Cockatiels, budgies, macaws, cockatoos, African grays & parrots are some of the best pets we can think of.
The best reasons for getting a bird as a pet:
• Apartment living in most cities do not really allow the space for a bigger pet. A bird needs a small cage to live in.
• If you don’t see yourself taking your pets for walks (think dogs!), birds are a safe bet.
• Birds can talk with you – agreed that it is not the same as having a conversation with a human but at least you get a few words instead of woofs and meows.
• Birds are easier to maintain – clean out the cage, replace the water and top their feed and you are done. A couple of toys, a rope, a ladder and they are happy.
• Many birds live for a long time – there is no fear of a child being devastated on losing a pet.
So, I would hover a little on the bird maintenance part. Shavings, pellets and other conventional cage lining materials set up a foul smell, on top of not being absorbent enough. You have to look at replacing it very frequently if you want your bird to be healthy. We present a healthier, eco-friendly alternative in our Coco Bedding PB that ticks all the boxes for cost, effort and comfort. What do you say?
Simply put - the visit to Wellington FL was surreal!
A Private Runway! Jets parked like cars in homes!
Horses, more horses and some more....Looks like the city cannot have enough!
The Equestrian Center was in pristine condition & horses are treated like royalties.
Sadly, a little outside of Wellington [on the Florida Turnpike towards Port Lucie] there are a couple of land-fills (or should I say mini mountains?) where a few hundred eagles and other birds were hovering in circles. Probably a few hundred more on the ground scavenging. A nasty sight....
And the familiar sight of manure dump trucks hauling loads of horse *-/+ away to these landfills (probably!). Wellington, you have a problem! We have the solution! Let us talk!
I found this interesting article. Wellington, FL is considered to be one of the top names in the equestrian community. It's being reported that during peak season, as many as 9000 horses participate at the Equestrian Festival. That's fine. No second guessing on what comes out when we have so many of them in the town. Manure disposal is a problem that is plaguing the city. The article is a little old, but nevertheless, quite interesting.
So, Wellington, here we come!
Brrrrr. That's the right word to describe how cold and windy it was in Camden, SC on Nov-15th. The races at the Carolina Cup couldn't have begun any colder on that day. It was freezing. But the thunderous thuds from the horses that galloped in the race made up for all the wait. A lot of people stopped by our booth to see what we had to offer. To have a booth with coco-coir stall bedding puzzled a few patrons that stopped by. But when they saw the purpose of Coco bedding and its superb benefits, they were amazed. Thanks to all who stopped by. We look forward to hearing from you.
Patricia from Hiott Farms, Sumter, SC volunteered to speak on our behalf to potential customers & horse owners. Thank you, Patricia [& Marsha from SC Dept of Agriculture].
Oh. Yes! We had a big surprise. We got a chance to snap a picture with Hollywood celebrity Bill Murray (A gentleman. He couldn't have been any nicer when we requested for a photo with him!). The day couldn't have ended any better.
Had an amazing time at the Duke Show in Raleigh, NC from Nov-4 to 10th. It was pretty amazing to see the amount of effort a rider and his 1000+ pound horse were taking to jump over the barricades. The traffic on the first three days was slow. But the Grand Prix event on Saturday, Nov-8th made up for the slowness. All the seats in the arena were filled. The crowd went berserk with "OOH's" and "AAH's" every time a rider and his/her horse missed a clean jump or if it did something something spectacular.
There was considerable interest in our coco bedding. Folks who stopped by our booth - Thank you very much. We look forward to hearing from you.
We will be exhibiting at the Colonial Cup in Camden, SC on Nov-15-2014.
Do visit us.
The Coco-Barn team
We are pleased to announce that we will be displaying our new horse bedding product, Coco Bedding EQ at the "Jump for the Children" Horse Show in Raleigh, NC from Nov-4 to 9, 2014.
Visit us at Gov.James.B.Hunt Jr., Horse Complex, Raleigh, NC (Indoor Arena)
The Coco-Barn Team
Note: Any claim without a supporting scientific evidence is incomplete. As simplified as possible, science can still be boring. What, Why, How - if these questions fascinate you, then you will enjoy this article.
Nature has designed coco bedding in such a way that dust and allergens get trapped in the fibrous structure and remains locked. Animal Studies conducted on coconut fibers show a 80% reduction in cough and dust related issues in comparison to wood chips. Air quality in the stalls is a major worry for most of the horse owners.
Horse Manure contains about 50% organic carbon and about 5% nitrogen. The Carbon [C] to Nitrogen [N] ratio (C/N) is the deciding factor that determines the decomposition rate of a manure pile.
Any material, which has more carbon than nitrogen is generally referred as "browns". The reverse is called as "greens". In a compost pile, a fine balance has to exist between the browns ad the greens. This helps the natural bacteria to easily work on the pile and breakdown the material into a fine quality compost.
When C is high, the beneficial microbes will not be available in sufficient numbers to breakdown the compost pile. When N is high, excess nitrogen will be released in the composting process, which forms methane and other foul smelling gases.
Microbes need large quantities of sugar (which they get from Carbon) and proteins (which they get from the Nitrogen). But too much of sugar will make the microbes go berserk. Too much of nitrogen will cause excessive amounts of amino-acids in their system causing other problems. There has to be a right balance.
Here's a small list of C/N ratio of the FRESH bedding material in a horse stall:
Here's a small list of C/N ratio of the SOILED bedding material after removal from a horse stall:
The "meal" wasn't agreeable to the microbes in the wood chips-manure pile. The C/N ratio was 400:1, too high to begin with. And after all the work by the microbes, it still is very high 325:1. Therefore, the pile will take a good while before it is completely broken down [statistics vary between 9 months to 2+ years depending on various factors].
When left by itself, discarded coconut husks/fibers take a very long time to break down. [note: high in carbon] C/N is 66:1.
When left by itself, farm manure, rots slowly. It also has a foul smell because of excess ammonia and methane gases [note: high in nitrogen] C/N is 14:1
But when both get mixed up, it's a dynamite! The excessive nitrogen in the manure is absorbed by the coconut fibers. The C/N ratio in coconut fibers is now lowered. The C/N ratio in the manure is now raised.
The mix now has a C/N [22:1] which is close to the ideal ratio [30:1]. The protozoa, microbes and other beneficial organisms are invited to an "all you can eat" buffet! They feast on this manure-coir mix and break down the pile. In about 90 days or so, we get a sweet smelling composted product. The N, P & K in this mix is readily absorbed by the soil.
In the case of saw-dust or wood chips, because of the drastic imbalance in the C/N ratios when the composting starts, it takes a long time to break down. Hence the bedding thrown out from stalls that uses saw-dust or wood chips will create more problems. It requires additional adjustments to make this pile decompose in a safe manner.
But in the case of coco bedding-manure pile, it decomposes naturally and much quicker too!
I am a science graduate and a salesman - rolled into one. I have a penchant for writing, but edit my copy so much that usually lands me in the same spot I originally began with! My hobby is to roam around Montana on a horse back [just a dream! I don't have a horse and never been to Montana!]