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    Tissue box for hay feeder

    Hello, Iím considering using a tissue box as a hay feeder. Will it be ok if they end up chewing on the tissue box?

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    Re: Tissue box for hay feeder

    As long as the plastic film is completely gone and there are no sticks or glue anywhere, it should be fine.

    I'd be more concerned about them trying to climb into it and get stuck, however. I just pile their hay on the floor in a corner to be honest. My pigs have pulled it out of whatever I've used for a rack anyway, and they love diving into and playing (and sleeping) in piles.

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    Re: Tissue box for hay feeder

    I wouldn't use a tissue box. There will be tissue fibers left behind that aren't meant to be eaten, there may be a fragrance added, and the glue would concern me. I have used cereal boxes in the past. But a hay feeder of any kind can be a safety issue. They like to stick their faces in the hay, and when it's crunched up in a box, you run the risk of hay pokes to the eyes. I just make a hay pile on top of a wee pad. They can sit there, push the hay around, and moisture soaks into the wee pad keeping the hay drier.

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    Re: Tissue box for hay feeder

    I feel the same as @ItsaZoo. I've always been leery of hay racks. Many years ago when I first had guinea pigs I purchased a plastic hay rack and almost immediately one of my young pigs climbed into it. Fortunately I was home at the time and was able to pull her out. I got rid of the rack and from that time on I've always just made a pile of hay for them. I purchased a large number of small bathroom rugs from Ikea and I use them for the hay. I change them out each day and it works perfectly for the pigs. I really think pigs enjoy just having a large pile of hay to run through. I know it's messy looking to us but our pigs don't care.

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    Re: Tissue box for hay feeder

    I do like the idea of them being able to play in it if itís in a pile on the floor, but I worry about wasting it if they pee all over it. I havenít like any of the racks Iíve used mostly because I worry they canít get enough hay out so for now Iíve stuffed TP rolls with hay, making sure thereís plenty sticking out of the edges, and cut little holes in them so itís like a toy and a feeder.

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    Re: Tissue box for hay feeder

    I just saw this on Pinterest. Thoughts on this?
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    Re: Tissue box for hay feeder

    Generally, the USDA recommends one-time use of egg cartons due to salmonella and other bacteria that can be present in the cartons. Our garbage company will not recycle them, so we end up using them to start fires in our fire pit.

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    Re: Tissue box for hay feeder

    Oh wow well that’s good to know. Scratch that idea then.

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