- I gave what I could!
I try not to start new topics unless I absolutely have a life or death problem, but I´m just curious and I have to ask: what do all of you people use as bedding for your beloved little piggies? I know not to use cedar, as I never have and never will. But some things I have read have got me doubting my locally made and kiln-dried pine shavings.
I´ve seen that CareFresh stuff around, but I refuse to pay a fortune for a tiny bag of fluff that´ll probably only last a week or two. I have never had a problem with pine shavings. I used them for my rats, and my hamsters, and my rabbits, and now I´ve got my pig-dude and an internet full of conflicting ideas on bedding, so could someone help me?
Suggestions and input on your own preferences would be greatly appreciated.
Oh, by the way, I finally got Honey/Buddy/Piggles/Peeg to sit still long enough to snap a webcam photo of him. How do you like my avatar? Isn´t he sweet?
there arent any alternatives thhat dont cost the earth or have some othr risk. i trieed a sort of softt chopped straw which seemed nice but was impregnated with some chemical or other. also tried aa horsey bedding made from hemp.
they all seem to get stuck in their bums more than shavings
I use shredded aspen from a local sawmill, $4.50 for 3 cubic feet compressed.
I use kiln dried pine for the pigs which I buy in bulk from the feedstore. Carefresh isn´t available in Oz and as I have over 30 square feet of floor space to cover with twice weekly changes, I need a cheap effective bedding. I leave the top of the shavings bag open to let some of the dust and phenols escape
To answer your bedding question, I use a combination of bath towels and Carefresh. Mitzi is litter-trained so I have a corner litter box with Carefresh for her. For Piglet I have one end of her cage done in Carefresh and the rest is lined with a bath towel. Saves a lot of money. It´s the best set-up I´ve found so far. For cost...maybe you can get your pet store to order the large (50 liter) bags? It is $30 for one of those bags, which lasts me about 5-6 weeks. It´s more cost-effective to buy the big bag. Right now I´m getting 5 small bags for $30 as they´re having trouble bringing in the big bags (just got a new supplier). The kiln-dried pine here isn´t great. I found it too dusty and Piglet was allergic to it. Have you tried aspen? You can get it at Walmart, that´s what I used before I switched to Carefresh. Mitzi was allergic to aspen (and so was I) so it pretty much left me with Carefresh.
Where did you get your pig (can´t quite conclude what his name is?) He is so cute! I hope to have some pics of mine up soon.
I´m a New-B.
I use wood pellets. They are made for woodpellets stoves and I buy them at the hardware store, but they work great as litter. I pay 4$ a 40lbs bag. I cover the bottom of the cage and throw a few handfuls of pine shavings on top of the pellets. It works very well.
Whenever I run out of pellets and use pine shavings only, I can´t believe how fast it starts to smell.
- I gave what I could!
LadyVeg- Our pigs ARE twins! Yours is a little larger than mine, but they´re pretty close to identical, and Twinkie is an excellent name. Very fitting.
SO, everyone is all for kiln-dried pine shavings??
Hooray!! I´m glad because that´s what I use and I´ll stick with it.
( just the damp patches and droppings removed ) twice a day. The benefits of not having my piggers on shavings became all to real, when I had to take them up to the CCT, as the head rodentologist there, has a complete intolerance to all shavings and her assistant couldn´t do the procedure. I was very relieved that I hadn´t used the shavings in a while, and resolved never to use them again.
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