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    Lightbulb Cage size for 5 pigs

    So, our little Rosi just had four babies. We are keeping two of them (thats all we can take) and Rosi has a sister who were keeping and we also have Charlie who is now neutered. So, we will have a total of 5 guinea pigs living with us!
    We have a 2 by 5 cage with a 2 by 2 upper level. And we know were going to add something. Our cage is on a 1.5 grid-size stand and we are thinking about adding a 2 by 2 basement. Were thinking of it being like a "shelf" so we can pull it out for cleaning. Is this enough space for 5 guinea pigs? Any tips on making something like this? Has anyone else here ever made something like this?
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    Re: Cage size for 5 pigs

    Well if you are putting all 5 guinea pigs together in the same cage you would need at least a 2x7 but more space is always better. But if you keep Rosi, her sister and Charlie who is neutered together then they would need the 2x5 or even a 2x6 and the other 2 would need at least a 2x4, but the 2 babies are boys you may want to make the cage a 2x5 so they have more space.

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    Re: Cage size for 5 pigs

    I agree, a 2x5 for FIVE pigs is small. Are the two babies you're keeping male or female?

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    Re: Cage size for 5 pigs

    2 by 5 is too small even with the two 2 by 2 extentions? we will keep 2 girls.

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    Re: Cage size for 5 pigs

    Quote Originally Posted by mufflepig135246 View Post
    2 by 5 is too small even with the two 2 by 2 extentions? we will keep 2 girls.
    Yes because the loft part doesn't count towards the sq footage. Only the bottom level counts as sq footage. So if you put all 5 in one cage, they need a 2x7 whether or not you have a loft. Hope this helps.

    Here's a link to show you cage sizes for how many pigs you have.
    Guinea Pig Cages, Your Cavy At Home

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    Re: Cage size for 5 pigs

    Quote Originally Posted by mufflepig135246 View Post
    2 by 5 is too small even with the two 2 by 2 extentions? we will keep 2 girls.
    Rather than having a loft, I recommend using those grids to add to the original cage, and give your piggies more space as that square footage is what counts.

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    Re: Cage size for 5 pigs

    You could try making it into a 3x5, which would be the equivalent of a 2x7.5
    A 3x6 would be even better, that would be equivalent to a 2x9!

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    Re: Cage size for 5 pigs

    Wow! 5 piggie! How fun! I picture an entire room set up, but that's just my dream. The more space you have te better. I agree with trying to make the main area larger. Lofts are awesome but more for a change of scenery. Do you have room to expand out instead of up or down?

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    Re: Cage size for 5 pigs

    I currently have 2 females in a 16.5 sq ft wooden cage and 2 boys on the bottom 16.5 sq ft wooden cage. Also will be expecting 5 to 6 babies. But i'm only keeping 2 or 3 of the babies.

    So bigger is better. Good luck with the babies and expanding you cage. Post pictures of the babies and new cage when it's finished.

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    Re: Cage size for 5 pigs

    I have 2 girls in a 2x4 with a 1x2 loft. I think it works better to have a loft for 2 pigs or under. Having 5 pigs and a loft has a couple disadvantages I can forsee:

    1: You will need a large loft in case they like to be with each other

    2: Chances are you won't have enough grids to complete a large loft, making it more sensible to add to the base of the cage rather than above it with a loft

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    Now for 2 pigs it works fine with a 1x2 loft.

    Good luck!

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    Re: Cage size for 5 pigs

    2x6 is as small as you can go but 2x7 would be better especially since you will have a male. If you want a loft I suggest either one that runs the whole back with two ramps or two separate lofts one on each side like I had on my C&C. Do you have enough space for an 8 foot long cage?

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