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I recently started experimenting with "deep scratching". I had a casing that was overlayed quite a bit and I was sure that allowing them to fruit would have resulted in some of the surface area being un-pinnable due to the overlay. Stirring the casing layer up with a fork that was boiled in water for 15 minutes and cooled worked great at solving this problem. I also noticed that the casing layer re-colonized very evenly. I used to have a problem with uneven casing layers and pinning, so now I always do the deep scratching technique to get a good even fully colonized casing layer. At about 35-50% colonization, I scrape and stir the casing layer up, making sure to spread the colonized part through the non-colonized parts, even casing layers always ensue. Anyone else ever have any experiences with this?
My hamster has had rather identical experience, actually. Although he flame sterilized his fork.
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I think that a good deep scratch, stirring all of the colonized and non-colonized casing layer together down to the substrate, then covering the entire layer in a 1/8th inch of more casing material is a great way to ensure even pinsets
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