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05-06-2011 07:21 AM
PintoPrincess2
Re: What Should I Use In Dig Box? Is Fish Tank Gravel Safe?

[quote="lilyann"]never heard of i dig box! i got two hogs so im interested to learn more.[/quotA

A dig box is any type of box, tupperware, tissue holder that is filled with any type of material they can dig in or search for things in; the responses I got are really great, you should look them over if you need ideas. But anyway, you can hide mealies, kibble, anything they like for treats/snacks in them ( either contained or not) for you hedgie to find/hunt. It seems that most hedgies really like them; this is my first attempt so Im not yet sure how my guys feel about them yet... im sure the younger ones will love it! Good luck if you decided to make one; let me know what response you get from your two hedgies!
05-06-2011 07:11 AM
PintoPrincess2
Re: What Should I Use In Dig Box? Is Fish Tank Gravel Safe?

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Originally Posted by KamoLover
I use the bigger polished "floral" rocks...or Beta fish rocks....the ones at walmart next to all the fake flowers....about 3/4-1 in ch across. Theyre like 3 bucks!

I actually have some of those at home; we used purple ones in our wedding decorations... i think im going to take all these ideas and put them together. Ill post pics when i finish. I just picked up something to use as the base this morning. Thanks!
05-06-2011 07:11 AM
PintoPrincess2
Re: What Should I Use In Dig Box? Is Fish Tank Gravel Safe?

Quote:
Originally Posted by KamoLover
I use the bigger polished "floral" rocks...or Beta fish rocks....the ones at walmart next to all the fake flowers....about 3/4-1 in ch across. Theyre like 3 bucks!

I actually have some of those at home; we used purple ones in our wedding decorations... i think im going to take all these ideas and put them together. Ill post pics when i finish. I just picked up something to use as the base this morning. Thanks!
05-05-2011 07:11 PM
KamoLover
Re: What Should I Use In Dig Box? Is Fish Tank Gravel Safe?

I use the bigger polished "floral" rocks...or Beta fish rocks....the ones at walmart next to all the fake flowers....about 3/4-1 in ch across. Theyre like 3 bucks!
05-05-2011 06:18 PM
lilyann
Re: What Should I Use In Dig Box? Is Fish Tank Gravel Safe?

never heard of i dig box! i got two hogs so im interested to learn more.
05-05-2011 05:59 PM
PintoPrincess2
Re: What Should I Use In Dig Box? Is Fish Tank Gravel Safe?

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Originally Posted by MissC
I have been using several different sizes of aquarium gravel for Snarf's rock gardens without any issues: small...large...in between. He loves digging. I hide frozen mealworms and he hunts them down like a hedgie possessed.

For a container, I have been happiest with clay plant pot bases - the 1/2" deep - or so - plate things that clay pots sit in? You know? I have used plastic To-Go containers, ZipLoc sandwich and other reusable containers as well as Kleenex boxes (I lined them with duct tape) but have been happiest with the clay as it helps trim hedgie nails.

That also sounds like a good idea and once again affordable! How thrifty everyone here is! Thanks for the suggestion!
05-05-2011 05:57 PM
MissC
Re: What Should I Use In Dig Box? Is Fish Tank Gravel Safe?

I have been using several different sizes of aquarium gravel for Snarf's rock gardens without any issues: small...large...in between. He loves digging. I hide frozen mealworms and he hunts them down like a hedgie possessed.

For a container, I have been happiest with clay plant pot bases - the 1/2" deep - or so - plate things that clay pots sit in? You know? I have used plastic To-Go containers, ZipLoc sandwich and other reusable containers as well as Kleenex boxes (I lined them with duct tape) but have been happiest with the clay as it helps trim hedgie nails.
05-05-2011 04:49 PM
PintoPrincess2
Re: What Should I Use In Dig Box? Is Fish Tank Gravel Safe?

I thought so, about it being to small... mine like to taste everything so it would probably end up in their mouth at one point or another. But thank you for the ideas; Im going to try making a little rock garden for them tonight; those supplies I can find right in my yard! How economical! I know they also say to be careful what other fabrics you let them play with because of safety concerns; is flannel okay? It's the next softest material but im unsure about using it for hedgie bags or in strips for them. If anyone knows let me know. Thanks for all the other tips and suggestions!
05-05-2011 12:27 PM
NoDivision
Re: What Should I Use In Dig Box? Is Fish Tank Gravel Safe?

I wouldn't suggest aquarium gravel - it's just too small, there's too much of a risk that a curious hedgie might do something silly.
05-05-2011 09:50 AM
pearlthehedgie
Re: What Should I Use In Dig Box? Is Fish Tank Gravel Safe?

We have a shoebox lid in Pearl's cage with some cleaned rocks gathered from outside. (I washed and even boiled them!!). They are a lot bigger than aquarium gravel--I'd say the biggest one is about 2 inches across. Anyway, they are nice and smooth and she doesn't burrow in them but does enjoy walking across them and searching for food among the rocks. One night we put her back in her cage with kibble in the rock bed and a full dish of the same thing and she went to the rocks to find the food! So I guess she likes it :P
I don't know about the aquarium gravel--I had the same concerns about using something so small so all the rocks we have are too big for her to possibly get in her mouth.

You can also use strips of fleece inside some kind of box for them to dig and burrow in.
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