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Old 08-06-2012, 02:40 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Do any of you have any whelping box plans you would be willing to share? Cost of building the box? Have any of you opted to BUY a box instead? If so, where did you get your box from, what was the cost, and how has it held up?
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Old 08-06-2012, 08:33 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I just use a kiddie swimming pool. The plastic is very easy to clean and disinfect. I move the pups out of it when they are about 3 weeks old. That is when they will start climbing out of it. They go to a pen where they have a litter box to potty in. You can put an ex-pen around the outside of the swimming pool and hang sheets over it to give the dam more of a closed in 'den' type setting. Also put a top over it to keep drafts out and keep everyone cozy.
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Old 08-06-2012, 10:42 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Hey there
I've been looking at building one for awhile now and I found some nice plans online:
Whelping Box Construction Plans Very detailed. Feedback page has lots of happy reviews so I will probably do this. My breeder has something similar to this and it works really well.
How to Build a Whelping Box for Your Dog - Page 1
Building a Whelping Box The Easy Way


Couple of ready made ones I have been considering:
"Whelping Boxes" Dura-Whelp® the Original PROFESSIONAL whelping box. Dura Whelp boxes. This is the ready made one I've seen most people use. Price is pretty good and they have lots of other whelping items for sale.
Prices & Product Page seems expensive though...
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I've been looking at building one for awhile now and I found some nice plans online:
Whelping Box Construction Plans Very detailed. Feedback page has lots of happy reviews so I will probably do this. My breeder has something similar to this and it works really well.
How to Build a Whelping Box for Your Dog - Page 1
[url=http://devinefarm.net/rp/rpwhelpb.htm]Building a Whelping Box The ...
that's the one we had built...never used it nice one though.
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The first link? I really like all the detail and good reviews, but part of me just wants to chicken out and buy a ready made one! I think I will have to just get the materials and do it when I have some down time. It looks really well planned and constructed.
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The first link? I really like all the detail and good reviews, but part of me just wants to chicken out and buy a ready made one! I think I will have to just get the materials and do it when I have some down time. It looks really well planned and constructed.
Yes...it's really a nice one...I like the seating on all 4 sides....and the handles. Nicely sanded, no sharp corners. Also, you can take the front portion off and pigrails when weaning if using an xpen around it. IMO, this was the best, most economical one . ( Less than half of the ones online) . We made ours 5'x5' and raised height to 24". Really nice.
( NOTE: Don't use pressure treated wood...toxic)


Didn't get a chance to use ours though.
Our female lost all her pups and had to have emergency spay...
So, now it's just been taken apart and stored away.

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Oh no! I'm sorry that happened.
I will definitely be PM'ing you if I end up making one at a later date
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dawn, not comfortable with using a swimming pool due to the lack of pigrails. Don't want the risk of squished puppies, not matter show unlikely it seems. Thanks for the suggestion, though.

Thanks to the rest of you as well!
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I have a jonart whelping box and it cost me over $500. Yes, it has stood up to the challenge.

I bought a 4' square wood box off of e-bay for $99. It is only 18 inches high, and has no bottom, but comes with a shower curtain that did not make it through the nesting stage. But, the box did do the job quite effectively, until Jabba started walking -- he was so big he was about 3 weeks old before he was good at it, and within days he was going right over the 18 inch sides.
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