horrible so because of that I do not put mom's and babies in those stalls anymore. :?
  4. FunnyRiverFarm

    FunnyRiverFarm New Member

    Sep 13, 2008
    Hudson, MI
    I just put the water buckets someplace in the pen where the goats don't spend a lot of time...far away from loafing areas, doors, gates, and food. They only go to the buckets when they need a drink and they walk away as soon as they are done. The less time they spend hanging around the buckets, the less chance there is of berries making it into them.
  5. liz

    liz Well-Known Member

    Oct 5, 2007
    Shelocta PA
    Good way for the chunky ones to get some exercise too!

    Thats why my bucket is at the gate....the girls spend more time either on the hill or in the shed, they have to walk to the bucket to drink.
  6. nancy d

    nancy d Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Oct 5, 2007
    near Seattle
    Funnyriver has it down. Though it never occured to me. We also put water tubs up on cinder blocks. Rarely are there berries in the water.
    You can also get those self watering devices but friends of ours couldnt figure out why the barn was flooded, one of them was just playing with it.
  7. cdtrum

    cdtrum New Member

    Aug 25, 2008
    Northern Indiana
    I put my buckets up on cinder blocks and I clip the handles to the fence so they can not knock them over, like FunnyRiver and Liz...I put them away from every thing else........but I still have to change their water a couple of times a day (very picky goats).......they see me coming with clean water and they run and fight over who gets the first drink!
  8. Mully

    Mully New Member

    Jun 23, 2009
    Mt Ulla , NC
    I used to play water boy for my goats until I got a large rubbermaid tank with a drain water stays clean and it is easy to clean drain and refill
  9. Pygmys4me

    Pygmys4me New Member

    Sep 21, 2009
    Dunlap, TN
    A friend of mine has a larger tank that she is having her husband build an enclosure around that has holes large enough for the goats heads to get through but keep the berries out. When she gets it built I will get pictures.

    SO FAR I have been lucky, no berries in my buckets.. But now that I say that my goats will start pooping in it.. LOL
  10. sparks879

    sparks879 New Member

    Ou pasture is on a prettys teep hill, with very few flat spots. The loafing shed is out one flat spot on top of the small hill. The water is down in the gully area at the bottem. The girls dont hang out there a whole lot. It makes it so they dont drop berries in the water. I do find other "goodies" in there. Dead rats and such during the summer.