Joining hutch to a run

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Hi, just introduced myself in the welcomes thread.

I've got a two tier hutch for our soon to be new pigs, I've also got a 4ft x 4ft run for them. What I want to achieve somehow is to connect the run to the hutch so they can get to and from the hutch as they please. The thing is the run will be a few feet away from the hutch but I also want to be able to move the run about a bit. I was thinking of maybe using some 4" soil piping as a tunnel. Would there be any reason I shouldn't do this? Or any other ideas of what else I could do/use.

Thanks in advance :)
 
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Hi, welcome to the forum!

Unfortunately I wouldn't know how to do this but there may be some ideas in the sticky thread in the housing section. Lots of piccys and great ideas. I know I have seen some piping used to connect runs to sheds.

Good luck xx
 

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I know exactly how to do this as I have my run attached to the hutch. I asked some kind road workers if I could have some there piping which, they kindly sawed me a huge piece off! You often see this stuff at buidling sites and its used underground for plumbing. Best thing is it bends! And if you get the end of it that has a lip on even better.

How to do it is to measure the circumfrense of the pipe (mine is black but you can get it in orange) or draw a line around the pipe on the side of the hutch you want the pipe to come out of, dont forget you pigs have to get to and from here so I suggest at the bottom. Do the same with the run and use a saw, would **** have to be a electric or jigsaw to do this. Attach the pipe form the inside and you now have a long tunnel for them to get to and from their hutch. You can also shorten the distance you have this away from the hutch, which I do because they eat all the grass! Dont forget if the pipe doesnt have a lip on you would have to surcure it inside the hutch somehow, again of you have someone handy this could easily be done. This piping has ridges in so if you made the hole slightly smaller it would stop it from coming out.

I have also used the same method to join two hutches together, rather than get rid of them to get a bigger hutch, plus it adds to the fun of getting about!

Lengthy, but i hope it helps. I would send a pic but mine are inside at the minute, again in two ajoining cages!
 

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I see nothing wrong with using piping to connect the run to the hutch, I just don't know how to do it!:o
 
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