I´ve been planning a new page on Cavy Cages called Free Range. I´ll add a link to your page there!
I have photos of some other free-range setups that have been waiting for me to have the time to put on the site. If you can do it, it is definitely a much better solution than any cage! Nice job.
cavytopia Your piggie are very fortunate, Lynx, to have all that room! Your girls look positively blissful! Thanks for sharing those photos.
Pigpal Maybe we can persuade Pinta to share some pictures of her fabled "home on the range" set up?
I´m sure a lot of people would be interested to see twenty odd pigs bumbling about wherever they please. The imagination runs wild, as well as the pigs most likely!
BTW - that was the quantity of pigs (twenty odd), not a comment on the weirdness of Pinta´s pigs. Although, if they take after their caretaker.....
Pigpal Lynx, I guess your girls don´t nibble on the furniture legs?
I used to let my boys run free in my old kitchen, but they would constantly gnaw on the edges of the wood cabinets. I expected a few exploratory nibbles while the space was still new to them, but was surprised when they did it each and every time.
I wonder if it was perhaps a territorial marking type behavior. Has anyone else noticed their pigs doing this? Male or female?
Lynx No, no furniture nibbling. The sometimes chew on the stools (don´t get anywhere but it makes lots of fun noise) or the litter tray edges. And a handy box gets torn up and chewed on, but they leave the furniture completely alone. I think it is because they like to be in a sheltered location when they do their thing and the furniture is out in the open.
Pics of Pinta´s set up would be great. What I envy more than anything is the lovely garden, perfect for pigs so they can safely get fresh air, food, and return to their animal roots.
NurgleTWH One of my piggies (Streak) ended up free-range for a while while I was gone on vacation... to my absolute surprise, the cats had completely ignored him for two weeks! As he was in the basement, I just told my keeper (who is very pregnant) to leave him be, just make sure he can get to some hay, food, and water. He seemed quite content when we got home, so he got to run around for a few more days, as he only pees where he sleeps, so I put a litter box down there.
Needless to say, he is now back in his half of the cage, but I had fun watching him run around for those few days! I´ll have to look into this free-range stuff a little closer. But don´t think that I will ever be comfortable permanently doing this, just because of the cats. But I´ve gone from thinking it is an absolute no, to having niggling ideas.
- I gave what I could!
I´d love to let mine have a room to himself, but living at home with the parents doesn´t allow such frivolous waste of space, as my father says.
When I´ve got my education and a place of my own, it´ll be Pig Paradise.
Oh, by the way, I get a great big laugh at the way you guys are constantly ribbing one another. They give you a hard time, eh Evangeline? Are you really the trollop they make you out to be?
- I gave what I could!
I live on an island, for heaven´s sake!