Sweet PDZ and bedding pellets for Goats??

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by ametauss, Nov 13, 2008.

  1. ametauss

    ametauss Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Has anyone used bedding pellets with their goats??

    I hate the wood shavings stuck to their hair all the time.
    They have a nice little minature barn that they sleep in when they don't sleep on the picnic table and it's hard to keep clean with the shavings and I think it feels a bit damp....

    Since I was going to use the pellets and PDZ for the chicken coop, I thought I might use it here as well....

    Any thoughts??

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  2. cruzinTbird

    cruzinTbird Out Of The Brooder

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    If your goats are anything like mine, they will eat the wood pellets. [​IMG]
     
  3. epona4

    epona4 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    With the wood pellets I believe you are supposed to wet them down first so they expand and kind of break apart. In that case they may not eat them.

    I end up getting shavings and pellets for my horses. I don't wet the pellets down because I just use it to help absorb the urine. One of these days I'm going to actually do what the directions say and fill the stalls with about 6 bags each and wet it down and see what happens. Supposed to be a lot more bang for your buck than shavings.
     
  4. helmstead

    helmstead Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Alfordsville, IN
    The Sweet PDZ is fine - I use it and love it.

    I would avoid the pellets unless you wet them first - yup...they'll eat them.

    If you can find swift pick shavings, they might work better and stick less to their hair. You can also use peat.
     
  5. Skyesrocket

    Skyesrocket Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 20, 2008
    You might just want to put skids in the barn on top of the pdz and pellets for them to sleep on.
    The skids would have to be the ones that are almost solid with slats. Or add slats to the ones with wide spaces. The urine will go through and the skids would keep the goats up off of the damp floor.
    I have tried the woodchips, straw, and even large doghouses bedded with straw inside their pens in the barn, but the skids work the best when it comes to less clean up and keeping them dry.
     
  6. mdoerge

    mdoerge Out Of The Brooder

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    I use the bedding pellets for my two Nigerians. I'm new to goats, but I think they are working really well. They are so absorbant. I've never seen the goats even attempt to taste them. They don't sleep directly on them though. They always sleep under the hay rack on all the hay that they pull out and waste! By the way, what is sweet PDZ?
     
  7. MandyH

    MandyH You'll shoot your eye out!

    We use snd in our little sheep barn. About 6-8 inches keeps it dry, odor free, and all you have to do is take a rake and rake over it IF you HAVE too. The sand pulls the moisture out of the poo, so in a day or two it just disappears. We use sand in the coops and runs too. No smell, no messes, and all you have to do for cleanup is add more sand about once a year.
     
  8. ametauss

    ametauss Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My goats won't even eat store bought goat treats w/licorice....

    My little pygmies are particular about their feed and hay....

    My mini-barn only has a 2.5 foot door and it's hard to clean for an adult... I usually assign my 14 y/o to do it but it doesn't seem to be as clean as I would like....

    Sweet PDZ is usually used for horse stalls to keep them dry.....

    I just put some more wood shavings in their house this past weekend and it doesn't smell but just looks a bit nasty...

    I found a place that has both PDZ and stall pellets... thought I might try those this weekend...

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  9. 4dluvofchickens

    4dluvofchickens New Egg

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    I just put wood pellets in the dog house for my goats and tgey went in and started eating some. Will it hurt them? They are 9 weeks old.
     

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