Equine pellets for brooder? Brooder bedding?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by noahsmom, Feb 15, 2013.

  1. noahsmom

    noahsmom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Does anyone else use equine pellets "pine" for their brooders? I picked some up at TSC today the TSC brand pellets and hoping that this is ok to use? I read one thread where a few said they did like them while in TSC on my Iphone... I'm beginning to gather up everything for the brooder and wondering about using them. I plan to use them in the coop instead of hay or shavings as well.
    Should I lay something over them the first few days for the chicks? Add water to soften them up a bit? Appreciate some advice.
    Are the pellets going to cause an insane amount of dust, yes I know the chicks will in my house, but is the pellets only going to add to it? Is their a better way that won't produce so much dust? Could play sand be used in the brooder?

    Other suggestions?
    I'm allergic to hay I believe, I was when I was a child and getting around it now causes headaches, I'm praying that the pine pellets/shavings won't do the same to me.

    TIA! :)
     
  2. Knittycat

    Knittycat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Pellets or sand will be fine. If the pellets make a crazy amount of dust, I'd go with the sand, if only for dusting reasons. If your allergies act up around the pine (although I doubt your hay allergies would be triggered by pine pellets, but if it's acutally a dust allergy, you might have a problem) I'd go with the sand just to be safe. I've never heard of pellets being particularly dusty though.
     
  3. noahsmom

    noahsmom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks, I can probably stand it, its my son with allergies I worry about mostly. We will give the pellets a try and if they don't work then I'll go buy some play sand. :)
     

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