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Post   » Fri Nov 13, 2009 2:41 pm

That's a great cage! I like the kitchen.

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Post   » Fri Nov 13, 2009 2:43 pm

This is the cage I have for my two sows. Hopefully it will post properly. I'm still figuring this all out.


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Post   » Fri Nov 13, 2009 2:47 pm

I am so jealous! Your cage rocks!

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Post   » Fri Nov 13, 2009 2:55 pm

oooh im liking the pegged veggies idea peggysu!
I love your cage too!

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Post   » Fri Nov 13, 2009 3:15 pm

Thanks, the girls like the cage too! They zoom and popcorn all around it.

For the veggies I just use a bungee cord with wood clothes pins.

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Post   » Fri Nov 13, 2009 3:22 pm

That is brilliant! I also like the beautiful blue and white fleece on the ramp.

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Post   » Fri Nov 13, 2009 3:58 pm

I do use a similar 'clothesline' idea for hanging veggies like peggysue. It's so cute, but mine don't last two minutes! Parsley is a particularly good one to use up there.

I am very impressed with your cage, Peggysue!

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Post   » Fri Nov 13, 2009 3:59 pm

I love your cage! I'm going to have to figure something out like that for the boys.
But we're stringing a parsley clothes line tonight! I caught Jasper stretching to sniff the clothes pins last night.

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Post   » Fri Nov 13, 2009 4:49 pm

This is my first C&C cage, so it's not exactly as impressive as all the cages on here, but Pika and Tater Tot are happy with it for now.




The huts and sleeping bag are from Jen's Custom Crafts. The girls LOVE them.

I also took these pictures before baby-proofing for Tater Tot. How old should she be until I can take the extra high coroplast down? She's like two and a half months old right now... is it still necessary for me to baby-proof?

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Post   » Fri Nov 13, 2009 5:03 pm

Nice cage pikatot, and give some extra smooches to tatertot for me, what a cutie!

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Post   » Fri Nov 13, 2009 5:46 pm

Wow im loving the cage Pikatot! Im sure the piggies are loving it x3

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Post   » Fri Nov 13, 2009 5:51 pm

Such nice cages and fleece! I still use Carefresh. It is a drag but I don't know how to just convert them to fleece.
Look at that nekkid tushy!
I love the hairless piggies soooo much. And the teddies. And the texels. And the short hairs and abbies. Do we have any piggycams here?

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Post   » Fri Nov 13, 2009 8:05 pm

Gorgeous cages, guys!


Post   » Sun Nov 15, 2009 5:52 am

WE FOUND COROPLAST!! After months of hunting and hunting, I finally found a place that would sell me some coroplast in sheets. I made the new cage last night, but I've got a few glitches that I need some help on.

1. The boys' cage was originally 3' by 6'. I'm rather short, so I would literally step INTO the cage in order to clean it, vacuum, and change the bedding. (They are on the ground until I can find a suitable surface to put them on that doesn't cost me an arm and a leg).

After I brought home the coroplast (called "featherboard" or "sunboard" in India), I realized that there was no way the stuff would be able to support my weight when I walked into the cage. So, I reduced the cage to 2' by 6'. Now, though, after adding in their hideys, toys, and litter box area, their whole living area looks so incredibly small, when compared to what the previous area was! They have about 2' by 3' of plain running area. Is this enough?

2. I had screens put in on the balcony, where I was planning on growing some plants. The balcony is quite large, but it does allow for air and sunlight. It's an excellent area for floor time, though (3' by 11'). If the weather permits, can I let them run around here? If there is some dust, will this harm them?

On the other hand, they seem to be enjoying the new cage. There is butt-spreading, peeing, and pooping galore! Pictures soon!

ETA: UMMM. Just as I finished writing this, The Brain started eating the coroplast. Oh no!!!! What do I do now?

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Post   » Mon Nov 16, 2009 12:28 am

I have a question about cage size for more than a herd of four. What if you have 5 or 7 or 8? How does the size need go then? I may wind up with a large herd in my biggest cage if my current attampts at lab piggie rescue introductions work and if Milkyway also comes to join all the girls. So I need to know.

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Post   » Mon Nov 16, 2009 1:23 am

Pimpinpuji, I'm sure coroplast can support your weight. I used to step in mine all the time when my cage was on the floor. To prevent your pigs from chewing, you can use report spine to cover the edges, like these:

TexCavy, for a herd of sows, you start with 2x3 for 2 as the minimum. For boars, you start with 2x4 as the minimum for 2. Then keep adding 1x2 for each pig you add. So it will be like the table below. Bigger is always better. I've also heard that 3x width works better for large herd.

2 2x3
3 2x4
4 2x5
5 2x6 or 3x4
6 2x7
7 2x8
8 2x9 or 3x6
9 2x10
10 2x11
11 2x12 or 3x8
12 2x13
13 2x14
14 2x15 or 3x10
15 2x16

2 2x4
3 2x5
4 2x6 or 3x4
5 2x7
6 2x8
7 2x9 or 3x6
8 2x10
9 2x11
10 2x12 or 3x8
11 2x13
12 2x14
13 2x15 or 3x10
14 2x16

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Post   » Mon Nov 16, 2009 1:39 am

Bummer. I might be one square grid short on space for 7 if my calculations are right. But they are probably wrong. I wrote my math problem on the random thread in General Chat. So when someone does that math for me in inches the problem may come out differently. It's actually wider and longer a tiny bit than a 2 1/2 grid by 5 grid.

I know upper levels aren't supposed to count, but I have SO much space in upper levels and my pigs love the upper decks so much, it feels like it ought to count for something.

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Post   » Mon Nov 16, 2009 1:43 am

How big is your cage?

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Post   » Mon Nov 16, 2009 1:46 am

76 " x 40 " I think. Can't double check while MrTex is asleep in there.

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Post   » Mon Nov 16, 2009 3:00 am

78 x 40 actually. The measure from inside to inside on the frame of the bed the cage sits on is 76. But the coroplast goes at least an inch beyond that on each side. I did my own math. Somebody do a cheer for me, bcause I erfing hate math more than you can imagine and usually refuse to do any that isn't super duper simple for me.

My calculator says I have 21.666667 square feet on the ground foor of the cage. That ought to be almost on the verge of meeting requirements. Maybe exact even Since I got 21.041667 When trying to figure out by cavy cages site how much square footage is in a 2 x 10 grid using two 2 x 5 grids and adding an inch for a connector in between. That's 30" x 101" divided by 144.

My cage is 3120" sq
The requirements I did and might have got right for a group of 7 is 3030
So I have 90 inches more than I need. Just enough to cover the space taken up by ground floor hay racks and where the ramp meets the floor.

I have barely enough. Yikes. More is better, I know. So --- Why can't upper decks count for the more is better part. ;)
Heck, Tika practically lives upstairs anyway. She likes to be alone on the 3rd level.

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