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supertramp
Hopelessly Addicted

Post   » Wed Feb 15, 2006 3:55 pm


I figured it out. Wood and wire ties - the wood makes it pretty sturdy. It's handy because it doesn't need a hinge.

Closed cage:

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Open cage:

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I let the pigs in to check it out, and they liked it so much they celebrated by sharing a poo. Lovely.

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Brandilynn
Who's your Branni?

Post   » Wed Feb 15, 2006 3:59 pm


Awwwww... pooo sharing! Good job on the cage!

K.D. amusingly enough, the pigs prefer the clear bottles with the orange writing on it, but I cannot find any more of those.

Strange pigs!

K_D

Post   » Wed Feb 15, 2006 6:53 pm


You're not going to believe this, but mine do, too! I have to fill that bottle up a couple of times a day. The only time they use the green one, is when the clear bottle with the orange writing is empty. I wonder what it is that they like so much about that bottle.

Brandilynn
Who's your Branni?

Post   » Wed Feb 15, 2006 6:57 pm


Maybe the spigot is smaller and easier on their tongues? I dunno, but they sure do like them and I have not been able to find them anymore!

K_D

Post   » Wed Feb 15, 2006 7:07 pm


I can't even remember where I got that bottle from. Hmmm... Maybe Walmart. I know, I got the green one from Walmart. I've also got a blue bottle, just like the green one.

klynne

Post   » Wed Feb 15, 2006 7:28 pm


I think PetStupid has the special orange writing bottles. I know I have seen some orange writing bottles there, but don't know if it is the exact same special pigs-like-them ones.

Brandilynn
Who's your Branni?

Post   » Wed Feb 15, 2006 7:39 pm


Hmmmm.. I bet it is since I got these two as leftovers from somebody's PetSchmeg castoff cages.

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slap_maxwell

Post   » Thu Feb 16, 2006 9:19 am


Finished designing Mei and Sophie's cage. (Simon is in visiting Mei)

It does not have coro sides yet, I have to pick up a sheet tomorrow. It does have coro on the bottom.

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Brandilynn
Who's your Branni?

Post   » Thu Feb 16, 2006 9:25 am


Nice Slap!!

KaraT

Post   » Thu Feb 16, 2006 10:24 am


Hi all, wonderful pics of your cages. I'm fairly new here and was thrilled to find all the info on health and cages. My problem was that when I went to buy the cubes I couldn't find them anywhere. (very rural area) I've seen them a hundred times in stores, but not now. I was with a friend and (after going to 5 stores) we ended up in Lowe's. We were searching there and came up with the idea of the wire shelving. I had read that some used it for the top of the cage. I got 2 four foot pieces and 1 six foot piece, cut in half. (36' x 48') I put the edge that you'd hang clothes in on the bottom and put them together with the plastic cable ties. Then dropped the coroplast inside. It's working great, but I have a question. I see a lot of you are using towels or fleece? I'm using the care fresh, but it's a bit expensive. Not to mention a 45 minute drive to get it. How do you go about the towel thing? How thick do they need to be? How often do I wash them? Doesn't the hay and poop stick to the towel? Educate me, please. :)

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slap_maxwell

Post   » Thu Feb 16, 2006 11:48 am


I use fleece. In my above picture, I got the fleece throw at Target for $5 (50% off). I bought two of them.

I use just two-three layers of newspaper underneath and it needs to be vaccumed everyday with a dust buster. I wash the fleece every 5-6 days before it starts to smell.

The hay and shavings do stick to the fleece. In the back right corner of the cage you can see a litter box. My favorite thing to use is a layer of Yesterday's News or wood stove pellets, because they dont stick to the fleece. I normally use a hay rack above the litter box but the particular pig that I have in there won't use a hay rack, so the hay is in the litter box and gets changed every day.

Also, I go to the landraumat to wash my fleece, it is more expensive, but the washers that we have for my apartments for some reason like to have hair and dirt cling to every part of it. I dry it here, though.

KaraT

Post   » Thu Feb 16, 2006 1:27 pm


Thanks slap for the info. So you're talking the fleece throws? Like the blankets? There are currently 5 on the back of my couch, one for each in the family. :) I always say that we're a family of "blankie people".
Don't know where I'd get enough newspaper though. Could I use towels under the fleece?
I'm liking this! The piggies could have lots of neat colors and designs.

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slap_maxwell

Post   » Thu Feb 16, 2006 2:01 pm


Yes, the fleece throws. Just make sure that they are polyester fleece and not cotton fleece (cotton fleece will not wick away moisture)

You can also go to Walmart or Joanns and get some fleece cut to the length of your cage. I use two layers of fleece which comes out to a bolt length folded in half most of the time.

You can try towels (In my experience it made it smell- but every cage is different) You can also try puppy pads.

That is one thing that I like about the fleece. You get to choose your colors and designs. Here are a couple of mine:

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KaraT

Post   » Thu Feb 16, 2006 2:40 pm


Wonderful slap! I'm digging that pink tiger print. Wouldn't my girls love that! Walmart (my closest store) is 45 min. away, so I'm glad they have it in the fabrics.
The puppy pads are a good idea also, thanks. The care fresh is running $18- $20/week. I'd much rather spend all that money on other neat piggy stuff.
Whew! I've really got to get off of here. My brain is reeling with ideas. :)

HopelessRomantic

Post   » Tue Feb 21, 2006 12:45 pm


Slap -- how did you get it up off the floor?

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slap_maxwell

Post   » Tue Feb 21, 2006 1:30 pm


The cage? It is on a base.

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cutemomomi
Obey My Authority

Post   » Tue Feb 21, 2006 1:38 pm


You know Slap, everytime you post a pic of your cage, I go into a deep meditation mode trying to figure out how do you clean that cage without breaking any bones?!?

I really like your 3 tier cage, I want to TRY building a cage like that, so the 4 of them can be in the livingroom with us.
But I need at least 2 cubes' height underneath the cage for storage, then, I won't be able to reach the 3rd level, ... *sigh*

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mosmom

Post   » Tue Feb 21, 2006 3:41 pm


It support itself pretty good then? I have wanted to build a cage like that, however I can just see my kids leasning on it and the bottom supports giving way.

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SweetWhisper

Post   » Tue Feb 21, 2006 4:25 pm


This is my cage.
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It is 36" X 30" X 30" high.

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lisam

Post   » Tue Feb 21, 2006 7:41 pm


Are you working on getting/making a larger one? Yours is really too small. You don't count the upper level when figuring square footage. The absolute smallest it should be is 7 1/2 square feet.

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