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Old 12-21-2015, 02:30 PM   #1
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Default Hemp flax vs shavings

Hi all

We may (or may not) be acquiring a Syrian tomorrow, either an adoption one or a baby. So I've set up our HH but I've used hemp flax for the substrate. In the past I've always used shavings, the hemp was for ex-Biscuit and there is plenty left.

So - is there any disadvantage / risk to using the hemp for a baby Syrian? It feels fine, not sharp etc but then my fingers are rather larger than a hams.

And any issue with changing from hemp to shavings in the future? I'm not sure they'd mix well so it would be a whole cage change and may be a bit of a shock. Having said that, if the hemp works out ok I'll just get more.
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Old 12-21-2015, 10:38 PM   #2
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Default Re: Hemp flax vs shavings

I've used hemp for a long time, I currently mix it with fitch but even alone I really like it, it's perfectly safe to use doesn't seem to have the potential to cause respiratory problems which can sometimes happen with wood shavings & it's nice for them to dig in, it's not idea for nests though so I always provide heaps of toilet tissue for that.
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