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Alicia Corey

Post   » Wed May 11, 2005 5:37 pm


_bloop, sorry it has taken so long to respond. I have been out of town. Well, actually I am still out of town, but now I am near a computer. Anyway, the zip ties work great. They make the cage nice and strong. Get the larger size though, because the smaller ones come undone. I keep extra just incase some of the larger ones come undone, but it doesn't happen too often. To make the lid I just do the zip ties a little looser so it can open.

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Sabriel MoonStar

Post   » Wed May 11, 2005 6:19 pm


Here's the improved My Little Pony Cage. Here's the thread about the first version.

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The top level houses my single boar as he awaits his neuter and the bottom houses my two sows.

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Here's Kero's first day in his cage. He was soo tiny then and that was only about a month ago. He's grown so much since then. We figured out we had to baby proof it since one of the first things he did was stick his little head through the grids, but that was ugly so I didn't take pictures.

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The cage is so nice even that cats want to live in it.

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Here's a picture of the girls in what the cage used to look like. There was a ramp up to the second level back then.

I actually was happy with the way the cage used to be, but with the discovery that Kero was a boy I expanded right away. His quartine ended the weekend after I found out he was a boy. I am very happy with a two level cage. Who knows what would get in his little porn star boar head if his cage was on the same level as the sows'. I find if he's not at eye level with them that he doesn't pine for them as much.

Kellyjo

Post   » Wed Nov 16, 2005 5:16 am


Love your kitty kat!

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rachelm

Post   » Sun Nov 20, 2005 3:06 pm


These are such great cages everyone!
I have ordered my cc cage from Sue at cavycages.com and would you believe it was about $40 cheaper to buy a cc cage from the US and get it shipped over than to buy a tiny pet shop cage in the UK! I'm not complaining it means I get a funky cage to experiment in!

We have ordered a 2x3.5 cage for 2 pigs although in the day they are free range. I cannot wait for it to come, I have loads of ideas! (I ordered some extra grids when I ordered cage so can have a play with different set ups)

MommyofGus

Post   » Fri Feb 10, 2006 10:09 pm


We have a house down the shore and Gus has a second cage there. The problem is, it's on the floor and we think it's too chilly there.

I'm going to the store tomorrow to see what I can get to get it off the ground.

My question is, from looking at these pictures, people just used regular grids as their "lift". How does that work? I'm afraid it won't be stable.

critterluv02

Post   » Fri Feb 10, 2006 10:33 pm


In my opinion, it is most stable if you use the connectors properly. They can be a pain to attach, but they offer tremendous support. I recommend using a pliers to squeeze the grids all the way into position in the connectors and I even use a small hammer to tap them into the tightest position. Once they are all on good and snug, I use cable ties right next to the connectors to ensure they won't pop off if you need to move the cage for cleaning.

Another thing is to be sure you use grids in both directions on the bottom. I have one cage that has all the grids going front to back like skis. I did this so that I can easily move if back and forth for cleaning; however, it does rock a bit from side to side so if there were children around or large dogs that might bump it, I would add grids going from side to side as well to prevent that rocking motion. (The last photo on page 2 of this thread is of the cage that rocks from side to side.)

I have had many cages with grids used for the legs and have never had a problem with them colapsing.

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nonamian_girl

Post   » Fri Feb 10, 2006 10:37 pm


It's seeing stuff like like this thread that makes me want to go bigger and bigger and bigger.

MommyofGus

Post   » Fri Feb 10, 2006 11:01 pm


Critterluv...this might not make sense, but I will try.

Do you have grids that make a box, and then the cage on top of that? For example, do you have a grid on the floor, one on the left, one on the right and then the cage on top? Or, do you just have grids standing on their sides as elevation? See the very first picture in this thread and how she just has those skinny grids standing on their side? I can't see how that is sturdy.

critterluv02

Post   » Fri Feb 10, 2006 11:07 pm


No. I cannot see how that could be sturdy either.

If you look at the photo of my cage at the bottom of page 2, you will see that I also have all the grids just going from front to back (none going from side to side). It works for me because I don't have anything that will push it over from the end. However, it does sway, so if there was any risk of it being pushed from the ends (by kids or large dogs), I would add grids going from side to side in a box shape to make it much more sturdy.

