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yui_hime wrote in guinea_pigs

Today, two piggies who'd been living in storebought cages got a total home makeover-- a spacious double-decker!

The structure is some industrial plastic shelving; it's supposed to be a five-shelf 36"x24"x72" unit, but I built it as two units side by side, so the "floor" space is 3'x4' (I'm not sure how to convert that to metric, I'm sorry). The sides are wire shelving, and held in place with some nails and, on the upper level, twist ties and zip ties since I ran out of posts. On the lower level, the shelving is easy to remove and replace for access-- the upper level isn't quite as easy to take apart and reconstruct, but it's more accessible in the first place so that's less of an issue.

The bedding is camo-print fleece on some sickly green towels. The lower level has an extra towel in one corner, because Squeakers has some problems with his drinking and his bladder and that's where I was planning to put his water bottle (and thus, where he's most likely to pee).

Blaster went and hid when he was placed in the new cage; I had to coax him out with a bit of hay. Squeakers was exploring as soon as I put him in, and even started doing popcorn jumps. Like: "Okay, you put me in here. Okay, you put my house in here. Okay, you're putting hay and oranges in-- wait, is this my new place? AWWWW YISS, MOTHAF***ING LEG ROOM!" *boing wheek zoom wheek boing*

Another picture of the pigs checkin' out the new pad.

I don't have any bananas, so here's a hammer for scale. And Blaster, because he tries to eat everything in front of him, so he wanted to eat the hammer (clever, we ain't).

Added furniture and toys. Neither pig seems interested in the ferret beds.

Blaster's close-up. I've discovered that he doesn't totally hate being petted on the nose as much as he hates being petted on the back or the bum.

Squeakers's close-up. The water bottle was tricky to hang so he could reach it, I should have thought that through better.

Thanks for viewing!

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Such cute pigs and an amazing house! I wish I had the talent to make mine something so cool, I feel a bit ashamed of their current ones. Do they have a stair case up to each other or stay separate? xx

They live separate. Squeakers is a bit of a bully, despite being really a tiny fellow under all that hair.

ETA: Also, I got the concept from this video:

Edited at 2015-09-07 03:11 am (UTC)

I suppose that way they have the benefit of hearing each other but not the problems of fighting? I have mostly heard of them being kept together as they like company. I have two males that live together, they get on most of the time!
Thank you for the video link, very inspiring! I need to find someone who has a talent for making things to help me and do something similar to suit my babies.

what a beautiful piggy home!

This is really luxirious apartments!

But how do you maintain this carpet clean?
I suppose pine wood shavings or something like cat litter pellets are much more hygienic.

Do you mean the carpet beneath the cage, or the towels/fleece bedding? For the former, I intend to brush and/or hand-vacuum. The latter can be shaken in the yard or a trash bag and then changed out and cycled in the laundry.

Very nice! And if they're both males, my one word of caution is that mine used to just hump the cuddle cup I got them, so after I found it completely sticky and hard I decided to take it out of the cage.


Ooooh, lovely new digs for those adorable fellas. That is some ingenuity and now I'm totally inspired. Thank you and congratulations!

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