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WindeSpirit
Sewing for a Cause

Post   » Wed Feb 03, 2010 1:10 am


Would it not be easier to just drape something over the bent girds instead of trying to go through grid openings?
Or, could use binder clips to attach the bent cubes. Then it would be easily removed and you can drape a changeable fabric over the ramp.

Tracis
Let Sleeping Pigs Lie

Post   » Wed Feb 03, 2010 1:14 am


Do you think strips of Velcro would work for attaching the material through the grids?

I did something similar to that for my ramp.

PigButt

Post   » Wed Feb 03, 2010 6:55 am


Hello GL Peeps!

I found this forum about 5 years ago, and haven't checked it again until now. It's evolution is awesome!

I've been through 4 of 5 (6?) 50 page 'show your cage' threads, and I didn't find much in the way of free range setups. The photos on the non-forum part of GL are actually the photos that encouraged me to go free range 5 years ago.

So here's a photo of PigButt's home base. (He's always got the run of my bedroom, and occasionally the 20x6' stair landing outside it when he gets the gumption.)

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It's always changing; tubes, houses, towel:carefresh ratio, bowl placement, hay rack or not, whether there's a rug in front, etc.

What brought me to the cage photo threads is an unexpected change: Pig has lived with a dog for 7 months (usually supervised, but she's earned my trust with Pig.) While the dog would eat the extremely rare poop in the middle of the floor, she'd leave everything in the home base alone - until 2 weeks ago. Now she'll trot to the base, give Pig a few greeting head licks if he's there, then polish off the oxbow and start picking through the hay for poops. Since I've not been able to break her of it yet, I'm thinking a covered design will be an easier solution to bad dog breath. Though for the record - a dogfood powered vacuum massively cuts down on the maintainance. :)

And also for the record, since it's likely the question will be asked and this is also my introduction:
-Yes, he's an only pig.
-Yes, he earned it.
-He has 3 failed pairings under his, er, belly. One of them resulted in a gash in the side of the other pig through which organs could be seen. That fight only lasted a few seconds before being broken up, but it was long enough... *sigh.* That pig lived, with a bald spot where the gnarly scar is.
-Yes, I know being in sight/sound/smell/just not touch of another cavy is the next best thing, but that means one caged pig, one free range. Then realistically the caged pig needs a cagemate. That's two more pigs, and I can't really handle the medical costs for them should they get sick. PigButt had a bout of bloat in November that ran me over 1K in vet bills, and I'm just thrilled he unexpectedly lived through it. (He's still a bit on the skinny side, as evident in the photo.)
-And yes, I'm half listing my reasons to re-convince myself I don't need another piggy, because I'd love to get him a friend. The dating game Cavy House runs might be perfect for senior mega-alpha grumpy PigButt. I cheer everytime one of their pigs I've got my eye on gets adopted out, with the cheer being "Yay! He found a new home! I'm no longer tempted by that guy!"

So I do what I can to keep him happy, which is also how the free range setup evolved. He talks, he popcorns, he occasionally still does laps despite his advancing age. He knows the words 'up,' 'come,' 'no,' and 'Pig.' A recent development, about which I'm most excited: he's started to ASK for laptime. Just in the last few days. Ecstatic!!

Oh! The reason I'm not doing a C&C cage: he is terrified of grids. I don't know why. Tried to build him a C&C cage 5+ years ago, failed. Tried putting an open 1x1 in his base a few months ago, covered with cloth, water bottle strapped to it, all hay and food in it, and he only approached it when he had to, and slept as far from it as he could. He doesn't react this way to anything else. So grids are out for my picky opinionated grumpybutt.

I love the photos of all your cages! I wish I could go the C&C route - y'all make it look like fun!

Ange1icflowers

Post   » Wed Feb 03, 2010 10:21 am


My ramp is a bit different. I have grids going over the top of it (so it creates like a trellis feel) with the coroplast on the bottom. The bent grids are attached to the bottom coro with wireties. I like the idea of the velcro, but I'm not sure if it will hold up.

As far as draping, I'm trying to go UNDER the ramp (the part that's seen by us! lol) so it looks all purdy.

Ange1icflowers

Post   » Wed Feb 03, 2010 10:57 pm


No Ideas other than velcro? *sigh*

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Kaylee

Post   » Thu Feb 04, 2010 3:13 am


I do love your cage though. This is a little off topic, but what is up with the pvc thing? I was buying a shower curtain liner recently and most of them said pvc free? I want to think that it has something to do with it not breaking down after it is disposed of? Which regular plastic doesn't do well either. I am by no means saying you shouldn't use it. I am just curious about it.
Uhm... I have no idea. Maybe I've fooled you? Maybe it's not pvc? I really don't know, it's just one of those tablecloths that feels a little like plastic, and you just need to wipe it and it's clean. I did use a shower curtain earlier, but apparently guinea pigs find cheap shower curtains very tasty. So I had to think of something else. I wanted to use linoleum, but darn that's expensive! Would last longer though, but I really want a C&C-cage someday, so I think I'll rather save up until I can get one.