In order to get any stability though, the legs need to be added by using the plastic connectors that come in the boxes of grids. Simply using cable ties will not add good support.

Hope that helps.

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JennG
In Memory of Mama

Post   » Fri Feb 10, 2006 11:19 pm


Wow! Such great big and spacious cages. I thought I had a palace. Here's a few pics of my current cage which I'm likely to be revising in the next month.

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The whole cage.

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The left side of my cage.

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And the right side of my cage.

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JennG
In Memory of Mama

Post   » Fri Feb 10, 2006 11:23 pm


A few more shots of da piggie palace.

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This connects the two upper levels.

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This is the protective grid so Angel doesn't fall off.

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And two of my girls enjoying the "kitchen" area.

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dgarriques
Got Pigs?

Post   » Sat Feb 11, 2006 12:09 am


I was revisiting this thread and looking back at all the cages, I think I want to live at Brandilynn's house.

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JD 2 Be

Post   » Sat Feb 11, 2006 12:23 pm


I want my C&C (partly anyway. Couldn't locate colorplast at the time I made it) cage back. But the landlord freaked over the size of the grids. "They could get out through those. You need a cage with smaller bars!" I tried to explain that they can't fit more than their noses through, but that doesn't matter. He's just a jerk who likes to give us a hard time over the pets. Hey, the company who owns the apartments allows them, you moron. I converted the huge rabbit hutch I had my two Dutch rabbits in into as close to a piggie paradise as I could get. Then we added on a smaller cage someone gave to us for our pigs. It's too small by itself to house pigs, but gives a nice little 'get-away" when things get to be too much for Roxie. I lined the wire top level and ramp, and put up a wall so they don't fall off the top. It's all connected by a tunnel and padlocked together to keep kids and pigs from pulling it apart. It looks a mess, but it's spacious and will do until we can move out and do what we want for a cage!

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JennG
In Memory of Mama

Post   » Sat Feb 11, 2006 12:34 pm


I've seen other members on Cavy Cages make their C&C cage out of the mesh grids. Have you thought of those? I think you can get them at Bed, Bath and Beyond or Target.

When my landlord came over a few months ago, I hoped he wouldn't freak out about the size. (I hid four girls upstairs evan though he's cool and I don't think he'd freak.) Anyways, he didn't say much about it. Whew!

Poor Baby Cuzko
My piggy made me give!

Post   » Sat Feb 11, 2006 12:44 pm


I knew I shouldn't have deleted any pics! I had saved a pic of Cuzko's old cage that I had. The stand was made out of the grids and it was very stable. And it's really hard to describe how I made it.

MommyofGus

Post   » Sat Feb 11, 2006 1:13 pm


Well, I decided against grids all together. I went the quick and easy way and just got two big rubbermaid containers. I flipped them upside down and put the cage on top of that. I would have prefered to get something with drawers, but they were more expensive and I didn't REALLY need them.

It's enough to get the cage about 1 1/2 feet off the ground and out of some of the draft.

This cage is totally rigged together, but works perfectly. It's a 2x2 with grids, but no chloroplast. The bottom is a piece of plywood that I layer with towels. We're only here on weekends and it gets him through just fine.

I'll post a picture later.

MommyofGus

Post   » Sat Feb 11, 2006 1:15 pm


Double Post

Brandilynn
Who's your Branni?

Post   » Sat Feb 11, 2006 4:33 pm


I do not have a speck of coroplast in the house either MOG.

Speaking of, the squids have a new wing to the big condo. The PALM wing (Piglig And Lazarus Memorial). It got picket fenced just last night. I need to find a way to make it sturdy enough to picket all the way around - but just the side facing my desk is picketed now. I had to get the closer together pickets - because tiny Kai can pop through the other pickets!!


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snowflakey
E's Moriarity

Post   » Sat Feb 11, 2006 4:58 pm


My god, Brandiland is a Theme Park for Pigs. Those lucky little boys.

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JD 2 Be

Post   » Sat Feb 11, 2006 6:58 pm


Oooh thanks, JennG! I'm going to have to search for mesh grids. I wish I read that before I went shopping today.

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