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barbaramudge
12-04-13, 06:58 pm
I tried searching threads first but I'm either blind or nothing was quite what I needed.

What's the best height for water bottles? I did see places where people discussed the angle of the pigs neck when drinking. I guess I just can't picture it. I tried different heights but it seems like theirs no good medium so I figure I must be thinking about it wrong. About how high off the floor should it be? The Colonel is 3.5 months old. Thanks in advance for the help!

Kelsie
12-04-13, 08:45 pm
My cage is elevated and is a C&C cage. I'm not sure if you have a C&C cage but if you do this height works good for my pigs. If you take one of the grids and count up 5 squares on that 5th wire is where I've placed the water bottle. That is just slightly above the coroplast.

barbaramudge
12-04-13, 08:53 pm
Like the nozzle is just above the coroplast floor? I'm confused...lol

GuineaPigster
12-04-13, 09:18 pm
My nozzle rests on squares 3 and 4 in the grid. Hope I helped!

barbaramudge
12-04-13, 09:25 pm
I don't have a c&c cage yet put I do have a playpen made of grids so I can measure and translate that to his cage. I'm building a c&c for my girls this weekend. Hopefully I can do the Colonel's after Christmas. Thank you for the help you guys!

Kelsie
12-04-13, 09:31 pm
Sorry, I didn't explain that very well. I meant the top of the coroplast. GuineaPigster explained it in much better terms. Thanks GP. lol My nozzle rests on square 5 in the grid.

ThePigAlchemist
12-04-13, 09:40 pm
Mine is on square 7 of the grid. My boys seem to prefer the nozzles being higher up (they're adults). One of the water bottles tends to stay where they move it, and they'll actually try to move it even higher.

barbaramudge
12-04-13, 09:53 pm
Well in my head I thought it should be higher. That they should raise their cute little lips up to the nozzle. But then I saw a few people talking about the strain on the neck so I wasn't sure how low it was suppose to be. I am more than I little overwhelmed. I really appreciate this forum!

lissie
12-04-13, 10:42 pm
Depends on how long the nozzle extends. I usually rest my water bottles on the 5th square of the grid. About 6" up. The nozzle goes down to about 5" (I think, see pic)

http://www.guineapigcages.com/photos/data/506/medium/100_0157.JPG (http://www.guineapigcages.com/photos/open-2c-multi-level/p15614-cage-236-2x6-with-removable-hay-loft.html)

In this other pic, the bottle on the right has shorter nozzle, I placed it one square lower.

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)

barbaramudge
12-04-13, 10:51 pm
Thank you Lissie! You have no idea how much pictures help me. I think I will have to move Colonel's bottle to a different spot. Not just for height but I think I need to move it so he's got more width there. I need to do some more figuring so I can get his new cage built sooner.

Side topic but still cage related, I could build his bigger cage sooner but it would be out of the Livingroom till after christmas. Which do you think is the lesser of two evils: small cage or big new cage and changing rooms twice in a month? I don't want to stress him too much and I have him out of his little cage and in a "playpen" for several hours a day. What do you think?

GuineaPigster
12-05-13, 06:21 am
I don't have a c&c cage yet put I do have a playpen made of grids so I can measure and translate that to his cage. I'm building a c&c for my girls this weekend. Hopefully I can do the Colonel's after Christmas. Thank you for the help you guys!
Sorry! Thought you did! :)

barbaramudge
12-05-13, 07:04 pm
I got my sheet of coro today though :)

cavykaitlyn
12-05-13, 07:41 pm
You have a pig named The Colonel?

I have a pig named The Doctor.

This is great :)

GuineaPigster
12-05-13, 07:42 pm
Thank you Lissie! You have no idea how much pictures help me. I think I will have to move Colonel's bottle to a different spot. Not just for height but I think I need to move it so he's got more width there. I need to do some more figuring so I can get his new cage built sooner.

Side topic but still cage related, I could build his bigger cage sooner but it would be out of the Livingroom till after christmas. Which do you think is the lesser of two evils: small cage or big new cage and changing rooms twice in a month? I don't want to stress him too much and I have him out of his little cage and in a "playpen" for several hours a day. What do you think?
Twice in one month should be fine!

barbaramudge
12-05-13, 07:46 pm
Well his full name is Colonel Mustard but I prefer to call him The Colonel :)

I ordered my next sheet of coro so I'll move Colonel sooner rather than later if you think that would be better and not to stressful.

cavykaitlyn
12-05-13, 07:53 pm
Ahhh! CLUE!
I really didn't like that game, but it was fun to play with the bits and pieces!

I didn't pay much attention to the question at hand because I already have something worked out.

I have a Midwest. Before that, I had a Living World 4.2 square foot cage. It came with a water bottle holder that's like a hamster wheel, in the sense that you twist the plastic bar through the cage bars, then turn, and it latches on that way.

I also used to use elastic for the second bottle, because one bullied the other over the water. I cut the knots close.
With Charlemagne *tear* she always knocked down the water bottle to the point where it was so banged up and crumpled I just couldn't puff it back out. So I went to Delilah's bottle, the Petco one from 2 years ago.

pinky
12-05-13, 08:10 pm
I use metal holders that the bottles fit into. Each holder attaches to the top of the grids. When the bottles are place,the tip of the nozzles are about 4.25" above the fleece pad on the bottom of the cage.

barbaramudge
12-05-13, 09:03 pm
Perfect Pinky! I can measure up from the bottom! I just don't want him to hurt his cute little neck trying to get water. He looks kinda awkward drinking.

pinky
12-06-13, 04:45 am
Perfect Pinky! I can measure up from the bottom! I just don't want him to hurt his cute little neck trying to get water. He looks kinda awkward drinking.

I've tried different heights when I used the u-shaped hangers. Once I switched to the holders, it seemed to be the perfect height. They walk up and drink without straining their necks.