What Is The Best Guinea Pig Bedding?

Your guinea pigs tank a lot of time in their cage, so they require the bedding materials that good at absorbent, soft and warm. Furthermore, their bedding also needs to keep odor and do not contain any hazard risk of them.

It is not a difficult task in choosing the correct guinea pig bedding, but there are also some factors that you should consider. This post will help you to choose the best bedding for guinea pigs.

#1 Cotton

The cotton bedding could contain towels, cloths and dome fleece and it is absolutely the most comfortable material of bedding for your pet. This bedding also did very well of absorbs liquid and you can recycle it by washing. This saves money than using the bedding that you must replace after once time using.

But there are also some drawbacks that it will take your time of laundry and you will need to use the detergents that friendly with your pet.

#2 Hay

You should not use hay bedding alone. Instead, mix hay with the other types of bedding because hay also is one of the guinea pigs diets. But hay also makes a good option since it is cheap and natural. But it is very rough, not good at absorbent and not very effective at reducing odor.

#3 Paper

Paper bedding is a comfortable choice and also totally safe for guinea pigs. Paper makes the most common types of bedding because it absorbs odor well. It comes with some forms such as granule paper pellets, natural paper shaving, confetti, etc.

However, paper is quite dusty and might cause respiratory problems for your guinea. It is damp quickly so you will need to replace the bedding more frequently than other types of bedding.

#4 Wood shavings

If you are limit in budget and want to save money, wood shaving is the best guinea pig bedding for odor at a low cost. However, there are some disadvantages to this bedding that you should consider.

Some types of wood have a strong odor that you may fell uncomfortable. Pine shaving contains volatile oils that can lead to bad effects on your pet’s health such as allergic. Aspen shaving has just a litter amount of oil but it is more expensive than pine shaving. Wood pellet makes your guinea pigs uncomfortable when they walk on.

What are the right ways to use chicken brooders?

If you have ever seen a mother hen take care of chicks, you will know that during the early days of the chick life, they always hind under their mother’s belly. This happens because they were seeking warmth.

Therefor in the enclosure condition, as soon as you hatched or bought the chicks, you should give them a warm place with a proper temperature for them to grow healthy and comfortable. This place is known as the chicken brooders.

But whether you decide to build your own brooder or buying a brooder, these following are a few things you should know to use a chick brooder in the right ways:


Each chick requires at least a feet square of space. Or at the beginning, you can place them in a small brooder and then after 2-3 weeks when they more grow, you will need to move them into a larger space. If the chicks live in a camp space that does not large enough, the chick could trample over each other, lack of fresh air to breathe and causes the dead is possible.

If you build your own chicken brooder, you should ensure that the space is at least 12 inches of height for the chicks are 1-2 weeks old. When they turn to 6 weeks old, they should be placed in the best chicken brooder which has at least 24 inches of height. The lower brooder will get the risk that your chickens hopping out.

You can also add a screen to cover the brooder as a lid in order to stop them from hopping out and protect them from other animals and curious kids. But the screen has to allow the chicks to get enough fresh air.

For the bedding, pine shavings are a common choice that easy to find, inexpensive and keep warm for the chicks even in the colder months. You can also use the newspaper as bedding but remember to avoid cedar shavings. Cedar can contain oils that can cause toxic to your chickens. You should spread about a couple of inches of bedding in the brooder floor initially.

Why do you need the best thermometer for fish tank?

Have you ever wonder that in the natural, how do the fish live without a heater?

So why do we need to keep our aquarium at a constant temperature?

It is due to how fast the temperature changes. In the wild, with so much amount of water, it will take a long time (a day or even a season) for the temperature to go down or rise up, long enough for the fish to get in the swing of changing water.

On the contrary, the aquarium habitat, with a much smaller amount of water, the temperature rapid swings and causes the problems. This is the reason why you will need the best thermometer for fish tank to maintain water temperature.

What happens if the water temperature is too high/low?

When the water is too cold it will affect your fish’s metabolism, this process will slow down, and your fish are slow and sluggish too, especially with the topical fish.

In the case of water is too warm (when it reaches 90 F degrees and more). The metabolism process becomes faster and your fish are more active than normal. But when it happened, it causes the risk of shortage of oxygen because warm water contains less oxygen than cold water. Do not enough oxygen your fish can suffocate.

