We were inspired to make our own bunk beds after seeing these piggies. Since these standalone units don't take up much floor space, they're great especially if you don't have room for a loft. Best of all they're easy and quick to build, particularly if you have extra C&C supplies on hand. Here's a tutorial on how to build bunk beds for your own piggies.
- 5 C&C grids, one preferably with shelving notches
- 8 connectors
- Zip ties
- Fleece & towel/cage liner
- Assemble the C&C grids into a cube shape, leaving the front and bottom sides open.
- Place the notched grid within the cube to form a shelf for the top bunk. Adjust the height as necessary for your pig. Ours are raised 4 squares off the ground but you can lower it to 3 if desired.
- Secure the shelf with zip ties. Trim the ends off.
- Place coroplast on the top bunk. Layer a towel and fleece over the coroplast, then secure in place with binder clips. Alternatively, you can use a cage liner if you have one that fits.
- Drape fleece over the top to form a canopy. Finish by placing your guinea pigs favorite cozies and cuddle cups on the bunks. Watch them retreat into their new hideaway!
- Leave favorite foods upstairs. This encourages cavies to use the top bunk. After I started hiding nibbles of cucumber there all six pigs learned very quickly. Food is a great incentive! Almost too good of a motivator since certain pigs now use the top bunk for sniffing out treats rather than napping.
- Provide a ramp if your pig absolutely refuses to hop up.
- Keep clean in between cage changing by removing the fleece canopy and tipping it sideways to roll poops out. Move the entire unit to another area of the cage so pigs won't be getting their bottoms dirty by sitting in the same spot.
Are you interested in building one of these for your pigs?