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A bunch of manure

Published: January 13, 2014, 12:08 pm, by Bill Radford

When you have as many animals as we do, you have to deal with a lot of doo-doo. There’s chicken poop. Rabbit poop. Goat poop. Guinea pig cages to clean out weekly. Litter boxes to empty. Dog poop to pick up.

And then there’s the horse. A lot comes out of the back end of a  horse. The question is what to do with it all. I scooped up some opinions on manure management, which you’ll find in Tuesday’s The Country Life column. Bottom line: Whatever method you choose, manure management is important. You don’t want your animal standing in feces. Nor do you want to deal with the fly invasion that will result in the summer if you don’t practice manure management.

When we got a mule, mule people told us we would come to prefer mules over horses. I don’t know if that’s true, but since mules don’t eat as much, they do get points for not leaving as much manure behind as a horse.