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Tammy12770
02-28-17, 08:13 pm
Started out as an entertainment system cabinet
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Removed the door, moved some shelves, added plexiglass, drilled ventilation holes, made chloroplast liners, made a hinged back wall for easy cleaning, made some ramps etc.... measures 20" deep and 52" wide with 3 levels. not sure how many sq feet that is. It took my piggys about a week to figure out the ramps, but now they are literally running up n down them.
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Rnd210
02-28-17, 08:25 pm
It looks nice but it's not big enough for 2 piggies.

CavyTV
02-28-17, 08:34 pm
Ditto Rnd210. There does not seem to be much running space, as the ramps are literally taking up all the space on each level. If your pigs are boars, you definitely need something bigger. A 2x4 (28in.x56in.) is the MINIMUM for 2 guinea pigs, but even that is too small. I would recommend at least 28in.x70in. 28in.x84in. or larger if you have boars. The ramps could also lead to issues. A pig can block the other one from coming up.

bpatters
02-28-17, 08:44 pm
You've obviously put a lot of work into that cage, but it's not really suitable for guinea pigs. They need a large flat space to run around in -- they do what we call "Nascar zoomies," running around and around the cage.

Ramps are also big invitations to fight if one pig decides to block a ramp. They also can be injured if they are knocked off by another pig, or even if they jump. Because a pig's eyes are on the side of its head, it has no depth perception. Six inches, six feet -- it all looks flat to the pig.

Take a look at the Photo Galleries for cages suitable for pigs. You could still use that frame by turning it on its back and making a large flat area.

Rnd210
02-28-17, 09:56 pm
Your cage is equivalent to a 1.5 grid cage by 3.75 grid cage, which is roughly about 7.34 square feet. 7.5 square feet is needed for one pig and 8.5 plus square foot is needed for 2 pigs on one single level. You can add additional levels after you provide the appropriate square footage needed for the amount of guinea pigs that you have, as multiple levels don't count as added square footage.

lissie
02-28-17, 10:17 pm
Your cage is equivalent to a 1.5 grid cage by 3.75 grid cage, which is roughly about 7.34 square feet. 7.5 square feet is needed for one pig and 8.5 plus square foot is needed for 2 pigs on one single level. You can add additional levels after you provide the appropriate square footage needed for the amount of guinea pigs that you have, as multiple levels don't count as added square footage.
I don't think you can calculate it that way. The cage is divided into small sections. There's no level that measure the whole 20" x 52".

jaycriae
03-01-17, 12:12 am
Looks like it would be heaven for rats, or for gerbils or (social) hamsters if you added deeper bedding.

onedesire
03-01-17, 12:27 pm
Looks nice but unfortunately, everyone on this thread is right. Vertical space for piggies is insufficient. Perhaps you can get another small animal to be the new tenant lol. Or you can sell it and use the money towards a suitable cage (c&c).

lissie
03-01-17, 12:37 pm
No need to sell it. If you remove all the shelves and dividers, lay it on it's back. It would be a nice flat space for the pigs.

Tink.Bell
11-12-17, 05:17 am
Looks like it would be heaven for rats, or for gerbils or (social) hamsters if you added deeper bedding.

Lol, i was thinking the same but for hamsters!