Pine pellets: The circle of life

Discussion in 'Quail' started by Eyeheartquail, Jan 31, 2012.

  1. Eyeheartquail

    Eyeheartquail Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 7, 2011
    Can't you already hear Elton john in the background? LOL I just wanted to point out how convenient it is for me to use pressed pine pellets in my brooders. Once the brooders are dirty I use the icky pellets in my wood stove. Then I use the remaining ash from the wood stove for my adult quail dust baths. Now if I could just figure out how to make my adult quail produce pine pellets. [​IMG]

    Not to mention, pine pellets just rock. They are the best way that I have found to keep the smell down and feet clean. Have you used a bedding that works better?
     
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  2. HEChicken

    HEChicken Overrun With Chickens

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    I may have to give them a try. How much does a bag cost you? I recently bought a bag of corn cob pellet bedding on a clearance rack and used that as the bedding for my broody Mama last August. Currently my mealies are on it and seem to be doing great. I was going to try those next time I have a brooder of chicks, until the bag runs out. But I'd be willing to try pine pellets too, if the price is comparable.
     
  3. Eyeheartquail

    Eyeheartquail Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 7, 2011
    I bought a 50lb bag for 7 or 8 bucks. It may not be as beneficial if you had a ton of birds. But I have only been hatching 20 chicks at a time.
     
  4. MobyQuail

    MobyQuail c. giganticus

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    I like the pine pellets for my brooders and my catch trays in my pens. good stuff.
     
  5. Mibotsu

    Mibotsu Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 23, 2011
    Balbriggan, Ireland
    i've only ever used aspen wood shavings, and old paper. The pine pellets work very good eh, might have to check it out.
     
  6. kahlertm

    kahlertm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Have gone back and forth...But when the compost pile gets SO big...Pine pellets are the way to go for better composting, odor control..and just space...especially if you have small space to operate in. Right on Eyeheartquail! I'm sticking with them and good old fashioned FREE newspaper.

    Tonya
     
  7. MobyQuail

    MobyQuail c. giganticus

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    I just got 4 bags of pine pellets for $20. I go through about a bag a week.
    weekly I change out 12- 2x2.5 pens, a big water trough I use as a brooder and several rubbermaid totes.
     
  8. bfrancis

    bfrancis Chillin' With My Peeps

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    X2 Pellets are $5.00 a bag here too. My pens are different, but with brooders and the few project pens I do have...pellets are the bomb!
     
  9. HEChicken

    HEChicken Overrun With Chickens

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    How do pellets do when they get wet? I have a bag of corn cob pellet bedding that I used in my brooder but I found that the slightest bit of damp and they just kind of dissolve. Not necessarily a bad thing, since I suppose it will help them break down in the compost that much faster, but just wondering if pine pellets dissolve like that too?
     
  10. bfrancis

    bfrancis Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yea, pretty much. That is draw back and you learn very quickly what is too much to start and too little. Nothing more aggravating than cleaning a brooder to find nice fresh pellets under the used ones...hate to waste here.
     

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