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Is This Suitable Housing For 3 Sows?

C Newell

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Hello,

I am looking to buy my 3 girls (currently only 6 weeks old) a new home as they are eating and growing fast! They live indoors and was thinking a hutch would be better for us as our cat is very interesred in them. I also have 3 children so i thought a hutch would be more sturdy and secure. Do you think this hutch would be suitable for 3 piggies? Seems like a good price to me. Any help would be much appreciated. Many thanks xScreenshot_2017-10-24-08-53-03.png Screenshot_2017-10-24-08-53-08.png
 

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Hi @C Newell I think that the problem with these hutches is that the piggies find the ramps far too steep and they don't end up with much floor space due to the space taken up by the ramp on each level. I have the Ferplast indoor cages for my piggies as they are cat proof being fully covered (I also have two cats!). You can also construct C&C cages with lids which are more flexible in terms of shape and size and can be added to as and when needed by just buying extra grids etc :)
 

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@C Newell that ramp is far too steep. For every 1cm in height your ramp needs to be 3cm. So for example, a standard c&c grid is 36cm high so a ramp needs to be 120cm long.
 

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Hi @C Newell I think that the problem with these hutches is that the piggies find the ramps far too steep and they don't end up with much floor space due to the space taken up by the ramp on each level. I have the Ferplast indoor cages for my piggies as they are cat proof being fully covered (I also have two cats!). You can also construct C&C cages with lids which are more flexible in terms of shape and size and can be added to as and when needed by just buying extra grids etc :)

Thank you so much i didn't even think about that aspect! Will measure up to see if i have enough floor space for the furplast one. Thank you ☺
 

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You have had some good advice so far but I also anted to add that I used to keep my 3 in a wooden hutch inside (the plan was for them to move outside in the Spring, although that never actually happened).
A traditional wooden hutch like that is actually a nightmare to use as an indoor home.
The problem is that even when you cover parts of the wooden flooring with lino, pee will still get onto the wood.
This means it need the occasional proper was and has to be taken outside. This is not easy to do on a regular basis.
 

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@C Newell have you considered c&c grids? you can get some 2nd hand for very good prices on places like ebay, gumtree, facebook etc. You could do it closed-topped so the cat/children can't get in
 

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You have had some good advice so far but I also anted to add that I used to keep my 3 in a wooden hutch inside (the plan was for them to move outside in the Spring, although that never actually happened).
A traditional wooden hutch like that is actually a nightmare to use as an indoor home.
The problem is that even when you cover parts of the wooden flooring with lino, pee will still get onto the wood.
This means it need the occasional proper was and has to be taken outside. This is not easy to do on a regular basis.
Thank you so much for the great advice . Yes i could see that as a pain in the bum. I am so glad i asked you lovely experienced people. Thank x
 

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@C Newell have you considered c&c grids? you can get some 2nd hand for very good prices on places like ebay, gumtree, facebook etc. You could do it closed-topped so the cat/children can't get in
Hi kallasia, after reading up about c and c cages i think it's what i am going to go for. Going to have a look on the sites you suggested thank you for your help and advice x
 

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Hi kallasia, after reading up about c and c cages i think it's what i am going to go for. Going to have a look on the sites you suggested thank you for your help and advice x
C&c are great for pigs and because you can assemble it however you like, you can make it fit the space you have - L shapes, U shapes, rectangles, squares - the flexibility of c&c is great :)
 

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I love my c and c cage and have managed to gradually take over a lot of the dining room with it.

Best of luck. I use correx and lino in mine. Got them both on ebay.
 
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