Wood Pellets for bedding?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by cochinbantam-lover, May 28, 2009.

  1. cochinbantam-lover

    cochinbantam-lover Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 1, 2009
    Wisconsin
    I am going to need to change my bedding for my chicks very soon and I would like your thoughts about which bedding is the safest to use. Have heard many pros and cons for several kinds.
    My pet store has some wood pellet bedding but it doesn't say on the bag what kind of wood just that it's natural whatever that means, can you advise? What about corn cob bedding?

    Thanks!
     
  2. TipsyDog

    TipsyDog Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 14, 2009
    Aregua, Paraguay
    I just switched my chicks from wood shavings to pellets and what a difference! I love the pellets. No more mess in the water or food and I think its cleaner. The poop drys up quickly on the pellets. I've only had them in a few days, so I can't tell you how long they hold up yet.

    The pellets I have is "horse bedding". That's what they called it and there's a horse on the bag. Do NOT use wood pellets that are burned in a pellet stove!
     
  3. cochinbantam-lover

    cochinbantam-lover Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 1, 2009
    Wisconsin
    Quote:Does it say on the bag what kind of wood they are made from? Does it matter, as long as it isn't cedar?

    Thankyou!
     
  4. TipsyDog

    TipsyDog Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 14, 2009
    Aregua, Paraguay
    My bag says:

    WOOD PELLETS
    PREMIUM HORSE BEDDING
    (picture of a horse)
    PRODUCT OF CANADA
    30 LBS.

    Sorry, that's it. I bought it at my local Agway. I'm sure if you go to the feed store, they will have horse bedding. Give them a call. I paid about $4 for the bag and only plan to use it in the brooder till they go out to the coop.
     
  5. cochinbantam-lover

    cochinbantam-lover Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 1, 2009
    Wisconsin
    Thankyou!
     
  6. Grammahen

    Grammahen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Why not pellets from pellet stoves? Are they mixed with something else that is unsafe for the chickens? Just curious because we heat our house with a pellet stove and I have 5 tons in the garage. I would love to give it a try but not if it's unsafe.
     
  7. Quote:Does it say on the bag what kind of wood they are made from? Does it matter, as long as it isn't cedar?

    Thankyou!

    I have horse bedding I just purchased from my local Agway Farm/Feed supply; $5.49/bag here in South New Jersey.

    This is what it says on the bag ;

    Boreal Pellet Inc.
    Wood Pellets
    Premium Horse Bedding

    bottom of bag;

    Product of Canada
    Manufactured by ;
    Boreal Pellet Inc. 201, 6e, rue Quest, Amos (Quebec) J9T 4E1
     
  8. eponagirl

    eponagirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wood pellets without cedar or chemicals added can be used. Some wood stove pellets have chemicals added....read the bag... alot of them are the same wood pellets used for pets, just marketed differently. I believe you'll get a better price at a farm store or tractor supply. Garden centers have it too.

    I am using pellets both in a brooder and now in my coop and couldn't be happier. We'll see long term how it works out in the coop...but so far so good! I haven't seen any down side yet.
     
  9. geareduplyn

    geareduplyn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've used nothing else for 25+ years. TSC has the horse bedding Pine Pellets.
    Wood stove pellets are OK. They are what I started using years ago. The horse bedding pellets are recent innovation.
     
  10. Grammahen

    Grammahen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks so much for the info. I'll go read my bag and then compare prices for both. Thanks again.
     

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