Bedding and nesting

The provision of suitable nesting and bedding is probably the next most important item after nutrition and housing. Good material is essential for achieving the standards of animal welfare now expected.

Today, the choice of types has never been greater, and the standards of production never higher. The range of nesting and bedding materials available from LBS is extensive and has been chosen with great care. The range allows a choice of types, materials, particle sizes and treatments, so that selection for use can be best suited to requirements.

In assembling the range, LBS has applied high standards that each material must satisfy depending upon its intended purpose.

Cleanliness, the material must be clean, this is achieved by using only the highest quality materials, from renewable sources, and ensuring that they are processed through modern equipment maintained to a high standard.

Dust free, the material must be devoid of dust and sharp particles that could potentially cause irritation, respiratory problems or damage to either animal or human. An aspect of particular importance for its use in IVCs and other closed housing units.

Comfort, an important attribute of nesting material that is intended to encourage nest building and community behaviour.

Absorbency, the ability to soak up liquid and control ammonia levels is important to cage hygiene.

Disposability, all materials are easily disposed of after use, either by incineration or other safe means.

Treatment, nesting and bedding must be able to be sterilised by Autoclaving or Irradiation. All LBS supplied products will withstand such treatments.

Research Quality, the strict standards of GLP are met on selected products in the range. All other products are tested for contaminants on a regular basis.

Good quality bedding is an essential factor of the environment for animals used in research. LBS provide an extensive range of substrates for this purpose. Certificates of analysis are available for all products.

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Alpha dri

Suitable for: All Mice and Rats

ALPHA-dri Dust free, uniform particle size 5mm sq, highly absorbent.

Alpha dri +

Suitable for: All Mice and Rats

ALPHA-Dri + Premium laboratory animal bedding material with the added value of enrichment for nesting.

Alpha Pad

Suitable for: All species

A revolutionary new enrichment bedding from the people who brought you ALPHA-dri® • Environmental enrichment. ALPHA Pad appeals to rodents natural behaviour of nest building. Its long […]

Alpha Twist

Suitable for: All species

Alpha dri as mini rolls of multi layered virgin paper cut in short lengths.


Suitable for: Rodents

Introducing a Better, Cleaner, Nesting Enrichment Product • Enhanced environmental enrichment – ALPHA-Nest appeals to rodents’ natural behaviour of nest building. Its long cotton fibres allow for easy […]