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?
- Poop Obsessed
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?Look at that nekkid tushy!
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?
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.
5 2x6 or 3x4
8 2x9 or 3x6
11 2x12 or 3x8
14 2x15 or 3x10
4 2x6 or 3x4
7 2x9 or 3x6
10 2x12 or 3x8
13 2x15 or 3x10
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.
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.