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    What is a kitchen and what is the best way to set it up?

    Okay, so I'm still in the preparation stages in getting my first two little piggies, and I've been doing a lot of research and reading online and I've noticed a lot of people talking about Kitchens. I have an idea of what they are, but I don't know if I completely understand what they are for because not everyone seems to have them in their cages.

    Anyone know how to best explain it?

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    Re: What is a kitchen and what is the best way to set it up?

    Its typically 2x1 grids and there is a divider in it that seperates bedding from fleece typically. I use cardboard boxes right now until I buy one from the store. It's where pellets hay and water bottles typically go.

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    Re: What is a kitchen and what is the best way to set it up?

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    The white boxes are kitchens. It is where you would keep your guinea pig's food, water and hay so that any mess caused by that stays in a more easy to clean space and does not get all over the fleece.

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    Re: What is a kitchen and what is the best way to set it up?

    Ha! Nice fleece!! We use kitchens typically with disposable bedding to contain mess and prolong time between cage cleaning. I use pine pellets in mine because they have super odor control and because the piggies like to hang out where they eat the kitchen is also a potty area. Really the only difference between a kitchen and a dedicated potty is that you put your pellets, hay and water bottle in the kitchen.

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    Thanks for the photos! Being able to see one really helped. Did you use coroplast as the base? I wonder if a shallow cardboard box would be sufficient. We get a lot of soda can packs in the shallow cardboard boxes, so I might use that as an alternative.

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    Re: What is a kitchen and what is the best way to set it up?

    Quote Originally Posted by MJTEACH View Post
    Thanks for the photos! Being able to see one really helped. Did you use coroplast as the base? I wonder if a shallow cardboard box would be sufficient. We get a lot of soda can packs in the shallow cardboard boxes, so I might use that as an alternative.
    If your pigs are munchers, they will munch. The kitchen I got from the store here is coro and my gp still tries to chew it. She doesn't get far because it's strong stuff.

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    Re: What is a kitchen and what is the best way to set it up?

    Quote Originally Posted by MJTEACH View Post
    Thanks for the photos! Being able to see one really helped. Did you use coroplast as the base? I wonder if a shallow cardboard box would be sufficient. We get a lot of soda can packs in the shallow cardboard boxes, so I might use that as an alternative.
    Yes, mine are made out of coroplast. I wouldn't use cardboard, it will get gross and smell when the guinea pigs pee on it.

    Check out the kitchens in the guinea pig cage store: http://www.guineapigcagesstore.com/kitchens

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    Re: What is a kitchen and what is the best way to set it up?

    I have a 2 x 4 C & C cage for my girl. The kitchen is on the end with her hay, water bottle, pellets and veggie dish. The rest of the cage, 2 x 3, is fleece flippers. Can't imagine not having a kitchen!

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    Re: What is a kitchen and what is the best way to set it up?

    Mine is a coroplast tray I had from a previous cage. The cage store makes nice coroplast kitchens that are a perfect fit.

    You can use cardboard boxes if you don't think they will chew it and if you can replace it each time you change the bedding but I prefer making them out of plastic. You can also use a cat litter box with an access hole for them to get in and out. You want to leave a lip about 2"-2.5" from the bottom so it keeps the litter in.


    Quote Originally Posted by MJTEACH View Post
    Thanks for the photos! Being able to see one really helped. Did you use coroplast as the base? I wonder if a shallow cardboard box would be sufficient. We get a lot of soda can packs in the shallow cardboard boxes, so I might use that as an alternative.

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    Re: What is a kitchen and what is the best way to set it up?

    Oooh you are so right Inle_Rabbit. I'm showing my inexperience here I guess. I like how the kitchens are prefabricated. I am using disposable bedding to start out with but once I switch over to fleece bedding I will definitely have to purchase this. I'm going to buy two though because my piggies are going to be classroom companions as well so they will have two homes. Thanks for the help! You guys really are super awesome!

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    Re: What is a kitchen and what is the best way to set it up?

    @Traysea,
    I was totally just about to ask if a kitty litter box would work and I saw your comment, :P
    So thanks for being a mind reader haha!

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    Re: What is a kitchen and what is the best way to set it up?

    Here is my cage with my Piggies in the kitchen eating..took this a few minutes ago!Click image for larger version. 

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    BTW I just cleaned them yesterday! Messy Piggys!

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