I've been using a mix of Oxbow's paper bedding and pig-safe wood bedding but it's expensive (and tedious to buy multiple bags and mix the two together).
I've done some searching of past posts in this forum and it looks like some people have been having luck with pellet bedding. Anyone have any specific brand recommendations (or brands to avoid), and the best places to buy?
I live in the Twin Cities and have access to stores like Fleet Farm, but I'm thinking it might be cheaper and/or easier to buy online than driving 30 minutes out of the city.
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I started out using pellets from Tractor Supply, but they changed suppliers and the pellets smelled too strongly of pine and I had to switch. I used TerrAmigo horse stall bedding -- cheap, and didn't smell much. If you can find a local supplier of that brand, I'd highly recommend it. But pellets will NOT be cheaper online because of the weight in shipping.
However, two 40-pound bags of pellets will last you a year, so even if you have to pay shipping, you'll still come out way ahead of any bedding you can buy from a pet store.
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I just buy multiple bags at a time to get the free shipping. I love this stuff. It is somewhere along the process of wood becoming paper. (It feels like paper pellets, but I sometimes find sticks in the bag.) It absorbs both pee and odor so well, doesn’t have that same smell to it as Carefresh, and it can be scooped like a litter box.
I scoop out the pee spots once per day with a plastic scoop and have a slotted litter box scoop to get the poops.
Right now my cage is half fleece half disposable, but I used to use this exclusively. Even when the only place to get it was petsmart, for 17 bucks a bag. That’s how much I love it.
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To your question, Sef, no they don’t eat it. I /think/ my current boar has sampled it from time to time. But he also eats carpet and other fabrics, so I try not to use him as a barometer for anything... I have had 4 pigs live happily in/on it.
I don’t cover it with anything. Right now I’m using it in the “kitchen” area of their 4x2 C&C cage and we’re all pretty happy about it. They usually go out of their way to pee in it rather than on the fleece.
My pigs used to live in a jumbo sized Prevue brand rabbit cage (roughly 4ft x 2 ft) and that cage was just too small for fleece, so I exclusively used disposable bedding. In that cage I did a full clean (with daily spot clean) once every 7-10 days and never had an issue with odor.
The only downsides that come to mind - and I had to dig to think of any - are A) if they get scared and take off running, it can go flying out of the cage; and B) every now and again my boar will have a piece of it stuck in his butt. The pieces vary in size from very fine to pebble sized balls. Sometimes a dragging butt just absorbs the fine ones. They come out with the poops though, unless I notice it first.