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Old 05-17-2019, 04:27 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Looking into a different bedding than what I currently use for my hedgies and it says it is 95% kiln dried pine. I have never seen this sort of percentage before. Is that safe or would it be best to avoid since it isn't totally kiln dried? Thanks in advance!


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I've not seen that before either. Is there another ingredient in the mix? (that makes up the remaining 5%)
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It only shows pine in there... maybe it uses a rotary drier as well
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What bedding are we actually talking about here though ?? Because most bedding that contain pine are wood shavings which shouldn't really be used anyway.
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What bedding are we actually talking about here though ?? Because most bedding that contain pine are wood shavings which shouldn't really be used anyway.
Wood shavings aren’t bad to use, but what you have to watch for are sharp sticks in the bedding. I’ve used wood shavings in the past, and while she loved to bury herself in them, they were farrr too messy for me. Other than that, I had no problems with them. If it’s only pine wood then the drying process shouldn’t be a big deal!
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Old 05-18-2019, 03:29 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I would avoid Pine shavings for hedgehogs - kiln dried or not, I'm with Ria on this one.

Pine contains abietic acid - it's a known respiratory irritant, and is a very stable solid. The kiln drying process treats the wood up to around 84C, but abietic acid has a melting point of up to 155C. So, little is known about the effects that the kiln drying process really has on pine bedding, and if it has any effect on deeming it safer than untreated pine at all. Some have no issues with using it, but you are taking a risk by doing so.

Personally speaking, I do not recommend using pine shavings with hedgehogs and would much rather use either fleece liners or some other safe substrate (like something paper based, i.e fitch or kaytee clean & cozy).
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Aspen shavings are also a good idea if you like to use shavings
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Old 05-22-2019, 07:57 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I'm not specifically recommending this because I don't know much about Heggies. But we do sell Heggie adapted C&C cages on our store. I recently wrote up this article about a really great bedding combo that works extremely well with guinea pigs. I think it's worth exploring for heggies.

I've been studying all beddings for over a year and will be writing up a comprehensive comparison and scorecard. But in the meantime, I've found this combo for disposable bedding works the best so far (hemp over wood pellets).

https://www.guineapigcagesstore.com/...nbow-over-Hemp
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Old 05-23-2019, 11:37 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Hemp should also be fine for hedgehogs; I know its a pretty common bedding choice in Europe, and is relatively inexpensive (for what you get). Actually, I think it's a better option for European folk especially, as aspen shavings arent very common here - whereas hemp is.

You could also use just hemp for hedgehogs; you could use the wood pellets too if you wanted to, but hogs don't create near as much mess as pigs do so hemp should be able to do the job on its own.
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