1. Celticdragonfly

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    Somewhere in the new member introduction forum - I don't remember which post it was on - someone mentioned using stall pellets for bedding. I googled it, because this I know from nothing, and it looked like it's basically pine wood squished into pellet form?

    Who's used it, what's your experience with it, would you recommend it and if so, for coop? Run? Both? I'm curious. And as soon as we finish up the final details of the coop we need bedding for it anyway.
     
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician

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    I used it in a pigeon loft, and did not like it as it broke down into sawdust fairly rapidly.
     
  3. FlappyFeathers

    FlappyFeathers Egg Obsessed

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    I used stall pellets back when I had horses and rubber mats in the stalls... urine would splash and puddle without any bedding... ick! The pellets absorbed super quick, and yes, turned to sawdust, fine with me. I liked them better than straw and shavings for that purpose. I don't think they would necessarily be bad for inside a covered run either. But you would probably want something fluffier inside a coop so chickens have a softer landing when they jump off the roosts.

    I've noticed that all the local feed stores in my area use the stall pellets in the chick and duck brooders. So back when I got my first chicks I bought a bag for brooder bedding because I just thought that's what you were supposed to use. Then after 2 sets of chicks, the pellets were used up and tossed in my run mixed with shavings, and I had no complaints. 3rd set of chicks I used shavings in the brooder and it was a complete mess!! Shavings flung everywhere! and in the water and food... gross! So I bought another bag of pellets and switched out the bedding and had a lovely clean brooder until chicks went to the coop.

    Sooo.... moral of the story:
    I think stall pellets are absolutely best for the brooder.
    Indifferent about them in the coop or run.

    I think a bag of pellets won't cover near as much ground as shavings so you'd probably spend quite a bit more money to cover your space. A bale of shavings fluffs out to be A LOT! But if you have a moisture problem or an accident of spilled water, the stall pellets would soak it up in a jiffy, where shavings just get soggy and heavy after what seems like forever to soak up water and dry out again. I use shavings in the coop and run, but I do keep a bag of pellets on hand "just in case." (Of course I may be a little overzealous in all the chicken supplies I seem to hoard)
     
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  4. I have a few bags in my coop. I added water to disintegrate most of them, but there are some that are still solid/pellet. I use pellet stove pellets, which are the same as the horse specific pellets, just cheaper (like most things that have a pet/non-pet option). Some folks say that the quality of the pellets may be lower for the stove versions (quality of wood, quality of any binders or glues), but I don't believe it. Pellet stove people are really picky about their pellets since they want a clean burn and not a lot of ashes left over, etc..

    I posted a little about it in this long post.

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/th...r-chickens-coop.1241025/page-10#post-21098367
     

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