Later I added my big boar Harry, and he couldn't figure out the ramp. I removed the ramp and made a 2x5. Now I'm fed up with stinky fleece and my boyfriend made me another cage out of wood & vinyl, about 2x4 grids. When I'm moving out, we will build a freaking big cage so I'm able to give my pigs & my future pigs all the space they would ever need.
My daughter (who has to clean the cage) is so frustrated with shavings all over the floor. I was thinking about going to fleece, but the thought of changing it more often doesn't do much for us. I also fear the smell issue.
Do you just deal with the shaving issue and clean it up and carry on....or is there a secret when changing the bedding? I just raised the C&C cage off of the ground onto a table and made one of the grids drop down, so we can try scooping into the trash...we'll find out how that does later in the week when we change litter.
I can't justify the cost of the yesterdays news and the like. The shavings are really the most cost effective for us.
Also, the urine marks the coraplast bottom and it is hard to get clean... I have just started adding rubber bath mats to the bottom of the cage (under the shavings). This seems to be buying us add'l use out the the flooring....
My daughter is so frustrated. She wanted to go to a rubbermade container that she would keep the piggies in (as a fulltime cage) so the entire container could be carried outside, dumped, cleaned and refilled. Granted this is smaller and can do the above...but I couldn't allow her to do it. I could not even handle them in the rubbermade while I was making the C&C cage from a 2x3 into a 2x4. It was abusive!
Mind you the piggies are my daughters (she is 17) and I have become obsessive over them.
Thanks for any input!
I will try the extra-wide pan w/extra wide garbage... We have only had them for less than 6 months. So, it is still in the trial and error stage!
No, I have never used the diluted vinegar. Does it work well? How about the smell in the room?
- Cavies 'n Cobwebs
Think of the c&c cages as luxury hotel accommodation ranging from 1 to 5 stars depending on size and range of facilities.
My pigs live in a Bed & Breakfast guest house with evening meal. Small, but clean and comfortable with adequate outlook into the bedroom. 'Coffee and tea making' facilities and en suite. Food is good fresh homecooking and made with only quality, fresh ingredients. Limited onsite facilities but free access to open play areas with additional services and snack bars. :·)
We have 3 dogs. Dog #1 thinks the piggies are her babies. She would cuddle them if we let her. She loves to LICK them and hovers over them... Dog #2 is GREAT and could care less if they were free range or in a cage or out... Dog #3 is CRAZY and I wouldn't trust him with a ten foot pole around the pigs. Well, he is around to say "Hi" when I feed. But I would NEVER trust him alone (or even with some free time) near the pigs!
My daughter insisted if she were allowed to have a smaller cage, she would let them run every night when we walked the dogs. But, reality is she is a child (woman child) and I can already hear the reasons why it didn't get done that day.
Webs, thanks for your analogy of the C&C cage! I guess because of the lack of floor time, I really feel that they should have the large cage.
- I gave AGAIN, dammit!
- We miss our sweet Oreo
Right now, I'm trying mattress pads that are waterproof. There's a vinyl liner on the bottom and the padding is supposed to be absorbent. Then, I have fleece on top for more thickness and absorbency. I know I'll have to wash it frequently, but so far, it's been really easy to set up the cages.
- I gave AGAIN, dammit!
- Scrapbook Addict
Shavings aren't a problem to clean at all. I just use a dustpan as a shovel to scoop out the shavings into trash bags. Then I do the vinegar spray to wipe out the coroplast. It takes less than half an hour, including catching the little brats.
Occasionally they kick shavings out, but it's not a big deal. I can't imagine cleaning a single level cage to be an issue, really.
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I'd like to do a staggered-level cage like yours, Pooksie. There is a bookcase down at the other end which is blocked by the cage; I'd like to turn a shelf into another loft.
- I GAVE, dammit!
But it was always my favorite.
Tigger used to love to throw himself down the ramp, ass over elbows. He would do somersaults and then stagger up at the end and purr and shake his butt like he was glad you were watching.
I took these pictures before I put all the hideys and hayboxes, etc. back in. The towels on a rod are a lovely playtime addition. The pigs loved running through the little drapes. You can see Blaze already checking them out.
Once Lilo, Tigger, and Rebecca died, and I adopted out three other sows, this cage became two boring old unconnected 2x5.5's.