Leah Sattler wrote:
argh! the sound of a shod horse skidding on barn flooring and going down. shudder.
Leah Sattler wrote:
excellent gwen! screenings are awesome! it turns to almost concrete hardness but still perks.
heninfrance wrote:I had been wondering about a rammed earth type floor - I mean I guess that's what they had to have before concrete came around??
Doug Mac wrote:
Doug Mac wrote: My goats live in skid sheds (6X12, the next ones will be 8X20) that moves with them when they change paddocks. I keep hay, feed, medicines, and equipment for the animals in a skid barn (10X12 with room for a loft). Right now I have a dozen bottle baby bucklings in it. Why keep animals in one place and deal with there always being too much manure and urine?
Hiya Doug, do you think you could post a couple of photos of your skid shed/barn system?
I'm sure a lot of people, including myself, would benefit from seeing them.
My personal experience as a professional goat farmer/ cheesemaker with floor surfaces is,
Climate: Temperate, 6 month growing season, 4-6 month winters, snowbound for at least 3 months.
Cleaning: "Deep litter" year round. ie. uneaten hay from feeders is thrown onto any wees and poos. Thorough clean out and dusting with slaked lime every 7 days over growing season to remove fly larvae before hatching. Continuous deep litter over winter, big muck out in Spring renting a tiny back hoe for one day.
Dirt: It's workable if you can responsibly let fecal liquids drain into groundwater. (that's a big if, think about what might be at stake) and you can devote time and care to cleanouts, soft spots will tend to pit out further leaving an uneven, time consuming surface until you can fill depressions with gravel.
Concrete: Faster to clean. You can use machinery without instantly causing ruts and holes in your floor.
I hope this is useful to someone.
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