Just a suggestion for “Will’s Book.” I am re-reading all of your old Ask Jackie columns and enjoying them just as much as the first time I read them. And as I read over them I come across many areas of where Will is either working on equipment or building something, the latest was putting Old Yellers track back on. This is the type of thing that would be wonderful for Will to put into a book. Just explaining how to go about doing something like this. Most of the guys and gal’s out there would not even have any idea how to start a project like that, let alone how to do it.
Thanks for the idea, Lois. I know what you mean. The first time Old Yeller threw a track, David and I didn’t have a clue as to how to get it back on. And in the process, we lost the steel ball bearing that controls the tensioner! As Dad used to say, “too soon old, too late smart!” Having some info sure does help at times. — Jackie
Neutralizing urine odor
The weather here finally warmed. Last week our county, Modoc, was colder than Barrow Alaska so my goats have been spending a lot of time in doors. Is there anything I can put on the ground (barn has earth floor) that will neutralize the urine smell.
Davis Creek, California
Many feed stores carry bicarbonate of soda in large bags pretty cheap. It helps a lot to sprinkle that down after cleaning out any old bedding. Another thing you can use is plain old barn lime, also available at feed stores. Both of these products sweeten up the smell a lot. I throw down a bale of pine shavings early in the winter, on top of barn lime. Then I bed with oat straw all winter, adding more as time goes on, keeping a good layer of straw down. This makes a manure pack that, in our climate, does not smell until spring when I clean out the pen. Then, PEE Yeew! If you clean daily or weekly, just sprinkle down lime or baking soda after each cleaning to keep the pen smelling sweet. — Jackie