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    New wood pellet convert -- what a difference

    Like many of you, I've been on a journey to find the optimal bedding solution for my two boars that will:

    1. Keep costs down
    2. Keep odors down
    3. Keep maintenance down
    4. Keep piggy happiness up

    My housing has consisted of:

    1. Pet store cage and wood shavings
    2. 5X2 C&C cage with wood shavings
    3. 5X2 C&C cage with fleece over towels
    4. Added a kitchen area

    Pretty soon I grew disenchanted with the fleece, mainly because of the eventual urine odor and having to do so much laundry. While the piggies initially wheed in the kitchen area, pretty soon it turned into a whee-for-all. Any place, any time which meant I was having to change the towels every second day. It was getting a bit much.

    So after doing a ton of research I decided to try wood pellets under fleece.

    I'm sorry I waited so long! I found hardwood pellets at Canadian Tire for $4.99 for a 40lb bag and bought two of them.

    I used a full bag and a tiny bit of the second bag which provided an inch or two of cover. The fleece when over top without a problem. Within minutes the boys were popcorning and wheeking like nothing had changed. There's a bit of noise when they walk but you get used to it quickly.

    The pellets smell faintly of wood. Nothing overpowering.

    After three days I lifted the fleece to find a bit of evidence of their whee. A gentle stir and it was gone. I replaced the fleece and was done in less than five minutes.

    There has been absolutely no smell of urine and the piggies even smell better. They have a very faint aroma of wood but none of the smell of whee they normally would after a few days.

    I took a few photos to show the process. I use two pieces of fleece held down by clips and bricks. (They were starting to burrow without the bricks) That way I can change one half one day, the other the other day. It cuts down on Oero's pathological need to drag his bum *everywhere* on new fleece. Stinky boy.

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    And here's a closer look at the broken-down pellets.
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    I think they're happy -- with some hay bag rustling encouragement.


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    Re: New wood pellet convert -- what a difference

    Nice! I just switched to wood pellets myself...my family won't let me use fleece as bedding (invalid argument that urine-touched fleece will "ruin our clothes and washing machine") but even just the pellets are fantastic. I have a 2x3 (with the eventually have hopes of expanding to a big 2x6) and one 40 lb bag gives a nice 2 inch layer of pellets. I'm impressed so far. They won't last as long as if they had fleece on top, but he only poops in two areas so that's an easy fix, and the smell is very faint so it's safe for him, too. For $6 compared to around $18 for carefresh, I'm impressed, and I'm glad it's working for you too.

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    Re: New wood pellet convert -- what a difference

    I'm seriously considering switching to wood pellets once all my pigs are in the same cage

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    This is super tempting! I keep reading about it, and I usually have wood pellets as I use them as my rabbits litter! Might do this, instead of the U-Haul and fleece. Love reading these posts!

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    New wood pellet convert -- what a difference

    I'm tired of trying to dry absorbent materials (U-haul and towels), so I think my pigsitter can handle fleece over wood pellets, so once I've got permanent arrangements then I'll probably make the switch

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    Re: New wood pellet convert -- what a difference

    I usually let the U-haul pads air dry and they seem to do so fairly quickly. Do you have a hard time drying them im a dryer?

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    Re: New wood pellet convert -- what a difference

    Welcome to the world of wood pellets. I still use fleece and uhaul cage liners with wood pellets underneath. I have a hard time finding wood stove pellets, so I found that pine pellets worked just the same.

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    Re: New wood pellet convert -- what a difference

    Quote Originally Posted by Nubbin View Post
    I usually let the U-haul pads air dry and they seem to do so fairly quickly. Do you have a hard time drying them im a dryer?
    I would either dry them in the dryer or hang them outside. It wasn't so much have a hard time drying them -- it was the eventual odor and having to do seemingly non-stop laundry. Even if the pellets only last 3 weeks, they'll pay for themselves in money saved from the reduction in laundry.

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    Re: New wood pellet convert -- what a difference

    Quote Originally Posted by megakamattsmom View Post
    Welcome to the world of wood pellets. I still use fleece and uhaul cage liners with wood pellets underneath. I have a hard time finding wood stove pellets, so I found that pine pellets worked just the same.
    Defintely going to try this once I get my little fella. He's an adenovirus carrier... So can't be housed with other piggies.

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    Re: New wood pellet convert -- what a difference

    I will never go back to uhaul pads.

    Wood is Good!!!

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    Re: New wood pellet convert -- what a difference

    It's been 8 days now and I've only had to spot clean/stir only a few times.

    Best of all -- absolutely no more wee smell.

    Oh, and my piggies smell good too -- slight woodsy aroma.

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    Re: New wood pellet convert -- what a difference

    Oh my gosh ditto...wood pellets are the best. Unfortunatly I can't use fleece on top of them (my mom made me throw out over a yard of perfectly good fleece when she saw I used it on top of the pellets) but even then it's fantastic! While I do have to hand-pick all the poops out twice a day, it's so cheap and works wonders. I've had it in for over 10 days now and it's fantastic! I sift it every couple days and the smell is nonexistant. I gotta say, compared to the expensive carefresh/aspen shavings mix I was using, this is the bee's knees!

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    Re: New wood pellet convert -- what a difference

    Are the piggies okay to walk on them?....

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    Quote Originally Posted by J.Bosley View Post
    Are the piggies okay to walk on them?....
    No issues what so ever. After couple days the fleece and pellets flatten out, so it gives them a good base.

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    @mamaduck71 thanks! I was worried about that. We're babysitting a female guinea pig, and she's on wood shavings. I only have wood pellets and fleece to switch her to when I change the cage. Hopefully she adjusts and I can convince the owner to keep her on wood pellets and shavings instead.

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    Re: New wood pellet convert -- what a difference

    Honestly, I think my piggies like the pellets/fleece better then any other set up that I had. Plus, since it's so much easier to clean, I have noticed I clean the cage more frequently. I just have the fleece ontop of the pellets, no clips or tucking under. So when I clean the cage just take all their gear out, pull off the fleece, mix the pellets and put a new fleece down, add gear. So my cage is cleaner now. Plus I like being around the piggies. Sometimes I take the piggies out when I switch out the fleece sometimes I don't. Keeps them guessing!

    I am over a month using pellets and love it.
    Here is the thread/video that got me onto pellets.
    Sorry if you have already scene it.

    Wood is good!
    https://www.guineapigcages.com/forum...highlight=wood

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    Re: New wood pellet convert -- what a difference

    I'm such a fan of wood pellets and it is also my down fall. I would never gotten more piggies if I didn't find out about wood pellets. Now I have a herd of 7 and zero smell.

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    Re: New wood pellet convert -- what a difference

    OMG, this thread makes me even more excited to try wood pellets. I'm going to Tractor Supply this weekend to hunt some down. Glad to hear it's going so well for you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BarBGirl1999 View Post
    OMG, this thread makes me even more excited to try wood pellets. I'm going to Tractor Supply this weekend to hunt some down. Glad to hear it's going so well for you!

    Did you get the wood pellets? If so, how is it working for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mamaduck71 View Post
    Did you get the wood pellets? If so, how is it working for you.
    I did! So far, so good. I vacuum it every afternoon and I've switched the fleece out a couple of times, but there's ZERO smell and it's been over a week. With 3 boys, it usually only took a couple of days for it to start smelling when I was using shavings.

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