Stage 1 of the Guinea Pig C & C enclosure

Stage 1 of the Guinea Pig C & C enclosure

Our new guinea pigs are in serious danger of being spoilt rotten I think, and I must confess I’m as guilty as anyone in this household of pampering them. The autumn weather has resulted in quite a few frosty nights already so I’ve built our cavy girls an inside pen using wire grids and more than a few cable ties.

This type of housing is called a C & C Cage I believe – we just call it their ‘Posh House’. They reside in it at night – and on particularly cold, wet or windy days. It’s lined with fleece – a dark grey colour in the hope of camouflaging any ‘deposits’ til I have a chance to clean them away.

It has a base made of corflute – the stuff they make roadside real estate signs from – thanks to our local sign writing business who cut it to size for me (210cm x 100cm) for a 5 x 2 Grid cage. Each Wire Grid is 14 inches square. There are expansion plans for the pen – we’re getting more grids to make a 2nd storey – complete with a ramp between levels.

The outside pen on our deck - it went flying on our last windy night!

The outside pen on our deck – it went flying on our last windy night!

So far our guinea pigs are great little converters of green stuff from the garden (grass, parsley, silverbeet, tops of beetroot and celery, capsicum, tomatoes) into dry, un-smelly pellets of goodness for the garden. I’ve been looking up information on how they can best fit in a permaculture gardening system, perhaps to justify the amount of time and energy we are putting into them at the moment. I found some interesting articles here:

Useful Animals in a permaculture system

Guinea Pigs as working animals

The next project will be making them an outdoor run for springtime – or developing portable pens over garden beds perhaps so they can take over a few weeding jobs for me (hopefully!).

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