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I was wondering if bagged pine shavings were OK for bedding. Since I have had a doe with a cough. Was wondering?
 

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I use shavings because I absolutely hate cleaning out all that straw? When it starts getting colder I will probably add straw, but until then, they get shavings ;)
 

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I was wondering if bagged pine shavings were OK for bedding. Since I have had a doe with a cough. Was wondering?
Don't use shaving for kidding - stick to straw or old hay. The shavings stick to the baby and can block their nose, mouth, and they make it harder for Mom to clean the babie(s).
 

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We use pine shavings. So much easier to clean out than straw. And since we switched to shavings the stalls and barn aren't as wet! It soaks up a lot better. In the winter we just let the wasted hay pile up over top of the shavings to keep the barn a little warmer.
 

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I use pine shavings too :) I use loose hay in the winter if it gets extra chilly.. But if they are doing ok and aren't cold I use just shavings as long as I can.. I hate cleaning hay and straw! Plus straw is $10.99 a bale right now.. I can't afford that all the time! I buy some to use in my kidding stalls to keep every thing as clean as I can for mom and baby and extra toasty for the kids :)
 

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What do you do with all your wasted hay when you muck your goat barn- I just hate that stinky stuff-Ive been just turning it under ground when I clean it out to "kill" the stinky!
 

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I throw mine on the compost like in the woods... I clean loose hay out of the inside every day... So it's rarely wet an icky..
 

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My guys will nibble on any fresh bedding I put down.. But not enough to do anything to them.. And they eat bark off trees and eat little twigs so I don't see much of a difference... :shrug:
 

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I get flies in the summer.. But other then that I do t find I have any more bugs then before I had goats... And I have always used the shavings and we have never had to deal with live or mites on the goats..
 

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I'm in New Hampshire.. Guess there is a bit of a difference there huh? :laugh:
 

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Lol!

What type of bugs?? I just get it at my feed store compressed into paper or plastic bags..
 
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