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Jen H

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Hi,
I've got a couple of c&c questions:
1. Does a 2x1 loft need support?
2. What should I use for the ramp?
Thanks for all advice given so far everyone. I really want to get it just right. Also this helps me to put off tackling the correx for a bit longer :xd: @Julie M @PiggySmitten
Jen.
 
....should add that I want a covered tunnel. Bit nervous after an acrobatic hamster we had.
 
No, it shouldn't need support unless you're intending on putting something heavy in the top.
I personally do not like adding ramps and lofts, in case of accidents.
Guttering from wickes or B&q will work well, and add some carpet on it for grip. You could peg up some fleece over the top of the tunnel for a non-hard construction!
 
If building lofts and ramps put your health and safely hat on and think of everything a guinea pig might get up to! It is possible to pig-proof things, just take your time and secure all gaps/drops.
 
No, it shouldn't need support unless you're intending on putting something heavy in the top.
I personally do not like adding ramps and lofts, in case of accidents.
Guttering from wickes or B&q will work well, and add some carpet on it for grip. You could peg up some fleece over the top of the tunnel for a non-hard construction!
That's a good idea. Thanks for that. I think I might just get the bottom set up, and do the loft over Xmas as a break from the mince pies and Baileys. Perhaps not while enjoying the Baileys or it might end up a bit wonky ;)
 
If building lofts and ramps put your health and safely hat on and think of everything a guinea pig might get up to! It is possible to pig-proof things, just take your time and secure all gaps/drops.
Thank you, that might take a while- they get up to all sorts ha ha! Mine quite like climbing on top of things so I'll definitely need to make it secure. Have you got a loft/ ramp? If so, what did you use please?
 
Do they need a loft? I only ask because it can't be counted in the overall floor space. I added lofts to mine when I first built it, they lasted a week. I hated cleaning the ramps and they weren't that easy to access for me at least. I found adding a food area downstairs easier :) xx
 
Do they need a loft? I only ask because it can't be counted in the overall floor space. I added lofts to mine when I first built it, they lasted a week. I hated cleaning the ramps and they weren't that easy to access for me at least. I found adding a food area downstairs easier :) xx
Well I've got 5x2 on the bottom, which I believe is just ok for three, (though they will also have the run hutch to sleep in) but can't extend the bottom at the moment, so I ordered enough for a loft to give them more 'getting away from each other' space. They are stroppy sows! If I can make more space on the floor In the future I thought I'd then use the loft grids to extend that. We're okay for access as I've got a tiny chimney-sweep - sized daughter that I can shove in to do the Poovering !:lol:
 
Well I've got 5x2 on the bottom, which I believe is just ok for three, (though they will also have the run hutch to sleep in) but can't extend the bottom at the moment, so I ordered enough for a loft to give them more 'getting away from each other' space. They are stroppy sows! If I can make more space on the floor In the future I thought I'd then use the loft grids to extend that. We're okay for access as I've got a tiny chimney-sweep - sized daughter that I can shove in to do the Poovering !:lol:

Haha, ok! I know I hated mine as I can't access around the bag of my setup but they do look nice and are handy for hay etc. A 2x1 doesn't need support in the middle unless like Rachel said you are putting something heavy on it. Mine had a litter tray full of litter and a hay rack and was still very sturdy with a few pigs in. I agree though, make sure it's in no way fall-off-able... :)
 
Hi as others have said no you don't need a support for a 2x1 loft.

My ramp is actually the wooden ramp from a two tier ferplast cage with a ramp tunnel from CandE cosies on it. Their tunnels are fantastic, I'm just ordering another as I have two but the piggies love it so much they have chosen it as their weeing place.....

I've heard of many using bent c&c grids to make their ramp. I can see that would be nice and safe and has, for me, a hygiene attraction over a wooden ramp that the wee may end up on. You'd obvioysly need to cover the grids though.
 
Haha, ok! I know I hated mine as I can't access around the bag of my setup but they do look nice and are handy for hay etc. A 2x1 doesn't need support in the middle unless like Rachel said you are putting something heavy on it. Mine had a litter tray full of litter and a hay rack and was still very sturdy with a few pigs in. I agree though, make sure it's in no way fall-off-able... :)
Cheers! I WOULD like an eating area 'downstairs ' like yours- it looks great. I want Flo to have room to zoom though- she hasn't done much since coming indoors (even when I've made the indoor run bigger). What was your original ramp made of?
 
I bent a grid of C&C into a right angle and used that as a base and side, but I had a wall for the other side. You could always bend two, or us gutter pipe? I bought cheap doormats and cut them and fit them to size, excellent for grip :)
 
Hi as others have said no you don't need a support for a 2x1 loft.

