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Discussion in 'Housing and Enrichment' started by daftscotslass, Aug 13, 2010.

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  1. justjo14

    justjo14 Junior Guinea Pig

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    Hi Tim,
    I'm new to the world of piggies but already know this is a fab creation/size/layout I've been looking for run shelters for months and no good ones. Do you sell these yet?!

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  2. PiggyOwner

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    My guinea pigs live in a 2 storey hutch in a shed

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    The ramp has a cover at the top

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    Here is Max relaxing on top of the ramp cover

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    The ramp has a "Bannister" and I use a ramp tunnel too

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    I have geenhouse heaters fitted inside the hutch - they are linked to a thermostat

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    when it is really cold. I can cover the front of the hutch

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    Here is a picture of Bess enjoying a hay tray downtairs ( you may just be able to make out that ther is an oil filled radiator under the hutch ).

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    I have an extension I can add for exercise ( I call it "The exercise yard ")

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  3. orangeinepig

    orangeinepig Teenage Guinea Pig

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    I can't believe I haven't posted my guinea pigs new hutch which I got a few months ago so here it is

    So after many hours of painting my guinea pigs new 6ft hutch is ready for everyone to see! I stained the outside a dark oak colour I believe and painted the inside a pet safe willow colour so I'm gonna stop talking and show you guys the photos of the hutch [​IMG]. Oh one last thing the pigs haven't been fed today, spot cleaned, poo picked or had all the bedding replaced in the sleeping area today which is why it looks a mess [​IMG]

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    Naught Piggies already chewing their hutch!
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  4. Namaah

    Namaah Junior Guinea Pig

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    Not sure if this would be the right category as it is a hutch but not an outdoors one

    This is my new house for my guinea pig. It is roughly 4 foot by 3 feet (12sq foot) on the bottom and 4 foot by 1.5 foot (6sq foot)on the top. At the moment it only houses 1 guinea pig but if all goes well he should have a girlfriend in there with him soon.

    I love the hutch and the space it has but it wouldn't work as an outdoors hutch as there is no bottom to it. I built a unit in my living room to sit it on and covered the top of the unit in PVC fabric to waterproof it. It is pretty easy to get into, i didn't screw down the top of the run so it just lifts up and the door on the front is big, I can easily fit the whole top half of my body through the door and I'm not skinny. The top has 2 doors that open so you can get full access to it and has a plastic base. I covered the ramp in carpet and added a railing as I didn't think the ramp was safe enough for guinea pigs. I also plan on making the hole at the top smaller and putting a railing around it too. Once that's done I plan on covering the whole top area in hay instead of just in the "sleeping area" but at the moment it ends up falling into the hole for the ramp and I'm worried about Sam standing on it and falling down. I also need to find a bigger tray for in the bottom as well.
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  5. smileyface:)

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    in the process of moving my group (2 pairs in two hutches) into hutches in a large wooden bike store - they are in hutches in a shed down the garden but this means they can be beside the backdoor (hurrah!), which means access for electricity (woopee!) which means heating in store (yeeha!) - going to insulate the store before the hutch goes in and then insulate the hutch too - so will post pics once it's underway - got to get the store delivered first! :clap:

    Had to give up my huge shed for bikes and other stuff but will be fun turning this into a piggie hotel!
     
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  6. madd

    madd Junior Guinea Pig

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    Hope you find a friend soon, as they will have loads of space to popcorn! X
     
  7. PiggyOwner

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    I was worried about the hole at the top of the ramp - I have a cover made ...




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  8. Namaah

    Namaah Junior Guinea Pig

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    I've already hopefully found him a friend. I know someone who has a guinea pig they want to rehome so if she gets on with sam then i'll be keeping her with sam. He's going in to get neutered tomorrow so need to wait until he is safe after that.

    Thats a great idea piggyowner, I think i'll be borrowing that idea
     
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    that's what we're here for! My guinea pigs like sitting on top of the ramp cover .......

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    thats a fab idea piggyowner!
     
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    I got my wee boy Chewy neutered last year and then got him a wife from the animal rescue over here - they lived in separate hutches for 4 weeks until he was past the 6 weeks, and then I introduced them in a run - and they have always got on! Maybe it helped that they were able to watch and sniff through the bars for a few weeks first. Fingers crossed Sam finds a friend too. :clap:
     
  12. ayemee

    ayemee Adult Guinea Pig

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    My piggie shed.

    Upstairs of the hutch I use as the 'messy area' so hay racks and loose hay are put up there.

    They're housed on fleece with the exception of the upstairs sleeping compartment. Where I use biocatlet litter and lots of hay.

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    Upstairs bed where they all tend to snuggle up.

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    love your setup - I have been using fleece in the hutches too and love it - so easy to clean out - was worried it would get damp in winter (don't know why!) but it didn't - you have such a huge herd and they are very cute. :nod:
     
  14. Cleyres

    Cleyres Junior Guinea Pig

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    What size shed do you have? I was wanting a shed, but then bumped the car, oops! I've gotta get the paintwork done before the shed! Boo! x
     
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    Cleyres Junior Guinea Pig

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    20160403_125731.jpg We've got a Blubell hideaway hutch from pets at home, we have two sows in there at the minute, does anyone know if it is big enough for three as we'd love to get another little lady!
    After trialing lots of different bedding, we are using fleece in the bedroom and newspaper upstairs, and downstairs we have a mix of carefresh and fitch.
    We are going to have a shed set up before the end of summer, so will hopefully be on just fleece then with hay racks and trays. Here's a couple of pics from Sunday x 20160403_124330.jpg 20160403_125110.jpg
     
  16. VickieD

    VickieD Junior Guinea Pig

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    I would also like to know if the bluebell from Pets at home would house 3-4 piggies?

    Also people who line the hutches with lino, can I ask what you use to stick it down? The normal adhesive spray?

    Thank you
     
  17. madd

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    Not sure about the hutch size but I never stuck my lino down so I can lift it and air the cage out once in a while but also I can replace it if naughty piggies start to damage it lol x
     
  18. orangeinepig

    orangeinepig Teenage Guinea Pig

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    Same here as pee always gets underneath it even when flat down so I'm glad I didn't seal it but I think aquarium sealer would work @VickieD
     
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    VickieD Junior Guinea Pig

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    Thanks this helps

    Any idea how many sows I could have in 2 tier hutch 4ft poss 5ft or bluebell from pets at home
     
  20. Hank288

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    In my 5ft bluebell I have 3 sows and would not want to put more than that in it. Mine do use the second layer but when all 3 are downstairs it is quite crowded with all the pigs and hides in it.
    I also have lined with lino but would not seal down as this enables you to clean underneath it and to replace once old.
     

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