- Supporter 08-09 & 11-13
I would say I think they spend most of their time in the fleece area. However, I have 1 or 2 that will plop down and sleep in the kitchen area.Do those of you with a kitchen area find the pigs spending more time there than the other section?
Every day is different. Today, for instance, all the piggies were gathered in one end of the cage. Two piggies were in cozies 3 others were stretched out behind and next to the cozies. And, the last one was sleeping on the hay.
*First layer is a crib pad. I find it works wonders compared to puppy pads, PLUS it's machine washable, so much less waste. Keep in mind this is the flat sheet, not the fitted one.
*Second layer is either 1 beach towel, or 2 overlapping bath towels.
*Third layer is the fleece.
To hold it in place: I push the excess fleece down in between the cubes and the cage base (I have a wood base), then clip the fleece to the cubes every 6-8" along the side, and at the corners, then in the middle of the ends. For this I use binder clips (I think some of you know them as bull dog clips) that I found at the Dollar Store...12 clips for $1!
- Let Sleeping Pigs Lie
I've always liked this idea (though I haven't tried it):
Scroll down -- there are great pictures of the PVC pipe frame.
It is no doubt because they are only 3 months old.
I have pigs who are (now) older that totally *crash*. I can walk by now and look over and they are fast asleep - often with legs kicked out or pigs on their sides. They do not even know I am there a few feet from them. BUT when they were younger - not so!!
Your pigs just need time to get used to you and their surroundings more - be patient - pigs need more time than most people!! :)
- one pig at a time.
Many pigs, especially those who are cautious, sleep with their eyes open. It is perfectly normal, and stems from them being a small prey animal. They always want to know what is going on around them. Usually if they are laying down, not moving, they are sleeping. Most pigs, as they age, and/or become comfortable with their surroundings will begin sleeping with their eyes closed.Just curious, I am a new piggy momma. I notice you all talk about them sleeping here or there. I have two female piggies and they are about 3 months old. I never see them sleep. They always seem to be awake. Why is that?
I have a question for everyone that hopefully someone can help me with since I have been asking around. I am building a 2x6 and plan on using fleece. I plan on having a 1x2 or a 2x2 loft and it will be on a stand.
How do you get in the cage to clamp the fleece down? Athena is a big burrower and I was thinking about tucking the fleece like Weaver does but I don't think that will keep her at bay. If I use binder clips like I do now, I'm afraid I won't be able to get it in the cage. If someone has photos of how they change their cage and has a cage set up like the one I am building, that would be awesome!
If someone comes up with an idea of how to get our fleece to look like Weaver's when we've got CRAZY BURROWING PIGS, by all means, let us know - because clipping it to the coroplast is a pain in the arse. I love the nice, flat-sheet look, but my pigs would be under it and STUCK (not the sharpest tools in the shed, they) in about 3 seconds. Grar.
Here's how I put fleece in the cage.
For the kitchen area (on the second level), I use carefresh.