It will fit in my daughters room but 1. Will make it cramped and 2. They keep her up at night.
We have a TON of space in our finished basement, the only issue is that it isn't truly heated. We never put vents in when we finished it so we rely on oil space heaters when we go down there.
1. What is a good way to keep them warm? We have an oil radiator we can use but I get nervous about leaving with one on.
2. Will they feel isolated being down there when we are mainly upstairs?
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Isn't there somewhere else upstairs that you could put them? Den, maybe? Mine are in my downstairs living area, right in front of the fireplace.
I said, "That part of owning them!" I just want them to have enough space while having sufficient love.
Maybe we could have a run in her room and another spot in the basement for sleeping at night?
When I had to sleep downstairs because I was recovering from surgery and had to sleep in a recliner, that was only 3 feet from their cage. They did not keep me up at night at all. They don't wheek unless they want something, and if you make sure they have plenty of food, hay and water before you go to bed, they should be fine. They will get used to your daughter being there at night and they probably won't wheek as much after they get used to the situation.
I would definitely NOT leave oil heaters on for the pigs (if you leave them down in the basement) without people around, that's just a fire hazard.
They have gotten used to a routine. They know when they are going to get fed in the morning as will start to get 'noisy' then. Saturday is really the only morning I stay 'late' in the bedroom and they notice that. If I do stay later, I almost think their body language is telling me, "Don't you have somewhere you need to be. Where are the curtains on the cage so we can close them?"
It is key to NOT feed them in the middle of the night. If they get used to that there will be some pitiful wheeking happening. Otherwise when the light goes off, they settle for the night.
Note I tend to be a restless sleeper and do run an air filter 24/7 in the bedroom. I also like to run a fan and do run an air conditioner window unit in warm weather. So there is 'white noise' in the background. Can also testify 'sound machines' (white noise, rain, ocean) are conducive to aiding sleep.
Yes, sometimes I hear some squabbling in the night, but a "Don't make me come over there" quiets them."
They don't use exercise wheels like other rodents so there's no wheel to keep you awake.
I agree--they are companion animals and should be in a place where you can keep each other company.
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I don't remember exactly how many piggies I had down there but every single piggy lost weight during their stay down there - many in the 70-100 gram range. It was plenty warm. So I think piggies do need a certain amount of light. I won't put them down there again.