Help With Housing

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laurenwillblake

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We have recently adopted 3 boys. My hubby has built a large hutch for them outdoors. The sales assistant at the petshop told us to layer newspaper on the floor and put in some shredded paper but after looking at what everyone has done I'm not sure this is sufficient enough. They r outdoors under cover near our back door and we cover them at night. I just think they might be bored and need more excitement but also easy to maintain clean. Also ive noticed there are litter trays in some...can guinea pigs be toilet trained? Thanks in advance :)
 

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Hay bedding on top of newspaper works well, and they love it because they can burrow in it and eat it. It can be quite expensive, although there's plenty of places to buy it quite cheaply.
I used to use shredded paper and it's certainly cost-effective, but needs cleaning out quite often and isn't the best for piggies.
Other bedding ideas you could investigate: https://www.theguineapigforum.co.uk/threads/types-of-bedding-reviews-and-tips.53208/

A photo of your setup would be really helpful if you could post one :)

I'm sure you know that guinea pigs need a constant supply of hay, so any toys that involve hay usually go down pretty well! Examples include toilet rolls stuffed with hay and hung up with string, or shoeboxes with holes cut in that they have to pull the hay through. Or just shoeboxes full of hay they can sit in. Treat dispenser balls are quite popular too, I think but are better for using in a run than in a hutch.
For more ideas on toys, this thread is very helpful: https://www.theguineapigforum.co.uk/threads/guinea-pig-toys.43520/

Guinea pigs can't be toilet trained as such... The way it works is that you work out where they poo the most, and then put a littler tray in that place. Since they're creatures of habit, they'll keep pooing in that corner, but now in a litter tray that is ten times easier for you to clean out :yahoo:

If you haven't got a run already, they'll definitely appreciate one, but it's important you get your pigs ready to go out, since their digestive systems are quite sensitive to anything new.
This thread should help: https://www.theguineapigforum.co.uk...-preparing-your-piggies-for-lawn-time.111794/
 

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Thanks heaps for the replies they have been really helpful and I'm looking forward to setting it up properly! Ill try and post a photo of the hutch when I can figure out how to!
 
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