The changing quickly of temperature can also increase the risk of stress for the fish and lead to the weakness of the fish immune system. And the dead become possible for your fish.

Due to these reasons up to here, it is so important to have the best aquarium thermometers to help you maintain and monitor your aquarium water.

What is the ideal temperature that you should maintain in your aquarium?

Each type of fish requests their own temperature and also have different stiff upper lip levels of temperature swings.

Coldwater fish requests an ideal temperature below 68 F degrees (20 C degrees).

Tropical fish request ideal temperature from 75 to 80 F degrees (24-27 C degrees).

Temperate fish have a wider range of temperature than others that mean they are easier to keep.

Cheese Shop

Prices are per pound, unless otherwise noted.

Firm Styles

Tumalo Tomme®
16.50 cut to order / 15.50 by the wheel
wheel approc 3 1/2 #
A unique unpasteurized mountain-style cheese. Aged and rubbed on pine planks in our cellar, its natural crust shades from ivory to orange; the body has slight openings; the flavor is frank, deep – reflecting our pastures, forages and high-desert environment; named after the tomme  style of the French Alps and Tumalo, a village near our farm on the east side of the Cascade Mountains.

Cumin Tomme
16.50 / 15.50

Toasted cumin seeds in the body of the cheese compliments the earthy flavor of our tomme.

17.50 / 16.50
A cooked curd cheese, similar in style to an aged Pecorino; very firm; fruity, nutty and velvety flavors; made from unpasteurized goats milk; aged minimum 9 months.

Farmer’s Cheese 14.00 / 13.00
A pressed round, somewhat like jack; wheels are 4#, made with unpasteurized goat’s milk, then cold-aged minimum 60 days; the flavor is mildly sweet; melts well and compliments other flavors – good for sandwiches, or firm enough to be shaved.

Gruyère by Goat
Cut to order 18.50

Unpasteurized, firm and dense like a French alpine cheese, made with goat milk; makes a great grilled cheese sandwich. May not always be available – ask us.

Raw Milk Goat Feta
6 – 10 oz packages @ .85 per oz.
Firm, yet silky too; aged 60 days in whey brine; vibrant and mellow flavor comes from our farmstead fresh milk.

Surface Ripened Styles

6 1/2 oz. 9.50
A mold-ripened log in a beautiful presentation with wheat straw through the middle;  the characteristic wrinkly rind , which is traditional for aged farmstead chèvres, gives this cheese a creamy and complex flavor.

Otentique® 5 oz. disc 7.00
Mildest of our mold ripened cheeses ; at 10 weeks of age it is fully ripe.

6.5 oz. 9.50

A mold-ripened cheese in an elegant pyramid shape; the rind is delicate and edible; its flavor gradually evolves and reaches its peak at 8-10 weeks of age.

Thor’s Special Smoked Crottin®
5 oz. 7.50
A young chèvre that we smoke over maple wood; our dense hand-ladled cheese takes on a delicate and perfectly complimentary light bronze exterior.

Fromage blanc: literally “white cheese”, it has a fresh, vibrant taste and is excellent used as a complement to other ingredients; comes plain or with fresh perennial herbs and garlic that we grow in our herb garden.

Chèvre 5 oz. 6.50
Plain-Pepper-Cumin/coriander or herbes de provence

We have always hand-ladled our chèvre; it makes for a firm, dense, silky smooth texture. The taste is mild and not goaty, because of our special cultures and the quality of our raw goat’s milk.  We also add fresh ground black pepper, toasted cumin and coriander and herbes de provence to the outside of our 5 oz. discs.  They are vacuum packed and have a shelf life of at least 90 days.

Dutchman’s Flat®
18.50 / 17.50 (wheel appr 1 1/2#
Mold-ripened chèvre in a 8” by 2” wheel;  very delicate wrinkly rind covers a creamy interior and has an ashed exterior and center; named after the snow covered plain below Mt. Bachelor.

