Does or has anyone used sand in goat run/ barn? We use it in the chicken coop and then just pooper scoop it up. So easy and keeps everything clean and stink free.
Question regarding this...Does or has anyone used sand in goat run/ barn? We use it in the chicken coop and then just pooper scoop it up. So easy and keeps everything clean and stink free.
We have shavings in the nest boxes but sand in the coop. I just go out and scoop it up like cat litter every morning. It takes 2 minutes. And no bad smells. I won't do it any other way. For chickens though, you have to be careful with the type of sand , NO silica. We have construction sand I think it's called has more little rocks in it. I got it from a masonry in town. I don't have goats yet but wondered if there would be any problem with sand for them too. Obviously it's a little different in winter, they will get some straw to bed in.Question regarding this... Does this mean NO straw/hay? Like for nests? I don't get it. I like the idea of pooperscooper.
I also put a layer of straw over the whole lot (its comfy that way) but am trying to get the little ones OUT of the coop.... its a work in progress...Be careful of how much DE you put down. That can get into lungs and cause a lot of damage. The goats shouldn't be able to inhale DE.
Where do we get that? You use it as a bedding material?I use Sweet PDZ in my chicken coop and I love it. It comes in powder and granular form, I use granular so there's not as much dust. Never thought about using it for the goats, but some people use it in horse stalls to soak up urine and eliminate odor. It's all natural and safe for animals. There are never any smells near my chicken coop and all I do is scoop the poops with a cat litter scooper every so often and add more PDZ when it's getting low.
I use it as bedding for the chickens, yes. All the feed stores around me carry it, or you can order it online. It comes in a white 50lb bag, I pay around $15 so I'm not sure how cost effective it would be in a large area. I got the idea from a chicken forum that I go on occasionally, a lot of members on there use Sweet PDZ with the deep litter method. I sprinkle some diatomaceous earth on top of it also. The poops clump up like kitty litter, it's a dream to clean.Where do we get that? You use it as a bedding material?
Yes. I do not use any chemicals near/on my chickens and the summer before last there were little red bugs all along the wooden floor of the coop, and also in the chicken yard(never found a thing on the chickens)-- so started adding a thick layer of DE to coop floor and nest boxes and even added it to the yard, espec the dirt bath spots -- and havent seen them since.What is the benefit of putting diatomaceous earth on top/under different layers of bedding? Is it antiparasitic?