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post #1 of 12 Old 08-26-2008, 11:29 PM Thread Starter
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Shavings??

Ok, where do you all get your shavings from?

Buy in bulk? Use the bagged shavings?

The economy stinks, as we all know...and our regular supplier is having a hard time keeping up with everyone - - any suggestions? (btw...we don't have any way to haul shavings in bulk, so they'd have to be delivered.)

for anyone close, we're in metro atlanta...

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post #2 of 12 Old 08-27-2008, 12:13 AM
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Here's a green suggestion: use newspaper. Get a good shredder, find a supplier, and you can supplement your shavings with it.
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post #3 of 12 Old 08-27-2008, 10:48 AM Thread Starter
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sara, what kind of shredder are we talking - one that I could purchase?

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post #4 of 12 Old 08-27-2008, 11:03 AM
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There are lots of different kinds to choose from, including some industrial models for high-volume stuff which are pretty expensive, but used for large numbers of livestock. My friend uses a high-quality office shredder that makes strips, which are easier to pick up with a manure fork. She has three horses who spend most of their time outside, so she doesn't make a lot, but it helps stretch her shavings. The local coffee shops and one of the grocery stores gives her their old newspapers.

I THINK you can also buy baled shredded paper...but I'm not sure about where or the cost of doing that.
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post #5 of 12 Old 08-27-2008, 11:11 AM
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We actually get our shavings from a cabinet making factory! I don't know if that would work on a smaller scale though. We pay for the cost of a giant dumpster that they keep there and when it's full they deliver it. It's SIGNIFICANTLY cheaper (shavings are free, just the cost of the dumpster) but it's a heck of a lot of shavings. We have about 60 horses on the property with most of them in stalls and they do a delivery about once a week. Almost all of it is pine, but you do have to make sure that they don't put in certain kind of wood though (like cedar). There have been a few times it's been a bit dusty but generally it's fantastic shavings.
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post #6 of 12 Old 08-27-2008, 02:58 PM Thread Starter
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cabinet makers, eh? I'll have to check into that - thanks!!

also will check into the baled shredded newspaper and a shredder...that might get a bit tough shredding that much...but definitely worth a shot!

Thanks Guys!!!

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post #7 of 12 Old 08-27-2008, 04:14 PM
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...but isn't cherry poisinois? What if they use cherry?


I was getting mine from a local sawmill for $20 a truck load but some stupid women backed her car into the loader and sued... so the rest of us must suffer... Now I pay $5 a bag at tractor supply or booth feeds... sucks because I have 5 stalls I'm using.....

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post #8 of 12 Old 08-27-2008, 06:36 PM Thread Starter
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^^^ That's the position we're in...when i looked at how much i spent last year i was shocked - - over $250 (for 2 horses) in one month!!!

i can't do that again this year!!!

i've started to call folks that make pallets...i'll let you know what i hear from them - baled newspaper is .32 per pound...$320 for 1000 lbs (and i don't think 1000 lbs is really that much..) hmm. I asked the AJC what they do with their old newspapers...i'll let you know what they say too.

no cabinet makers that i can find here, unfortunately.

Thanks and Keep the ideas coming!!!

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post #9 of 12 Old 08-27-2008, 08:20 PM
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I get bags from TSC

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post #10 of 12 Old 08-28-2008, 04:11 AM
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We go to the local lumbar yard. We get a pickup truck full for $12. MUCH cheaper than the bags. You can do quite a few with that much.
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