Originally Posted by Chromie
do you ever have problems with mites or anything getting inside the straw? I have heard horror stories...just wondering?
I use pine needles from the neighbor across the street
You can get mites in straw, as it is hollow and can harbor insects, but I use it, and thank God, haven't had problems yet. I do dust or spray the nest boxes when I clean them out, just in case. I also buy the Timothy Hay at a pet store near here, in a bag. That's good too, only of course, more costly. You have to buy the bags with the long pieces in it. I can't find the long pine needles around here, or I would use those too. Some of mine like the tobacco stems, but most prefer the straw or Timothy hay.