I currently have a set up where I have a utensil holder lying on it's side filled with hay and inside a little box (the utensil holder is secured to the littler box. There's a uhaul/fleece liner in the litter box that I change every other day or so.
I'm looking at hanging fabric hay troughs, and wondering if they would be a good thing for my pigs?
I guess I'm torn between wanting to let them roll around in a pile of hay, and wanting to not waste so much and keep things a little neater.
Right now for my boys I have one of those external hay racks that hangs outside the cage and i just sprinkle just alittle bit of hay on the floor; not enough to make a meal but enough to lay on if they choose. Since I have fleece as bedding for them and they're still a bit skittish when mommy comes to do the morning and evening check over, having the external one works best for me; i can just refill the bin and not send them scurrying into their house and it keeps the floor a bit neater :).
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I like the idea of the hay troughs, but haven't tried them. Not all guinea pigs are fabric chewers, though. If they do chew on fabric items, it's always best to be safe and remove those items from the cage.
Hahaha! I do seem to spend a lot on hay just for three though!
I don't remember where I last saw pictures of "piggy palace" - are they posted/kept somewhere?
The Piggy Palace, where they spend their mornings, is in the garden. It is an insulated, heated/cooled building:
The L shaped 'shelf' is waist level, lined with newspaper then fleece, with beds, tunnels and the hay box, with storage under:
In the afternoon and evenings they are in the kitchen:
Fairy has her own 'bedroom' for overnight. She wouldn't settle when she was younger and seemed to find being enclosed safer somehow. She certainly looks forwards to going to bed!
It is situated by the stove and has a heat pad under for cooler nights:
I live in a very small condo. And with so many piggies, I guess I'd have to rotate free-range time.
Do you cover your floors? Maybe you don't have to, since they look like they're tile. I have laminated wood floors, so they would have to be covered with something - another level of set-up and take down.
Oh, I would so like to have them roam - maybe I'll ask Seraphanjil to stop by and help me figure something out - I still have those peppers for her. . .!
Pixie and Bear HAVE been out across the tiles - they are pirates!!!
I used to have them very 'free range' but it created a huge amount of work!
I think though, as with all things about these critters, over time they'll spread out and explore.
I love the idea of the doggie bed and those trays. So, I've added that to all my pages of ideas.
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It is the way we have always done the girl's pen with the vet bed on top then the towel then the blankets. We find the girls stay drier this way and warmer in Winter and Cooler in Summer.Why are you using fleece underneath all that? Fleece is a wicking layer, that allows liquid to go through to an absorbent layer underneath? I don't understand the purpose of putting it on the bottom.
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