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@Piggies&buns have you uploaded a photo of your pigs new hutch set up? Don't think I've seen it
i don’t think i actually had!

This is it when it had just been set up and I was still sorting things out, it’s also before the proper hutch covers arrived (hutch was set up in the summer so there wasn’t much call for thermal covers back then!). Things have changed a little since in that the ramp between the levels is no longer there - they are basically two separate hutches now (they sleep upstairs during winter and downstairs is playspace, and in summer, they will live downstairs with constant access out to the shed itself). The playpen area is now the full size of the width of the hutch - so here in the pic it is a 3x3 c&c playpen but it’s actually a 5x3 playpen now - giving them a 5x5 total downstairs space. I just pop it back to being 3 or 4 grids wide when I am in and out a lot (such as clean out day) so that I can get in the shed to the hay and storage unit (which is to the left of the hutch) without stepping over the grids and risking injuring the piggies. (The grids are all cable tied together and I don’t use connectors anymore so that I can fold it in and out with ease)
 

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i don’t think i actually had!

This is it when it had just been set up and I was still sorting things out, it’s also before the proper hutch covers arrived (hutch was set up in the summer so there wasn’t much call for thermal covers back then!). Things have changed a little since in that the ramp between the levels is no longer there - they are basically two separate hutches now (they sleep upstairs during winter and downstairs is playspace, and in summer, they will live downstairs with constant access out to the shed itself). The playpen area is now the full size of the width of the hutch - so here in the pic it is a 3x3 c&c playpen but it’s actually a 5x3 playpen now - giving them a 5x5 total downstairs space. I just pop it back to being 3 or 4 grids wide when I am in and out a lot (such as clean out day) so that I can get in the shed to the hay and storage unit (which is to the left of the hutch) without stepping over the grids and risking injuring the piggies. (The grids are all cable tied together and I don’t use connectors anymore so that I can fold it in and out with ease)
Wow thats a lovely hutch. Little piggie posing too. Are those bendy bridges with fleece over them in the hutch or are they soft cosies?
 

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Wow thats a lovely hutch. Little piggie posing too. Are those bendy bridges with fleece over them in the hutch or are they soft cosies?
yes bendy bridges with fleece over downstairs. The top one was actually a bent grid with fleece over simply to cover the hole where the ramp was as it was a fall risk. As I say, the ramp isn’t used now so the upstairs is just a single level hutch now and there is a bendy bridge with fleece over in the similar position
 

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yes bendy bridges with fleece over downstairs. The top one was actually a bent grid with fleece over simply to cover the hole where the ramp was as it was a fall risk. As I say, the ramp isn’t used now so the upstairs is just a single level hutch now and there is a bendy bridge with fleece over in the similar position
How big are those bendy bridges? Are they the 40cm ones (£7 from p@h) or are they smaller?
 

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As my shed will be insulated, will I need hutch covers? Would a hutch snuggler be ok or will I need a hutch hugger too?
Yes you will still need hutch covers. If you don’t then any heat you generate from snugglesafes is just going to escape out of the hutch and into the shed - you’ll never keep them warm enough.

If you get the bluebell hutch and get the corresponding pets at home cover to go with it, then get the thermal one and that will be all you need.
if you go with the chartwell hutch and get scratch and Newton covers then you will need both the hutch snuggle and the hugger. The thermal S&N cover does not have a front (well, it comes with a removable each fly net), so the hutch remains exposed to the shed temperature (as above about warmth escaping). Whereas the waterproof cover has a plastic front so helps to keep the warmth in.
 

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Yes you will still need hutch covers. If you don’t then any heat you generate from snugglesafes is just going to escape out of the hutch and into the shed - you’ll never keep them warm enough.

If you get the bluebell hutch and get the corresponding pets at home cover to go with it, then get the thermal one and that will be all you need.
if you go with the chartwell hutch and get scratch and Newton covers then you will need both the hutch snuggle and the hugger. The thermal S&N cover does not have a front (well, it comes with a removable each fly net), so the hutch remains exposed to the shed temperature (as above about warmth escaping). Whereas the waterproof cover has a plastic front so helps to keep the warmth in.
Ah ok. I thought that the p@h one was both thermal and waterproof?
 

