Outside pig hutch

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Hey all, I have found out recently I have developed an allergy to my piggies. I moved them rooms, but my allergist said as long as their in the house, my allergies will flare. Giving them away was not an option. I was curious about an outdoor hutch? I found a rabbit hutch someone is selling for cheap, I’d just have to replace the wire floor for a solid one. It’d also give them a covered run to run around in the grass when I opened their door. My worry is my little Milton is a skinny, so it’s a little harder to keep him warm. I could insulate? Put a little heater in for summer nights/throughout the season? What would be the best suggestion? I’d like to give them more room to roam, grass to graze, but their safety comes first obviously. Any suggestions on how I could go about this?
 

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Hey all, I have found out recently I have developed an allergy to my piggies. I moved them rooms, but my allergist said as long as their in the house, my allergies will flare. Giving them away was not an option. I was curious about an outdoor hutch? I found a rabbit hutch someone is selling for cheap, I’d just have to replace the wire floor for a solid one. It’d also give them a covered run to run around in the grass when I opened their door. My worry is my little Milton is a skinny, so it’s a little harder to keep him warm. I could insulate? Put a little heater in for summer nights/throughout the season? What would be the best suggestion? I’d like to give them more room to roam, grass to graze, but their safety comes first obviously. Any suggestions on how I could go about this?

This is the hutch, obviously alterations would be made. The door would be switched to a solid one, no holes would be left open, id like to insulate it, and have a door to the run.
 

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Unfortunately that hutch would be no good for piggies as there is not enough enclosed area for the piggies to stay protected. Also skinny pigs should 100% not be kept outdoors as they are so much more susceptible to illness. I keep outdoor pigs but would never get a skinny pig as it just wouldn't be fair on the piggy
 

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I tend to agree with @Lady Kelly
The hutch itself wouldn't offer enough enclosed space for guinea pigs.
If you were to get a hutch there are much better alternatives.

However skinnies really shouldn't be kept outside year round.
Is there a possibility of getting ashed to keep them in?
A well insulated hutch in a heated shed might work.

Also what is it that you are allergic to exactly.
Depending on what the allergy issues is (hay, bedding, hair, dust mites) there are many ways to still keep your piggies indoors and reduce your own suffering.
 

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Also you must remember not all piggies climb. I have had rescue piggies which have never come across ramps before and no amount of coaxing would encourage them to use it.
 

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I tend to agree with @Lady Kelly
The hutch itself wouldn't offer enough enclosed space for guinea pigs.
If you were to get a hutch there are much better alternatives.

However skinnies really shouldn't be kept outside year round.
Is there a possibility of getting ashed to keep them in?
A well insulated hutch in a heated shed might work.

Also what is it that you are allergic to exactly.
Depending on what the allergy issues is (hay, bedding, hair, dust mites) there are many ways to still keep your piggies indoors and reduce your own suffering.
No I’m just straight allergic to guinea pigs, no allergies from the hay, but the dust also plays a factor.
 
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