wood pellets

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by coopsgirl, Nov 21, 2008.

  1. coopsgirl

    coopsgirl Out Of The Brooder

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    does anyone use the stall bedding forhorses intheir coops? (wood pellets)
    if so, what is your opinion?
     
  2. PeeperKeeper

    PeeperKeeper Chillin' With My Peeps

    Are you talking about the ones you spritz with a mist of water and they go "POOF" ?
    My sister has horses and was telling me about them. I'd be afraid a chick would try to eat an unspritzed one and then it would go "POOF" inside their crawl.
     
  3. thecochincoop

    thecochincoop Chillin' With My Peeps

    Not sure if this is any help, but I have used them in a cage for my old house hen who was too old and blind to stay outside. She did fin on them. I also use them in my cat box.
     
  4. JudyMcKinn

    JudyMcKinn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Cat box? Sounds like a good idea. Are they cheaper than the clumping cat litter from the store?
     
  5. coopsgirl

    coopsgirl Out Of The Brooder

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    I was thinking they might try to eat them and i really dont want to spritz them, they get very fine.....

    but the cat box is a real good idea..........
    thanks for info, i help[ed make my decision.
     
  6. geareduplyn

    geareduplyn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They are the best litter for baby chicks and adult birds bar none. I have used them exclusively for about 15 years now. Never lose ababy chick because they are eating the bedding. Don't "spritz" them. They will soak up all the moisture in the droppings and break down just fine.

    For your cats use "The Worlds Best Cat Litter". A clumping litter that is corn based and can go right into the compost pile.
     
  7. CountryMom

    CountryMom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The wood pellets are amazing. I use them under the pine flake bedding to level out my "holes" the girls create in their coop. Yes I have a dirt floor. I also line my brooder boxes with them under the shavings (flakes) and papertowels I use. However, I have for the past 5 or 6 years used them in my guinea pig cages (we have a whole lot.) We have special bred long haired show pigs that would ruin their coats in shavings. And the odor control is amazing. The only problems I have ever had with the pellet bedding is some horses will at first eat them. Once their mouths get dry they usually stop. But again the odor control for the horse stalls is unbeatable.
     
  8. trulyviolet

    trulyviolet Out Of The Brooder

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    i have been using them for about 3 years

    they cut down on dust and smell

    the chickens love to break them down

    we compost them after

    you CAN do deep litter with them

    i am still deciding what i am going to use in the new duck coop/pen that will be right next to the house
    probably a mixture of pellets in the coop and dried leaves in the run
    ( which won't be on the ground...it will have a solid wood bottom with vinyl over it as it is going to be on the driveway)


    i have a shavings as well to put down either below or above

    i just got two bails for my new peeps (thanks jody, they are getting HUGE and have wings and tails now!)

    vi
     
  9. geareduplyn

    geareduplyn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have to add that in my opinion wood shavings are the worlds worst bedding for baby chicks.
     
  10. JudyMcKinn

    JudyMcKinn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is there a name for these, or just "wood pellets"? Where do you get them? Do I understand they are originally for horse stalls? And would be where you buy horse supplies, or at a feed store, or farm store, or where? Can you put bably chicks on them, or need to cover with paper towels for a few days, or how? Thanks.
     

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