Silver Dollar:  about the same diameter as its namesake and 1 oz. in weight; thin, wrinkly rind over a medium aged, mild chèvre; perfect for individual portions and salads

You can buy our award winning cheese several ways:
Drive to Redmond and get it right here
Visit us at Bend (Wednesday) or
Portland Farmers Market (Saturday).
Pick some up at your favorite store
Have it shipped direct.

email us for prices and availability,
or pick up the phone
and talk to Pierre or Anita.
We’ll get your information, then give an
insulated little bundle of deliciousness to
the UPS man.
You will be enjoying one of the
country’s best cheeses in no time.


Goat cheese recipes

Anita’s Goat Cheesecake


Two 9″ cheesecakes

2 premade 9″ graham cracker crusts
2 pounds Juniper Grove Farm Fromage, at room temperature
1 cup sour cream
2 large eggs
2 cups sugar
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice

Preheat oven to 350º F.

In a bowl beat goat cheese with an electric mixer until thick, smooth, and creamy for about 5 minutes. Beat in sour cream, eggs, and sugar, and continue beating until mixture is very smooth and creamy, for 4 to 5 minutes. Add vanilla and lime juice and beat until thoroughly incorporated, for about 2 minutes.

Pour filling over crusts, divided evenly between the two pans, and bake until brown and springy, for about 1 1/2 hours. Remove from oven and allow to cool to room temperature. If you refrigerate the cake, remove from the refrigerator and let it to come to room temperature (about 2 hours) before serving.

To serve, cut wedge of the cheesecake with warm knife. Dip the knife in a tall glass of warm water between slices.

More to come!

Tour the Farm

Welcome to the Farm

Our farm is located in a beautiful, rural setting, yet we’re just 20 minutes from the fine restaurants, shops and city life of downtown Bend.

The Kid Barn

Every spring, the barn is bursting with 200 to 300 baby goats, known as kids. They’re born weighing about 5 pounds, and they’re curious and playful from the get-go.

The Feeding Alley

Twice a day the goats munch on alfalfa, a special treat for them, and then they head out to pasture. The Feeding Alley is the goats’ dinner plate, so we work hard to keep it really clean.

The Milking Herd

Our goats get milked twice a day and each goat produces a total of 3 quarts of milk per day.

The Milking Parlor

No, goats aren’t milked by hand anymore! But the personal touch is important. Because our milking staff knows each goat personally, they’re able to maximize the milk output using the automatic milking machines. Regularity, a calm environment and familiarity with each goat allows the milkers to assure a consistent supply of our most important ingredient — raw milk.

The Cheese Room

White shoes are always in season in the cheese room.
Pierre is heating a fresh batch of milk destined to become the
legendary Tumalo Tomme.

The Cheese Cellar

Our cellar is a cool 48 degrees and 85 percent humidity and houses 500 wheels. Some cheeses, like Redmondo and Tumalo Tomme, are aged in the cellar for as long as nine months.

Pierre received a degree from ENILBIO, Poligny then returned to the States in 1987 to establish his own farm. What began as a local, one-man operation has blossomed into a nationally known company favored by hundreds of specialty stores, fine restaurants and upscale markets.

Yet Juniper Grove Farm remains a simple, hardworking farm, run by a close-knit group of Oregonians who love cheese, love animals and take pride in a job well done. Though they make cheese seven days a week, production on the farm is limited to ensure high quality and low impact on the land.


erin-bedfordWicked Legends, a collection of bestselling novels, introduces Flames of AurielThis is just one of 20 page-turning, full length novels for only $.99! Order your copy today!

When living in a world where the prince isn’t always charming, the princess has a mean right hook, and angels are worshiped like gods, love isn’t always easy to find.
Zoe has never been the lady-like princess she’s read about in fairy-tales, even with her very own handsome prince to sweep her off her feet. She doesn’t know what she dislikes more, his arrogant smirk or the way his gray eyes darken when they fight. Angels help him if he doesn’t keep his hands off the help.

Asher won’t admit it, but he admires the fighting style of his warrior princess. She reminds him of an avenging angel the way her fiery hair whips around her as she takes out her challengers. Dark One help him, but she is as tough an opponent on the battlefield as she is off.

With unknown and unwanted feelings starting to emerge between the two royals, a single goodbye turns into a frantic search for a missing princess. Asher has to find the one woman he never thought he’d miss and keep his kingdom safe from an old enemy. If he fails, the angels may not forgive him this time.

Author Bio

Erin Bedford is a fantasy romance author, a computer programmer by day, and a hobby hoarder.

