How to use animal bedding pellets
Empty a few bags of the animal specific wood pellets into your wheelbarrow and add enough water to dampen most of the pellets. Watering the bedding before putting it in the stables will assist the pellets to activate more efficiently, absorb more and last much longer.
When the wood pellets have been sufficiently watered, leave the wheelbarrow for at least 60 minutes to allow the pellets to expand back to sawdust. If only a small amount of expansion has occurred, increase the amount of water and wait longer.
When the wood pellets look as if they are expanding and are ‘sawdust-like’, spread them in the stall and repeat the process until you are happy with the thickness of the bedding. Alternatively empty the bags on the stable floor and use a hose pipe to wet the pellets. Be careful not to over-wet the pellets.
In the event that the bedding becomes too dry or dusty, just sprinkle water as needed. The perfect moisture content is reached when the bedding feels slightly damp to touch. The bed should still have some pellets that have not fully activated (about 25%). Once this bedding process is initialised, you can keep a comfortable base with an even consistency by adding more wood pellets as needed.
- Cleaning your stable of the wood pellets will be different to clearing it of shavings. Just take away the solids and the wettest areas with a manure fork. You can remove any further wet patches or just mix the remaining wet areas into the bulk of the bedding. You should find that odour is not a problem with these wood pellets, unlike other bedding types, since pine is a natural deodoriser.