Bedding experiment

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1aicha
Ze French Piggies

Post   » Wed Jan 23, 2008 11:31 pm


linda_chicha:
go into babies departments and look for padded *blankets* ( sorry can't find the English correct terms). They can be a tad expensive but look at second hand stores. You can sometimes find treasures there..even for piggies:)
those pads are reusable and absorbs quite a bit.

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rshevin

Post   » Wed Jan 23, 2008 11:33 pm


You're very close. Here they are called "crib pads." They are absorbent material wrapped around a waterproof plastic core. Just note they aren't THAT absorbent really.

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linda_chicha
For Pigs' Sake

Post   » Wed Jan 23, 2008 11:41 pm


I tried that (baby section) but never find it. I'm in Australia, by the way. I was gonna buy a second hand bed pad but was outbid in Ebay.

I'll try again. Thanks for the tip.

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rshevin

Post   » Thu Jan 24, 2008 12:04 am


Really? Maybe Alfie knows about them. She's in Australia and just had a baby!

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linda_chicha
For Pigs' Sake

Post   » Thu Jan 24, 2008 1:12 am


Does this crib pad contain the odour though? I mean if for example, I don't change it for a couple of days.

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sef1268

Post   » Thu Jan 24, 2008 6:53 am


The crib pads I have aren't the thick, double-sided ones with plastic center. They are a very thick (maybe 2-ply?) cotton flannel cloth that actually does absorb wetness pretty well (better than the stuff with the plastic in it). I use(d) it under the towels as my bottom layer.

They are harder to find. Most of mine came from Wal-Mart back when I still shopped there. They came in a package of 3 sizes -- the large size (which covers about half a 2 x 3 cage), a medium size (good for under the water bottles), and a small size that can be used as a lap pad.

Bottom line, I'm just sick of all the laundry.

It's Day 3 on the cardboard experiment. It's holding up well (so far), and there is no odor and the fleece is still dry. Question will be how many days does it take for it to get soggy and how big a pain will it be to dispose of.

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Princess Aurora

Post   » Thu Jan 24, 2008 7:07 am


I've switched to fleece aswell, since some weeks ago, and I put a layer of newpapers and a layer of shelvings under it.

It seems to work pretty well, I oftenly touch the bottom of the cage with my hand to feel if there is any wet spot, and there isn't. :-D

The problem comes when I actually got to clean the entire cage and shake the fleece, it's a mess! lol. As we live in a flat, it's imposible for me to go outside to shake the fleece from the balcony, my neighbours would kill me! lol.

Also, the amount of shelvings used per week produces such lot of garbage in the end. And Germany is the most complicated country regarding garbage. If there is something in a bag that shouldn't be in THAT bag, they just won't take the damn bag. We got like 5 differents garbage bins in the flat to select garbage, it's so neurotic! Lol.

So I would also like to know a method that, keep my piggies warm and dry, but that doesn't produce such loads of crap!.

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Maria1986

Post   » Thu Jan 24, 2008 7:11 am


For everyone that uses fleece, do you just use a single layer of fleece on top of what ever you have decided to put underneath? also do you hem it, or does it tend not to fray? (I've never worked with fleece before)

Off to the haberdashery to get some in a couple of hours and need to know how much to buy!

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Princess Aurora

Post   » Thu Jan 24, 2008 7:23 am


I use only one layer of fleece.

As I put a couple of layers of newspaper and on it some shelvings, when I put the fleece on top of that, I hem the extremes under the newspaper layer, so I can cover all the stuff pretty well.

I adjust it well here and there and that's it.

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sef1268

Post   » Thu Jan 24, 2008 8:05 am


You really only need one layer of fleece. You can use multiple layers of whatever you use underneath, though. I was using two layers of towels and then a crib liner on the bottom.

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rshevin

Post   » Thu Jan 24, 2008 8:13 am


Fleece doesn't fray. You can cut it without hemming, although the edges will curl in so be sure to count that in like you would a seem allowance.

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Maria1986

Post   » Thu Jan 24, 2008 8:30 am


Thanks everyone, Fingers crossed me and the piggies will love the fleece and I can stop buying huge bags of aspen (although still have 2 bags, so I think I may use a combination untill we all get used to it.

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linda_chicha
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Post   » Thu Jan 24, 2008 5:42 pm


Sef, how big is your cage?

Have you ever tried puppy pads?

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sef1268

Post   » Thu Jan 24, 2008 8:11 pm


Well, I would worry that they would chew the puppy pads. Although...I did notice a new product on the market that is a paper-based puppy pad that is biodegradeable and safe if ingested. Not sure how absorbent it is. Has anyone here seen it?

Bassy and Oliver are in a 2 x 5; Toby and Otis are in a 3 x 3; Henry is in a 4 x 1 3/4 with a "den" on the side of it, and Zachary is in a 3 3/4 x 1 3/4 with a loft.

ETA: Uh-oh. Seems that Otis has just discovered that there is cardboard under the fleece.

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linda_chicha
For Pigs' Sake

Post   » Thu Jan 24, 2008 8:16 pm


Wow! You got big cages. I can imagine how much washing you do now.

My boys are chewer but they never chew the side of the puppy pads.

Interesting about the paper based puppy pads. I'll look it up.

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sef1268

Post   » Thu Jan 24, 2008 8:17 pm


I'll Google and see if I can find the brand...

Tracis
Let Sleeping Pigs Lie

Post   » Fri Jan 25, 2008 2:07 am


"I would worry that they would chew the puppy pads."

This happened in my girls' cage. I was happily using the disposable incontinence pads for many months, when, one day, Sakura decided they looked tasty and started munching.

Fortunately, she only nibbled small pieces from the border and no damage was done.

I haven't used the disposables since. A paper-based version does sound intriguing!

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sef1268

Post   » Fri Jan 25, 2008 12:27 pm


Here is the one I'm thinking of. It's by Simple Solutions. There is another brand out there, too, but I'm still hunting for it. I think it is OUT! brand.

Well...still so far so good on the cardboard liners. No odor, no wetness. The test will be how much of a pain they are when cleaning time rolls around. And also how long I can go between cleanings (with the double towels and crib pad, I could go a week).

The only problem I've run into so far, is that it is harder to use a rubber brush to sweep up poos and hay because the fleece tends to bunch up. I used some double-sided tape to help secure it; binder clips would probably work, but I would worry about them getting their feet caught on it (I'm a chronic worrier).

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Piggiecavyguinea

Post   » Sun Jan 27, 2008 7:50 pm


Quick fleece question: Would they chew on fleece and eat the fibers?

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rshevin

Post   » Sun Jan 27, 2008 7:55 pm


Some do, most don't. My pigs very rarely chew on any of their fleece but recently decided a particular batch of new baby blankets was tasty.

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