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    Default What is Your Ideal Whelping Box?

    I am currently doing reaserch as I am planning in the future to breed Norwegian Buhunds. I got thinking about whelping boxes and what people see as the ideal Whelping Box.
    I know they need to allow the mother out while keeping puppies in, pig rails or similar to prevent any squashing accidents when the mother lays down, easy to keep clean ect
    but i just had a quick look online and noticed there were actually quiet few different designs.
    So what iare everyone favourite designs, materials and prefferred bedding?

    pics would be greatly appreciated

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    Ive only had one litter myself. However, i went your standard whelping box 2/3 intchs off the floor with four sides about a foot tall. For the labour i used towls and you just chuck them away... gets pretty messy. After that new papper, towl and blackets etc.

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    We made our own.


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    I use home made also but can tell you a few things I find important.
    Easy access & easy to clean, I usely use a wooden sided L shaped peice that fits into the corner that the bitches can get out of but not pups & line with newspaper then bedding. I also use heat lamps when needed.
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    First up.... AWWW!! So cute! Second Di can I ask what materials you used?

    My OH and I will most likely make our own, so I am looking the best materials as well. I am not a fan of pine and I would like something light weight so it can be easily moved and put into storage when not in use.

    Edit: post at the same time lol
    I didn't think of a simple L shape crazy definately will consider that.
    Last edited by Drag0ncharm; 02-13-2011 at 02:48 PM.

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    No idea what he used, 3 planks he hinged together. I did at times have trouble with Pretty lying against them and pushing them out of shape but a brick fixed most of that. I had no problems with the height.
    It was adaptable .



    It contained the pups well till they went outside.






    No intentions of ever using it again. Pretty was pregnant when I got her.

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    If I was going to breed, I'd want pig rails in mine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by aussiemyf7 View Post
    If I was going to breed, I'd want pig rails in mine.
    I have used them(roll rails) but did not like them although for the heaveir bitches it might be worth the trouble. I find if you can get through the first 2 days without any sqeezed pups your in the clear pretty much. I do this by sleeping on a mattress beside the bitch but only younger or first time mums or 1's with a history of laying on pups. I find I now only will breed on with bitches that don't smother pups & will desex a bitch that smothers pups after her first litter. And I would only breed them on if they did smother pups the first time if I thought they had enough to offer to be worth the hassle but after 2nd litter no way.

    I forgot to add we use a wooden platform for the floor, put it in the corner then fit L shaped wooden peice onto platform (he has screws he puts in to sucure it) but I did use the L peice straight onto the carpet once. I put industurail bin linners down then paper & bedding over the top to protect the carpet.
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    Thanks crazy you answerred my next question "Is it ok to have a base?" I have seen many designs with out a base.
    I want to put them in the laundry as it is perfect tempreture all year round but I don't want the pups straight on the tiles. So I think i will have a base and I am going to organise carpet inserts to make it alot softer for them.

    I suspect for the first few litters I will be sleeping next to the box for the first week just to be sure lol But I think I will still have pig rails just to be sure

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    Just don't think roll over rail make pups unsmotherble because they don't & some bitches really dislike them. If they make you feel better go for it though as you'll need as little extra to worry about as possible within those first 48hrs. Even with rails a first time bitch should be checked throughout the first & even second nights. I find sleeping beside the whelping box I get more rest than getting up & down all night, lol.
    OH makes my bases out of pine(not treated) sort of like a pallet but to the size I want. That way they are up off the floor(where drafts are bad) & the pines has some give in it so with bedding seems to be very comfy by how much time our dogs choose to spend on the pallets out front.
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