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    I use cedar chips most winters but does anyone have anything better? Its getting cold her in north west TN. So made me start thinking.
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    I use coastal hay
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    I put them on the bed right beside me so they can contribute to the heating bill.

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    I use hay. I have heard straw can cause mites so I stay away from straw.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wayne Nutt View Post
    I use coastal hay
    I agree with you, but if you live in the sticks like me, mice can be a problem. Other than that, hay is a great insulator. Most of the time we get winds coming from the south, so be sure to the have the kennel away from the wind and when it gets colder, have a wool made door or sometime to cover up the door.
    My penny worth...If it gets below zero which is often here, bring your dog in and bond.
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    My dog houses have two rooms. To get to the back room they have to turn a corner. So the wind can't get to them. Even though the door faces the east. We have blue northers in the winter and mainly a south wind in the summer.
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    I use the 40 degree rule. If it's below 40 degrees I put there dog box inside and bring them in (I only have 2 dogs). Yes, I have a tender heart. I do the same when it get's above 95 degrees during the summer months.
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    Does anyone know if Timothy-alfalfa mix would work? I can find that in 3'X3' bales.

    I heard Timothy hay is good, but all I can find for sale are giant bales of it, here in the city.

    I tried straw one year, and it is messy in a small city yard like I got, as it does not decompose.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wayne Nutt View Post
    My dog houses have two rooms. To get to the back room they have to turn a corner. So the wind can't get to them. Even though the door faces the east. We have blue northers in the winter and mainly a south wind in the summer.
    I hear ya. Here we are in the snake river plain and that means wind and boy do we get the wind. When a cold front comes in, we get the wind from the South from the low that is coming in and then it changes to the north with arctic air from Canada. It's time then to open the faucets slightly so that pipes don't freeze.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mitty View Post
    Does anyone know if Timothy-alfalfa mix would work? I can find that in 3'X3' bales.

    I heard Timothy hay is good, but all I can find for sale are giant bales of it, here in the city.

    I tried straw one year, and it is messy in a small city yard like I got, as it does not decompose.
    It is excellent, but you need to know somebody to break down the bale for you.

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