Piggy Safety Gate

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I used to just shut my bedroom door when I let the pigs out for floor time, but recently I started using a barrier made out of old plastic-coated cubes. It didn't fit across the door very well but it just about did the job of keeping the pigs safely in the room while I kept my door open.

Last night my mum made up a proper gate for the door. It is made to fit, is 2 grids high and slides off when necessary. The basic structure of the gate is made up of 6 grids and 3 wooden poles. The grid overlap to fit the doorframe properly, and the wooden poles hold the grids solidly together.

The gate slides off when necessary. A plastic pole is screwed into the doorframe just a little wider than the edge of the cubes, so not only is it held securely in place but I can just lift the gate up and it slides smoothly off.

It looks a little 'mechanical', with the 'bones' of the gate exposed, so my mum also sewed a towel over it to make it look more pleasing to the eye.

This is the view of the gate from the room opposite my bedroom:


This is the plastic strip screwed into the door and the gate slid halfway up it:


It keeps the pigs in and the dogs out! Oh, and most importantly...it will keep the twins out when they're old enough to crawl and walk around! No sticky fingers going near my pigs!
 
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Michele

you thought about using a stair safety gate. you can get one that is like a roller blind.
 
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gothchick1515

I used to just shut the door but rudi would always end up in my sisters room it turned out that whenever i opend the front door the draft opend mine and there was nothing there to stop him falling down the stairs opps! so i just let him have teh run of downstairs it made life easier
 
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Could have used a ready-made one but we can't afford it. Easier to use stuff we had lying around rather than go out and spend money which needs to be stockpiled for June! I would love to let them run about elsewhere but with a blind and deaf 16 year old dog and a huge arthritic 12 year old dog it's too risky. :-\
 
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