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« on: May 14, 2008 08:10:01 AM »

My husband and I have wanted guineapigs since we first moved in together, but having only lved in apartments in the last 3 years we thought it too cruel, after all you cant lower them out of a second floor window to eat the grass now can you?!
we now have a house. yes it's still rented, but it's hopefully long term.

So Hubby decided to re-purpose an old fireguard and I did the same to an untreated wooden box with a hinged lid.

it's a guineapig habitat!!

the house box:

made from wood, the lid is then coated in some of the wood-effect vinyl flooring left over from our bathroom re-decoration. the latch was found in the shed and is there to stop them opening the lid. It's also had silicone sealant (bathroom again) put round where the panels of wood don't meet well and would have caused drafts.


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and the one our dauughter named; Chocolate. I asked her what she wanted to call both guineapigs and she said "brown one, chocolate. mine." so it stuck. she's two and a half.

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« Reply #1 on: May 14, 2008 08:16:05 AM »

How neat, do they live outside or is that just their vacation spot?

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« Reply #2 on: May 14, 2008 08:31:58 AM »

they live outside. they'll be inside in the colder months.
i just keep looking at them 'cos they're so cute.
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« Reply #3 on: May 14, 2008 08:40:22 AM »

Great! I'm so happy they have an abundance of yummy grass to nibble on. My mother's current guineas are named Mocha and Cow. (Cow is very neurotic... mad-cow, get it?). Both males, which is different for us because we only ever had pairs of females before.

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« Reply #4 on: May 14, 2008 09:02:35 AM »

Very luxurious!  You have lucky guinea pigs!  And who doesn't like to Phillip with Chocolate? 

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« Reply #5 on: May 14, 2008 09:23:25 AM »

cute...I just found out last week that my neighbor let their guinea pig free in their backyard.(I don't agree with that, I believe in giving them a safe place like you have.) But what is interesting is that this guinea pig has made tunnels all around the border of their yard and pops in and out to get food that they put out and is just living "free". He also says it's  too fast for cats but I'm not too sure about that. So watch out for tunnels to freedom.

« Reply #6 on: May 14, 2008 10:28:49 AM »

oooo this is sooo cute i love it so much. your pigs are sooo cute i love chocolates little hair puff on the top of his head and his color is beautiful so is phillips. they look like the have fun out there

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« Reply #7 on: May 19, 2008 09:52:08 AM »

So watch out for tunnels to freedom.

they'd have a job, 4-6in down it's hardcore rubble under that topsoil!
« Reply #8 on: May 21, 2008 10:17:15 PM »

This is really nice run for two very cutie piggies Smiley. It's great you recycled that firegard, it looks like the perfect size/strength for the job!

I'm not trying to force any views on you or anything, but piggies have such wonderfully diverse and intelligent personalities, and adore being part of the family and interacting with everyone inside the house, just like a dog or cat. Having my piggies indoors (I have 6 now so they have their own bedroom LOL), means I don't miss any of their crazy antics, which I'm sure they show mainly because they know they are safe from the stresses of outside.

My parents bought me and my sister two little piggies when we were kids (one was called coco haha because thats what I came up with for a little brown pig), and we kept them in a cage inside the house simply because we lived in a farm area with lots of snakes and nasty predators around.  Anyway, little fluffy lived to a nice old age of 10, and my baby cokie only passed away last year, and she was about 11 and a half years old.  To give non-piggie people some idea of things I think the average lifespan of piggies is around 4-6 years, and the world record is around 13 I think. I really believe they lived so long because we kept them indoors, but I think genes may have played a part as well (they were sisters).

A great resource for making nice indoor piggie cages and other info is http://www.guineapigcages.com/, the site generally advocates keeping piggies inside year-round, but sometimes that's really not practical (renting, space etc.) I would be wary of posting on the forums there however, as there are some people with very extreme views on piggy parenting, ready to shout down anyone who admits to keeping their pigs outside/giving them pig mixes/whatever else they don't believe in. They do mean well, but it's difficult to portray that over the internet I guess. In any case, that website has very accurate information on piggie care and such things; there is a lot of mis-information out there.

Anyway, sorry to get rather off-topic, but feel free to PM me if you want to talk any more, so as to not hijack this thread any more than I already have hehe  Grin.

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« Reply #9 on: May 22, 2008 08:12:33 PM »

I agree with Kiss_Liss; I don't know how cold it gets at night 'round your parts, but guinea pigs shouldn't be in areas less than 65F and more than 75-80F.. You could end up with some very sick piggies keeping them in the extreme temperatures of the outdoors.

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