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  1. #1
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    Default The goat poop falls right through my manure fork....Help!!!

    Okay....acquired the goat....not my idea but....I have a goat.

    And after a little bit of getting used to each other, we have developed a pretty good working relationship. Myrtle the goat greets me enthusiastically everyday with bleating and tail wagging. I like to think it's because she likes me but I know it's because I am the bringer of hay (she seems to prefer the crappy hay ) and goat feed. And I have learned how to goat proof a fence and stall. But I only have one problem. After searching most of the local feed stores, I cannot find a manure fork that picks up goat poop I need a fork that can clean the stall to my standards. Help me goat experts



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    I can't find it in a quick search, but I used to have a wide shovel made of diamond mesh that I bet would work.

    (For horses it wasn't useful with shavings as they wouldn't fall through, but could be used with sawdust bedding.)
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    Yes-- well maybe-- the diamond mesh shovel. This may be your only hope.

    But, they are very, very hard to find. I found the only ones I have seen in the last five years at a vendor from Missouri at Equine Affaire, MA. I'm saying Charitan Tack or Farm Supply or some such name.

    The shovels are not in their printed catalogue, but I'd call these guys if you want one.

    The shovels are aluminum, shaped like a regulation manure shovel and have a handle at the end. They will work with large size shavings if you are willing to sift. They *rule* for horse apples and fine shavings or pellet bedding.

    Seriously.
    The armchair saddler
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    Maybe one of these sifting/scoop/shovels?

    http://beaconathletics.com/store/pro...els-732-0.html

    Here is the totally mesh shovel/scoop:

    http://www.bigdweb.com/detail.aspx?id=18633
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    The best way I've found to muck out a goat (or sheep) stall is with a shovel. Just take out the entire poop/pee spot, you waste bedding, but it's really the only way to go.
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    I use a leaf rake to rake the mess into a pile, and then pick up the pile. This gets most of it and use a shovel or dust pan if you want every little pearl.
    april
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    I have a manure fork with very tightly spaced tines and it works fairly well for our goats - but our goats are giant Nubians so their poop is at least a cm in diametier.

    But I also find that you end up just stripping the stall once a week or so with a shovel.

    When these ladies pass on we will not be 'acquiring' any more goats. Ever.



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    Thanks! I will be ordering that shovel. I have been stripping the stall once a week. This is a little goat. I have no idea what kind she is. The shovel has been the only way I have managed to pick up any poop at all. I tried to strip the stall using the manure fork and got the bedding but the poop fell out of the fork. I had to sweep it into a pile and shovel it



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    Yup, the Valentine shovel on the Big D website is the one I have.

    But the shifting shovel will be even better for "goat pearls." I didn't even know about this one. Thanks for the link!

    Hope you are getting that one.
    The armchair saddler
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    You could always use one of the doggie scooper sets that is a mini rake and a scoop on a handle. Rake the raisenettes into scoop and dump. You'll still be stripping every week or so though...



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    http://www.mcmaster.com/#6327a11/=50p6ll

    6327A11
    Sifting Scoop with Aluminum Mesh Blade
    15" X 16" Blade, 42" Length
    Aluminum D-Handle
    In stock at $38.64 Each

    Maybe a sand scoop ? http://www.rtgstore.com/rtgscoops.htm



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    A doggie pooper scooper shovel and rake set works well for goats and rabbits. Sheep too I suppose. Of course if you are just mucking the whole place out a regular shovel and rake will do!
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