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    Re: Top soil as alternative bedding for mice

    Quote Originally Posted by cchardwick View Post
    Topsoil - Brilliant! I actually just tried Cypress mulch with fantastic results for both my mice and rats. I live in a dry climate so there's nothing getting wet or turning to mud. Rodent bedding is a huge expense, it's probably a quarter of my total costs raising ball pythons. Anything to cut those costs and keep the animals healthy is a bonus. I'm going to try it next!

    how often did you need to replace the mulch? Winter months Home Depot doesn't sell topsoil. For now, I been using cat litter. Cheapest cat litter I found was from Tractor Supply which comes out to be 14 cents a lb. Topsoil nothing but soil 4 cents per lb for $1.49 for 40 lb bag of dirt. Just imagine the economy to scale

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    https://www.tractorsupply.com/tsc/pr...covers-8-cu-ft

    What you think of pine shavings for horse as bedding for mice? 8 cu ft for $5.99 seems cheap enough.

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    Re: Top soil as alternative bedding for mice

    The pine shavings at Tractor Supply are not kiln dry. Id be more worried about the oils in that one. I have a bag just as big as that of kiln dry pine from Walmart for $6. Lasts me at least a month for 4 giant tubs and 4 small standard cages.

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    Re: Top soil as alternative bedding for mice

    Quote Originally Posted by copper View Post
    The pine shavings at Tractor Supply are not kiln dry. Id be more worried about the oils in that one. I have a bag just as big as that of kiln dry pine from Walmart for $6. Lasts me at least a month for 4 giant tubs and 4 small standard cages.
    Tractor supply pine is fine I have been using it for 11 years and produced well over 50000 rodents.
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    Re: Top soil as alternative bedding for mice

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    I read a few forums where people would use topsoil as an alternative to pine shavings. They said literally only had to remove the top layer of soil once a month. It's a lot cheaper than pine or recycled newspaper. However, they have to bake it in the oven prior to using it. I thought since mice in the wild live in dirt, couldn't you use topsoil out of the bag? I can't imagine baking or freezing topsoil.
    The smell of the mice on Topsoil will be over barring unless they are in a outside building you have were it doesn't effect you. Not to mention the muck it will make. Stick with Pine or Aspen.


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