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    Care to critique?

    Ok, I have finally decided to use fleece with a uhaul pad underneath for the main cage bedding, then in their "food/hay zone" I will have carefresh on bottom, wood pellets, then more carefresh on top. Does this sound okay? I will empty the litter box daily.

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    Re: Care to critique?

    You probably wont need to clean litter out everyday. Just spot clean every day and completely clean out as needed. you'll save money

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    Re: Care to critique?

    Yeah, I was originally dumping all the litter every 1.5 days. Now I spot clean and scoop all the wet litter out daily but completely clean and scrub the trays every three days. The recycled newspaper litter I'm using runs AUD$25 for a 30L bag, so it adds up changing the litter constantly in two kitchen trays and two corner toilets.

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    Okay I forgot how big the litter box is so spot-cleaning makes more sense hehe Thanks anything else?

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    Re: Care to critique?

    You don't need to combine litters, one or the other should work fine, but that is up to you completely. I'm not sure there would be a benefit though. Otherwise sounds good! You will probably change the way you do things a few times before you get it all down pat anyway. =D

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    Re: Care to critique?

    Quote Originally Posted by Inle_Rabbit View Post
    You don't need to combine litters, one or the other should work fine, but that is up to you completely. I'm not sure there would be a benefit though. Otherwise sounds good! You will probably change the way you do things a few times before you get it all down pat anyway. =D
    Thanks I just thought it said on here: Bedding that the wood pellets can be uncomfortable for the pigs to walk on...also is it hard to clean the sawdust off the coroplast it said the wood pellets give off sawdust...

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    Re: Care to critique?

    If I ever start using wood pellets for the litter box, I would put aspen on top for the same reason you said. They are hard and dusty when wet, which doesn't sound fun for the pigs. With that said, your system is fine. I don't approve of buying bedding for $35 though, so I'd never get carefresh.

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    Re: Care to critique?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kimberly713 View Post
    If I ever start using wood pellets for the litter box, I would put aspen on top for the same reason you said. They are hard and dusty when wet, which doesn't sound fun for the pigs. With that said, your system is fine. I don't approve of buying bedding for $35 though, so I'd never get carefresh.
    Ok thanks for the advice...doesn't aspen get everywhere though?

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    Re: Care to critique?

    Ah I see. It's only in the feeding area of the cage so I don't think it would be too terribly uncomfortable for them to be on it since they don't have to stay there the whole time. I personally haven't had any trouble but like I said, you will probably change how you do things a few times until you get what works right for you. It took me a few months to get a system down that works well for me and my lifestyle.

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    Re: Care to critique?

    Ok so my main question now is does aspen really get everywhere?

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    Re: Care to critique?

    Yes and so do pine chips

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    Re: Care to critique?

    Quote Originally Posted by Inle_Rabbit View Post
    Yes and so do pine chips
    Ok so do pellets really get hard and dusty when wet? I just want more opinions

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    Re: Care to critique?

    They get wet, then kind of mushy, then they break apart and if/when they dry it's kind of sawdusty like but not dusty as in dust flying around. Just kind of saw dusty. I like them personally because they are cheaper than yesterday's news but I only use them in the kitchen area of my cage or over the whole area if I'm going out of town which isnt very often.

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    Re: Care to critique?

    Oh okay so is it hard to clean the sawdust? Does it stick to the corners? And if you were just to dump the bedding out into a trash can would it stay in? Im not too familiar w/ sawdust


    Quote Originally Posted by Inle_Rabbit View Post
    They get wet, then kind of mushy, then they break apart and if/when they dry it's kind of sawdusty like but not dusty as in dust flying around. Just kind of saw dusty. I like them personally because they are cheaper than yesterday's news but I only use them in the kitchen area of my cage or over the whole area if I'm going out of town which isnt very often.

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    Re: Care to critique?

    Does everyone use many layers of bedding in the kitchen area? I find that a think layer of carefresh on top of one puppy pad works great. I scoop out the patches of wet carefresh and replace that daily. I only do a complete change every 7 days. Never have any problems with odour. The kitchen ins 1x2 grids for 1 piggy.

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    Re: Care to critique?

    Yes aspen do get everywhere. I have 12 inch high sides in the hay/kitchen area which keeps all of it inside the cage. I just vacuum up whatever stragglers may get onto the fleece and it's no big deal.

    Also, I only use aspen in my kitchen area. Nothing else, it does start to smell after like 5 days which I dislike greatly. But carefresh is just too much money for me to keep getting it.

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