I've been using straw pellets for over a year now and although we initially loved it - the last batch has been really dusty! I mean really, really dusty!! When it was delivered he said they have changed the formula and are using a mix of rape and another straw (can't remember which soz!!) but seriously not impressed with the dustiness - have been watering the bed daily to dampen down and after they have been in for 4hrs they are totally covered in dust and when I muck out the whole barn is a cloud of dust - it's really awful.
Mine are on thick kraiburg rubber mats, with a deep bed probably about 3 or 4" deep. I put all new pellets in about a month ago and watered and watered the beds to get the pellets to break down and have been watering daily ever since.
I am the manager of one of the straw pellet companies that you have been discussing in this forum and it's great to read your feedback and also to see photos of the pellets down, I would just like to highlight that I am not on here to sell or advertise just simply to answer any questions you have... ;D
I've a question. Have the fuel grade pellets had chemicals added or are they just more compressed? Could I use them safely? I'm in Ireland and would love to try these but delivery costs are prohibitive as I can't afford a huge batch. Do you have an Irish distributor? ;D
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Just got mine delivered this week from Stablegold. So far I am really pleased. My mare is so dirty normally and I end up takind half the bed out on a daily basis. So far I have only had to remove the droppings and the rest of her bed looks fine.
We don't use any additives in any of our pellets they are all made from 100% straw and as an added bonus we bale it all too so we know exactly what is going into our pellets I'm really pleased to hear that you are getting on with the pellets, if it is the first time you have used them you will soon find you can save considerable time when mucking out and that your muck heap won't be building up quite so fast. As far as supplying to Ireland we do have a business that are interested in taking our pellets and supplying them as a franchise so the prices will be similar to ours which is great news! In the mean time if you would like to give me a call I will try and sort out a delivery for you.
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Last Edit: Nov 17, 2011 10:52:47 GMT 1 by pelletier
We have 6 stables 14 x 14, bedded down with wood pellets, if we wanted to swap to straw pellets could we mix it straight in or would it be better to clear out the wood pellets and start again fresh? Thank you!
You could mix them however you wouldn't get a true idea of the differences by doing so, also if you wet the wood pellets then the straw pellets will absorb the moisture from them. I know a few customers that are doing just that and it seems to be working fine.
I ran out of straw pellets a few weeks ago. The Tank abusing his new auto water drinker and causing leaks didn't help!
Either way, they didn't last me any longer than LWP.
I found the straw pellets unpleasant to take out of the bag and they clumped into boulders when stood on - which were really difficult to break up. I found I was constantly fighting with the bed and didn't 'enjoy' mucking out.
I have since taken delivery of LWP again and I'm much happier. I shall be sticking with them in the future.
Straw pellets have their place for people who can't put wood on their muck heap...or people who wish to deep litter, but they didn't work for me.