1. Where can I get the cage grids for cheapest? Is online better, or can you get them in person?
2. What is coroplast and where can I get it? I know it goes on the bottom, but that's it :)
3. Does it need a top? Or is open fine? I don't have any other pets, so I don't need to worry about a cat or anything.
4. Do I need fleece bedding on the whole thing? My friend has a rabbit and she has a "litter box" and a sheet on the floor. Is that enough?
5. I have two pigs. If they have a 15 - 20 square foot space, do they still need floor time?
6. If I am able to build it, it'll be in a corner and under a loft bed. Can I use the two walls as sides of the cage and only make two sides, or do I need to make a 4-sided cage against the wall?
7. What is the average cost of building a C&C cage?
8. Finally, will their behavior/dominance change in a large space? They aren't super attached to each other, so I figured with more space, they might get along better, but I also know that tensions can get more stressed in a larger space. They're around 3 or 4 months, so they'll be entering their "adolescent" period soon as well, from what I understand. I think dominance will remain the same as it's pretty clear who's who (hint: one is afraid of her own shadow - literally), but I know their interactions might change.
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I don't know where you got the idea that "tensions can get more stressed in a larger space," but that's totally backwards. Tensions are much higher in a cage that's too small, and the pigs are in danger of injuring each other.
I'd make a four-sided cage. Otherwise, they may eat the baseboards.
Yes, you do need to cover the entire cage bottom with either a loose bedding or with "fleece." You will have trouble fitting a piece of fleece (with an absorbent layer) into that large a space. You also will have to actually step into the cage to clean it, as you will not be able to reach all the way into the cage from one side (one of the reasons I always made my cages only 2 grids deep).
If you can sew, you could make yourself some cage blankets. I always made them for my cages. A blanket big enough to fit into a 2x2 grid space is very handy. You could cover a 4 x 4 cage space with 4 of them. And they are not too bulky to fit into the washing machine. I would buy fleece and cotton sheets or blankets at the local thrift store and then sew them together. Very handy. Smaller blankets can be used to layer under areas that the pigs tend to sit more often like under hideys or food dishes.
Many people make a "kitchen" area for hay and use a loose bedding in that area. I liked using plastic kitten litter boxes for hay areas. I'd put wood stove pellets under the hay.
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