Monday, November 24, 2014
Update to the Bedding Debate
I have found that where I live (southeastern Michigan) there's a small window of opportunity to use the bedding before the cold temps don't allow for effective breakdown of the pellets. (I don't use bedding in the summer months since they don't need a cushion from the ground temperature.) Case in point, about a week ago the temps were mid-to-high 20's and it took longer for the bedding to transition to a fine material. I thought, OK, it's time to switch to shavings.
Tractor Supply was having a sale so I made sure to swing by to purchase more bags. I caught the eye of a salesclerk to ask about fine vs flake. Turns out she's a horse owner and said she puts the pelleted bedding underneath the shavings to allow for better urine soakage (yea, just made that phrase up). I must have had a quizzical look on my face because she said, yup, uses that method for all eight stalls.
Well, I did not get more bags of pellets because I wasn't convinced it would be a very comfy bed situation. Those pellets are hard!
Anyone out there tried this personally. Would be very interested in your opinion.
But for the time being these three donks will be sleeping on shavings.