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Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by kara1015, Dec 21, 2012.
Has anyone used wood pellets for chick bedding instead of shavings? Is it safe?
Hmmm...interesting thought. I wonder if whatever binder (glue?) that holds the pellet together would be detrimental to birds of they ate them?? Just speculating - I don't know.
Yes, we use them exclusively. They are awesome, they don't have any binders, they just use pressure to make the pellets. We use them in brooders, chicken barns, even for our hamster! Once you use them you probably wont' go back to anything else. They keep the water and food much cleaner, because they are heavy so they are not easily kicked up by the chicks. Then when they start to break down they get really soft and comfortable. All you have to do is stir them up maybe once a day or so depending on how many chicks you have.
I have chicks due tomorrow. Once they are settled in I am going to try the pellets! Thanks!
Never heard of these... Sounds great though!
When I start chicks I used Dry Den, (similar to wood pellets), I put down a piece of non slide shelf liner to cover the pellets for the first few days. Gives them a chance to figure out the feeders without the pellets in them.
Wood pellets seem to handle the moisture well, a bag goes a long way and they are not that expensive.