What Wood To Use To Build Some Houses For The Guinea Pigs

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The correx and some panels should all be arriving today so I'd like to build a couple of houses / hides for the guinea pigs.

I was going to use standard 12mm plywood but then I wondered if that was safe for them if they are going to nibble it?

Any suggestions?

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Hmm I have a couple I bought off of ebay, I'm sure they are plywood, I can have a look at the listing if it's still there and see if it tells you :)
 

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The correx and some panels should all be arriving today so I'd like to build a couple of houses / hides for the guinea pigs.

I was going to use standard 12mm plywood but then I wondered if that was safe for them if they are going to nibble it?

Any suggestions?

Thanks
I used 12mm ply to build my hutches. the rabbits are in as well and they haven't chewed it (separate hutches of course. ;) )
 

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So I ended up putting the two guinea pigs in their new cage yesterday evening even though I hadn't made the stand for it or houses for them as I thought they would enjoy the space.....so they are making do with a couple of cardboard boxes.

Todays job is building the stand and also a house for each of them and perhaps a few other little tunnels etc for them to play/hide in.

What sort of size would be best for the houses for them, do guinea pigs prefer a larger house or a more cosy one? The cage we have made for them is a 5x2 grid one so should be enough space for a few bits and bobs for them to play with...
 

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Do you think that 12" long, 8" wide and 8" high would be a decent size? Build two of these so they have one each if they don't want to be together?
 

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Actually maybe 12" long is too much, looking at an old chinchilla box we have that is 8x8 and 9" long and that looks like a better size....
 

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No problem, piggies are funny, I have a big igloo in one cage and only one will go in it at a time lol, then we have longer houses I bought and sometimes only sometimes they will share.

Take this pic for example, TK is in the small house but if you notice there's a longer one in his cage! The older boys love these longer ones though, so I guess it really depends on the piggy.

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I only use plywood on the parts they are least likely to chew on. Everything else, I use PSE timber (planed square edged).
Plywood contains glue and I don't liked the thought of them digisting this. A personal thing really, but you still get hideys made out of plywood so maybe I'm a bit OTT?
 

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My hutches are made of ply, the rabbits haven't chewed them and buns are the worst at chewing everything! ;)
 

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Sadly mine chew everything, I'm replacing part of our hutch this weekend due to them mistaking it for supper! :))
Correct lasted 5 minutes :doh:
As for those chubes, they love them! :))
 
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