What do you do for winter bedding? Sawdust? Hay? The deep bedding method?
I'd like to try eliminating excess mess but at the same time still provide warmth and comfort. At the moment one of my critters has sores from matted poo and hay stuck to her brisket. That's why I wondered if there was another bedding alternative.
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The big thing is solid ground and good drainage (drain tile and 6" of gravel in the barn and barnyard have CHANGED MY LIFE since we put it two years ago).
I do deep straw bedding. I generally strip out the barn floor in late fall and start out with 6-8" of fresh straw. Every day, 2-3x a day, I clean out the manure and add a bit more straw to any low/wet/dirty spots.
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28 January 1998 to 4 May 2015
I used the deep bedding system once & loved it. Then in early Spring when I needed to clean it out, I got sick with bronchitis and also had a double funeral and the aftermath to deal with. Then it was plowing, planting, etc. I couldn't clean it out til the sweltering heat of early July.
Nowadays, I put down a layer of straw and clean it out daily.
Dan Jake & Fiolka Registered Heritage BreedMini-Jerseys; Camelia, their heiffer calf; Sammi & Rosie registered, heritage Tamworth pigs; Grazyna - Nubian doe Muscovy ducks, chickens, Toulouse & Embden Geese
I use wheat straw because the moisture goes to bottom and stays there. I clean daily in the winter because I keep my girls in when it is really cold because I don't want to deal with frost bite on their udders. Works for me.
Two Jerseys, One Purebred Shelter Dog, Two Schnauzers, Two Cats, Assortment of Chickens
I don't have straw so I rotate hay through. The east side of the shed is where they are fed. The middle to west side is their bed. The shed is cleaned daily and if new bedding is needed it comes from the bottom of the pile that they feed from.
I tried the sand with saw dust on top, over the summer and I love it......I clean it when she messes and it doesn't get wet and matted. Last winter I used layers of saw dust and some hay for warmth. I found when I clean it everytime I feed she very rarely goes to the bathroom in the barn. I guess my cow is kinda potty trained. karen
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If you do a deep bedding system, you need to LIME too. Lay down in it yourself. You should stay dry even kneeling.
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I did deep litter once with my calf and hated it in the spring when I had to clean it. Now I do a layer of shavings in the cow's stall and pick manure daily if necessary. Once we gave her free range to come and go she never pooped in the barn unless it was a snow storm. Over a month or so the shavings get depleted or messy from the dirt outside or rain blowing in or something and I strip it down and replace with new. Now that she's close to calving she seems to poop and pee (especially pee) more often inside and I've fouund myself replacing shavings every week. I'm hoping it's just temporary.
raising a family of 2 boys with my wonderful husband
creating a homestead
currently without a cow
one freezer full of beef
a coop full of hens
meaties heading to the freezer for winter
one crazy Chesapeake dog
a Maremma pup
one old cat and 2 kitties
claytonpaul: A bull was put on her herd Late Last May so she was expected to be due between May1 and August. They quoted me August so I wouldn't be disappointing by a late arrival.
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Trim: I'm baaaaacccckkkk!
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alpacalexi: My mini jersey cow is pregnant, however the last couple days her udder has deflated. My vet saw her on the 23 and said delivery in a couple weeks Is there a reason for her deflating?
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Trim: She probably aborted a while back. That happened to one of my animals. She was bagging up but within a short while of her "due date" she began to deflate. I had no idea what had happened. I was seriously bummed out.
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mamacherri10: good afternoon! I have not been on the website in a long time. Have a new jersey milk cow and am looking to see how long she needs to be dried up prior to calving? She is due the third week of May.
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steven888: Dry her up now, she needs 6 wks of rest.
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highlandteen: five to six weeks is generally suggested
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