Well it would defintely be a pain if they stopped making the 9x9s completely. Hopefully the two boxes I bought will hold me over. I don't plan on getting a lot of pigs. Two will be enough for me and I have more than enough for a cage for them.
I am wondering (as I ponder re-doing the cages for the 100th time) if I bought the newer grids and used them for the floor (that the coro sits on top of) and the supports going up the back. I am thinking of a 3 tier high cage, using the bottom two tiers as storage and having all the pigs on the top tier. That way I'd have all my older 9x9 grids for the housing area. Do y'all think that would work?
I checked LNT today for grids but all they had were the mesh type in chrome which are $20 regular price. They had other colors for back to school on sale at one time but didn't have any in stock today to see but I suspect they were mesh type as well.
My son just found more of the 9x9 grids at Target in the San Francisco bay area. They're chrome though which costs a little more. He bought a few boxes for potential adopters in case they can't find the good ones.
I've noticed that they charge more for chrome, Sus. When they had the white/black/blue 9x9s in stock they were around 14.99(13.99 if on sale) but the chrome ones have always been about 19.99. I think they're like 24.99 now because the black grids I bought went up to 19.99.
So, does anyone think the newer grids will work as supports only? I think I may have to buy one more box. If I can use that for the floors and supports, I will have plenty of the safe grids for the living areas.
I wouldn't use the 5x5 grids for long, unsupported spans, but yes, I think they'll both be fine most anywhere else. The weight recommendations are the same for both old and new style grids when built as recommended.
I just counted everything up and it looks like I'll need 2 boxes. I wonder if my Target will still have the old ones. (fingers crossed). Aren't there 8x8's out there somewhere too? I only need about 30 more grids so maybe if I used a combination for the floors it would be ok. Terry can fashion some wood supports to run the length of any long spans. That should do it.