Wood shaving machine, wood shaving machine for animal bedding
1. Technical data sheet
2. Applications and Descriptions:
Wood Shavings = Animal Bedding
Wood shavings are our #1 selling wood by-product. The reason? Wood shavings are perfect for animal bedding! Wood shavings are kiln dried, absorb moisture, easy to clean up, and the unique curvature, or curls, of the shavings are safe for animal feet and hooves. When it comes to animals, wood shavings are often the preferred wood by-product. Wood shavings can be used with horses, dairy cows, sheep, goats, turkeys, geese, ducks, and chickens.
Wood shavings are more absorbent than straw and dust-extracted products are manufactured especially for use as horse bedding - which is useful if your horse suffers form any respiratory diseases.
Generally horses and ponies do not eat wood shavings, which can save you money whilst helping to control the horses diet. Shavings have become popular type of horse bedding as they are easy to muck out and very absorbent.
They can be successfully used for a deep litter bed . It takes about 4-5 bales of shavings to start a bed, followed by 1 or 2 bales a week to maintain a good bed. If you do get shavings not specially manufactured for horses, such as waste shavings produced as a from a wood yard or saw mill, you may find that the wood shavings are sharp, contain rubbish and may be dusty.
• To avoid wasting bedding material, sift the pitchfork by shaking it until you are left with mostly manure.
• Alternatively use rubber gloves to pick up the manure. Hands are faster and waste less bedding. This is also less strain on your back.
• If the horse remains in his stable 24 hours a day, the stable should be mucked out twice a day. Depending on how much turn out the horse gets you may have to skip out (remove dropping only) in the evening.
• Open the bedding bags carefully and they can be reused.
• Horse manure makes great fertilizer! Use it on your own grazing or sell it. Muck out directly into bags (like you empty bedding or feed bags) or compost it. Composted manure will sell for more.
• The smell can linger in your clothes and hair so if you are going somewhere afterwards change clothes.
• If you have more plastic bedding, feed and hay bags that you can reuse contact a company that can recycle them for you.
• Rubber matting is a different type of bedding that works very well when used with shavings. Less shavings have to be use saving time and money.
• If the horse is tied in the stall while you are mucking it out he should have excellent stable manners. Make sure you don't accidentally hit or tap him with the pitchfork, because if he spooks or kicks in the small space, both of you risk injury. And it would hurt.
• Disturbing a bed fills the air with dust and mould spores. Allergy and asthma suffers should wear a dust mask and overalls.
• For health, safety and convenience to yourself and your horse it is highly recommended that you remove the horse before mucking out, especially if the horses suffered from breathing problems.
• Traditionally bedding is banked (heaped against the walls) to help stop the horse becoming cast (trapped against the wall). This is very difficult and not very effective with shavings. Wall mats or anti cast strips can help the horse find traction if he become cast.