Another fleece convert-with questions!

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WEAVER
one pig at a time.

Post   » Sat Aug 30, 2008 8:45 pm


Once you have your towels in you are halfway done. The next step is laying your fleece, but before using new fleece you do have to prep it first so it works correctly. I recommend washing and drying the fleece four to five times to get it whicking properly and easily. If you fail to do this step your fleece will puddle urine and your pigs will get wet. This step is very important.

You want to lay your fleece over the towels and begin stretching it flat by running your hand across the fleece over to the edges. It is very similiar to making a bed or a baby crib.
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Work all of the wrinkles out of your fleece until your fleece is very flat. The extra edges of the fleece will be up against your coroplast all around the cage. (try to persuad pigs to be patient)
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Next you want to tuck the fleece all around the edge. You want to keep running your hand from the middle of the fleece to the edge and than firmly tuck your fleece around your towels. Don't tuck around your newspaper layer, just the towels.
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I always do the sides first and than go back and do the ends of the cages.
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WEAVER
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Post   » Sat Aug 30, 2008 8:51 pm


Tucking corners seems to be a difficult task for many, but once you have the hang of it, it's pretty simple. You want to start on one side and work towards the corner. Fold it around. Than take the other adjoining section and tuck that under as well while holding the first tuck.
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Your corner should look like this to make sure it does not come apart once you need to vacuum the cages later.
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Once you have your corner work your way towards the other corner by tucking the same way you did the sides.
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When you are done your corners will look like this and your fleece will be pulled tightly.
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WEAVER
one pig at a time.

Post   » Sat Aug 30, 2008 9:01 pm


Now it is time to put all of your pigs' things back into the cage. I use an area mat outside of my kitchen area to catch hay and bedding from them jumping in and out. This makes clean up easier and stops the bedding from getting stuck to the fleece.
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My kitchen area is actually a seperate piece of corplast from the rest of their cage. This makes life easier to just remove the kitchen pan and bring it outside to dump. To keep the pigs safe inbetween the two pans I roll a face cloth and place it between the mat and the kitchen pan to close that small gap.
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Next, I lay their pads in their favorite sleeping area to help keep the fleece clean in this spot. It is much easier to just remove a dirty pad than have to clean the whole cage because they soiled their rest area.
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In goes their hidey house that their daddy built for them. Houses with more than one exit work best and helps pigs remain happy. Less fighting and more escape routes.
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In goes their beds...
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Now you are almost done! All you have left to do is sit back and enjoy your piggies. They appreciate your hard work and really like having a nice clean cage, almost as much as you do ;P
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Bugs Mom

Post   » Sat Aug 30, 2008 9:09 pm


Great descriptive pictures Weaver. Look at those adorable happy piggies in their clean house.

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Lynx
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Post   » Sat Aug 30, 2008 9:22 pm


I used to use some cool stools I got at the dollar store. Loved the bright colors (green was my fave though). gl/my-pigs.html

Great pics and description, Weaver! I love everyone's descriptions of how they make it work.

I used to use heavy cotton cloth in public areas. It didn't need to be changed out often. This was in a whole room. The sleeping shelf and litter tray with hay needed more frequent attention.

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WEAVER
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Post   » Sat Aug 30, 2008 9:34 pm


Lynx, I am so impressed with the setup your piggies had. For some reason I have never come across that page with your piggies on it. I don't know how I missed it after all of these years. You had some spoiled pigs that is for sure. I should have known that, after all you are "LYNX" ;p Seriously, nice "room". Hopefully someday when the human kids move out I can actually have an entire room devoted to my piggies. Even than it won't be a huge 400sq ft room like your lucky stinkers had!

Tracis
Let Sleeping Pigs Lie

Post   » Sat Aug 30, 2008 10:17 pm


Weaver, your photos and instructions are so helpful. :)

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GuineaPinny

Post   » Sat Aug 30, 2008 10:21 pm


Thank you so much for posting this WEAVER! I am going to be fixing my set up again already!

