02-23-2010, 10:24 PM
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If you use shavings, or better yet, pine pellets, under the straw, the straw will last a lot longer.
For the first week or so, it helps to have straw or hay over the shavings because babies sleep a lot with their nose right down in it. The shavings can be breathed in. Also the dust in some shavings is a real problem. But once you figure out where baby lays, you may not need them everywhere in the stall.
Some people don't add the straw on top until they are pretty sure she is real close to foaling. That works if you are watching real close, but can be risky.
Cheap first cut hay that isn't moldy or dusty would work also.