How do you muck out?
You muck out as often as when you use wood shavings or other bedding. When you use Stallpellets, less of the material sticks to the manure, mucking out is easier and the manure pile is smaller.
Do you need a permanent bed?
You may, as with other bedding, decide yourself whether you want a permanent bed or not. The stall pellets bed is similar to a cat litter box where the urine forms clumps and is very easy to remove.
How much do the sacks weigh?
Each sack weighs 14 kg and 60 sacks are stacked on each pallet. Can you use a mixture of "pellets bedding" and wood shavings? To fully benefit from Stallpellets it is best to use only Stallpellets. You may, of course, mix the two, but mucking out will become more difficult.
What happens if the horse eats half a liter?
The stall pellets are soaked, expand and crumble so there is nothing left but pure sawdust.
Why do you need to soak the pellets?
To minimize freight and storage costs the sawdust is dried and compacted into dry pellets. Moisture is then added on site in the form of water. This also means you can decide yourself how wet you want the bedding. You can decide to water a little extra for horses with a cough or with dry hooves. If it is a wet winter, with high humidity, you can decide to add less water so the bedding is not too wet. Bedding that has been watered is not saturated. Normal raw sawdust has a moisture content of about 50%, the pellets have moisture content of 8% and when they have been watered the moisture content is about 30%, which is still lower than normal raw sawdust. A damp dishcloth is better at absorbing than a dry one...
How much water should you add?
We recommend about 8-10 liters of water/sack. The pellets also soften faster if hot water is used. You can then decide yourself on the moisture content of the bedding by adding more water or dry pellets. You can decide to water a little extra for horses with a cough or with dry hooves. If it is a wet winter, with high humidity, you can decide to add less water so the bedding is not too wet. If you are adding new bedding in a cold stable during the winter, if may be best to first dissolve the pellets before placing them in the box when they have finishing expanding.
How much should you use?
This of course depends on how much time the horse spends outside, and how clean it is, but 1-2 bags per week is normally sufficient. If you normally use a 25 kg sack of shavings per weeks, this corresponds to about one sack of Stallpellets per week.
Is it not uncomfortable for the horses to sleep on?
Because the pellets are watered and crumble into a fine sawdust, it is very soft for the horses to sleep on. Stallpellets forms a compact but soft and firm bed.
As you water the pellets, is it not very damp for the horses when they lie down?
The pellets have absorbency that is several times greater than their own weight, the water is quickly absorbed and the pellets expand and break down into sawdust. When the bed is ready, it forms a wood-fiber bedding and has a lower moisture content than even normal sawdust.
Is it very dusty when it dries?
If the bedding feels too dry, you can easily control the moisture content by watering the bedding. This may be necessary if, for example, the air in the stable/outdoors is very hot or dry.
A damp winter – what should I do then?
If the winter months are mild, some people can find that the stable is very damp. Add a little less water at these times – or add some dry pellets – to regulate the moisture content.
What are the advantages of Stallpellets compared with normal horse bedding?
Current Stallpellets users have pointed out the following main advantages:
Moreover, Stallpellets bedding has had a positive effect on several horses that previously suffered from pressure sores or coughing.
What is the difference between Stallpellets and standard wood fuel pellets?
SCA Bionorr's Stallpellets are soft-compacted wood shavings with a special mix of spruce and pine to offer the best absorbency, rapidly crumble into fine sawdust and produce a light and fresh stable environment. Wood fuel pellets focus on energy content and firmness.
SCA's Stallpellets – benefits compared with wood fuel pellets:
The farmer does not want manure containing sawdust...
There is an old idea that sawdust in manure is bad for plant growth. There is no foundation for this claim. Refer to the linked report "Horses – manure management" by the Swedish Institute of Agricultural and Environmental Engineering (RISE).
Where can you buy Stallpellets?
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