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papiggieluverz

Post   » Sat Aug 30, 2008 10:32 pm


Thank you so much Weaver! I just cleaned my girls cages and it worked so nicely! The tucking of the fleece really works!

My girls appreciate your help Weaver! :)

PrayerWarrior

Post   » Sat Aug 30, 2008 11:29 pm


Thanks Weaver, your pictures and descriptions were very helpful.

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SimplyRachael
Sweet boys!

Post   » Sun Aug 31, 2008 1:21 pm


Forgive me if it has already been discussed, but what function does the newspaper serve?

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WEAVER
one pig at a time.

Post   » Sun Aug 31, 2008 3:57 pm


I like to use the newspaper to collect all of the stuff that falls off of the fleece and towels once you take those out of the cage. The extra poo and hay just falls on the newpaper and than I just roll up the paper and throw it away.

Also, even with the towels the newpaper does get slightly wet in some areas.

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camende
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Post   » Sun Aug 31, 2008 4:09 pm


I love this thread! I think I am going to try the newspapers under the fleece pads. I love the idea of rolling everything up. I used to use newspaper under the carefresh, maybe I will try that again for the kitchen area as well.

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Lynx
RESIST

Post   » Sun Aug 31, 2008 5:54 pm


You don't find the newspapers smell? I think that's the biggest objection. Could be yours don't really get wet.

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WEAVER
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Post   » Sun Aug 31, 2008 6:16 pm


Lynx, my newpaper hardly gets wet at all. Usually just in one corner of the cage. For my cages I don't find the newpaper smells any more or less than a dirty cage. In my opinion the pig's cages smell on day three anyways. I would love to know how people can get a week out of their cage.

In my litter pans, I line the bottoms with newpaper and it does become wet, but I use Yesterday's News for their litter. When it smells, it is just time to refresh the pan :)

Camende, I would not put the newpaper right below the pads without something inbetween. The paper may end up sticking to fleece or leave black on your pads. I think puppy pads would be ok, just not newpaper.

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Feylin

Post   » Sun Aug 31, 2008 6:23 pm


I just started using Yesterday's news for the pigs and for the bunnies. I really love it. So much less dust and flakes on the fleece!

As for bleach, WEAVER, I really only use 10% solution around Lois. I tend to be allergic to the concentrated stuff that you buy in the bottle and I"m supposed get someone else to mix it up in the spray bottle for me.

I tried Borax- no change. :( My water is so hard though, that EVERYTHING gets soaked or rinsed in vinegar once a month or it clogs. Both apartments had little fliers about rinsing out the dishwasher and faucets and shower heads. We have this fantastic limestone aquifer underground here that is really well protected. Water comes out clean but loaded with CaCO2. It's rediculous.

PrayerWarrior

Post   » Sun Aug 31, 2008 6:56 pm


Weaver, I think I can go a week because I have 4 pigs and you have 15.

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becksters
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Post   » Sun Aug 31, 2008 7:15 pm


I was going to say the same thing PrayerWarrior - my two vs your 15 maybe? I mean your bound to have one seriously messy pig at one point who can cause the stank (maybe they take turns lol) with 15 around ;)

I'm on day 5 with the new vet bed. I have been dust busting the top every morning and sometimes in the evening too for the poops but it totally doesn't smell at all and I only have towels underneath. Going to clean tomorrow as I had too much human laundry today to do - we'll see what the towels look like *slightly afraid*

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Feylin

Post   » Sun Aug 31, 2008 7:25 pm


Just soak them in hot water and vinegar in the washer. Then I drain that water with the spin cycle and start all over with a hot water/vinegar/detergent wash.

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WEAVER
one pig at a time.

Post   » Sun Aug 31, 2008 7:37 pm


I do have fifteen, but they are in five cages. My two sets of boars each have a 2 x 4 cage. My two sets of three girls both have a 2 x 5 cage. My cage of five have a 2 x 8. They don't all live in one cage :)

Even when I had less pigs I still was having to change them every three to four days. I can feel the fleece getting damp in certain places after a few days and when you put your head down in the cage it smells. Maybe I just have a stronger sense of smell, I don't know.

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