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Llamasomething
03-06-10, 04:41 pm
Finally figured out how to make the connectors make a 2nd level. Spent like a week trying to figure it out, because I'm that smart :b

So here's the cage:

http://www.guineapigcages.com/forum/members/llamasomething-albums-stanley-s-album-picture4655-2nd-level-cage-def-not-done-tehres-another-grid-front-coroplast-bottom-ot-added-need-ideas-ramp-d.jpg

I haven't cut corplast yet for it, and there IS one more grid on the front, I just had it off because I'm using it as storage for now :b


(And it is a 2x4, picture is just cut off)

And I am COMPLETELY out of grids, and need ramp ideas that won't take up too much space in the cage. I'm thinking of having a ramp that wraps around the grid that's supporting the loft...

Suggestions?

lissie
03-06-10, 04:53 pm
Can you remove the grid that's dividing the back part of the cage? Looks like they won't be able to run laps with that grid there.
For ramp, I like bent grids the most. You can bend them and line with coroplast and towels.

xoLauraox09
03-06-10, 04:57 pm
Emmm.... could you use some chicken wire?

Llamasomething
03-06-10, 05:02 pm
The grid holding the water bottles? It's in the center of the cage, Stanley runs circles around it all the time. As I said, the picture is cut off, ti's actually a 2x4, so there's another 1 grid of space to the right of that grid.

Hmm, chicken wire might be good, but you can't buy only small pieces of it, i'd have to spend a whole lot of money on a whole lot I wouldn't need to use...

Is it possible to make cardboard ramps?

xoLauraox09
03-06-10, 05:10 pm
The grid holding the water bottles? It's in the center of the cage, Stanley runs circles around it all the time. As I said, the picture is cut off, ti's actually a 2x4, so there's another 1 grid of space to the right of that grid.

Hmm, chicken wire might be good, but you can't buy only small pieces of it, i'd have to spend a whole lot of money on a whole lot I wouldn't need to use...

Is it possible to make cardboard ramps?
Yeah but the pee would ruin the cardboard very quickly.

Llamasomething
03-06-10, 05:14 pm
True, but do pigs normally do their business on ramps?

I didn't think there would be much on there...

sstickly22
03-06-10, 05:20 pm
My pigs go to the bathroom on the ramp but I think it kind of falls out when they are in transit.
We have a wood ramp that might work for your cage. I am trying to get a picture posted. Mine has a landing and hinges.

Llamasomething
03-06-10, 05:27 pm
Hm.

Does coroplast work well for making ramps? Do you know of anyone who has a coroplast ramp?

sstickly22
03-06-10, 05:30 pm
http://www.guineapigcages.com/photos/data/509/thumbs/Pig_Ramp_2.jpg http://www.guineapigcages.com/photos/data/509/thumbs/Pig_Ramp_1.jpg This is our 2X4 ramp. I love it. I do cover it with towels but took them out for the picture. They can get up without them but I am afraid of them sliding as they are still in the bonding process.

FYI our hay rack and water bottles are on the other end in case people are wondering. Their fleece was on sale at JoAnn Fabrics and was 2.50 for 1 yard!! We have a ton of different patterns now.!!!

xoLauraox09
03-06-10, 05:30 pm
My pigs pee loads on their ramp.

Llamasomething
03-06-10, 05:40 pm
Hm.

I don't think I have any wood thin enough to make a ramp that couldn't' take up too much space. And I want my ramp to have sides so they can't fall off.

Lucille
03-06-10, 05:42 pm
I made a wide ramp, about one grid wide. If you will look at the instructions on the site for making a C&C cage, they suggest shelving from a hardware store as the top. I boughtr that shelving for the top and noticed that the same company sells a narrower, shorter piece (maybe 20-24 inches) packaged as an individual shelf. It comes with sides that can be attached by zip ties and used to hook onto your upper level grid. I plan to cover it with a piece of coro and then put a layer of fleece secured with Velcro as the top layer.

Llamasomething
03-06-10, 05:44 pm
I don't have enough room for a ramp that wide, I want to leave the entire bottom floor as a play area so I want ot make a ramp that will take up minimal space, that's why I wanted to have one wind around the supporting grid.

That is a good idea though. if I ever make a giant cage (Which I will once I move out- huzzah!) I will probably get a nice big ramp.

sstickly22
03-06-10, 05:49 pm
Let me know if you find anything as I would like to get it to hook to the grids but this is the most space saving ramp I could come up with and the landing makes it very easy for them to get up and down or just come over and say hi to me!

VoodooJoint
03-06-10, 05:55 pm
http://www.guineapigcages.com/photos/data/509/thumbs/Pig_Ramp_2.jpg This is our 2X4 ramp. I love it.
I had to delete one of your pictures because it was on it's side. If you wish to place it back in the gallery you are welcome but please straighten the picture first.

pinky
03-06-10, 05:58 pm
I took apart an old cage I had in my garage and used the two long sides for a ramp. I bent one side of each one lengthwise and attached the two pieces together with cable ties so I have arm rails on both sides of the ramp. I put coroplast down and fleece on top. I attached it to the second level with cable ties. I really wanted to have a tunnel, but I couldn't find anything wide enough.

lissie
03-06-10, 06:25 pm
The grid holding the water bottles? It's in the center of the cage, Stanley runs circles around it all the time.
The grid in the center is fine. I thought you had another grid behind the hay rack. Sorry.


Does coroplast work well for making ramps? Do you know of anyone who has a coroplast ramp?
This ramp is made of 6mm thick coroplast. If you have the regular 4mm coroplast, you can probably use 2 layers of it.
http://www.guinealynx.info/forums/viewtopic.php?p=1701816#1701816
My Newest Cage - Guinea Pig Cage Photos (http://www.guineapigcages.com/photos/showphoto.php/photo/4939/ppuser/3556)

Llamasomething
03-06-10, 07:54 pm
Woo, I have a ramp!

When my boyfriend builds his C&C cage (He has grids right now, not coroplast) I'm going to see if I can mooch 3 of his extra grids of of him, and make a more sturdy ramp. for now, this one is working.

My younger pig will run up and down it, and since I made part of it a tunnel with a shoe box, he sits on the ramp udner the box :b

My newer pig Fonzie though, who's a year old will NOT go up the ramp. Even when I put veggies in front of him, he'll go 1/4 up, and then just back away, even if the veggies are almost touching his nose. But he'll chase the same veggies all around on the bottom level D:

sstickly22
03-06-10, 08:51 pm
Give them time. Mine were like that also and I moved all the food to the upper level and sure enough, an hour later they were both up there eating away.

Animals548
03-07-10, 11:29 am
Yeah, I suggest putting their food on the loft! Do you have any pictures of the newer looking cage?

Llamasomething
03-07-10, 12:11 pm
The coroplast ramp is just until I buy more grids (probably in the summertime to build an outside cage so they can play around in the crass during the day), so it's a little bit ugly right now.

Fonzie's the one at the top eating (He finally decided the ramp wasn't too scary) An Stanley is the one in the second picture running down the ramp.

http://www.guineapigcages.com/forum/members/llamasomething-albums-stanley-s-album-picture4657-stanley-033.jpg

http://www.guineapigcages.com/forum/members/llamasomething-albums-stanley-s-album-picture4656-stanley-034.jpg

(I'm also buying 2 or 3 fleece blankets and a bazillion towels so I can butcher them and sew together right sized pieces for the upper level and ramp. for now, towels will have to do. They don't pee much up there/on the ramp anyhow.)