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Lydiab
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 22, 2017 4:37 pm    Post subject: foraging box at bottom of cage

I would like to make a foraging box type deal at the bottom of my cage, where i could put a material that is safe for them to dig around in and i can put all his food etc on the floor and he can go scratch for it. I am wondering what is safe for them. Could i use dirt, wood chips etc? Has anyone done this? Note: I live in an apartment so an aviary is not a possibility but would like to make a nice floor for him almost compared to what he would normally have in the wild. Obviously i can't do trees or shrubs since i am prone to killing them.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 22, 2017 4:51 pm    Post subject:

Natural compost....not the stuff they sell in bags at plant shops ..
If you know someone who has a garden and good well broken down compost... or compost from the forest floor.
Scrape back the top dry/ fresh leaf uncomposted layer and use the stuff below..

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 22, 2017 4:52 pm    Post subject:

yah i don't have access to any of that, what about wood chips?
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 22, 2017 5:03 pm    Post subject:

You cant get out into the wilderness or even a forest on the edge of the suburbs?
Or know someone that has a garden?
Or have a chat to a local city garden/ park/ cemetery , gardener.. just a couple shovel full?

Wood chips.. yep... careful if have been treated, or type you use.
Several old threads on that...

Sry the concept of living in a city apartment and not having access.. be it a short walk , bus, train or car ride, or not knowing someone who has a garden or farm... to anything beyond the central city, or city parks is way beyond my comprehension.

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