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    Planning on Building a Hutch. Help with ideas?

    I am going to build a hutch from scratch because of cost issues. My new piggies are in a temporary 1.5x3 cage until I finish this. I want it to be two story's with a 4" ramp and I want it to be 2x4.5-5. I've seen a lot of hutches with drawers for making cleaning easier. I would just like ideas and maybe see some pictures of some hutches for guinea pigs. THIS WILL BE INDOORS NOT OUTSIDE

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    Planning on Building a Hutch. Help with ideas?

    Why a hutch and not a C&C cage? If cost is a problem, buying grids and coroplast would be much cheaper than buying all the materials needed for a wooden hutch. A standard 2x4 C&C cage without a lid, stand, or second level will only cost approximately $30-$50, depending on where you get your grids and coroplast. Adding a second level would cost more for the extra grids and coro, but it would still probably be cheaper.

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    Re: Planning on Building a Hutch. Help with ideas?

    Quote Originally Posted by pigger123 View Post
    Why a hutch and not a C&C cage? If cost is a problem, buying grids and coroplast would be much cheaper than buying all the materials needed for a wooden hutch. A standard 2x4 C&C cage without a lid, stand, or second level will only cost approximately $30-$50, depending on where you get your grids and coroplast. Adding a second level would cost more for the extra grids and coro, but it would still probably be cheaper.
    I am set on a hutch because it looks neater. Guinea pigs are something that I'm going to have for a long time and I don't want a cage on the floor. A hutch looks like a piece of furniture and it will match the rest of my room. And by "cheaper," I mean building a hutch cost less than buying one.

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    Re: Planning on Building a Hutch. Help with ideas?

    Ah, I see. There's an "alternative cages" section in the photo gallery on this site, so you might want to browse that if you haven't already. Here are some nice looking furniture-style cages I found in there:

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    Re: Planning on Building a Hutch. Help with ideas?

    Quote Originally Posted by pigger123 View Post
    Why a hutch and not a C&C cage? If cost is a problem, buying grids and coroplast would be much cheaper than buying all the materials needed for a wooden hutch. A standard 2x4 C&C cage without a lid, stand, or second level will only cost approximately $30-$50, depending on where you get your grids and coroplast. Adding a second level would cost more for the extra grids and coro, but it would still probably be cheaper.
    I did some more research and I might try a C&C cage. I realized that if I do the c&c, then I can rearrange it whenever I want. I wanted a hutch but i think it might be too hard to clean.

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    Re: Planning on Building a Hutch. Help with ideas?

    C&C cages are awesome. They don't exactly look like a piece of furniture, but they're not ugly IMO. Plus they're very easy to clean, and you can always add or subtract multiple levels, expand, or divide it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pigger123 View Post
    C&C cages are awesome. They don't exactly look like a piece of furniture, but they're not ugly IMO. Plus they're very easy to clean, and you can always add or subtract multiple levels, expand, or divide it.
    Do you have any suggestions as far as where to get the grids?

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    Re: Planning on Building a Hutch. Help with ideas?

    Kmart sells boxes of 23 grids for $20, or you can get a box of 19 grids for $20 at Bed Bath & Beyond. Other stores like Sears and Walmart often have them as well. Some locations don't carry them in store, so you would have to order them online. You can check on the website whether they sell them at your local store.

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    Is a box of 23 enough?

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    Re: Planning on Building a Hutch. Help with ideas?

    It depends on the size of c&c cage your want to make and if you want to build a stand with the grids and/or a lid also. A normal 2x4 without a stand would need 12 cubes for the sides and if you would like grids under the coro you would need 20 grids( if I counted right :P). So yes 23 if enough if you just want a plain cage... Although if a second level is to be added a second box or even two will be needed.

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    Re: Planning on Building a Hutch. Help with ideas?

    Be sure to get grids that are 9 squares by 9 squares across, as the 5 by 5 and 8 by 8 pose risk for your future pigs getting their heads stuck.

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    Re: Planning on Building a Hutch. Help with ideas?

    Quote Originally Posted by littlepaws1999 View Post
    It depends on the size of c&c cage your want to make and if you want to build a stand with the grids and/or a lid also. A normal 2x4 without a stand would need 12 cubes for the sides and if you would like grids under the coro you would need 20 grids( if I counted right :P). So yes 23 if enough if you just want a plain cage... Although if a second level is to be added a second box or even two will be needed.
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ID:	69524 I was think on doing something like this but with a ramp obviously and without the triangle grid underneath. Is this good for two piggies or do I need bigger?

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    Re: Planning on Building a Hutch. Help with ideas?

    That'd be fine for two girls, you'd probably want to go a 2x5 though if you got two boys, since they tend to be more territorial than girls.

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    Re: Planning on Building a Hutch. Help with ideas?

    Quote Originally Posted by labgirl5 View Post
    That'd be fine for two girls, you'd probably want to go a 2x5 though if you got two boys, since they tend to be more territorial than girls.
    I have two girls, only 6 months and 3 months. How would a ramp be made for this?

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    Re: Planning on Building a Hutch. Help with ideas?

    Quote Originally Posted by baileyrianne View Post
    I have two girls, only 6 months and 3 months. How would a ramp be made for this?
    Oops, I thought you didn't have the piggies yet . Anyhow, you could bend two grids and zip-tie them together and connect them to the level with binder clips (be sure to put a couple of layers of towels or fleece over the grids, as you don't want your piggies feet getting caught!

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    Re: Planning on Building a Hutch. Help with ideas?

    Quote Originally Posted by labgirl5 View Post
    Oops, I thought you didn't have the piggies yet . Anyhow, you could bend two grids and zip-tie them together and connect them to the level with binder clips (be sure to put a couple of layers of towels or fleece over the grids, as you don't want your piggies feet getting caught!
    I forgot to quote you so I don't know if you saw this but the pic of the ramp is what I found online.

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    Re: Planning on Building a Hutch. Help with ideas?

    Yes that's the ramp labgirl5 is talking about... You can also make a ramp out of the coro if you take a rectangle and score two sides to make rails

    http://www.guineapigcages.com/photos...rrex-ramp.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by littlepaws1999 View Post
    Yes that's the ramp labgirl5 is talking about... You can also make a ramp out of the coro if you take a rectangle and score two sides to make rails

    http://www.guineapigcages.com/photos...rrex-ramp.html
    Would I super glue the coroplast, use tape, or what?

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    Re: Planning on Building a Hutch. Help with ideas?

    I would add some hot glue to the bottom area of the fold so it can't go straight again (if that makes sense)... And also be sure to put some fleece or carpet (which is what I use) so they can have traction on their feet.

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