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aqh88

Post   » Tue May 03, 2005 5:37 pm


The ramps are fake wood boards left over from building our deck. I took cheap polyester blankets and cut a strip off then rolled up duct tape into loops and stuck it to the board. If it ever gets too dirty I'll just peel the blanket back off and stick on a new strip.
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DaCourt

Post   » Tue May 03, 2005 6:46 pm


Here is our current cage for 3 boys. There have been a few changes to the hay room. They now have a small loft in there made out of a bent grid, and removable grids are put in place to keep them from jumping out (which they tried to do at veggie time.)

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_bloop

Post   » Tue May 03, 2005 6:48 pm


The piggies have never fallen off the ramp from high up? That's the one thing id be worried about.

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DaCourt

Post   » Tue May 03, 2005 6:52 pm


Never....My little one does like to run down half way and then jump...so now at the end of the ramp is their big fluffy pillow instead of the bunk bed.

I did worry about the bridge and that is why I put the cover over it. The cover flips up for easy cleaning.

critterluv02

Post   » Tue May 03, 2005 7:11 pm


DaCourt, what is the ramp made out of? I like it that it isn't real huge. I have been using grids with one edge bent upward, which is ok, but it is quite wide.

I'll try to get some photos after cage cleaning tomorrow.

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Becky

Post   » Tue May 03, 2005 8:09 pm


Cages?!? We don't need no stinkin' cages!

aqh88

Post   » Tue May 03, 2005 8:25 pm


I've only had 1 fall off a ramp. Orbit tried to jump from the bottom of the cage onto the ramp about half way up and didn't get both his back feet up there. He just dropped back down in the hay butt first and took off running again. Otherwise the ramps have great traction and are fairly wide so noone has missed even while flying around the cage and up the ramp, down the ramp, around the cage, back up the ramp..... Also the ramps now go into gaps cut into the coroplast side so it isn't open next to it.

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Lynx
RESIST

Post   » Tue May 03, 2005 8:43 pm


DaCourt, I love your bright colors and tasteful layout. You did a super job.

ellenvega
Skol Pigs!

Post   » Tue May 03, 2005 9:08 pm


Such great cages. Mine looks like a ghetto in comparison. I'm just not artistic.

I think it's funny how in all these cage pics there's nary a poop to be seen. :)

Nurgle
...what, what, what?

Post   » Wed May 04, 2005 4:09 am


You kidding?!? I definitely clean before I take pics for the most part. Only the very cute moments will I take pics in poopy cages.

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Lucy+Lilly

Post   » Wed May 04, 2005 4:51 am


DaCourt - Love the idea of a bridge! Great cage!

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With a Touch of Insanity

Post   » Wed May 04, 2005 5:27 am


_bloop, the ties you are seeing on some of the cages are called zip ties, or sometimes cable ties. They work great at helpig hold the cage together and making doors and lids. You can get a large container of them in the auto section of Walmart for about $6. They are at tons of other stores too, including Home Depot.

The best cat-proofing lid I have seen is the long white metal utility shelves.

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Gabby

Post   » Wed May 04, 2005 10:19 am


These cages are absolutely inspiring! DaCourt, that is a kick but set-up.

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xxrw2

Post   » Wed May 04, 2005 10:39 am


Just thought I'd share how I made my ramps when I had a two story (too hard to clean for now)....
I used a piece of a 2x4 cut to the right length and bought a piece of outdoor carpet from Lowes then stapled it with a staple gun to the back of the board. I drilled a couple holes in the top of the ramp and secured it with zip ties. I used a couple of grids on either side for a railing (also held on with zip ties) so they didn't fall off and also added another chunk of wood coverd with carpet to put under the ramp to make it less steep.

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DaCourt

Post   » Wed May 04, 2005 2:56 pm


My ramp and bridge are made out of drawer organizers. I used wire cutters to snip the ends and then attached them with zip ties. The cover for the bridge is a little wider so it goes over and then rests on the ramp to hold it up.

We made the doors on the front to make it easier to clean. Courtney could not reach the back otherwise and since she does 90% of the cleaning, we had to figure out a way.

I will have to take some more pictures soon to show the changes. We built this cage when we introduced Emmet. I really wanted to go with a 2x5 but there just wasn't room. That is why there are 2 lofts.

The room the cage is in is white and yellow so we wanted it to match. Isn't it a manly cage for my manly boars?

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DartsOfPleasure

Post   » Wed May 04, 2005 4:44 pm


Nurgle, your cage is absolutely amazing! I've had a couple of cages

This was my first one (note that there is no bedding in it yet). I had to move the cage into my room, and this was too big.
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Then I wanted a double story, but it was a pain to clean
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And this is what I use now!
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balex

Post   » Wed May 04, 2005 5:53 pm


Here is our Piggie Palace. We used a 4 foot x 4 foot dog pen, coroplast and cubes for the loft and ramp. I like the pen setup it has a built-in 2 foot wide hinged door which makes clean-up much easier.

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And a closer view of the inside and the loft area which they love!
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critterluv02

Post   » Wed May 04, 2005 6:44 pm


Cool cage Balex. I use the same type of puppy pen for playtime with the pigs out in the shelter. In the winter we set the pens up in the yard so they can eat lots of fresh rye grass.

critterluv02

Post   » Wed May 04, 2005 9:49 pm


I took photos of the Pigpalooza! cages tonight after we cleaned house.

Here is the big cage. This houses my original personal piggies. My husband built this cart to hold several smaller cages, but now that we have downsized, I am able to put my large cage on it. You can see that we do have a few piggies who will be available for adoption soon and they are living in the small, temporary 1 x 3s on the bottom level of the cart.

The top of the cart is a storage area where I keep all my spare towels. The far left of the cart has a full floor to top length sheet of wire mesh where I hang all the spare water bottles, cleaning bottles, etc. It is a pretty handy cart, can you tell I am happy with my husband's design?

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This is a close up of the ramp that I use. It is just 2 grids bent in an "L" shape with fake sheep skin over them.

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critterluv02

Post   » Wed May 04, 2005 9:53 pm


This is the opposite end of the Big cage's upper level.

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This is the other big cage which is a double decker. The girls live on the bottom level and a singleton boar, Carson, lives separately on the top level.

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Finally, this is a double decker for the rest of the intact males here. There are 4 boys in the bottom cage and 2 boys on top. The bottom cage is easy to clean by opening all 4 doors and clamping them to the front of the upper level and then simply sliding the coroplast tray out for easy reaching the back.

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