My ramp is actually the wooden ramp from a two tier ferplast cage with a ramp tunnel from CandE cosies on it. Their tunnels are fantastic, I'm just ordering another as I have two but the piggies love it so much they have chosen it as their weeing place.....

I've heard of many using bent c&c grids to make their ramp. I can see that would be nice and safe and has, for me, a hygiene attraction over a wooden ramp that the wee may end up on. You'd obvioysly need to cover the grids though.
Aah Cand E cosies... thanks, I'd forgotten where they came from. Does the ramp go through the tunnel or does it tie on top?
 
I bent a grid of C&C into a right angle and used that as a base and side, but I had a wall for the other side. You could always bend two, or us gutter pipe? I bought cheap doormats and cut them and fit them to size, excellent for grip :)
Thanks, I'll have a think about that. I'll have a trip to a DIY store and look at gutter pipe. Cheers for the advice again xx
 
Aah Cand E cosies... thanks, I'd forgotten where they came from. Does the ramp go through the tunnel or does it tie on top?
The tunnel is fixed on top of the ramp. There are three lots of Velcro (top, middle and bottom of the tunnel) on the underside which you wrap round whatever ramp you're using.

I've threaded the top Velcro through the grid which is the "floor" of the loft as this seems to keep it in place nicely.

I then bulldog clip the top of the tunnel to the vertically placed grid of the loft.

Based on my experiences, and thinking about what others have wisely said in this thread, if you're using a ramp tunnel on a flat ramp like I have, The bit to think carefully about is at the top of the ramp. I have had no falling piggies but I worry a bit about the side of the tunnel at the top that I haven't managed to bulldog clip. I think it might be better to extend the tunnel further into the loft than I've done and then just bulldog clip one side to the vertical side grid.

I'll take some pics to show you what I mean once my 2 yo finally gives in and goes to sleep!

While I think about it, one thing that ridiculously stumped me when building our loft was that the ramp is less wide than one grid so there is a need to block off the rest of the gap at the top. I'd put the ramp up to the other vertical grid so the ramp was in the middle of the set up. I stupidly hdnt realised that the spare grid i had been sent was supposed to be used to cover the gap.
 
Thanks, I'll have a think about that. I'll have a trip to a DIY store and look at gutter pipe. Cheers for the advice again xx
Not quite sure how you'd attach a ramp tunnel if you choose a ramp with sides like guttering but don't let that put you off it - you can create a tunnel still by putting fabric over the top.
 
The tunnel is fixed on top of the ramp. There are three lots of Velcro (top, middle and bottom of the tunnel) on the underside which you wrap round whatever ramp you're using.

I've threaded the top Velcro through the grid which is the "floor" of the loft as this seems to keep it in place nicely.

I then bulldog clip the top of the tunnel to the vertically placed grid of the loft.

Based on my experiences, and thinking about what others have wisely said in this thread, if you're using a ramp tunnel on a flat ramp like I have, The bit to think carefully about is at the top of the ramp. I have had no falling piggies but I worry a bit about the side of the tunnel at the top that I haven't managed to bulldog clip. I think it might be better to extend the tunnel further into the loft than I've done and then just bulldog clip one side to the vertical side grid.

I'll take some pics to show you what I mean once my 2 yo finally gives in and goes to sleep!

While I think about it, one thing that ridiculously stumped me when building our loft was that the ramp is less wide than one grid so there is a need to block off the rest of the gap at the top. I'd put the ramp up to the other vertical grid so the ramp was in the middle of the set up. I stupidly hdnt realised that the spare grid i had been sent was supposed to be used to cover the gap.
Aah that sounds good (using the top of the tunnel to secure). If you wouldn't mind showing a pic that would be great thanks- no rush as I won't be doing it till at least the weekend (hopefully your 2yr old will be asleep by then ha ha! Bet You're not laughing though! ) I hadn't thought about the spare grid- I've put it at the side.
Thank you!
 
Not quite sure how you'd attach a ramp tunnel if you choose a ramp with sides like guttering but don't let that put you off it - you can create a tunnel still by putting fabric over the top.
Hmmm yes. I think the tunnel seems more secure. Thanks.
 
Cheers! I WOULD like an eating area 'downstairs ' like yours- it looks great. I want Flo to have room to zoom though- she hasn't done much since coming indoors (even when I've made the indoor run bigger). What was your original ramp made of?
Look at @TheFurryGodmother's video of beer using his ramp. You will see how much a pig can enjoy a ramp and loft then.
 
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