Originally Posted by HighStreetCoop
Originally Posted by ozexpat
Originally Posted by LAChick
I like using sand base too!
Sand is great
We actually use "labhang" - rice husks. The photo is not so good sorry.
I use rice husks, too. Love them. They don't break down as dusty and fast as pine.
I use Rice hulls for my Horse and poultry both. They love them and surprisingly as windy as it is here they don't blow away.
Funny thing when i first was required to use them (at a boarding stable) it was because they found that the shavings tended to flatten out and compress almost into an OSB and they were hard to get out of the corral. But the Rice hulls didnt do that.
I was skeptical at first but my girl would not lay down on the hard survace of the corral and she was stocking up... Legs swelling because they werent rested. The corral was 24 x 24 and hard packed Decomposed Granite. In the winter mixed with urine and what little rain we get and the small amount of organic material in the corral left over from the other five boarders that used the corral before us. the ground was an eewy Gooy Nasty stinky mess. And she definately wouldnt lay down in that.
So I caved and bought the rice hulls at nine dollars a bale and put five bales in the corral. three were spread out and two were piled in the middle for her to spread on her own. She was very interested in those rice hulls and started nibbling and eating them. apparently they have a few little bits of rice in them...
The chickens do the same you just pile the hulls up and they to a fabulous job of spreading them out for you while picking through for the little bits of rice.
I find them to be incredibly water resisitant the underneath can be soaking wet if a down pour comes through. The top will be dry. I never saw muddy patches on my horse after that even when the hulls disappeared into the mud and I had to add more.
Big Fan Big Time here.