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moprabbit

  • Joined Oct 2011
  • North Notts
Grass pellets
« on: December 12, 2018, 04:23:47 pm »
I just want something to give my sheep when I catch them, literally just one pellet. I thought these Dengie grass pellets would be fine as they're just grass with nothing added eg molasses. But have read they need soaking before using. Just wondered if anyone has had any experience of using these for sheep? Thank you.
4 pet sheep

Buttermilk

  • Joined Jul 2014
Re: Grass pellets
« Reply #1 on: December 13, 2018, 08:37:52 am »
I feed grass pellets to my sheep.  When putting in a trough I do damp them but only because I have one greedy sheep that stuffs her mouth full, does not chew and then gets choke.  However just a single pellet does not need soaking for sheep.

moprabbit

  • Joined Oct 2011
  • North Notts
Re: Grass pellets
« Reply #2 on: December 13, 2018, 09:53:11 am »
Thanks Buttermilk! I'll give them a go. I've got 4 greedy girls, that's why I shall only give them 1pellet as a treat!
4 pet sheep

SallyintNorth

  • Joined Feb 2011
  • Cornwall
  • Rarely short of an opinion but I mean well
    • Trelay Cohousing Community
Re: Grass pellets
« Reply #3 on: December 13, 2018, 11:07:10 am »
We now use these exclusively, for all the stock (except the pigs).

When we start to feed them to a bunch of sheep, we do dampen them, as they can cough if they stuff them in dry too greedily.  After a week or two, we donít need to dampen them any more.

You wonít have any problem feeding them singly as treats.
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Ermingtrude

  • Joined Mar 2017
Re: Grass pellets
« Reply #4 on: December 13, 2018, 03:36:22 pm »
Could I ask a little more about the grass pellets.. 

I have used them for horses for many years, but always soaked them into a mash, then used the mash to mix in the rest of the feed (HappyHoof and a powder supplement)  I haven't used them dry, as they seem to expand a huge amount, and I have always treated them like sugar beet, and assumed they would cause bloat/choke if fed dry.

For those feeding dry ( or dampened a little ) do you find they are deemed more palatable, and have you had any problems in doing so ?

SallyintNorth

  • Joined Feb 2011
  • Cornwall
  • Rarely short of an opinion but I mean well
    • Trelay Cohousing Community
Re: Grass pellets
« Reply #5 on: December 13, 2018, 05:35:12 pm »
We feed very little, so no likelihood of bloat.  As I said above, the sheep can cough a bit at first if theyíre dry, so we moisten - moisten, not soak - for the first week or so.

They seem very popular with ponies, sheep and cattle alike.  We donít need to do anything to make them palatable.  But as I said, we feed very small amounts.  If youíre wanting to feed a pound or two, as we sometimes do for the dairy cattle, mixing with soaked sugar beet seems to work well.  The grass pellets do fluff up a bit, but not massively.

ETA. The pellets we use are the Dengie All Stock ones.
Don't listen to the money men - they know the price of everything and the value of nothing

Live in a cohousing community with small farm for our own use.  Dairy cows (rearing their own calves for beef), pigs, sheep for meat and fleece, ducks and hens for eggs, veg and fruit growing

CarolineJ

  • Joined Dec 2015
  • North coast of Scotland
Re: Grass pellets
« Reply #6 on: December 13, 2018, 06:21:00 pm »
The horses have them soaked for the rare times they need feed (got one on bute for an abscess at the moment).  If I'm using them dry as training treats for the horses or as a hand-feeding treat for the sheep, then it's only one or two and they're fed dry with no problems.  The sheep don't get them in bulk.

Buttermilk

  • Joined Jul 2014
Re: Grass pellets
« Reply #7 on: December 14, 2018, 07:08:23 pm »
When I feed grass pellets to the horses I mix a cup of water in just to moisten the outside of them.  This helps them get chewed easier, I do the same with horse fibre nuts too.  If I am feeding a tooth challenged/aged equine then I will soak them to a mush for ease of eating.

 

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