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post #1 of 86
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I took the plunge and bought a 50lb bag of chicken layer crumbles to use in my litter boxes. I bought non-medicated starter poultry crumbles. They are Dumor brand from Tractor Supply. I have read several articles online (and a few posts here) about how chicken crumble is very similar to World's Best Cat Litter. I've never used WBC, but the crumble I bought is not clumping very well. The cats seem to have taken to it ok, but I'm worried it will have to be replaced very often if the urine doesn't clump well. 

 

I bought the baby crumbles b/c they are smaller than regular poultry/egg crumbles. One person online had suggested that it would clump better if the smaller crumbles were used. It also appears to be a little darker in color than WBC (at least compared to the picture on the bag). It is 20% protein if that matters... 

 

Any thoughts from those who use or have used Chicken Crumble? 


Edited by bigperm20 - 6/15/13 at 3:18pm
post #2 of 86

Using chicken feed for litter? How does it compare in price? I had to google it to find out what chicken crumbles are.

post #3 of 86
I don't think it will clump, at least that was my friend's experience. She still uses it but scoops the poops several times every day and changes the litter out completely I think once a week. She just doesn't like the idea of clay litter but from her description, chicken feed is a lot more work. And there is always a faint smell in her house.

There are others on TSC with direct experience. Hopefully one of them can chime in...
post #4 of 86
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It's a lot cheaper and that's the main point. $17 for 50lbs and it's much less dense than clay. In other words you get a bigger bag.
post #5 of 86
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It does clump, just not as well as clay. When I scooped earlier the clumps were pretty well formed so the issue may have been my over-zealous diggers. i've heard you can use baking soda for the smell. I haven't smelled anything yet unless I was scooping, just a corny barnyard smell.

I know there are some people here who use it. I've seen the posts.
post #6 of 86

Please let me know how it goes for you.  We were going to make the switch but I chickened out, we tried Blue Buffalo walnut litter instead(loved it but way too much dust for my cats), and now we're using World's Best in all of the boxes again.  I remember finding a suggestion of mixing WBCL in with the chicken feed for the best results.  I think someone actually just used two different types of chicken feed as well but I can't find that article/forum thread/blog post/whatever it was anywhere.  I'll send it along if I can ever find it.  

post #7 of 86
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One thing I found to be quite interesting was, my kitty peed down the side of the box. This usually causes a big messy clump with clay. With the chicken feed, it just came right off-no residue either!

The absence of dust is great too. That's the main reason I chose it. I hate litter dust. The last 5 bags of FreshStep I bought were nothing but dust. It used to be great too.
post #8 of 86
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Just an update. It's working great so far. The clumping is actually a lot better now. Odor control for urine is great. I've read that adding baking soda will better control feces odor. That's not to say that it doesn't cover feces odor, but it doesn't work as well as FreshStep.
post #9 of 86
Did you buy a brand name? Where did you get the crumbles? I am thinking of giving this a try. Is it something i could get at Tractor Supply? Thanks!
post #10 of 86
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Read the initial post for type, and brand. Ask me if you have questions. Make sure you don't get medicated crumbles.
They will say medicated on tje bag if they are.
post #11 of 86

Thanks - I read right over that!  I will go to Tractor Supply tomorrow and check it out.

post #12 of 86
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One thing to consider is making sure to keep it pretty deep so pee doesn't leak to the bottom of the box. This is the case with all litter though.

I use big Sterelite containers, and I keep them about 2.5 inches deep.

My main reason for switching is my central heat and air kept blowing micronized litter dust around in my house. I was dusting constantly because the thought of breathing it freaked me out. Also, it's just gross to think about...
post #13 of 86
I got a 50 pound bag. I have four boxes (the big Sterlite totes) and usually use 70 pounds of Arm and Hammer in each; costs about $30 - $35 each. I change it out completely every 5 - 6 weeks, so that is adding up. The 50 pounds looks like it will be enough for one box. So at $15, it will really save me money, not to mention the environment! I am hoping my picky kids use it. Fingers crossed. Thanks for the tip...
post #14 of 86
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Wow! Those are giant litter boxes! What do you scoop with a snow shovel? Just kidding :-)

How many cats do you have? I just switched totally with no transition. My girls yelled a little bit at first but now they love it.
post #15 of 86
I have six inside cats and one outside. I started using the Sterlite totes because my biggest two would fling litter all over the place and sometimes pee over the edges. The totes are deep enough to prevent that. I also prefer to keep the litter pretty deep.

I use a scooper if got at Petsmart. It's metal, so it has never broken like the plastic ones. I can also soak it in bleach on occasion. I am not sure if that works but it makes me feel cleaner. smile.gif
post #16 of 86
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Originally Posted by Ondine View Post

I have six inside cats and one outside. I started using the Sterlite totes because my biggest two would fling litter all over the place and sometimes pee over the edges. The totes are deep enough to prevent that. I also prefer to keep the litter pretty deep.

