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    Re: 3 full weeks of wood pellets

    would pellets that are Douglas Fir be safe? as long as the aroma isn't strong? we are wanting to try them in the kitchen area

    also, how many lbs do you think it would take just for a 1x2 section?

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    Re: 3 full weeks of wood pellets

    So it's been around 13 weeks now, with a one time partial refill, and I think next time the fleece needs changing I will have to change out the wood pellets. After stirring there is a lot of dust and not so much whole pellets anymore.
    I have one piggie in a cage which is 135x65cm (the actual inside space she can use). I used roughly 40 liters of pellets, with a one time extra of 10liter after scooping out dust.
    I think, without the refill, I will be able to go three months before doing a whole cage clean.

    My girl, however, does love to burrow so there are a lot of poops that end up underneath the fleece. She sometimes goes as far as to pull the fleece aside so she can poop and pee on the pellets instead of on the fleece!

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    Re: 3 full weeks of wood pellets

    It doesn't matter whether the pellets are still whole as long as they're dry.

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    Re: 3 full weeks of wood pellets

    After reading through this whole thread, I just picked up a bag of these at Petco - they're the only pellets I can find close to me. I think a trip to the Tractor Supply place about an hour away is in order this weekend though because this is $16 a bag and 1 bag isn't enough for my 2x4 let alone the 2x6 that is on the way. They have a VERY STRONG odor though and I'm hoping it airs out in the next day or two. But so far I already like it better than the fluffy stuff.

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    • Does not contain cedar or pine
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    • Green Pet Aspen Supreme Pellets Pet & Bird All Natural Litter & Bedding, 7.4 liters
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    Re: 3 full weeks of wood pellets

    Quote Originally Posted by mamaduck71 View Post
    I am using the same as Cavyguy. I got it from Tractor Supply. They also had this:

    http://www.tractorsupply.com/en/stor...-pellets-20-lb

    as well as this:

    http://www.tractorsupply.com/en/stor...-horse-bedding

    Has anyone used either of them. Peeked my curiosity.
    I use the horse pellets for my boys' litter box and while the smell is a little much at first, it goes away within about an hour. I haven't tried the other pellets you posted here as our TS doesn't carry them.
    Until I found this thread, I hadn't thought about using them under the fleece. I might try that at the next cage cleaning as I have just bought a new bag of pellets.

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    Re: 3 full weeks of wood pellets

    hi i?ve just read a lot into this thread & just wanted to see if i?m understanding this right!!

    the wood pellets go UNDER a fleece & the urine goes into the pellets? what about poop?

    this seems like an awesome idea ? where does one get wood pellets??


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    Re: 3 full weeks of wood pellets



    is this them


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    Re: 3 full weeks of wood pellets

    Be VERY careful about wood fuel pellets. Many of them have accelerants added, and are not safe for guinea pigs. Check the label on the package carefully. I had to stop buying pellets from Tractor Supply because I couldn't get them without accelerants.

    The safest place to buy them is to get horse stall bedding. Then, all you have to worry about is whether the stuff has a strong pine odor. Most does not, but get someone to stick a hole in a bag and let you check before you buy it. I use TerrAmiga horse stall bedding.

    You have to shake the poop and hay (and sometime brush the hay) off the fleece, and then wash it.

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    Re: 3 full weeks of wood pellets



    like this


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    Re: 3 full weeks of wood pellets

    Yes, like that, IF the pellets don't smell strongly of pine. You're not going to know whether they're suitable until you get some clerk to punch a hole in the bag and let you smell them.

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    Re: 3 full weeks of wood pellets

    do u break them up or put them in whole


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    Re: 3 full weeks of wood pellets

    Put them in whole.

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    Re: 3 full weeks of wood pellets

    okay I did and I bought a blanket from walmart and put it on top hoping for success


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    Re: 3 full weeks of wood pellets

    also, if the pellets have a pine odor, will it hurt the pigs?


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    Re: 3 full weeks of wood pellets

    Yes, a pine odor will hurt the pigs. My post above, #170 , says you can only use them if they don't smell strongly of pine. If they do, throw them out or use them for mulch, but don't use them for bedding.

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    Re: 3 full weeks of wood pellets

    they don?t smell STRONGLY, just lightly.


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    Re: 3 full weeks of wood pellets

    how will it hurt them


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    Re: 3 full weeks of wood pellets

    The phenols (volatile oils) in the pine cause lung and liver damage over time. And they can also cause bumblefoot.

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    Re: 3 full weeks of wood pellets

    After seeing a video online I started reading the site about putting something under my fleece.

    For my fleece, we have the haul blanket sewn between the fleece. We bought it from a vendor we found here, but I forget which one.

    Since we have the absorbent liner, should I put the horse pine bedding under my fleece? Is the horse pine bedding the best thing to put under my fleece? What exactly does it do or what is it for?

    My pigs poop will sometimes get under the fleece, especially in my upper section as the fleece is not an exact fit. If I put the horse bedding under the fleece, the guinea pigs can get to it in the top section and their poop will mix with it. Do you just leave the poop in the horse bedding? If I have to remove the poop from the horse bedding, it seems like a waste. Would I only need to remove/replace the horse bedding where poop mixed in with it?

    thanks

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    Re: 3 full weeks of wood pellets

    Pellets serve as the absorbent layer. You don't need uhaul blankets if you use them.

    I put a layer of light fleece over the pellets because it's easier to get the hay and piles of poop out. But I just stir whatever is left in with the pellets.

    By using the fleece, I very seldom have to change the pellets. I'm actually coming up on a year of using pellets without replacing them. No odor whatsoever.

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