Bedding for Whelping Houses

Discussion in 'Rabbit Hunting and Beagling' started by RKW, Jan 22, 2010.

  1. RKW

    RKW Active Member

    What do you put in your dogs houses for newborn bedding? I have a female about to whelp pups soon and my wife wanted to know if we should put different bedding in the house so I told her I would consult the experts and get back with her.:up: Thanks for your suggestions.:wink:

  2. ninja turtle

    ninja turtle New Member

    unless the temperature is really cold, I would not put anything in there. the mother will keep those pups warm, if it gets to cold i would put a heating lamp, but no bedding. I have seen and heard of pups sufficating and getting some of the bedding in their mouth. just my opinion, but no bedding if at all possible.

  3. RKW

    RKW Active Member

    Thanks Ninja that's what I usually do. Sometimes I just put a good carpet on the floor to keep them from laying on a cold plastic floor on top of concrete. I was wondering if anybody used anything else.
  4. ninja turtle

    ninja turtle New Member

    If possible I would put them on wood rather than plastic, it will be a lot warmer. I personally don't like carpet, I think it irritates new born pups, I would get her in a wood box with no bedding if u can, I have had a lot of success with this. Whatever u put in there, if the moma don't want it in there, then get it out, afterall she probably knows more than we do. Just my two cents. Good luck to ya.
  5. Echo Hill's

    Echo Hill's Member

    I like to place newspaper in the whelping box prior to the female's whelp date. She will shred them up when pups start to be birthed. The paper will absorb alot the liquids and tend to help the female with clean up in the box . I clean the paper out after all pups are whelped and will allow pups to remain on wood flooring if its not too cold. Never use plastic or any slippery surface as weaker pups tend to fall behind as they can't push to the female as easily as the more vigorous pups. Also be sure to use a pig rail inside the box to protect pups from being laid on or crushed against the side by the female. This will save some pups in litters born to inexperienced females.

  6. Crofford

    Crofford New Member

    I would just leave them on a wooden floor momma will keep them warm if it gets really cold I would use a heat lamp. Also I highly reccomend some sort of pig rail to protect the pups from being smothered like echo hills said it will save you a lot of pups over time.
  7. FB

    FB Administrator Staff Member

    Thats all Ive ever used and most of the time I dont put anything down. Youll have to change it often though cause itll get pretty wet especially right after the birth.