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GPT

Post   » Wed Mar 31, 2010 7:51 am


Yeah I have to ask her, it's like a tough plastic, they won't be able to chew on it for sure, they won't be able to get at any corners :)

Oh and thanks :) We had to improvise because C&Cs here are over €100

GPT

Post   » Fri Apr 02, 2010 6:51 pm


Cage will be done tomorrow! Just have to put on the perspex!

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BeanieBaby11

Post   » Fri Apr 02, 2010 10:00 pm


I can't wait to see it! I'm so happy that you were determined enough to come up with a suitable, alternative, and cheaper cage to make! Your guinea pigs will appreciate it so much!

cutemomomi
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Post   » Fri Apr 02, 2010 10:18 pm


I just have a quick question.
How do you make sure your lower cage (in a stacked cage) gets enough light?

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BeanieBaby11

Post   » Sat Apr 03, 2010 10:56 pm


Doesn't light diffuse though? Won't it evenly travel to all levels? I really want to see this cage because I am still not convinced wooden cages can work after my moldy experience with BB's old hutch! But if these shelf cages actually work and provide enough space, they could be a great alternative.

GPT

Post   » Tue Apr 06, 2010 4:55 pm


My cage :D
I took the picture lob sided, the cage doesn't look like that really lol!

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BeanieBaby11

Post   » Tue Apr 06, 2010 9:25 pm


What an improvement! How tall is the pexiglass stuff in the front? It looks like it would be a struggle to get them out... just curious, but what are the dimensions of just one floor? Often these shelf cages have inadequate space when you take away the space the ramps take. Each floor should be 7.5 square feet at least for each pig, since building up isn't as great as building out and around. Your pigs do look so amazed at the space! Congrats! I love the pooh bears :-)

GPT

Post   » Tue Apr 06, 2010 9:50 pm


The perspex, I can't remember exactly how tall it is, but I made it so I can just about put my arm in there to feed them and stuff. Then when I need to clean or get them out, the perspex slides out. So it is very easy to clean. Each floor is 5ftx2ft, so they have more then the recommended amount for one pig (they can have a floor each if they want lol!).

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AldenM1
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Post   » Tue Apr 06, 2010 9:52 pm


My only suggestion would be maybe a water bottle on each floor?

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BeanieBaby11

Post   » Tue Apr 06, 2010 9:56 pm


Yes, I don't think 1 water bottle is enough for 3 pigs! My rule of thumb is 1 of everything per pig. Also, more hay! Heaps and heaps :-)

Okay, I guess the pic made it look a little smaller, or maybe your pigs are big! Haha, sounds super functional!

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Hunybee

Post   » Tue Apr 06, 2010 10:00 pm


That would be my suggestion too. Don't want them to die of thirst three floors up! :). Great cage. You'll start to see a differenc in them.

GPT

Post   » Tue Apr 06, 2010 10:00 pm


Ya they get a load of hay heaped in a corner, but I literally had just put them in there when I snapped this picture haha. They always have hay available.

Normally they have two water bottles, right now they only have one because we are trying out a way of holding them and seeing if it works out. It isn't too bad anyway because only 2 have dared to venture the 2nd storey so far lol!

GPT

Post   » Tue Apr 06, 2010 10:04 pm


Oh and just wanted to add I am by no means finished with this cage, I'm hoping to make a few cages and add a few things. I want to make a small area for hay on each floor, and when they get used to the cage. Each floor will serve a different purpose. Bottom floor ''Kitchen'', 2nd floor ''bedroom'' (loads of fleece and cuddly things) 3rd floor ''play area'', I will have almost nothing up there, so they can have a proper run around.

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codyNpatches
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Post   » Tue Apr 06, 2010 11:39 pm


I would make sure that there is hay and water on each floor.

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caruba
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Post   » Wed Apr 07, 2010 12:22 am


I love how much effort you put into this cage! It's a very interesting (and pretty) approach - thanks for sharing!

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AldenM1
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Post   » Wed Apr 07, 2010 12:29 am


It really is an amazing structure. I only mentioned the water on each floor because when one of them wants to hide out from the other two, it's nice if he can have a little drink!

I pretty much do the theme floors with mine too (although I only have two floors). Upstairs is kitchen and snuggle sack stuff; downstairs has hay but is otherwise totally for running. And rumbling, and popcorning, and humping, and chasing each other. :)

GPT

Post   » Wed Apr 07, 2010 7:58 am


Thanks guys,
I really like it, I have a great view of it from my bed too and since it is see through I can watch them while I'm in bed :)
On the very bottom floor, they have hay in a cardboard tube thingy and in a little box and on the rest of the floors, just big heaps.
Imma get another water bottle as well, and put one on every floor.

Last night I managed to get them to go to all the levels!

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BeanieBaby11

Post   » Wed Apr 07, 2010 8:47 am


Your pigs are lucky pigs! ;)

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WildRye

Post   » Fri Apr 09, 2010 11:47 pm


Here's my cage (obviously missing hideys -- don't worry, they have them!).

2x4ish + 2x1ish hay area.
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And the alternative view
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v69/lopinroo/apr_cage2.jpg

I have since taken out the hay rack and have just provided big piles of loose hay. I think they eat more that way.

I can't wait until I move this summer. I'll have room to upgrade to a 2x6, so the boys can have a 2x5 grid area to run around in. The cage just seems a little cramped to me with two adolescent boars, but there's just no room to expand right now.

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ajhammy

Post   » Sat Apr 10, 2010 11:36 am


Here is my contribution, its a 2x4. I took this just now, after a nice fresh cleaning that the boys are enjoying. And of course the first thing they go to is the food.
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I was curious where I can find those nice little cozy beds and hideys that a lot of people seem to have. Could anyone point me in the right direction? Id love to get one for my little guys.

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