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LynnK

Post   » Thu Nov 19, 2009 10:12 pm


Kitsufox, the cage looks good except for the hay rack, those type of racks are not a good idea.

http://www.guinealynx.info/forums/viewtopic.php?t=49758&highlight=hayrack

Here are some good alternatives.


http://www.guinealynx.info/forums/viewtopic.php?t=50164&highlight=hayrack

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cabaya

Post   » Thu Nov 19, 2009 10:13 pm


I hate saying critical things about peoples' cages but if it is concerning the pigs safety...

CavyPrincess - Your cage is really cool, I especially love what you are using as the "grids" around your cage. I just have to add that those alphabet foam blocks would be really dangerous to the pigs if they were to chew it.

kitsufox - I love seeing such clean new cages! You should find a new hayrack though because the one you show in the picture has proven to be very dangerous:
http://www.guinealynx.info/forums/viewtopic.php?t=49758&highlight=dangerous+hay+rack

(some people beat me to it while I was writing!)

JensCritterDen
Guinea Pig Market

Post   » Thu Nov 19, 2009 10:36 pm


Here is the direct link to the hay hammocks that I use http://www.windespirit.com/hay_hammocks.htm I will never use anything else again. These work out perfectly!

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CavyPrincesses

Post   » Fri Nov 20, 2009 4:33 am


Thanks Cabaya for that tip! ;)
Actually, one of my girls loves to chew on it and I keep catching her..
I was so scared that I saw a little nibble on it so right then when I saw it, I had to put it away..which gave them just more room to run and play :)

Kitsufox

Post   » Fri Nov 20, 2009 10:53 am


The story alone is enough to scare me away from them. Merlin's a big guy, but Padraic's adult size is still an unknown, so we'll find an alternative before they show up.

I'll have to shop around and worst case scenario I can just wing the hay in the cage.

Do you think the hayrack we have (We've had it for awhile. It used to belong to our rabbit) would be safe if we pulled the jointed side part off? My husband is pretty sure he can get those off complete and smooth the rivet thingy with his dremel. Then we would just use rope or string to hold the front up in a "Hayrack" sort of position.

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cabaya

Post   » Fri Nov 20, 2009 2:25 pm


I still don't think that hay rack would be safe even if you cut the side out. If one of the pigs hops in the rack they could get their foot caught and panic jerking around trying to get their leg out, but that just makes it worse.

The hay hammock by Windespirit (like momof3boys suggested) is a wonderful thing! I have two and they really reduce wasting hay and the pigs seem to enjoy sticking their heads in it.

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zazzified

Post   » Fri Nov 20, 2009 2:38 pm


I made this hay rack and it's the best compromise my pigs and I have come to yet:

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As you can see, it has a lid with an overhang so that they both can't jump into the hay and can't jump on the lid.

JensCritterDen
Guinea Pig Market

Post   » Fri Nov 20, 2009 2:45 pm


That is pretty nifty!

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cabaya

Post   » Fri Nov 20, 2009 4:26 pm


Yeah, Weaver uses similar hay racks and I think they look really nice.

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LynnK

Post   » Fri Nov 20, 2009 4:36 pm


I forgot to mention that I use plain brown paper lunch bags, I fold down the sides for better balance, and the pigs just love them, they chew them up, and hide in them, and it's an easy clean up. So ditch the hayrack!

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Hunybee

Post   » Fri Nov 20, 2009 4:49 pm


I have something similar to zazz's hay rack. Only I have a piece of coroplast on top. But I really like the paper sack idea. The boys would love that.

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TexCavy

Post   » Fri Nov 20, 2009 5:55 pm


I have one of these that I am replacing with a larger one. If you want this one, Kitsufox. Though can't say I know 100 percent that its perfectly safe, I can say there has never been any kind of incident in over 8 years of using it with various pigs.

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It can be affixed to coroplast as easily using zip ties.

Kitsufox

Post   » Fri Nov 20, 2009 7:00 pm


Thank you for the kind offer, Texcavy. Though I might pass, if the solution I randomly found while cleaning out a set of rubbermaid drawers that are getting filled with not-pet stuff and shipped out to the garage. It's acctually the ramp from a corner cage shelf. The mesh won't let feet through and I bent it so that even IF the little stinkers decide it's their new favorite perch it should be safe.

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TexCavy

Post   » Fri Nov 20, 2009 7:09 pm


That looks cool.

Kitsufox

Post   » Fri Nov 20, 2009 7:35 pm


It's amazing the things you find when you start cleaning ;)

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TexCavy

Post   » Fri Nov 20, 2009 7:37 pm


Too true. I bet I have a dozen hay racks I could pass on to folks. But each is probably lost in own location somewhere. heheh

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New Guinea Mom
There is No Cure

Post   » Sat Nov 21, 2009 11:15 am


Kitsufox, where did you get that? I like it.

Kitsufox

Post   » Sat Nov 21, 2009 11:50 am


I finally found a link to the product I used :) It's the ramp from one of these that I had from my rat-keeping days (back in the early days of it... Cage mark... 3 I believe I used this in). I just bent it like that.

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codyNpatches
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Post   » Sat Nov 21, 2009 12:51 pm


I would still be concerned about them climbing up and maybe getting their feet stuck in the squares. Maybe they look bigger to me in the picture?

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codyNpatches
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Post   » Sat Nov 21, 2009 1:06 pm


I tried to find the link to my hay rack, but had no luck. I bought it in the storage section at Target. You can see it in this picture.
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