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    Smile Is hay as bedding better then wood shavings?

    So we've had guinea pigs for about 5 years now and we've always used hay as bedding. But i recently got 2 more little baby girls and I was wondering if it's better to use wood chips as main bedding and then ad hay for food? Is it cheaper? We go through hay very quickly and its quite expensive. Just to show you 20L of wood chips is $24.24 (NZD) and $29.99 for 55L of Hay. I know Hay seems cheaper but does it take a while to get through wood chips?

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    Re: Is hay as bedding better then wood shavings?

    If you're looking to save money, fleece is the best possible bedding you could use. Fleece over wood pellets seems to be an extremely cost effect bedding for pigs. Wood chips are not the greatest alternative for pigs, ESPECIALLY pine shavings.

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    Re: Is hay as bedding better then wood shavings?

    Wood chips don’t really absorb urine that well. Even though it’s inexpensive and tempting, I use a combination of fleece and paper bedding for my pigs. The fleece is very soft once washed a few times, but make sure it’s 100% polyester. It saves me so much money! I use paper bedding where my piggy’s like to go to the bathroom to make clean up easier. However, one pig is sensitive to the dust so it’s better to keep it to a minimum. Just machine was the fleece and it’s good as new!

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