Re: Time spent in whelping box and Weaning pen surface
I use newspapers for the really messy time in the first week. I put a whelping box liner -- like a papertowel, but 4'x4', then I stagger many papers on top of it.
Clean up is easy because of the liner. You just remove the pig rail, then roll it up and put it in a trash bag. I also use clorox wipes, but they have no bleach in them so it will not kill parvo, it just keeps it clean and fresh.
Then I put down a new liner and stagger papers, I use lots.
After the first week, once the bitch stops bleeding so much, I put the fake fleece liner on top of the papertowel like liner. That works pretty good.
Once the puppies start taking themselves out of the whelping box, they start taking themselves through the doggy door into the puppy pen. The puppy pen has a concrete base. I clean it a couple of times a day.
I am generally not in a hurry for the bitch to wean the pups. I let her do it in her own time. I offer food, at first she eats most of it and continues to let the pups nurse, after a while, she lets them eat most of it and just cleans up after them. By eight weeks, the pups may be still hopeful for milk, but they are not depending on it.
Depending on how messy the puppies are, I will eventually make the inside area smaller and smaller so that they are compelled to potty outside. I also stop giving them water inside and start giving them water only outside. Once they drink they pee. It reduces the volume inside.
I use lexit bottles for water. Puppies are awful about dishes. They walk in poop and then track it into their water dish. The dish becomes foul quickly. The lexit bottles hang on the fencing and provide fresh water all the time.
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