11'x2' cage for three pigs, two 1'x2' lofts with ramp, back and lofts are cubes, front is Habitrail/Crittertrail playpen, base is linoleum. Fleece/towel bedding. Cubes and fleece from Walmart, towels from local stores, linoleum from flooring store, playpen from pet store.
3'x6' exterior grade wooden base with 1.5'x6' upper level (2005-2007). Linoleum base covering. Plastic U channel to hold cubes in place. All parts purchased at local DIY building store. (Front cubes removed for pictures). Towe/fleece bedding or wood pellet bedding.
2x4' storebought cage with 10 feet of plastic tubing for exercise. Tubing available at pet stores and zip tied to roof of cage. Roof/tube assembly removable for easy cleaning.
Handbag Hall is a 6x4 ft shed with 2 windows. 14 piggys share this shed which has a wooden mezzanine level and a wooden ramp which is hinged for easy cleaning. An outside run will be added later in the year, photos to follow.
Outdoor hutches for the boys - each hutch is approx 6x3 ft and 4 boys live in each hutch. The hutches were purchased at www.zoooplus.co.uk and www.ebay.co.uk The hutches are covered with hutch huggers for the winter months and are on a patio enclosed with walls on 3 sides.
Built using the "Gorm"- storage rack from Ikea. As protection against urine used thin pond foil. All in all (Gorm, wooden plates, pond foil and Plexiglas) payed about 80€. The masses are 1,40m in the length and 0,55m in the width. Both storeys have the same masses. There are two doors, too. But if the pigs are well- behaved, doors are not necessary. Three pigs live in it, but maybe, with extra walking time in the room, there is room for four guinea pigs.
2 story 2x5 cage. It holds 3 females and 1 neutered boy. Use fleece bedding. The whole cage took 63 grids to build (4 boxes with 17 grids in each box). Took 8 hours to build. The sides of the coroplast are all 6in. Cut a hole with some wire cutters and filed the sharp edges with a metal file. Secured the ramp with 10 zip ties. Total square footage is 20.
4x2 C&C cage Sitting on wooden base holding it on top of drawers. (Battons added on underside so the wood can't move around on the drawers.) Middle front two grids swing open for easier access and cleaning. Grids are attached together by connectors supplied with them as well as cable ties for safety. Shelf above at the back of the cage come in handy when feeding/cleaning etc to sit things on.
yodelpig's cage. There is a second post of yodelpig's cages showing her converted pet shop cages before she chaned to C&C cages.
The cage as it is with the Trio living on the first floor and the Tribe on the ground floor. The Tribe is allowed to roam the living room all day long, as I am working from that room; that is why I can get away with the lower cage being technically too small for nine piggies. The lower coroplast tray can be pulled out for easier cleaning.
The set up with the temporary holiday (or introduction) pen added to give so many piggies the required extra space when they can't roam. My hub has cut door openings into several grids, so the set up is very flexible.
Details of the top floor with the coroplast mezzanine top lifted up for easy and quick access for cleaning and spot cleaning. There are two little, but much loved snugs under the ramp.
Details of the lower cage: The bunk bed house at the back is just a frame with a coroplast top that lifts up - the same principle as the mezzanine floor in the top cage. I have designed the cage to resemble a set with all kinds of snugs and crannies, like a roaming herd would happily use to spend the night in during their roaming trips. Interestingly, most of the time I have got a "guardian piggy" sleeping next to the entrance to the cage like they would do in the wild!
The big hay tray in the bottom of the tv cabinet:
I used to have an outside safe ramp running the length of the cage at the back; it and the "door" grids have simply been removed when I split the Tribe; that was all that was needed.
These are my piggy corners in the living room where they can safely poo and pee and have a nap away from the general hubbub; when not needed for the holiday pen, the spare grids keep the piggies away from the book case and making a mess under the plant stand.
This was the setup with my two traditional cages (one 120x60cm and one 100x50cm) before I went C&C; I have removed the side panels of the top bars and created more space with a platform in each cage to enable to piggies to walk from one side to the other. One of the cages has a flap cut into the plastic wall. We did that when one of my first couple of piggies went blind with cataracts and needed easier access to the cage when she was having her regular roams around the living room.