Creating fantastical worlds have always been a secret passion of hers and she couldn’t imagine writing any story without some kind of lovey-dovey or smexy goodness in it.

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Wicked Legends, a collection of bestselling novels, introduces Pirate NemesisThis is just one of 20 page-turning, full length novels for only $.99! Order your copy today!

Killers. Thieves. Pirates. Family.

Mercy Kincaid is a fugitive from her own family. Her dangerous telepathic gifts make her a target. So is anyone she gets close to. When her best friend is captured and tortured, Mercy’s only hope is to reunite with the family that tried to murder her as a child. She trusts few among her blood relatives, but finds herself intrigued by an enigmatic and dangerous killer.

Reaper has spent a lifetime watching his people die. He’s vowed to kill anyone who jeopardizes their survival. Mercy’s gifts are the biggest threat they’ve faced in eleven years, since a biological weapon nearly annihilated the pirate colonies. But Reaper realizes her talents can either destroy them, or save them. He must decide if he’s fallen victim to her power, or if he can truly trust the beautiful woman and her compelling abilities. If he makes the wrong choice, everyone dies.

Author Bio

Carysa Locke is the pseudonym for writing team Carysa Locke and MaLea Holt, two best friends who have been creating imaginary worlds together for more than twenty years. Carysa is a high school English teacher, and MaLea helps support families with special needs children. You might say, they work as super heroes in their day jobs!

Their obsession with pirates and adventure goes back many years, when they started another hobby together – costuming. They regularly attend Ren-faires and Pirate Festivals. They currently reside in the Pacific Northwest with their families, where they still routinely roleplay and costume together, when they aren’t too busy working on the next novel.


Wow! I can’t believe it’s 2017! I have so many fun projects this year! The first is to complete Saving Eden, book three in the Original Trilogy. Also, at some point during the year, I’ll write a prequel to the Devil’s Series, titled What Devil’s May Come: Charlie’s Story. I’ve had so many fans ask about him that I just have to share the story of his first love.

Finally, I will begin a new series: Titus Crow, the Last Vampire. I’ve been waiting over a year to begin this project! Super exciting!

The real reason for my post today is to introduce a really good book titled Aspen Everlasting. I’m the first stop on this book’s blog tour. If you get a chance, read this book!

Aspen Foster thinks she’s just a normal sixteen-year-old, but when her car’s caught in a flash flood, Aspen and her sister discover the superhuman strength they never knew they had.

Soon Aspen learns she’s not normal at all. She’s an Evermortal, with powers beyond her wildest dreams. But the more Aspen finds out about her family’s past, the more dangerous her future becomes.

This riveting fantasy is full of action, adventure, and romance. Suspenseful and exhilarating!

My Review

What a great novel from a new author! I love discovering these little gems because I know the authors have a great career ahead of them. This book had many endearing qualities. The first is the humor. There were many places I laughed out loud. The second is the amazing relationships she had with everyone around her: Nate, her parents, and especially her siblings. These believable relationships made me connect with Aspen. I found myself experiencing the same emotions with her as she uncovered the many secrets hidden in her life.

I highly recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys reading young adult, light paranormal novels. Grab your copy today!

The Cenote Release Party!

About the book:

Forced to marry a complete stranger, Sandpiper tries to adjust to life in her new village. But the mysterious Cenote, a great pool of water, has bewitched the men of the village, and Sandpiper must know why. This moving story of romance and redemption serves as an allegory with a timely message. Filled with drama and heart, it’s a book you won’t soon forget.

About the author:

Chelsea Bagley Dyreng is the daughter of a fireworks salesman and Miss Malibu. She is married to a Duke professor and is the mother of five God-fearing, book-loving, adventure-seeking kids. She currently lives in North Carolina where she spends her free time writing novels and dreaming about Mexico.

Published by: Cedar Fort

Release date: November 10, 2015

You can get the book NOW by preordering from the following locations:

Amazon.com  |  Barnesandnoble.com  |   booksamillion.com

After the November 10 release date you should be able to find it at bookstores throughout Utah and Idaho and on booksandthings.com (in addition to the links above)

Author links:

Chelsea Dyrengs’ Author blog

Chelsea’s Facebook fanpage

Chelsea on Twitter