Bedroom Set Up In Outdoor Hutch For 2 Boys

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hello, we have recently move the boys outside and they are now in a 2 storey wooden hutch.The bedroom area is enclosed and approx 1/3 of the top floor.I have read that they ought to have separate sleeping areas to prevent bullying etc.,how can this be managed in a rlatively restricted space.The room is lined with towel,newspaper,hay etc.There are hides etc elsewhere in the cage but how do I encourage sleeping areas for them?Thanks
 

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If there are two entrances so one can't trap the other could solve the problem.If they are bonded they will probs share the sleeping place
 

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There is only one access unfortunately,my dtr did Place one of the large bendy stick arches in there and it's packed with hay but is that ok so should they sleep separately?When they were new in indoor cage they did sleep in distinct areas.
 

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How long have they lived together for? And what's the rough size of the sleeping area? Can they both fit in there comfortably?
 

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Sorry, yes they have always been together since we had them in nob although in indoor cage they chose to sleep in different areas,had read somewhere they should be separate to prevent bullying....so didn't want to cause any issues by them being in the same hay packed area, it's approx 70 cm x 50
Just really wanted some advice and see what other more experienced people did and how cages were set up
 

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Sorry, yes they have always been together since we had them in nob although in indoor cage they chose to sleep in different areas,had read somewhere they should be separate to prevent bullying....so didn't want to cause any issues by them being in the same hay packed area, it's approx 70 cm x 50
Just really wanted some advice and see what other more experienced people did and how cages were set up
I'm sure they will be fine together with one sleeping area :) that's a good sized area so it's not as if they will be squashed up together. If they're a well bonded pair then I wouldn't worry about it.
 

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I wouldn't worry either. Piggies idea of a sleeping place is not necessarily the same as ours! I would just put a hidey or bendy sticks or something they can hide under somewhere else in the hutch too. Maybe on the other floor from the bedroom.

I haven't worked out exactly what our boars do but I am sure they both use the sleeping areas on each floor of our hutch. We've had our boars about a year.
 

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I wouldn't worry either. Piggies idea of a sleeping place is not necessarily the same as ours! I would just put a hidey or bendy sticks or something they can hide under somewhere else in the hutch too. Maybe on the other floor from the bedroom.

I haven't worked out exactly what our boars do but I am sure they both use the sleeping areas on each floor of our hutch. We've had our boars about a year.
We have only been packing bedroom with hay though, there are hides etc elsewhere and a shoebox filled with hay but as hutch is outside I. A concerned they won't be warm enough if leaving the bedroom?
 

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We have only been packing bedroom with hay though, there are hides etc elsewhere and a shoebox filled with hay but as hutch is outside I. A concerned they won't be warm enough if leaving the bedroom?
I don't think you should worry. If there is a bendy stick thing in the bedroom and you make it into a hill type shape, there you've got two sleeping areas already in the one bedroom if they don't want to sleep looking at each other. If one blocks the other from the bedroom area, sounds like you've provided another area free from draughts anyway for the other. Apart from if one is being blocked out, if they are cold, they will choose to go into the warmer bedroom area themselves. I'm not trying to say don't make it nice and warm all over for them but just saying don't worry so long as there are draught free areas and the temperature outdoors isn't too low.

I've read piggies don't do well in temps below 15 degrees centigrade. So if forecast is anything below 12 degrees in the outside air overnight (or in the day), that's when I provide heatpads and also consider other measures such as blankets, hutch covers etc. depending on how low temps look to be going to fall. I always provide lots of hay and block draughts (remembering to allow ventilation).
 
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