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Join Date: Apr 2000
Location: Bloomington, IN, USA
I also highly recommend pig rails to keep her from lying on any pups. They can be made with PVC pipes easily enough.
If the box is too hot she may try moving the puppies. I try to keep 1/4 of the box fairly warm and the rest is comfortable for mom. The pups will move into the heat when needed and use mom and puppy piles in other areas. If the pups are all spread out then they are too warm. If they are all trying to be on top of one another then they are too cold. I tend to keep that one section about 90 degrees. Looking at the picture, the pups are probably at a good temperature, but the lattice will allow a draft and they need to be protected from a draft.
She may also not feel secure in the box so is wanting to move them. Do as others suggested and drape something around the sides. You could also drape something over the top, but that could make it too warm. I would also put an X-pen around the box so she can get away from the pups if she wants to, but not wander around the house.
She should have access to water at all times (as a side note).
My box is also 4X4 which is fine when the pups are small, but 4X5 might be better as they get bigger. A couple of pictures of my box. The one is just after whelping and you can see where I have the heat lamp in one corner. I also have a thermometer, but you probably can't see that in the photo.
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