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Bedding for kennel, what do you use?

Hope this is in the right area.
I cleaned out the kennels yesterday and we have been using hay as bedding.
I was wondering what the alternatives are.
We bought a bail of shavings to use for the turkeys but found that it was really fine and dusty so I don't want to use that.
I don't want to use anything cloth as it will absorb moisture and become a mold problem.
Just wondering what other people with kennels use as there bedding choice.

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Re: Bedding for kennel, what do you use?

? Where is your dog kept?

I use fleece that I used to use for my guinea pig cage. Her kennel is in our family room.
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Re: Bedding for kennel, what do you use?

Mayzie's kennel is indoors also and I use a Kuranda bed... http://www.kuranda.com
but it sounds like you are referring to an outdoor kennel. I have read that straw is better than hay (I can't remember why though)
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Re: Bedding for kennel, what do you use?

OH, I guess that would help, knowing where it is.
This is for the outdoor kennel.
The dogs have an enclosed area with a regular chain link kennel with patio stone flooring. But there are only 3 sides used as the forth side is the wall to the garage. They have there "rooms" in there with a raised heated(winter) floor. This is the area I am concerned about.
Beyond that the whole house is theirs to roam inn sleep, play, what ever, as we don't use crates.
The kennels are used to house them when they want to be outside and I can't be there to supervise. They also love their kennels and some prefer to stay out there in the night.

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Re: Bedding for kennel, what do you use?

I was going to use straw and was told that it can cause mange????
That is why we decided to use straw.

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Re: Bedding for kennel, what do you use?

I used straw in an outdoor kennel that was 6x12x6 for years. However my dog also used it as her potty area...so I just changed it often and it never caused mange or any other health problems. I scooped often and changed it monthly. Only problem was what to do with the old dirty stuff.

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Re: Bedding for kennel, what do you use?

Raya has a pen in a building that long ago was going to be my horse barn, lol my horse was clausterphobic and we made a lean-to shelter for her and she was happy. Any way I use shavings on the concrete floor for her.


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Re: Bedding for kennel, what do you use?

Straw is better than hay for 3 reasons.

1. hay has seeds that can take root.

2. straw is hollow, making it a better insulator particularly in the colder months.

3. straw is cheaper than hay usually.

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Re: Bedding for kennel, what do you use?

Sometimes I put straw in their dog houses, sometimes I don't. I bring them in at night.

I prefer cedar chips, easier to clean and better smelling. Not as good of an insulator though.

Mine have cots and also a pallate to lay on in each kennel, as well as their dog houses. The pallate is made out of 4x8 sheets of marine plywood and two by fours. Their dog houses have raised floors. They all love their cots. They do not mold.

Kennel flooring is concrete.

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Re: Bedding for kennel, what do you use?

Thanks, the floor of the garage is concrete and in the dog rooms there is a raised floor of plywood. Attatched to the bottom of the plywood in a heated cable, it's the same kind that they install on houses along the eves to stop the ice from forming in the evetroughs.
It keeps the floors nice and toastey but not overly hot. The dogs love to lie out there even in the nastiest of days.

Question about the cedar shavings. Do you find that the shavings cling too much to their coats and gets traveled around?

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