For a 2x3 cage, should I build an additional 1x2 section for the kitchen and make a separate box from coroplast, or just put in a small cat-litter-box-sized kitchen area in the 2x3?
I guess what I'm asking is does a kitchen area take away from the square footage of the cage? I want to make sure the pigs have more than enough room to run.
I'm building 2 separate cages for the boys and putting them next to each other to see how they get along before I combine their cages into one.
I also want to build a 2x6 with a kitchen but am not sure how to measure out a kitchen area for that size cage either. I'm open to everyone's suggestions...I'm not very creative.
I use wood stove pellets, though, and they don't scatter around like shavings or carefresh would.
I used to use other plastic boxes for kitchens, but now i've found that cutting coro to fit works better for me. I can make one side really high to keep the hay in, and cut the other sides down low for the pigs.
The pellets turn to sawdust when they are wet. That would make it really easy to spot clean, if I was doing that.
However, I leave the sawdust. It doesn't stay wet long, honestly. The sawdust softens up the pellets and makes for a nicer walking surface.
I lay the pellets down in a layer about 2-3 pellets thick. It SEEMS like not enough, and the pigs might shove them all out of the way at first, but once a few pellets start to break down to dust they will expand a lot.
I used to use a layer of aspen shavings on top to soften the surface, before I realized the dust would do the same just as soon as someone pees. :)
The pellets are made of aspen and are about $6 ( they were $4 last year!) for a 40lb bag at Lowes. Make sure you get the kind with no accelerant. The pine pellets would be OK too, since the process removes the aromatic oils.
I'm using the wood stove pellets, but horse bedding pellets work just as well. You can get those at feed stores.
I didn't buy it, because I wanted to confirm on here first.
Here are some details about it:
1. It seems to range from 3mm to 15mm thick, depending on the company that makes it. What is ideal?
2. I saw the 3mm one and it was a bit more flimsy than expected. Not as flimsy as paper, but definitely more than than I expected.
3. The two guys working there seemed to argue over whether it was made from foam or plastic. Looked like plastic to me.. but just saying that makes me think the ingredients are a bit suspicious. If I find a dealer, he could perphaps clarify.
4. Looked to be waterproof. Did not test it.
5. I will have to find a place that sells it in sheets, as the place I went to only had small pieces.
If this is the right stuff, woohoo!! If not, boohoo.
(I should really have taken a picture of it.)
Feylin, I gave up on the wood stove pellets even though I still can't find anyone willing to help me at Lowes. I did, however, find compact fluorescent bulbs for $1.60 a 3 pack on clearance!!!!!!!!! I bought 6 boxes.
I was able to find a company that carried it.. only to find out that he closed his business 2 years ago, lol. He suggested an area within the city that I should be able to find a dealer. Going-a-hunting this weekend.
I found wood stove pellets at OSH, it's made of Red Fir. Is it toxic for pigs? I can't find any info about it. My local Lowes do not carry wood pellets.
I will post some pictures of my new cage tonight.