pellet litter

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Anny, Nov 11, 2008.

  1. Anny

    Anny Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 24, 2008
    Detroit Michigan
    I know some people on here use wood pellets as a litter in the coop? how do you feel about this? do you like it, hate it? have you tried it?

    I'm not so happy with the pine shaving...they are messy and dusty and make me sneeze. I wanted sand but my coop isn't really designed to hold up sand.
  2. FarmGirl21

    FarmGirl21 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 16, 2008
    We only use that for the rabbits in the poo pans. I would think the chickens might mistake it for layer pellet or something though.
  3. Featherland

    Featherland Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 28, 2007
    I use it for chicks because they eat the shavings but it does break apart when it gets wet. I think it would be too expensive for a whole coop.
  4. trulyviolet

    trulyviolet Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 5, 2008
    i use it all the time in my 4X6 chicken coop
    it DOES break apart, it's supposed to
    you can treat it like deep litter
    add DE and fluffy it up

    it keeps smells down much better then the shavings
    i hated the shavings when i used them

    now it does occationally get some small black bugs in it after it's broken down
    but i notice that the larva is eatten by the chickens

    three bags will do 4X6 about 2-3 inches deep
    and you can add a bit more on top from time to time
    the chickens will break it down

  5. bheila

    bheila Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 8, 2008
    Kent, Wa
    I use it in my duck coop and absolutely love it. Way better than using pine shavings. I can't wait to try it in our new coop were just finishing up. I have heard that it does help to get it wet some to break it up. But then it is just some peoples preference.
  6. trulyviolet

    trulyviolet Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 5, 2008
    i use dried leaves in the duck's day pen and newspaper in their crate for the night
    i never thought of using the pellets for them
    but i have been using it for the chickens for years now

    when i finally get the new duck coop built, i am planning on using it in the actual coop
    and dried leaves in the runs

  7. ametauss

    ametauss Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 20, 2008
    Shepherdsville, KY
    Okay, maybe a silly question but when you say wood pellet, are you talking about the stuff you would use in a Pellet Stove in the house??

  8. ChanceRider

    ChanceRider Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 19, 2008
    Somerset, CA
    I use it and love it. My chicks have been on it since the day I brought them home... never a problem with them trying to eat it.

    I use the pellets and shavings in their coop, along with DE. When the pellets break down the chicks love to dust bathe in the remains before I add new pellets. I don't notice any smell in my coop, have very few flies, and I have 9 chickens and 2 ducks in it.
  9. bheila

    bheila Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 8, 2008
    Kent, Wa
    Quote:They look just like them, but they are called stall pellets and have different glues and such in them making them safe for animals.
  10. trulyviolet

    trulyviolet Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 5, 2008
    horse people normally use them
    i ask for pellet bedding

    mine dust bath in there too

    the chicken pens were just cleaned this weekend
    so they are on new pellets
    they love to peck and shred them


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