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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 25th, 2013 9:32pm (Feb 25th 2013)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    We finally got around to building our piggle's new cage - it took some doing!

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    We are currently using the fleece method, which a lot of guinea pig owners rave about (although I am yet to see any benefits!). We built the cage with plastic on the bottom, then a rug / towels, fleece, toys, food bowls etc etc! For scale, this cage is exactly 3x bigger than their adoption cage, so they LOVE it! :)

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    Their favourite thing is definitely the hay tray, which Lazlo is demonstrating here! Can you spot Rosa?

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    I was able to build a roof but keep one section hinged using cable ties, so you have access to the cage. Really neat!

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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeFeb 25th, 2013 10:17pm (Feb 25th 2013)
     
    They must be loving their new home! I always used fleece for the rats - it is meant to be kinder on their feet which are quite delicate and it washes and dries really quickly. Less smelly too! Have you still got the rats? What are they on? I thought pigs usually had hay/straw?
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 26th, 2013 1:33pm (Feb 26th 2013)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    The rats were watching jealously lol! :tooth:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 26th, 2013 1:37pm (Feb 26th 2013) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    The blue tray has their hay in it...makes it an easy place to get pics of them! :tooth:

    The rats are on cardboard bedding. How often did you wash the fleece? I'm trying to figure out the cleaning schedule...daily sweep of the fleece, wash the fleece once or twice a week and the base towels once??

    The rats got a Kong stuffed with goodies recently and have gnawed all the edges near the hole haha! Still useable though and they love it with kibble in! They're about 16 months old now bless them, Okto shows his age but they love their snuggles :smile:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeFeb 26th, 2013 6:58pm (Feb 26th 2013)
     
    Ah cardboard! I forgot about that - it was very popular with a lot of owners. I used to do a complete cage clean once a week, but the cage was huge, there were only 2 rats, and they were mostly litter trained. I would say try and keep track of how many days it is until you notice an 'aroma', and then knock a day off the count! It only needs a quick wash, and if you have a fast spin on your machine it'll dry pretty quickly. Ikea sell big pale blue fleeces really cheap. C
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 26th, 2013 7:26pm (Feb 26th 2013)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Ah thankyou! Yeah, I'm trying to learn on my feet, but smell is something I (stupidly!) hadn't thought of...I need to buy some nice thick towels to go under the fleece for next time too.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeFeb 27th, 2013 7:59pm (Feb 27th 2013)
     
    I didn't bother with towels, I just had doubled fleece. Cheaper and easier to wash!!!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 27th, 2013 10:38pm (Feb 27th 2013)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Did it soak up pee okay? I'd read that pee "wicks" (?!?) through fleece and goes straight to the bedding underneath?
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeFeb 28th, 2013 2:46pm (Feb 28th 2013)
     
    What a lovely conversation...:rolling: It really is a splendid home for them, Red; no wonder the rats are jealous...keeping up with the joneses and all that!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeFeb 28th, 2013 4:40pm (Feb 28th 2013)
     
    I suppose because mine used the litter tray most times the fleece was ok with soaking up the little bits of pee they did. What do you have them on now?

    (It's a better conversation than runny poo!!!!)
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeFeb 28th, 2013 6:01pm (Feb 28th 2013)
     
    We always kept our guinea pigs outside in a hutch with a bit extra bedding during the cold months they did very well. I had never heard of keeping them indoors before.
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeMar 1st, 2013 8:02pm (Mar 1st 2013)
     
    Posted By: Kateb(It's a better conversation than runny poo!!!!)


    Wish Diane was still here, wouldn't she just LOVE it.:rofl:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 4th, 2013 6:43pm (Mar 4th 2013)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Hahaha, I've brought a lovely topic with me! :)

    NN, I always kept them outside too, but read that they do best inside. The weather's not very pleasant for them being outside and apparently shortens their lifespan considerably. Not that I've ever found that (my first piggles lived to be about 9 living outside!), but it's easier for us to have them indoors anyway.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMar 6th, 2013 11:20am (Mar 6th 2013)
     
    Yes mine lived to a ripe old age Red I guess it all depends on how much they are cared for. There are no hard and fast rules as long as they have all they need and lots of love xx