Wet feet?

Discussion in 'The Chatter Box' started by Sonrise Farm, Nov 15, 2008.

  1. Sonrise Farm

    Sonrise Farm New Member

    Sep 18, 2008
    Southwick, Idaho
    I have read in Caprine Books and on websites that it is best not to let the goat stand in damp places----but it's FALL right now and so my pen is wet---the goat's feet do get wet almost 80% of the time with the remaining ten percent they spend in their shed. What do you think?
     
  2. nancy d

    nancy d Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Oct 5, 2007
    near Seattle
    Its wet around here too. We have a bunch of cinder blocks all over the place for them to stand on.
     

  3. toth boer goats

    toth boer goats Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2008
    Corning California
    It is true......... you shouldn't let them stand in mud pits or wet places all the time.......it could lead to hoof rot and other bad things...... :(
    I have found putting down boards ...or something they can stand or lay on helps to get them away from that situation....staying in the barn isn't fun especially when you may a really nice day....and they have to stand in yuck.......and believe me... it does help and they use it and appreciate it very much.... :)
     
  4. kelebek

    kelebek New Member

    Oct 5, 2007
    South Texas
    I am having a horendous time with mud up here also. I have a covered area that they are all piling into, but I feel so guilty. Best thing I can say would be to check their hooves as much as possible and keep them trimmed up. That way the mud and water does not get trapped in there and cause hoof rott
     
  5. toth boer goats

    toth boer goats Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2008
    Corning California
    I agree with ....Allison :) ..be sure to keep up with the trimmings.... it is crucial...especially if they are always in the wet...
     
  6. capriola-nd

    capriola-nd New Member

    Jul 6, 2008
    Northwest Oregon
    We're not having a hard time with that yet. . . . One thing we use is cedar-tow shavings or pine shavings. We buy the cedar in bales and it works so well. We do not cover a lot of ground with it but only the areas that are "high-traffic". Mostly outside the barn door.
     
  7. Sonrise Farm

    Sonrise Farm New Member

    Sep 18, 2008
    Southwick, Idaho
    See when my Dad made the pen, he was smart . . .he put down pea gravel, so even though the pen would get wet . . .NO MUD! So I am having no problem with mud, just wet . . .but they stand outside most of the time or in the corners were it is not so wet . . .but I am watching their feet. (like crazy . . .) But it's not like flood water or anything, just like where they step water comes up like out of a sponge. . .
     
  8. liz

    liz Active Member

    Oct 5, 2007
    Shelocta PA
    Sounds to me Talitha that your pens would benefit from a few large flat stones...they won't sink because you have the gravel and no mud...and your goats will enjoy them too.
     
  9. Sonrise Farm

    Sonrise Farm New Member

    Sep 18, 2008
    Southwick, Idaho
    Yes! I might look into that . . .
     
  10. liz

    liz Active Member

    Oct 5, 2007
    Shelocta PA
    The stones will allow them to step but they won't have the "sponge" issue...and rocks should be easy to come by if you have a stream running close by...or you can just get those "patio" or sidewalk pavers made from concrete.
     
  11. Amy Goatress

    Amy Goatress New Member

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    Oct 1, 2008
    Yep, you shouldn't let goats stand in damp areas, we have big rocks in our pens and houses that they like to jump up on plus the ledges of the barn.
     
  12. liz

    liz Active Member

    Oct 5, 2007
    Shelocta PA
    As of now mine still have to cross a wet yard but they have a slide with a platform table as well as a big solid dirt pile and the barn...so far so good...will be adding rocks as I can
     
  13. nancy d

    nancy d Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Oct 5, 2007
    near Seattle
    We have thrown old plywood out there but it is slippery
     
  14. toth boer goats

    toth boer goats Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2008
    Corning California
    that is very true...we usually put sand and gravel on top of it..... :)
     
  15. kelebek

    kelebek New Member

    Oct 5, 2007
    South Texas
    does the plywood start to disinegrate? I asked hubby to put some out and he said that "I was crazy - that it would not last and I would be wasting money"?????? What do you all think that have done this?
     
  16. nancy d

    nancy d Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Oct 5, 2007
    near Seattle
    Putting sand on it... :doh: Toth that never occured me! Thanks!
    Fact I could probably nail some old roofing to them. :leap: See you woke my brain up! Weeeee look out!

    Kelebek we just use whatever junky stuff happens to be laying around.
     
  17. toth boer goats

    toth boer goats Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2008
    Corning California
    You are very welcome.... :) :leap: :hug: