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    Question How big should my cage be?

    I was given 5 bonded male guinea pigs they shared a 2X4 cage. Would a 3X5 be enough for them. if not what would be big enough?


    (The person that had them before me could no longer take care of them.)

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    Re: How big should my cage be?

    No way. I'm surprised they haven't killed each other in a 2x4. How old are they?

    Five male guinea pigs need at least 20 square feet. If you're using grids, that's a 4x5, or a 6x3.

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    Re: How big should my cage be?

    the 2 oldest ones are about 6 months then its the other 3 are 5 months, 4 months and 3 months.

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    Re: How big should my cage be?

    Ohhh, they're not bonded. They're just about to hit puberty, and then the bomb drops.

    If I were you, I'd start making preparations for multiple cages.

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    Re: How big should my cage be?

    The oldest 2 are brothers, and have never been apart. Could i keep them together and the 3 younger ones together? If so how big big should each of the cages be?

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    Re: How big should my cage be?

    Quote Originally Posted by harleyholyhonda View Post
    The oldest 2 are brothers, and have never been apart. Could i keep them together and the 3 younger ones together? If so how big big should each of the cages be?
    We really only recommend boars as pairs, and you'd end up with a single pig. I've even tried a boar trio myself, and as expected it failed miserably. I had two babies paired with a senior boar, and as soon as the babies hit puberty the attacks on the senior started from one of the babies.

    You could get a sixth pig and have 3 cages, Or rehome one and have four with two cages. Those are your best chances at success.

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    Re: How big should my cage be?

    Ditto @Guinea Pig Papa. Three boars together fails about 99% of the time.

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