Hay trough versus loose hay pile

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jacqueline

Post   » Sat Sep 08, 2012 1:14 pm


My pigs love playing in piles of hay, like I'm sure many of them do. Of course the problem is two-fold: hay getting everywhere and being hard to keep clean, and so much wasted hay when they soil it.

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.

Opinions??

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Pixelated Piggie

Post   » Sat Sep 08, 2012 1:45 pm


A few years back I had one of those fabric ones for my girls and they didn't last too long and were a waste of money; they began chewing the fabric lining around the hole to the point that they can pull the hay through in very large amounts and eventually made the hole big enough that they can climb inside thus defeating the purpose of keeping the hay clean and dry which bothers me so much at the thought of my piggies eating soiled hay or the thought of them getting stuck in there while i'm not home.

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 :).

Tracis
Let Sleeping Pigs Lie

Post   » Sat Sep 08, 2012 2:01 pm


There are some ideas for containing the hay on this link:

LINKS - Hay Racks and Kitchen Areas

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.

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MildredM
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Post   » Sat Sep 08, 2012 2:03 pm


I love to see them enjoying burrowing in the hay, the mess far outweigh the pleasure they get (for me!). I line a large box, 30 inches by 20 inches with newspaper then add loads of hay. Some does get dragged onto the fleece area but I just shake it off.

Hahaha! I do seem to spend a lot on hay just for three though!

Tracis
Let Sleeping Pigs Lie

Post   » Sat Sep 08, 2012 2:06 pm


My girls loved making a mess too. :)

Ginny and Sakura in their Hayloft

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jacqueline

Post   » Sat Sep 08, 2012 3:38 pm


Mildred - I saw pictures recently of the "piggy palace" - I loved how you had everything set-up. I think i'm going to try the hay box idea. I have a 3x5 c&c cage and I think the box would be a great idea for them. I might even try it for the 7 special ones!!

I don't remember where I last saw pictures of "piggy palace" - are they posted/kept somewhere?

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MildredM
The-Fairy-in-my-Heart

Post   » Sat Sep 08, 2012 4:22 pm


This sort of shows it:

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MildredM
The-Fairy-in-my-Heart

Post   » Sat Sep 08, 2012 4:24 pm


And this was it when dear Marigold and Mariella were having fun in there with Fairy!

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jacqueline

Post   » Sat Sep 08, 2012 6:11 pm


Thanks so much Mildred! I think it's brilliant! I'm going to be giving it a try.

I know this is a little off from the original topic, but I would love to know and see more about your set-up. Do you have that in one of the threads here? Or in an one of fairy's newsletters?

C Cole-Chakotay

Post   » Sat Sep 08, 2012 7:09 pm


I use bent grids for hay in Buffy's and Ginger's cage. Tulip has a bent grid but I also put some on the floor for her to enjoy. She's getting elderly (she'll be 5 soon) and she really enjoys burrowing her head into the hay.

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MildredM
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Post   » Sun Sep 09, 2012 8:58 am


I have some pics!

The Piggy Palace, where they spend their mornings, is in the garden. It is an insulated, heated/cooled building:

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The L shaped 'shelf' is waist level, lined with newspaper then fleece, with beds, tunnels and the hay box, with storage under:

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In the afternoon and evenings they are in the kitchen:

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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!

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It is situated by the stove and has a heat pad under for cooler nights:

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Lynx
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Post   » Sun Sep 09, 2012 9:09 am


She looks so peaceful!

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jacqueline

Post   » Sun Sep 09, 2012 11:07 am


Mildred - those are such lovely pictures. How lucky your piggies are to have you and their own "palace". I'm so interested in the way you have your kitchen set-up. I've toyed with the idea of allowing my piggies to "free-range", but have never found a convenient way to do it.

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. . .!

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MildredM
The-Fairy-in-my-Heart

Post   » Sun Sep 09, 2012 11:17 am


Well, they don't roam these days, they dislike the slippy tiles! They stay on the area with their fleece etc. I have a pair of 'trays' lined with paper and topped with 'vet bed' or fleece, so it is waterproof!

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!

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jacqueline

Post   » Sun Sep 09, 2012 3:27 pm


Thanks Mildred! I'm determined to figure out some sort of free-range area - My piggies don't roam and/or play much, even when I'm cleaning their cages. I use a 5 foot plastic wading pool and put some toys and hay in there. But usually they find a place to settle or hide and stay their until I'm finished cleaning their home.

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.

Thanks!

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daisymay
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Post   » Thu Mar 30, 2017 7:27 am


I too am in Australia. I use fleece blankets then on top I use towels then on top of that Vetbed. They are in Pakenham Victoria. https://www.petnetwork.com.au/collections/vet-bed-green-backed Vetbed is great to be washed and draws moisture away from piggies.

bpatters
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Post   » Thu Mar 30, 2017 9:56 am


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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Lynx
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Post   » Thu Mar 30, 2017 10:06 am


This is an old thread that was bumped by a spammer. I deleted the spammer but daisymay had replied.

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daisymay
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Post   » Thu Mar 30, 2017 11:21 am


This is an old thread that was bumped by a spammer. I deleted the spammer but daisymay had replied.

Sorry lynx, didn't know it was a spammer.
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.
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.


Feel free to delete my replies Lynx.

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Lynx
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Post   » Thu Mar 30, 2017 11:48 am


Oh, don't worry about having replied. I could tell this was a spammer by how they signed up and then dug up an old thread.

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