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alfonzpig
11-11-13, 10:10 pm
I was talking to my boyfriend tonight, and we are thinking of ramping our cage into the bedroom so that my boys can "free range" sometimes in my room on the floor.

This is my current cage.

http://i1286.photobucket.com/albums/a610/AlfonzPig/IMG668_zps4c3f1892.jpg (http://s1286.photobucket.com/user/AlfonzPig/media/IMG668_zps4c3f1892.jpg.html)

My two bonding males live in the large 3x4 section on the bottom, which is one grid up from the floor, and I want to ramp them down to the floor from the front likely.

Jellybean is 3 grids up from the floor, and I want to offer him the same opportunity I am giving Alfonz and Marbles. They don't like being scooped up, and hauled out of their cage for floor time, but I am hoping by offering them the chance to leave the cage themselves they will enjoy it more.

This idea of course entails blocking off my bed, closets and radiator from the pigs, and taping down or coroplast covering any wires that are in the room, but what else would I need to do to make this idea work, and what is the best ramping system?

lissie
11-11-13, 10:18 pm
Lots of ramp ideas in this gallery.
http://www.guineapigcages.com/photos/g509-ramps-and-steps.html

I love this one. Not my setup, found it in the gallery.

http://www.guineapigcages.com/photos/data/506/medium/238000_0072.JPG (http://www.guineapigcages.com/photos/open-2c-multi-level/p792-race-track-for-pickles-26-rosie.html)

http://www.guineapigcages.com/photos/data/515/medium/238racetrack_road_course_4.JPG (http://www.guineapigcages.com/photos/free-range-2ffloor-time/p1048-racetrack-road-course-4.html)

More:
http://www.guineapigcages.com/photos/u238-cornhill.html

alfonzpig
11-11-13, 10:21 pm
That one is deffinately interesting but I am thinking of something more permanent just going down the front of my cage to the floor. Ive looked at the galleries here endlessly lol. I will make a point of looking again though.

lissie
11-11-13, 10:30 pm
I used to do something like that.
My cage is on the 3rd level, so I added a basement for the cage. Then add a ramp to the floor.

http://www.guineapigcages.com/photos/data/530/medium/IMG_8718.jpg (http://www.guineapigcages.com/photos/doors/p18477-it-27s-a-ramp-2fdoor.html)

Please excuse the incontinence pads, I used them to line the cage.
http://www.guineapigcages.com/photos/data/509/medium/IMG_8714.jpg (http://www.guineapigcages.com/photos/ramps-and-steps/p18478-new-ramp-to-floor-time.html)

http://www.guineapigcages.com/photos/data/515/medium/IMG_8711.jpg (http://www.guineapigcages.com/photos/free-range-2ffloor-time/p18479-floor-time-dinner.html)

This is the pic of the whole cage. I don't have pic of the whole cage after adding the basement. This pic was taken before adding the basement and ramp to the floor.
http://www.guineapigcages.com/photos/data/506/medium/IMG_1452.JPG (http://www.guineapigcages.com/photos/open-2c-multi-level/p17773-another-cage-for-three-boys.html)

lissie
11-11-13, 10:42 pm
Another idea. (not mine)

http://www.guineapigcages.com/photos/data/530/medium/1701000_0105.jpg (http://www.guineapigcages.com/photos/doors/p4574-the-front-door-and-doorbell.html)

http://www.guineapigcages.com/photos/data/507/medium/1701000_0093.jpg (http://www.guineapigcages.com/photos/closed-2c-multi-level/p4571-bottom-half-of-cage.html)

http://www.guineapigcages.com/photos/data/507/medium/1701000_0104.jpg (http://www.guineapigcages.com/photos/closed-2c-multi-level/p4575-the-whole-cage.html)

alfonzpig
11-12-13, 10:03 am
all very good ideas, thanks for showing me pictures! I have two more days off, and then work two days but I am thinking I will start some of the work to be done today, and then let the boyfriend decide how to ramp it, but these pictures will deffinately help.

Gandalf
11-12-13, 02:48 pm
A ramp from the lower level shouldn't be too difficult. The one above will take some more creativity.
I remember looking through the tons of ramp photos before making my cage. I saw a few that had the ramp running behind the cage (between the cage and the back wall). That seemed to make sense, take up less space, and wasn't an eyesore or something that could be tripped over.
With your cage already in a corner, you have 2 walls to choose from. You could cut an opening in the far back left corner on the lower level, and have the ramp run down from there to the floor (toward the front of the cage). The ramp would actually be outside the cage. Then you could just block off the opening when you want them confined.

For the upper level, you might be able to keep the same incline angle by having the ramp zig-zag. It could angle down from the back left corner and slope down one grid in height but to the front of the cage, then angle back toward the back wall, again one grid down. That would bring it in line with the ramp for the lower cage.

lissie
11-12-13, 03:04 pm
Merged your threads.

alfonzpig
11-12-13, 05:12 pm
Thanks for merging my threads I realized after I posted the first time that this was probably the better place to post it lol.