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HappyHopperz
10-01-12, 09:18 pm
I am going to be building a three level 2 x 4 stacked cage for my two girls. I have a few questions:

1: How should I separate it? Have level 1 be kitchen / hay area / hideys; level 2 be ramps, level 3 be running? Or would they even go up to the top level? I was also wondering, should I do three 2 x 4s stacked on top of each other, or two 2 x 4 with a one grid clearance between them?

I am a bit confused, or confuzzled, :p, and would apprieciate any suggestions.

P.S- Do any members have any good ideas from the gallery of images of stacked 2 x 4s?

lissie
10-02-12, 12:20 pm
Have you check the photo galleries?
Open, Multi-Level - Guinea Pig Cage Photos (http://www.guineapigcages.com/photos/showgallery.php?cat=506)

madelineelaine
10-02-12, 12:30 pm
I think 3 stacked 2x4's would be good. I would make the bottom level hiding, the middle level kitchen, and the top level for running, so only put tunnels up there.

It would be hard to clean though, so I would make doors for cleaning. I don't know how supportive it would be, unless you add wood beams, but you could make it so the whole front swings open. It would be a 3x4 door. That way you can pull out the coroplast if you need too, for cleaning.

HappyHopperz
10-02-12, 09:38 pm
Ah, see. I kind of have that dooring on my bunny cage so I am sort of familiar with it. If it is only 2 grids wide, is there any lighting issues or such?

lissie
10-02-12, 10:05 pm
There are many options for doors. Here are some that I like.

Option 1, open on both sides, like french doors.
Closed:
http://www.guineapigcages.com/photos/data/507/medium/DSCF2847.JPG (http://www.guineapigcages.com/photos/showphoto.php?photo=23545&title=2x5-double-level-enclosed&cat=507)
Opened:
http://www.guineapigcages.com/photos/data/507/medium/DSCF2848.JPG (http://www.guineapigcages.com/photos/showphoto.php?photo=23549&title=2x5-double-level-enclosed-with-a-2x1-loft&cat=507)

Option 2, flip down a row of grids.
Closed:
http://www.guineapigcages.com/photos/data/506/medium/new_piggy_cage_001.JPG (http://www.guineapigcages.com/photos/showphoto.php?photo=23078&title=new-bigger-piggy-cage&cat=506)

Opened:
http://www.guineapigcages.com/photos/data/530/medium/open_new_piggy_cage_002.JPG (http://www.guineapigcages.com/photos/showphoto.php?photo=23082&title=cage-with-doors-open&cat=530)


Edit to add: I don't think they will have issues with lighting. They will have access to the top level, right?

HappyHopperz
10-03-12, 08:50 pm
Yes, the will. I also like the French like doors also, as I also have these on my rabbit condo. The flip down doors I haven't had very good experience with, as a previous bunny cage design. For the guinea pigs, how do you think I should order the different levels? Like where should the kitchen, running area, and hideys be, each on a level? The cage is three 2x4s

HappyHopperz
10-04-12, 08:47 pm
*bumps* ( :

slowmaro
10-04-12, 09:53 pm
All I can input is my cage is a multi 2x4 with 2x2 upper for my 2 girls and it's pretty small when it comes to their runs. I have to make sure I let them out for floor time as much as possible. Long is good.