Which Hutch For My Guinea Pigs

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I am looking at getting 2 guinea pigs, probably 2 males in a few weeks. I have been searching the internet for hutches. I have no idea where to even begin looking. I have ruled out pets at home and such places as the hutches have all had poor reviews. I don't want to buy a poor quality hutch and have to spend again to replace it in a few months time. Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thank you everyone
 

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Try searching for rabbit hutches as the more space you can give them the better and specific guinea pig hutches tend to be so small. Where possible look for solid wood/tongue and groove all the way around the hutch. The one I have is fairly solid but the whole back piece is plywood which will need replacing a lot sooner than any other part. Guinea pigs aren't trainable and will pee and poop everywhere so solid wood which isn't going to rot away is best.
 

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Boyles pet housing do some fab guinea pig hutches. Their stuff is pricey but very long lasting.
 
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welcome on here! I don't know anything about hutches and good shops, but I look forwards to seeing the pictures of your new boys!
I hope you are going to a rescue to fetch them... so that you can be sure they are two males!:))
 

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Thank you everyone! I got a 5ft hutch with a run underneath and you can buy another run to attach to make it even bigger!
 

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welcome on here! I don't know anything about hutches and good shops, but I look forwards to seeing the pictures of your new boys!
I hope you are going to a rescue to fetch them... so that you can be sure they are two males!:))
I am getting them from someone who breeds guinea pigs! I went to see them and was impressed with all her knowledge of guinea pigs and her set up was unbelievable!
 
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I think it is a good choice. Only a good rescue and a good breeder give you a guarantee about the good health, the sex and the fact that the piggie got handled and used to the contact with the human. Are they going to live outside? Have you thought about building a cage using the grids C&C? Piggies inside fill the house with joy... if you have some room you might build the cage taking advantage of the exact centimeters you have available in the room. Here I have seen unbelievable set ups...
My advice is having the piggies with you watching tv and do yourself the cage :) and you will safe a lot of money...
 
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oh sorry, I did not see the other post where you write about the hutch you have bought...:doh:
 

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oh sorry, I did not see the other post where you write about the hutch you have bought...:doh:
She's given me lots of advice on their health and about anti mange spray. They have a nice 5ft hutch for outdoors and then I was going to get them an indoor pen so they can be in the house when I am so I can handle them as much as possible and for bad weather.
 

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They have a nice 5ft hutch for outdoors and then I was going to get them an indoor pen so they can be in the house when I am so I can handle them as much as possible and for bad weather.
Hi, are you located in the UK? I just wanted to mention that if your piggies are living outdoors it is not a good idea to be bringing them in just when the weather is bad and then putting them out again during the winter months as the temperature fluctuations are very bad for piggies and they will not be able to acclimatize. If you want to bring them in it would be much better to bring them in for the whole of the winter:)
 
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about their health I recommend you to read scientific fonts always: on Guinea Lynx there are a lot of proper and updated information. I don't say that a breeder does not know the rules, but it is just like when you have a child: you can listen to your Aunt's advices or you can go and buy a proper book written by a paediatrician...:roll:
 

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I have another hutch related question if anyone can help?
I didn't realise when I bought it that the hutch doesn't have any way of closing the upstairs section off from the built in run below so they can wander around as much as they like. I wondered if this would be a problem as we have a few cats around us. Any advice would ne appreciated :)
 

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I had a similar situation with my Rabbit hutch, but they had destroyed the sliding panel to the run,
We fixed it by getting a large piece of flat wood that they can't move and placing it over the opening during the night so they can't go downstairs.

Something like that might be worth while :) for peace of mind :)
 
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