I use a scooper if got at Petsmart. It's metal, so it has never broken like the plastic ones. I can also soak it in bleach on occasion. I am not sure if that works but it makes me feel cleaner. smile.gif

I have always wondered if those expensive metal scoops are worth the coin. I need to get one of those.

I use Sterelite boxes too, but I don't think mine are as deep as yours.
post #17 of 86
They definitely are. I've had mine for seven years. The plastic ones never lasted more than a couple of months.

I put the crumbles in one litter box and they are using it already! I am absolutely stunned, as they are soooo picky about their litter. I think because the crumbles are the same weight as the clay. They never liked the pine or corn because it was lighter weight.
post #18 of 86
I actually tried the "chicken feed" as well for my cats last year. I gave up though because it was not clumping well for me. The bag I purchased also seemed "moist" to me - not really dry like the WBCL which I used to use also. OMG - the price on the WBCL is outrageous so I had to find a cheaper litter. HMMM - I wonder if I should try the chicken feed again. I have a friend who has used the Dumor brand from Tractor Supply for years with great results. I did love the no dust and the price. I use Dr. Elsey's Precious Cat since then but may just give the chicken feed another try.

I also use the tall Sterilite clear boxes. I have the 105 qt. laughing02.gif My cats took to jumping in and out very easily and I am going to try to replace on of my other four litter boxes with another. It works so well to contain the litter. Pip is such a messy litter box kitty. Presley rises up now during pee and this keeps the urine inside where it belongs and not down the walls. eek.gif
post #19 of 86
I did have a question. I ended up with the chicken layer pellets, which my cats are using. But I was wondering if the crumbles you got are smaller. I did not see anything but these in the Dumor brand. If the crumbles are different, I'd like to make sure I ask for them specifically next time.
post #20 of 86
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Originally Posted by Ondine View Post

I did have a question. I ended up with the chicken layer pellets, which my cats are using. But I was wondering if the crumbles you got are smaller. I did not see anything but these in the Dumor brand. If the crumbles are different, I'd like to make sure I ask for them specifically next time.

Those will work all except for the fact that they don't clump. The product I'm using is "starter layer crumbles" The STARTER refers to the fact that they are for baby chickens, ducks, etc. A lot of people just use regular chicken layer crumbles. These are not quite as finely ground, and therefore don't clump as well as starter crumbles-- at least that's what I've read.

Dumor brand is one of the brands suggested to me, that is sold at TSC. Another is LAYENA brand, although any brand of starter crumble should work just fine. I want to point out again that you should not get MEDICATED crumbles. If they are medicated it should say so in big letters on the bag so it's not hard to tell them apart.

It was also suggested to add some baking soda to help with smell masking and to discourage kitty from eating it. I had to do this as Beans thought daddy had given her 2 giant bowls of kibble. She stopped snacking immediately.
post #21 of 86
I did see the medicated; didn't get that. The pellets I got were the ones my friend used, so that explains why they didn't clump. I wonder if I could break them up?

That is too cute about Beans - she must have thought she died and went to heaven! One of my cats has been in the box but the others have only checked it out, very suspicious looks on their faces. If they don't use it, I'll try to find the crumbles. I would really like this to work, for financial and environmental reasons.
post #22 of 86
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Originally Posted by Ondine View Post

I did see the medicated; didn't get that. The pellets I got were the ones my friend used, so that explains why they didn't clump. I wonder if I could break them up?

That is too cute about Beans - she must have thought she died and went to heaven! One of my cats has been in the box but the others have only checked it out, very suspicious looks on their faces. If they don't use it, I'll try to find the crumbles. I would really like this to work, for financial and environmental reasons.

Yea, Beans will eat anything that isn't nailed down. I mean it's not like the stuff smells like meat...

I agree that it's much better for the environment going this route, quite a bit cheaper too.
post #23 of 86
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Everything is still going well with the chicken feed. I'm sorry I didn't hear about this sooner. The cats seem to like it as well.
post #24 of 86

Good news.  Mine didn't go so well.  I haven't found the crumbles yet and they decided the pellets were not to their taste.  Good thing I have a composter, 'cause that's where the pellets went.  As soon as I find the crumbles, I hope to try again.  Our Tractor Supply is a small one, so I am going to try a couple of local feed stores.

