newbie questions (long post,sorry!)

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Earlier on this year i regretfully had to rehome my guinea pig, i only had him for a week (he was a rescue) but then realised i was allergic and ended up ill, my mum forced me to re-home him :( I have since realised I'm allergic only to straight haired breeds as ive been handling rexes and teddies and have had no reaction. I'm now either going to re-home from a rescue hopefully if they have rexes or teddies but if not a very good breeder i also board my rabbits at. I'll be spending a few days every week in the company of her rexes just to make sure I'm fine with them. Anyway sorry for the long winded post ") just thought id fill you in on some backround info. I did house my last piggy in a hutch but ive since moved my rabbits from the wendy house into a bigger shed so ill use the wendy house for the pigs.
What can i do to make the wendy house cosy?
I have heat pads and obviously will fill the wendy house with boxes of straw and hay, hidey holes and blankets. What things can i cover the wendy house with to prevent drafts coming in, ive heard bubble wrap and cardboard is good? Or is there portable heaters i could buy?
Is lino not suitable as a substrate alone?
What i mean by this is i dont think i could cover the whole wendy house in megazorb or sawdust, it would be too expensive and very difficult to clean! :P
Are three girls a suitable pairing? I would love three little girlies from the same litter!
Also id love an extra level for the girls to climb on ie a table with a ramp I'm useless at diy so is there anything i can buy pre made? Just to give them some more room (even though theres tons of it!) and stimulation. Any other tips are absolutely appreciated! Thank you and thanks for reading! -c :)
 

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Hi Hayls,

How big is the wendy house? I would suggest insulating it with old carpet and/or insulation wrap (like this kinda stuff). Maybe consider insulating the windows with bubble wrap?

You can buy heaters but you need to be very careful to prevent fires! Oil filled radiators with a thermostat are said to be safest, but you still need to be careful.

I would suggest you had something on top of the lino floor. It can be slippy and chilly on little feet ;) Maybe consider fleeces? I'm not sure if this would work outdoors to be honest, but I'm sure others would be able to offer suggestions :) Or Vetbed, although this may be costly if the floor area is large.

As for three girls in a group, yes :) I had three girls until earlier this year when we added a neutered boy. Some say that you'll have an odd one out with three, but my girls have always got along well in a threesome

And lastly on climbing, my lot all love these hidey-tables they're quite small, but the like to climb on htem and hide under them
 

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Hi Hayls,

How big is the wendy house? I would suggest insulating it with old carpet and/or insulation wrap (like this kinda stuff). Maybe consider insulating the windows with bubble wrap?

You can buy heaters but you need to be very careful to prevent fires! Oil filled radiators with a thermostat are said to be safest, but you still need to be careful.

I would suggest you had something on top of the lino floor. It can be slippy and chilly on little feet ;) Maybe consider fleeces? I'm not sure if this would work outdoors to be honest, but I'm sure others would be able to offer suggestions :) Or Vetbed, although this may be costly if the floor area is large.

As for three girls in a group, yes :) I had three girls until earlier this year when we added a neutered boy. Some say that you'll have an odd one out with three, but my girls have always got along well in a threesome

And lastly on climbing, my lot all love these hidey-tables they're quite small, but the like to climb on htem and hide under them

Thank you for your reply :(|) The silver insulation wrap was exactly what i had in mind i just couldnt think of the word :)) Do i put it all over the walls except windows? I dont think id cover the windows, id be scared i suffocated them, knowing me :{ ! Ive been looking on guinea pig shops, cavy couture being the main one and some really nice fleecy beds. Vet beds i will defo invest in! Oh my wendy house is about 5ft across and 4ft back. Is that big enough? I think ill start off with 2 girlies and maybe introduce an older boar later on :)
 

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The minimum space for two piggies is 4ft x 2ft so you have lots of space there!

I have the silver stuff around the walls of my hutch (and bubble wrap across the front). If you're going to put it on the inside, just be careful if can't be nibbled ;) You may have to put some thin plywood over the lowest foot high

Cavy Coture do have some lovely snuggly things :) Piggie Palace have some lovely beds too.

My lot love their snuggle sacks and cosy beds. I am making some with proceeds to Becklen Rescue ;)
 
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