An exciting new approach to poultry bedding
Over the last year, Sundown has been perfecting a new bedding product with some leading poultry farmers. Pellebed is a sterilised straw crumble, a perfect combination of low bulk density to ensure good floor coverage and enough soft straw to provide good insulation and a soft, stable and absorbent litter.
Sundown Pellebed expands with moisture, most broiler crops do not need any top up bales.
Pellebed has low micro counts, high ammonia absorption and improved foot health reducing pododermatitis.
Pellebed is also about 4 times more dense than shavings providing a smooth stable yet is so soft that the birds are able to exhibit natural dust bathing behaviour.
Find out more about Pellebed in this short video
David Cubitt from Sundown explains the benefits of Pellebed poultry bedding, and two poultry producers describe how it has improved flock health and productivity.
Pellebed In Use
Pellebed is four times denser than shavings.
The pictures at the top show day old chicks on Sundown Pellebed and then at 18 days old.
As the bird gets bigger the pellet breaks down, the bed increases in volume and becomes softer, thereby allowing the birds to exhibit natural dust bathing behaviour.
The lower picture shows how Pellebed breaks up in use.
The first video shows Pellebed being spread to create a bed in a poultry shed and highlights it’s key features;
- Quick and easy to spread
- A soft straw pellet which provides good insulation
- It is easy to distinguish pellets from feed
- Low bulk density to ensure good floor coverage
- A soft stable and absorbent litter
The second video shows Pellebed in action, expanding as it absorbs moisture.
Sundown Green bales are the ideal complement to use with Pellebed, either as enrichment or top up bales.
Manufacturing of Pellebed
Pellebed is manufactured by Sundown Products at our plant near Huntingdon where we process the best quality wheat straw into a loose straw pellet.
The team at Sundown have been processing straw for different types of animal feed and bedding for the last 40 years.
The unique production process ensures that Pellebed has extremely low micro counts. It is regularly tested by a DEFRA approved laboratory.
The straw is locally sourced, fully traceable and sustainable being an annual by product of agriculture.
Pellebed can be blown directly into sheds by a Sundown vehicle and blown into sheds or collected from site near Huntingdon upon arrangement.
It can be supplied in 15kg bags.
Once delivered it can be easily spread using a box or spinner spreader.
Sundown is proud and grateful to be supplying many of their original customers and are keen to support the poultry industry as it evolves.