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codyNpatches
Supporter in '09 - '10

Post   » Thu Feb 04, 2010 8:54 am


Kaylee, I know exactly what you are talking about. I have a tableclotth like that. I just have noticed the pvc free stuff lately and wondered what the deal was with it. I love your bookcase cage though and especially your liners.

I used vinyl flooring for a while and I got a big enough sheet for a little bigger than a 2x4 for $7.00 here. It was a scrap piece at a flooring store. I loved it. I kind of want to get another piece to put under my cage so when hay and poop falls, it doesn't get all over the carpet.

Guinea pig poops have a way of flying around the room you know. :)

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Kaylee

Post   » Thu Feb 04, 2010 11:46 am


Guinea pig poops have a way of flying around the room you know. :)
I know all about that! Once I even found a poop in my pocket! What the bleep? How did they manage that?!

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codyNpatches
Supporter in '09 - '10

Post   » Thu Feb 04, 2010 12:25 pm


That is too funny!

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Kat

Post   » Thu Feb 04, 2010 11:50 pm


PigButt - I noticed you have floorboards. Do you find any problems with PigButt walking on them? We have floorboards all throughout our house (which I LOVE - so much easier to keep clean, and less problems with my asthma and allergies) but the pigs' feetsies slip on them, which scares them half to death.

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BeanieBaby11

Post   » Fri Feb 05, 2010 7:53 am


Hey everyone - I just got my 2x5 C&C from Sue for my one girl! I can't wait to move her in - I will post pictures once I do. But one question, I bought 2 extra grids to bend to make hayracks - how do I bend them? I've heard that if you bend them a certain way they snap. Thanks so much! Oh, and one more question. :-) Where do you guys get your grids from (where do you find them most reliable with the hole opening and everything)? I was thinking of ordering them to make a stand out of. Sue sent so much extra coro I have enough for a kitchen, hay racks, and bins!

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PooksiedAnimals
Supporting my GL Habit

Post   » Fri Feb 05, 2010 9:23 am


Kat - I throw fleece on the wood floors to give my pigs traction. They eventually learn the wood is fine for walking on, but are happy to popcorn and run on the fleece, where there's better traction.

jedifreac

Post   » Fri Feb 05, 2010 1:52 pm


Joann's has 40% anti-pill fleece solids and prints with $5 flat rate shipping right now!

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Kat

Post   » Sat Feb 06, 2010 11:00 am


We set this up just over a week ago. The front "fence" bit is done with some wire shelving and cable ties.

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Without pigs...

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With pigs...

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And a close up that shows the fleece pattern better (and also shows my little Bumby chomping on some lettuce)

GPT

Post   » Sat Feb 06, 2010 11:28 am


Great setup! Are the babies siblings?

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Hunybee

Post   » Sat Feb 06, 2010 11:31 am


LOOK AT ALL THE TINY PIGGIES!! That's an AWWWWW moment.
I love the size of the cage. Big enough to get away from each other if they need to.


I also love the idea of the free range pig and his cozy cage. Unfortunately my girls (dogs) would torment my boys if they were that low again.

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Kat

Post   » Sat Feb 06, 2010 11:42 am


Sorry everyone - I went back to photobucket to re-size the images and replace them with the smaller ones, but I was too slow!

GPT - those two are indeed siblings! Bumby's in front, chomping on some lettuce, and Minnie's in the back, with a parsley stalk hanging out of her mouth. Minnie is, of course, very cute, but that shot of Bumby has to be one of my all-time favourite pig photos, although I might be a little biased.

Hunybee - Thanks! They really needed a bigger cage, especially with the new arrivals. Their old cage was "technically" big enough for about 4 or 5 adults (from memory) but just seemed way too small for them. They love running around their new cage, popcorning and exploring. They also seem a lot more at ease. Flynn will even feed her babies right in the middle of the cage. They also love the blue stool, and often guard it protectively from each other.

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BeanieBaby11

Post   » Sat Feb 06, 2010 11:53 am


Kat - I think that those adorable babies are so lucky to have all that space!

Now let's see some hay ;-)

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Kat

Post   » Sat Feb 06, 2010 12:02 pm


Haha a whole stack of juicy, fresh grass went in just after I took this photo - I really wanted a photo of them exploring, and knew that it would just be them gathered around the grass if I took it after the grass went in!

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Kat

Post   » Sat Feb 06, 2010 12:03 pm


Thanks for the concern though, BeanieBaby - I did wonder if someone would notice, and comment on, the lack of hay/grass!

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