Deep bedding and fodder crops for goats
In Natural Goat Care, Pat Coleby says in no uncertain terms that deep bedding is a bad idea with goats. Unfortunately, she doesn't give any information on why
deep bedding is such a terrible idea. So I went ahead and used my usual
methods with our girls, and they haven't seemed to have any problems.
However, a timely post on Throwback at Trapper Creek's blog
suggests that the issue could have to do with bacteria affecting
newborn kids. So I figured I might as well clean out all the deep
bedding in preparation for Mark separating the coop into two stalls for
kidding season. That way, we can keep the kidding stall manure-free just
to be on the safe side.
I'm tossing all of the
used bedding over the fence into the tree alley in hopes it will build
the soil and maybe kill back some of the weeds. I'll lay down some
cardboard on top, if necessary, to turn this into a zone to plant fodder
crops for next fall. On the menu are field corn (with the grain being
earmarked for the chickens and the stalks for the goats), sunflower
seeds, sweet potatoes, mangels, and carrots. The last two on the list
will probably go in the main garden, though, since this rough kill mulch
won't make soil good enough for carrot-like roots...at least not for
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