Today was cleaning day in the goat house and this is step by step what I did. It’s really important when you clean out stalls that you get out all of the wet bedding. Not only does wet bedding smell bad, but it can cause a lot of problems with your animals. Especially your hoofed ones. Urine is acidic and during decomposition releases ammonia. This can cause anything from mild respiratory ailments to severe foot rot, depending on the amount of ammonia/urine in the bedding. Not to mention a build up of feces, urine, dropped hay and feed attracts all kinds of pests, from flies to disease carrying rodents. If you want to keep your animals healthy and potentially keep your vet bills down, keep their living space clean. I clean my goat stall about once a month.
Whenever I go out to clean the stall, I always look around and look for anything that could potentially hurt my goats. We made our goat house out of pallets and plywood, so I always look for splits in the plywood and I make sure all the joints are still tight. I try to repair right away any problems I find.
The first step is to remove all the old bedding.
So there you have it! Step by step how I clean my stalls 🙂