goose house bedding

Discussion in 'Geese' started by Sugar Sand Farm, May 29, 2007.

  1. Sugar Sand Farm

    Sugar Sand Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 24, 2007
    North Florida
    Hi We have two 13 week old goslings . Unlike chickens they are very messy. I have to clean their house everyday. I have been using hay on the plywood flooring but I have noticed that in the morning when I let them out they are very dirty. Geese are very clean animals and I know this must bother them as the first theing they do is go swimming. they have a big waterer in their house and its usually pretty dirty in the morning. Does anyone have any suggestions as to what I can use instead of hay. Thank you Micki
     
  2. eggchel

    eggchel Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Pine shavings.




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  3. Picco

    Picco Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Use a raised waterer platform. I use them with my chickens and it keeps the coop cleaner as well as the water. I make them out of 2X6's and stretch hardware cloth over the frame. I make them big enough so the birds have to walk on the wire to drink, this way any splashed water goes under the wire where I have extra shavings. This keeps the rest of the area dry and clean.
     
  4. LightningTFarm

    LightningTFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

    According to Celtic Farms, who is on the goose thread quite a bit and who breeds geese, for their goslings they use the pelleted horse bedding that comes in bags. She says it is WAY more absorbent than hay or shavings. For her adult geese, she uses a layer of the pellets covered with a layer of shavings. Here is what she wrote about it in a message to me. I hope this helps!

    We use stalls for many of our geese. They aren't horse stalls though, just 3' high stalls for the geese. Some have their own free standing houses. Bedding them down on pelleted horse stall bedding with large flake pine bedding over it (for the juveniles and adults). It gives the dewlaps extra padding for overnight.

    When we are hatching the goslings get pellet bedding only. It soaks up water the best of anything. We also don't do any food and water over night for the juveniles and adults. None for the goslings starting at 1 month of age.
     

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