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    to loft, or not to loft. THAT is the question!

    I am the proud new owner of my first set of piggies! I bought 2, 3 week old boar siblings (although unsure of thier sex at time of purchase). I initially bought 2 large guinea pig cages for each of them and now that I have been able to sex them, and have proper reintroduction as they had been separated, am going to venture to make a large c&c cage for them and switch to fleece bedding. I am looking for opinions on adding a loft as a kitchen area or maybe a separate bedroom? What are your experiences?

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    Re: to loft, or not to loft. THAT is the question!

    I don't have a loft

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    Re: to loft, or not to loft. THAT is the question!

    I was planning to do a loft, but decided against it. Cleaning under the loft sounds like a pain, and your pig might not even use it! I chose to just expand the lower level. Makes cleaning easier, and I can put more pigs in the single level than the one with a loft. Upper levels don't count towards square footage.

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    Re: to loft, or not to loft. THAT is the question!

    We do have one and our girls spend a gps amount of time up there (although that is where veggies get delivered so ...).

    However, keep in mind that loft space does not count towards square footage of space. GPs need flay room to run. You can always add a loft later on.

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    Re: to loft, or not to loft. THAT is the question!

    With boars, lofts are always a good idea. They may or may not use it ultimately, but it can definitely help give them space and at that age, the feistiness hasn't started yet, but will very soon.

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    Re: to loft, or not to loft. THAT is the question!

    Quote Originally Posted by CavySpirit View Post
    With boars, lofts are always a good idea. They may or may not use it ultimately, but it can definitely help give them space and at that age, the feistiness hasn't started yet, but will very soon.
    I am planning on a 3x5 foot cage with a 1x3 foot loft. Hopefully giving ample room for them to separate during the "teenage stage"

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    Re: to loft, or not to loft. THAT is the question!

    I have seen many people me ton that a 1x anything loft isn't wide enough. 2x3 would give them space to not be in each others face when both upstairs.

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    Re: to loft, or not to loft. THAT is the question!

    I have a loft it's not too hard to clean under it. My pigs love to run up and down the ramp and lay at the top. I would say yes do a loft. Also it does a good job as a kitchen to contain the hay. it is good to give them the option of being on a different level in case of fighting.

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    Re: to loft, or not to loft. THAT is the question!

    I had a loft for a long time, but I got rid of it. It's fun for younger pigs, but as my girls got older they got clumsily and both Ruth and Willow seemed to trip going up or down.

    It's much easier to clean with no ramps/balcony too.

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    Re: to loft, or not to loft. THAT is the question!

    Quote Originally Posted by Nina McDougall View Post
    I am planning on a 3x5 foot cage with a 1x3 foot loft. Hopefully giving ample room for them to separate during the "teenage stage"
    If you are using C&C grids, they are 14 inches long/wide, not 12 inches. If you are cutting down size the bottom part will still be big enough but the loft will be small, full grids or not. I agree on trying to expand the loft, even 2x2 would be ok.

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    Re: to loft, or not to loft. THAT is the question!

    Quote Originally Posted by librarychick View Post
    I had a loft for a long time, but I got rid of it. It's fun for younger pigs, but as my girls got older they got clumsily and both Ruth and Willow seemed to trip going up or down.

    It's much easier to clean with no ramps/balcony too.
    I also had a problem with my older pigs walking up and down the ramp. It seemed like they could go up it but then seemed uncomfortable coming back down. I removed the lofts and they didn't seem to miss them. I've never regretted removing them. As you said, it makes it much easier to clean their cages.

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