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Will this ramp idea be safe for my piggies?

Tylerryan79

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Hi all! So I've just completed my 4th remodel of my cage. I've gone from a store bought cage, to a 2x4, to a 3 level 2x5(middle layer was old 2x4 cut into L) and now I moved that 3 level into another room. I've made it into one level with two 2x5's connected into an L shape. I want to take the 2x4 L shape and use it as a hay area/kitchen.

So the question: I've seen my boys jump up atleast 8" no sweat, and was thinking about having the ramp be attached to a wooden hidey I built. This would allow them to dart underneath the ramp when doing laps, but they'd still be able to jump up for the ramp to get hay/food etc. Would jumping up/down multiple times a day be ok for their legs/back etc? The height is roughly 6" give or take. My bedding is fleece with uhaul if that matters.
 
That should be ok. My pigs have to jump about 5-6 inches to their ramp. If you think they're having problems, you can always put a brick or stone at the end for them to hop on.
 
I wouldn't recommend it for older pigs, but I used a ramp that my pigs had to jump to that was 7" off the ground when I had a loft, and all four of them used it constantly, even doing zoomies around the cage.
 
Update: Ive had the ramp up since my first post and it's a huge hit! My two guys seem to enjoy doing their laps, and like to throw in a jump to the ramp every few passes! I love watching them with my a.m. Coffee!Thanks for the advice too, glad I joined!
 
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