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Ah ok. I thought that the p@h one was both thermal and waterproof?
yes it is. I didn’t make my post very clear. They used to do one when I got my bluebell (perhaps they don’t now - it was a long time ago) which was thermal and waterproof all in one and then one which was just waterproof (no thermal filling) which is why I said get the thermal one From them. If they only do the one type being thermal and waterproof now then that’s fine!
 
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yes it is. I didn’t make my post very clear. They used to do one when I got my bluebell (perhaps they don’t now - it was a long time ago) which was thermal and waterproof all in one and then one which was just waterproof (no thermal filling) which is why I said get the thermal one From them. If they only do the one type being thermal and waterproof now then that’s fine!
Oh ok. The thermal one is out of stock ugh. Could I use the silver insulation stuff on the outside of the hutch and put the shower proof cover over top?
 

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Oh ok. The thermal one is out of stock ugh. Could I use the silver insulation stuff on the outside of the hutch and put the shower proof cover over top?
yes, you’ll also need several blankets - layers are important when insulating a hutch! my hutch is covered with a thermal cover, then two blankets, then the waterproof cover (although being inside a shed I don’t use it for it’s waterproof properties!), and then a duvet over it all.
 

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yes, you’ll also need several blankets - layers are important when insulating a hutch! my hutch is covered with a thermal cover, then two blankets, then the waterproof cover (although being inside a shed I don’t use it for it’s waterproof properties!), and then a duvet over it all.
What type of blanket do you use? Fleece? Thick ones
 

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What type of blanket do you use? Fleece? Thick ones
Yes - one fleece blanket which in summer gets used as their bedding in the shed but doubles up as a hutch cover in winter; and then another blanket which is very thick
 

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Hi all quick update.

Piggies are all doing well. Hutch has arrived (woo). Slowly getting things together for them for when they're outside.

I won't be on for a while. Today I've made a hard decision to have one of my dogs put down as he had a brain tumor.

Thanks for your understanding. Stay safe and I'll be back soon.
 

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Hi all quick update.

Piggies are all doing well. Hutch has arrived (woo). Slowly getting things together for them for when they're outside.

I won't be on for a while. Today I've made a hard decision to have one of my dogs put down as he had a brain tumor.

Thanks for your understanding. Stay safe and I'll be back soon.
Oh no, I'm so sorry to hear that. Thinking of you and sending hugs.
 

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Quick update on babies. Now 5 wheeks old. Huge and I have to hold them with 2 hands. In the next few days I'll try and upload some up to date photos of them.

Dysnomia: 413g (gained 65g since last Friday)

Apollo is now 383 (gained 56g)

Jupiter and Eileithyia haven't gained or lost any weight since last week. (778 and 775g at the moment).

What is the typical weight of an adult pig? I know it varies from pig to pig and genetics. But what is the a average range out of curiosity?
 

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Quick update on babies. Now 5 wheeks old. Huge and I have to hold them with 2 hands. In the next few days I'll try and upload some up to date photos of them.

Dysnomia: 413g (gained 65g since last Friday)

Apollo is now 383 (gained 56g)

Jupiter and Eileithyia haven't gained or lost any weight since last week. (778 and 775g at the moment).

What is the typical weight of an adult pig? I know it varies from pig to pig and genetics. But what is the a average range out of curiosity?
700-1500g roughly. It’s a very wide range because it’s more about their heft and what is healthy for the individual piggy rather than weight

Both my boars weigh between 1300 and 1350
 

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Hi all. Pigs have been to vets for their check up and to have their second dose of Xeno. All is well and very pleased with them.

However out in the car park someone said that they had 2 males. I told them the story of what happened with mine. She then had the nerve to ask if she could buy 1 female off me to breed from as she 'loves' them so much. I was mortified. Answer was obviously no. I wasn't pleased to say the least. Especially when she said she'd bred litters of dogs but isn't a breeder
 
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