Monday, January 01, 2007

Happiness is a warm bed

As requested, here's the link to my big Groovy Green debut, complete with typo. (Just pretend "succeptibility" is a word.)

Meanwhile, I learned something interesting today.

It's a little frustrating to see the goats drop so much hay on the ground, especially since we're buying hay from someone else at this point.

But here's the interesting thing. Much of the hay the goats drop is inside their shelter.

They've already got straw bedding, so you'd think they'd be set.

But guess what happens when you mix straw with hay, plus a little manure and urine, and an occasional splash of rainwater?

You get a nice thick soft heated mattress, that's what. Any gardener with a compost pile knows that greens plus browns plus water plus air makes heat.

When Lori raked out some of the bedding today (it was getting so thick, the goats were losing headroom), the "mattress" was literally steaming.



At 1/02/2007 12:36 AM, Blogger Beo said...

Salatin uses something similar to heat his cattle. Maybe next year you can build your shelter taller and run water pipes thru the goat bedding to heat your house!!

I'm kidding.


At 1/02/2007 6:47 PM, Blogger network weasel said...

Thanks for the link to the article. A good read. I look forward to your future postings!

At 1/08/2007 1:35 PM, Blogger Morgan said...

ummm stinky fun!?

At 1/08/2007 2:27 PM, Blogger e4 said...

Beo - yeah, if only it had wheels, it could be a larger version of Andy Lee's (or Salatin's similar) chicken tractor concept. There should be a book called Goat Tractor...

NW - Thanks. It'd probably bore many people to death, but I thought it was interesting. But I also like baseball, so...

Morgan - Actually, surprisingly unstinky for some reason...

At 1/14/2007 8:59 PM, Blogger maggie said...

deep bedding works for the critters around here all winter!


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