Tunnels vs Runaround Space

Lizzieejoyce

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Hello you wonderful bunch!

Is it better to put multiple tunnels in their hutch or fewer so they have room to run around?

My 2 are in their pen with lots of tunnels/huts during the day. At night they are put into their hutch which has a ramp in the middle going up to the upstairs ‘bedroom’. The floor space is big enough, it’s just a little awkward - if I add more than 1 tunnel they don’t have much room to move about.

I cable tied another tunnel to their mesh door, thought that worked but saw they were shoving it with her head quite aggressively and chewed it a lot so assume they rather it wasn’t there.

Thoughts/recommendations welcome 😊
 

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I think it depends on the pigs, but when my boys were little and loved to run, I used to set their tunnels up like a race track around the cage perimeter so they could run through them as they did laps around their cage. They even seemed to prefer to run when they had a designated ‘route’.

These days they mostly just popcorn when they’re excited, but I do still get laps occasionally 🙂
 

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I think it depends on the pigs, but when my boys were little and loved to run, I used to set their tunnels up like a race track around the cage perimeter so they could run through them as they did laps around their cage. They even seemed to prefer to run when they had a designated ‘route’.

These day’s they mostly just popcorn when they’re excited, but I do still get laps occasionally 🙂
That’s the sweetest thing! I might give that a go in their pen tomorrow and see how my girls react 😍
 

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Hope they like it!

Mine love the sound of rustling bags, so I used to stand and rustle a bag to get them extra excited and then watch them shoot around 😂 the things we do for our pigs!
 

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Hope they like it!

Mine love the sound of rustling bags, so I used to stand and rustle a bag to get them extra excited and then watch them shoot around 😂 the things we do for our pigs!
I do the same thing, I’ve never understood why they get so happy with the noises haha!
 
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