 

Glad it's working out for you...

post #25 of 86
I was reading all the posts and I'm thinking about switching over to the chicken feed "litter". I have heard from many people that the odor from the boxes has decreased tremendously compared to regular clay litter, I'm just wondering since I've heard that the feed is lighter than the clay, so what does this do to the amount of feed that is placed in the box? Do I need to put more feed in compared to litter? And just how terrible is the clumping? Thanks!
post #26 of 86

Did you "cut" an entrance on your sterlite containers? And if so, what did you use to cut it? I have a large 16 year old  19 lb. male cat that just cannot urinate without it going allover everywhere in and out of the box. Just saw online today how the large sterlite or rubbermaid containers are used.  I also have a 7 lb. 15 year old female who has arthritis and I am concerned she would need an entrance to the big container.  I am so excited about using these containers and then in researching , stumbled upon the "crumbles" for litter.  Definitely going to try that out also.  Thank you for any help you can give!!! Tuffy and Lil' Mom will appreciate also!! At least I hope so!!! ;)

post #27 of 86

Retired Gal:  I did not cut an entry into our litter boxes.  So far, all our cats can get in and out without a problem.  However, I've made lots of houses from Rubbermaid totes and found the best way to cut the opening was with a hand held jigsaw.  I think I paid less than $40 at Lowes for mine.  You could also use a box cutter but that takes a lot of hand strength that I don't have.

 

Snyder:  A layer of four to six inches deep should be enough.  I did find my cats did not like the "feel" of the chicken feed.  Whether it was because the feed was lighter (and perhaps less firm) or not, I'm not sure.

post #28 of 86

This stuff sounds great. Can you only get it at TSC? Or would like...Target have it? Could anyone post a big of the bag so I know what it looks like?

post #29 of 86
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Originally Posted by Synder26 View Post

I was reading all the posts and I'm thinking about switching over to the chicken feed "litter". I have heard from many people that the odor from the boxes has decreased tremendously compared to regular clay litter, I'm just wondering since I've heard that the feed is lighter than the clay, so what does this do to the amount of feed that is placed in the box? Do I need to put more feed in compared to litter? And just how terrible is the clumping? Thanks!

 

The odor is comparable. The thing I love about it is the absence of "litter dust" on everything. It seems like all of the clumping clay (benotite) litters are now really dusty. They used to not be that way, either. The chick crumbles aren't dusty at all. If you make sure to buy "chick starter crumble" (and not full grown chicken crumbles, or the pellets) you won't have an issue with clumping. I think it clumps pretty well actually. I clean the boxes once a day so it's pretty low maintenance. The corn absorbs any kind of urine smell totally . All you smell is somewhat of a barnyard smell.

 

However if you have a kitty who doesn't like to bury their poo it will stink just like it does with clay. My kitty Oksana doesn't like to bury on occasion. I think maybe she's just running from the poop smell . 

 

I would use about the same height of crumbles as I would clumping clay litter. 

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Did you "cut" an entrance on your sterlite containers? And if so, what did you use to cut it? I have a large 16 year old  19 lb. male cat that just cannot urinate without it going allover everywhere in and out of the box. Just saw online today how the large sterlite or rubbermaid containers are used.  I also have a 7 lb. 15 year old female who has arthritis and I am concerned she would need an entrance to the big container.  I am so excited about using these containers and then in researching , stumbled upon the "crumbles" for litter.  Definitely going to try that out also.  Thank you for any help you can give!!! Tuffy and Lil' Mom will appreciate also!! At least I hope so!!! ;)

I didn't cut my Sterelite's either. One thing to consider is that mine are not that tall vs their size. In other words they are about 9" tall and about 3' by 4' wide. 

 

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Originally Posted by Ondine View Post
 

Retired Gal:  I did not cut an entry into our litter boxes.  So far, all our cats can get in and out without a problem.  However, I've made lots of houses from Rubbermaid totes and found the best way to cut the opening was with a hand held jigsaw.  I think I paid less than $40 at Lowes for mine.  You could also use a box cutter but that takes a lot of hand strength that I don't have.

 

Snyder:  A layer of four to six inches deep should be enough.  I did find my cats did not like the "feel" of the chicken feed.  Whether it was because the feed was lighter (and perhaps less firm) or not, I'm not sure.

My cat's didn't have much of a transition at all to switching to crumble. They jumped right in which suprised me. I personally don't think cats like pellets-- whether chicken feed, pine, news, etc. I tried pine pellets once and my cat Oksana threw a fit for days and then started pooping on the floor. She had no problem using the chick crumble. 

 

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This stuff sounds great. Can you only get it at TSC? Or would like...Target have it? Could anyone post a big of the bag so I know what it looks like?

You can only get it at stores that sell feed. If you live in a rural area Walmart may carry it. I buy mine at Tractor Supply as I'm in the city. A 50lb bag which lasted my 2 cats almost 3 months is about $17.00 I think. 

 

Here's a pic I pulled from the internet so you can see what the package looks like--however tell them you want chick STARTER crumble for baby birds. The corn is crushed into smaller pieces in the starter crumble and it clumps better. 

post #30 of 86
Also, don't get the medicated kind.
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