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2/8/2008, 2:54 pm
Lynx   Link to Post Go to the top of this page  
Lynx
Heartless Dictator




I put a link to this thread on the housing page:
www.guinealynx.info/housing.html

So if you need to show it to someone in the future, you can find it there!
2/8/2008, 9:50 pm
Tracis   Link to Post Go to the top of this page  
Tracis
Queen of the Morlocks


Let Sleeping Pigs Lie

The Mini-Loft: Part 1




My guinea pigs enjoy cozy hidden spots, but I do not use Pigloos in my girls' cage – the girls get very possessive with them. So, I created a built-in Mini-Loft.




I attached a regular size grid to the side of the cage with zip-ties.







Mini-Grids come in handy once again, as additional support for the mini-loft. The small ramp attaches to this support as well. The guinea pigs prefer to use the ramp as a popular sleeping spot, and jump up to the mini-loft instead.

This “mini-ramp” came from a set of chinchilla cage accessories.




The small ramp is covered in Sherpa fleece, secured with Velcro at the top.

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2/8/2008, 9:54 pm
Tracis   Link to Post Go to the top of this page  
Tracis
Queen of the Morlocks


Let Sleeping Pigs Lie

The Mini-Loft: Part 2




Coroplast makes a nice tray bottom for the mini-loft. I also wanted sides on the tray, to keep the mess inside the cage. The tray is removable, for easy cleaning.




I use clips to hold the coroplast tray snugly against the sides of the cage, and also to hold the bottom layer of fleece in place. This bottom layer of fleece keeps the upper pad from sliding off.




I sewed thick, absorbent Sherpa fleece pads to fit the single grid mini-loft. The non-slip pad rests securely on the attached fleece, and keeps the clips hidden from the guinea pigs.







Fleecy and fluffy accessories complete the cozy Mini-Loft. The Mini-Loft provides many wonderful hiding/sleeping spots for my girls, yet doesn’t use much floor space in their cage.


2/8/2008, 10:34 pm
Tracis   Link to Post Go to the top of this page  
Tracis
Queen of the Morlocks


Let Sleeping Pigs Lie

Girls enjoying the cage. :)







Unfortunately, I do not know where to purchase mini-grids. I haven't seen them in a Bed, Bath, and Beyond since 2006.
2/8/2008, 10:49 pm
HollyT   Link to Post Go to the top of this page  
HollyT
Vegetable Breath


Get on your bike.

I got sleepy and wanted to take a nap after looking at your cozy photos.
2/9/2008, 4:36 am
NiniAriane   Link to Post Go to the top of this page  
NiniAriane
They wheek, I give!




What a practical cage, Tracis. Where does one get those clips from?
2/9/2008, 3:59 pm
Tracis   Link to Post Go to the top of this page  
Tracis
Queen of the Morlocks


Let Sleeping Pigs Lie

NiniAriane, I think I found those at a Target or Walmart. They are light-weight swivel-clip curtain hooks.
2/9/2008, 4:05 pm
Lynx   Link to Post Go to the top of this page  
Lynx
Heartless Dictator




I got them transferred, Tracis. They are compressed to about 2/3 the previous size. Slight degradation but should download quicker (there are a lot of pics).

Thanks for sharing your cage with us!!!
2/9/2008, 4:12 pm
Tracis   Link to Post Go to the top of this page  
Tracis
Queen of the Morlocks


Let Sleeping Pigs Lie

Thank you, Lynx - especially for updating the "new" pictures!
2/9/2008, 4:46 pm
Erin8607   Link to Post Go to the top of this page  
Erin8607
Cavy Chauffeur


Knee Deep

Sakura is now on my list of favorite piggies. The butt fluff is wonderful!

Great cage, too!
2/9/2008, 6:58 pm
1aicha   Link to Post Go to the top of this page  
1aicha
Have a Good Wheeeek!


Ze French Piggies

This cage is a DELUXE CONDO for Guinea pigs!
It is the ultimate cage:)
2/9/2008, 10:51 pm
unicornvr   Link to Post Go to the top of this page  
unicornvr





Love the instructional pics, thanks for posting!
2/10/2008, 2:47 am
NiniAriane   Link to Post Go to the top of this page  
NiniAriane
They wheek, I give!




Thanks, tracis. I will make sure to be on the lookout for them when I go to Target or Walmart.
2/12/2008, 12:25 pm
LAWomans   Link to Post Go to the top of this page  
LAWomans
Born to be Wild!


"Live Long and Prosper"

tracis,

I love your cage, especially the mini-loft. I can't get my girls to use the ramp to a regular loft, but this is the perfect size. Now if I can just get those elusive mini-grids, I'll be all set.
2/11/2009, 7:52 am
Pinny Gig   Link to Post Go to the top of this page  
Pinny Gig





I want that for my pig!

Heck, I want that for myself! (Do they make grids in adult sizes??)
2/11/2009, 8:37 am
Katrina16   Link to Post Go to the top of this page  
Katrina16





I love this cage! When I build my new cages I want them to look this awesome!!
2/11/2009, 9:18 am
Grisli   Link to Post Go to the top of this page  
Grisli





your cage looks wonderful. I've only had my pigs for 3 weeks and I'm already thinking of expanding their cage! The only thing preventing me from building a hayloft is that I can't get grids in my country. I was lucky that my mum had 20 year old grids hiding in the storage so that I could build a 2x4 C&C cage.
2/11/2009, 10:12 am
camende   Link to Post Go to the top of this page  
camende
Cindy_CP


Supporter 08-09 & 11-13

Great cage! I love the mini loft!. I have never seen the mini grids. I will have to look for them.
2/11/2009, 7:07 pm
JennG   Link to Post Go to the top of this page  
JennG
Slave to the G-Herd


In Memory of Mama

That cage is awesome!

And momo, I've been searching for mini grids for a long time and haven't found any here! Boo!! A BB&B salesperson thought they'd come out when it was time for back to school but I've not found them yet. I'd LOVE to get my hands on some!
2/11/2009, 9:24 pm
Perpetual Pig Slave   Link to Post Go to the top of this page  
Perpetual Pig Slave





I have been trying to think of a way to add a loft. I am afraid mine would just hide in the lower level.

Right now there is a coroplast shortage here in MN. I spent a bundle at an art store to get mine since Axman supply was out when I was making the quarantine cage. If I find a cheap supply of coroplast and those minicubes, I will definitely use some of those design ideas.
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