Has anyone used the wood pellets such as sold at TSC for bedding instead of the shavings? looks like it would be easier for the chicks to walk around in instead of the shavings. Good----Bad---Neither? Thanks
I use it for just about all my brooders. I wouldn't call it easier since they do have a tendency to roll but if you wet them a little they break down into sawdust. The thing I like most about them is the smell. When shavings get wet they usually have a sour smell to them. When the pellets get wet they smell more like pine...at least until they are completely broken down and soaked (from ducklings!).
ETA: I do sometimes put some shavings on top of the pellets for chicks to give them a better foot-hold.
That's great! Last I looked it was 11 and change at mine
And the stuff with the pretty horse picture on the bag was 13!!! And Feline Pine - forget it!
Just one more reason to check your local prices!
I went to Tractor supply for the first time in my life here in Florida. When I lived in Oregon I went to a few stores I believe and bought a hat and muck boots...but anywho. I bought the equine pine pellets for $5.99 for 40# (I usually use yesterday's news which is a bit smellier when wet and a little more expensive for 40#s at that). I also got some rabbit cages and got three of them for $24 each with the dropping trays and the leg extensions to have them stacked. Just for the extra birds I have. Not bad...I was happy with the equine pine pellets. I will use them when I clean the trays tomorrow for the quail and ALL the brooders.