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CarnivalPiggy

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@smileyface:) it looks really nice! I'm just curious, but don't you find they use the tunnels as a bathroom on their way up or down? Whenever I have those stretchy tunnels I find waste is a nightmare to clean out
 

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@smileyface:) it looks really nice! I'm just curious, but don't you find they use the tunnels as a bathroom on their way up or down? Whenever I have those stretchy tunnels I find waste is a nightmare to clean out
I have found a great way to clean the tunnels - wait till a day that is dry and give the tubes a bang on the patio - all the poops seem to just drop out! I tried hosing out in the past with a different tunnel I had but it made the problem worse - so as long as you can remove the tubes you should be able to bang out the poops
 

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Also, these tube are solid, not like the ones you get on Amazon that stretch in and out - those stretchy ones really trapped the poop and held pee too - these runaround ones have air holes too so everything dries up really quickly
 

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I have adapted my ramps, instead of carpet glued to the bottom, I have attached strips of PVC beading using heavy duty double sided foam used for sticking car plastic trim on. The piggies now have grip up and down the ramp, and its now easy to keep clean. ;)
 

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Here is my summer set up.

We moved their 6ft hutch out or the shed and into an aviary. It's been invaluable this summer with all the showery days we've had.

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When I know we're in for a dry day my pigs go out for the day into a heavy duty 6ft by 4ft run with sturdy lid. However this year we've had loads of 'weather' that has meant its been raining at home until around 10:00 am before being dry and bright for the rest of the day. With the hutch safly enclosed in the aviary (the aviary is fox proofed it to be on the safe side) I've been able to open up the hutch doors, put out their hay tray step and let the pigs decide when they want to go in and out whilst I'm at work. I've then come home and put them out into their proper run during the dry evenings.

Hutch step hay tray and a nice place to stop and have a nibble.

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Here is my summer set up.

We moved their 6ft hutch out or the shed and into an aviary. It's been invaluable this summer with all the showery days we've had.

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When I know we're in for a dry day my pigs go out for the day into a heavy duty 6ft by 4ft run with sturdy lid. However this year we've had loads of 'weather' that has meant its been raining at home until around 10:00 am before being dry and bright for the rest of the day. With the hutch safly enclosed in the aviary (the aviary is fox proofed it to be on the safe side) I've been able to open up the hutch doors, put out their hay tray step and let the pigs decide when they want to go in and out whilst I'm at work. I've then come home and put them out into their proper run during the dry evenings.

Hutch step hay tray and a nice place to stop and have a nibble.

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I absolutely love this! Currently saving for an Eglu run so I can do the same...
 

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I think the runs are probably fine, but I wouldn't go for the plastic housing though. I'd be worried about overheating in the summer and cold in the winter.
 

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I think the runs are probably fine, but I wouldn't go for the plastic housing though. I'd be worried about overheating in the summer and cold in the winter.
Oh no, I had an eglu house when we had poultry years ago and I've never understood how they are possibly suitable for anything other than poultry. I also had a walk in run, which I sold. Absolutely kicking myself now...
 

Natasha D

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My hutch

Cage Type P@H's Lavender Lodge hutch
Where it was purchased or how it was made P@H website, came flatpack, easy to put together, took about an hour
What size it is 5.3ft x 3ft (so I was told, not measured it actually)
How many piggies are kept in it 3 boars
How easy it is to keep clean/if you'd recommend it Very easy, I have lined it with lino so its just a wipe down.


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The boys in their new hutch by Chocolate Bubbles, on Flickr



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Hi there. When mg guines are in the garage its very dark. Should i put in a light?
Thanks
 

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My shed has a light for days when its dull and overcast, I knock it off at night. ;)
 

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Mine came from home and roost. It's called the Kendall.

The hutch is 5ft by 2ft and the connecting run is 5ft by 4ft so there is plenty of space for the 3 girls.
The ramp that comes with it would need some kind of cover as it's very slippery otherwise.
 

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Have you tried putting off cut carpet on the ramp? Plenty of grip. I would put some houses/hides in the bedroom area to maybe. But lots of room though. I like Home and Roost. Good service.
 

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Hi, yes i've put carpet tile on the ramp and it works a treat. They use the ramp loads.

There's a hidey house at the back of the run plus the little bridge and tube. One of them likes to get under the ramp too!
 

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Mine came from home and roost. It's called the Kendall.

The hutch is 5ft by 2ft and the connecting run is 5ft by 4ft so there is plenty of space for the 3 girls.
The ramp that comes with it would need some kind of cover as it's very slippery otherwise.
I really like this! But how do you open the top of the run to muck out? I'm not the most slender (think Ma Larkin) so is it easy to clean out the bit under the hutch? Cheers!
 

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I really like this! But how do you open the top of the run to muck out? I'm not the most slender (think Ma Larkin) so is it easy to clean out the bit under the hutch? Cheers!

It is a bit of a mission. I either have to lean in through the door at the front or send in a small person!
 

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I'd just like to say hi! and warn you all about Chartwell hutches sold by Home and Roost (I bought mine off Ebay) it was not cheap, they cost £159. I bought a 5ft one for my 2 guineas. In November last year I noticed that it felt quite springy. I pressed in some areas and found that the floor had rotted through completely. I then pressed in the corners and they too were rotten as was the roof. I was quite annoyed as I checked all the reviews before I chose a hutch and these sounded great. My guinea pigs were kept outside and the hutch was covered with tarpaulin to protect it at night and when it rained. My last hutch (not from them, lasted 15 years, this one was 14 months old. I bought it from them through Ebay and after a certain amount of time you can't even leave a review on Ebay so I can't warn others. This means that you see lots of happy reviews from purchasers but not ones a year down the line when the hutch is no good. I contacted the seller and this was his response -
New message from: home-and-roost (2,843)
Hi ,

I am afraid your hutch is out of warranty so I can not help you any further.

Regards

John
Home and Roost Team


So, there you are, nothing I can do and having to search for a new hutch. All the images show areas where you can literally poke your finger through and the floor is soft.
 

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The metal floor tray rusted away in our hutch (Bunny Ark) after 18 months so we replaced the floor with “marine plywood” which is great and has water resistence x
 

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ive two 6 feet chartwell hutches,ive both the snuggle and hutch covers with mine.these are outside next to the fence.i placed lino on the floors.ive had mine 4 years and are in good condition.I'm very pleased with mine.:)
 
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