Of course, I compost as much as I can but I am getting just too much hay from cleaning out my goat and chicken houses. ( I definately compost the chicken hay, though!) But what to you guys do with all your left over hay? It IS a pain to take it all to the compost area that is across the property, so I need to get some alternatives. Can I burn it? Can I burn it in the goat area if I am careful. They have an area to get away from it and they are used to me burning occassionally because my garden is next to the goat pen. If it is all put out when unattended are the ashes a problem, (whatever I can't get up). Do the ashes harbor lots of disease, because I know the hay will if I just left a pile in the pen. (which is what I have now for the last 3 weeks with the cold weather and new baby) I have been trying to keep their houses as clean as possible. They don't mess with the hay pile yet, but I am sure that if giving the time, they will mess with it...yucko! Along the same lines....are there ways of keeping your goat areas clean? Right now their area is smaller than I think it should be and the extra pasture field that we have to rotate them too is not their favorite. Normally they do NOT try to get out of their current area, but if I move them to the other pasture, I have to check on them constantly because they try to escape back to home. Definately going to work on that this spring. We are also working to expand their current area so they have a lovely hillside to graze and lay on. I still worry about making the pen less "buggy". Any advice would be welcome! "If you understand, things are just as they are; if you do not understand, things are just as they are."