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C&C A laundry list of questions!

cdlourie

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Alright, so I definately have the the Cavy Bug, and I realllly want to get more girls. Right now I have two of the sweetest girls, Nicci and Daisy, and I wan't to get them a new, bigger cage with a few more friends. Currently, they are housed in a 2x4 w/ fleece, cleaned err'y day with a full cage clean every week. I want to add a 2x5 on top, so their current 2x4 is sort of a basement. So here are my questions:

1. How many girls do you think I could have with a 2x5 attached to a 2x4?

2. Any clever designs so I take away minimal floor space with the ramps?

3. Any way to make the 'basement' level more accessible?

4. Any other clever designs besides my 2x4 & 2x5 using approx. the same amount of grids. (Unfortunately, the longest length I could POSSIBLY squeeze, is 2x6)

5. Any other input?


Thank you very much!
 
1) Only the largest floor counts as the square-footage of the cage. So the answer is 3 girls.

2) Here's a ramp that takes away less space.
Easy Ramps, #01 - Guinea Pig Cage Photos

3) You could build doors to flip down.
Cage with doors open - Guinea Pig Cage Photos

4) If you could go with 2x6, go with it. You can have 4 girls in there.

5) There's no guarantee that the new girls will get along with your current ones. If they don't get along, you can leave them in 2 separate 2x4 stacked cages.
 
There are a lot of cool ideas in the photo gallery but I think the best one I've seen is @bpatters, because the "ramp" was outside the cage and didn't take up any floor space.
 
I have a 2 x 4 with a 2 x 5 on top of it but I have 2 males on the bottom and 3 females on the top level so they aren't connected by a ramp and the guinea pigs don't have access to one another. The one thing you need to do is reinforce the bottom of the top level so it doesn't bow. I have grids on the bottom of both levels but added a wooden I-beam that runs the length of the top level to keep it level. A 1 x 2 section sticks out on the top level and I reinforced it with diagonal grids to give it extra support. Here are some photos. I'd reinforce with heavy duty zip ties to keep it sturdy.

A laundry list of questions!

A laundry list of questions!

A laundry list of questions!
 
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