The top level houses my single boar as he awaits his neuter and the bottom houses my two sows.
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.
The cage is so nice even that cats want to live in it.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
- In Memory of Mama
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!
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.
- Who's your Branni?
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!!