Size of hutch

Pigoles

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Can I ask about size of people's hutches? I am currently contacting rescues to rehome a guinea pig (as a companion to a bereaved piggie), and so far the rescues I have contacted are insisting on a 6ft x 2ft hutch ... is this the minimum now for rehoming a piggie? Just wondering whether we will have to upgrade the hutch ... (also have a 2x4 grid C&C and large outdoor run - the rescues were happy with the sizing of both of these areas).
 

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While the minimum the RSPCA state for two piggies is 4ft x 2ft, i would expect a lot of rescues to ask for bigger, either 5ft or 6ft for two (with two boars definitely needing 6ft). 5ft for two sows or a sow/neutered boar is a good size but the rescue obviously have their own set of requirements and 6ft is their minimum.
The rescue near me state 5ft as a minimum but would be happier with 6ft
 

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Is it a boar to live with another boar that you are rehoming? Boars need more space so it's not uncommon for that size to be needed
 

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No .. sorry ... I should have said! I have a approx. 3 year old bereaved sow ... and the rescues were suggesting another sow to rehome (if bonding successful), but stated the hutch must be a minimum of 6ft x 2ft in size on one level.
 

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5ft is fine for two sows, but the rescues obviously have their own requirements.
(Being the right size on one level is important, upper levels don’t double the floor space)
 
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