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    New Cage Finished. Thoughts?

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    We were pretty proud of ourselves on this one! The bottom tray is on castors to pull out to clean. The ramp from the first floor to the second can be hooked to the ceiling in order to easily slid out the bottom level or to split the cage into two cages if we need to keep anyone separately. The bottom of the wood frame is full of eye hooks so I can hang curtains, hammocks or toys around the second level. There is a large kitchen on the main floor and a mini kitchen in the basement so everyone always has access to hay and pellets and water without having to treck to a different level.

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    Re: New Cage Finished. Thoughts?

    Very nice! But I'd personally add higher walls to the ramp and a grid on the front of the loft (if there isn't already) to prevent your guinea pigs from jumping off and getting hurt.

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    Re: New Cage Finished. Thoughts?

    seriously beautiful! i really like it! nice work

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    Re: New Cage Finished. Thoughts?

    The bottom area seems a little dark and enclosed, I personally prefer more open cages, since I feel like the pigs would just sit in the dark bottom level and not move around as much. Also, that spinning wheel/ball hay rack thing is not recommended. Other than that, looks good!

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    Re: New Cage Finished. Thoughts?

    Quote Originally Posted by pigger123 View Post
    ...that spinning wheel/ball hay rack thing is not recommended. Other than that, looks good!
    They actually have a hay rack made from a folded grid in each kitchen. The hay wheel is just for fun...they just like to spin it for no reason...weird girls

    As for the darkness, this photo was taken in the evening, but the lower level actually gets lots of natural light in the day time.

    There is a grid blocking the second level although you can't see very well in the picture.

    This is the original ramp:
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    And ya... they really like to leap on and off the sides. So this is the new ramp I've come up with:

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    It will be finished the same way as the original with a grippy surface for them to walk on.

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    Re: New Cage Finished. Thoughts?

    Thanks for the feedback and compliments

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    New addition: A hinged grid that we can swing open for floor time then add the steps and the ramp so they can go out and in as they please. It clips closed for "inside the cage" time

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    Re: New Cage Finished. Thoughts?

    What lucky guinea pigs that live in there! how many guinea pigs do you have living in that cage?

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    This one houses 6 girls but usually only at bedtime. As long as I'm at home they get the full living room:

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    Re: New Cage Finished. Thoughts?

    WOW! That looks spectacular! So much detail and thought went into it, I love the two extra large floors! Lots of room for them to run around, even when they don't have floor time.

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    Awww that is so cute x

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    Re: New Cage Finished. Thoughts?

    How did you make that ramp? Its one of the coolest I've seen. I'd love the details!

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    Re: New Cage Finished. Thoughts?

    It's pretty straightforward just a bit of a pain bending the grids. You start by bending grids to a 90 angle two squares in on either side (bend them around a piece of wood or another solid straight edge so the corners don't round out when you bend them) then score a piece of coroplast the same way you would if you were building a cage base except now make it to fit within the bent grids. I made the sides about 2 inches high just to make sure piggy legs didn't get stuck in the grid railings.

    I used a single hole punch to punch nice round holes in the coroplast so I could zap strap it to the grid railings, but before you zap strap it you'll want to make sure you staple/ attach whatever you'll be using to make the ramp grippy. A lot of people like to use fleece or carpet but I like to be able to clean my ramps so they don't get sticky. I just bought a roll of rubber truck/van matting and cut it to fit. I like that it has horizontal rows of grip so I know my piggies can walk securely without fear of sliding. I just make sure to attach it really well so they don't eat it...for their health and my sanity.

    A lot of people make their ramps fully out of coroplast and just make high coroplast walls but I was finding mine wasn't supporting heavy piggies well, even when I ran metal supports through the folds in the corrugations of the plastic so the grids really make a stable supported ramp and look really neat.

    For the wooden ramp to the basement level we actually cut the grids to make railings (and sealed the cut edges to prevent rust or anything sharp) and attached them to the wood sides of the ramp.

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    Re: New Cage Finished. Thoughts?

    Oh yes I also finish all the side edges and the bottom by sliding those report binding bars over them to prevent the pigs from chewing. I also punch 2 holes in the top of the ramp and 2 in the shelf and grommet them so I can clip and unclip the ramp from the shelf for cleaning without damaging anything or the holes wearing through from use.

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    Re: New Cage Finished. Thoughts?

    Quote Originally Posted by pigger123 View Post
    The bottom area seems a little dark and enclosed, I personally prefer more open cages, since I feel like the pigs would just sit in the dark bottom level and not move around as much. Also, that spinning wheel/ball hay rack thing is not recommended. Other than that, looks good!
    Why is the ball hay rack bad? I'm curious because we use one as a 2nd hay rack.

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    Holy cow, that is an amazing cage and floor set up! You must spend a lot of time cleaning up after them. Is that carpet they are on, outside of the cage?

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    Re: New Cage Finished. Thoughts?

    Your cage is amazing! I'm jealous of your floor space as well. I would love to be able to give my 2 girls that kind of space. I may need to steal your ramp idea it looks very supportive and well built!

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    Re: New Cage Finished. Thoughts?

    Cleaning really takes no time at all. I clean each floor of the cage on a staggered schedule so one floor at a time.

    For floor time I just throw a uhaul pad on the floor, then when they're done in the evening I shake it out and sweep/and or vacuum. Occasionally, I need to pass the mop but my girls are super good about using their boxes. Then I wash the blanket once a week or so with cage laundry.

    I think the problem with the hay ball is that it may restrict their access to hay and guinea pigs need continual access to food just because the of the way their digestion works. As far as I know they don't really pose much of a problem as long as you have ample hay access elsewhere as well, but certainly someone could correct me if I'm wrong.

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    Re: New Cage Finished. Thoughts?

    They hay ball doesn't hold much and it's harder to get hay out of, and a piggy once managed to actually crawl inside of one and get stuck in it.

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    I had never heard of a pig getting stuck in a hay ball. Yikes!

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