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Cage Specifications: Building a C&C Cage

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How We Built the Cubes & Coroplast Cage, Part 1

The steps involved in building a C&C cage are: planning, purchasing materials, forming the cage exterior (with the cube grids), creating the cage base (with the coroplast), and adding the finishing touches.

Planning

Our first step was to decide on a style and size of cage and a good location. I browsed a lot of examples in the Cavy Cages photo galleries for ideas. I especially liked the idea of a second level, so I studied how that might be done and how to create a ramp for the pigs to climb up there. I wanted to locate the cage in a main living area of our house, so we chose the far end of our family room. I decided to make an extra large cage, which I reasoned would probably take 2 boxes of cube supplies and 2 sheets of 4' x 8' coroplast.

Purchasing Materials

Supplies to purchase: cube kit(s), coroplast

We purchased two cube kits at Target (about $20 each), one black and one white, for variety. I found a local supplier of coroplast by calling a sign store and finding out who supplied them with coroplast. I verified that I could buy just one or two sheets (about $10 each) from the warehouse and chose the color blue.

Cube Exterior

Supplies needed: cube grids and connectors, extra cable ties, pliers (optional)

Next, my son and I spent a long time deciding exactly how to connect the cube grids to form the main level of the cage (see diagram at top). We decided to make the main area 3 x 6 grids. In addition, to take advantage of the space beside our fireplace step, we added a 1 x 2 grid section that jutted out in the back, creating a sort of L-shaped cage. This extra section was perfect for providing a strong base, above which to add our second story.

Note: For best results when using the grid connectors supplied with the cube kit, use pliers to squeeze the grids closer together into the connector. Cable ties are great for extra stability or when you run out of official connectors.

After making the lower cage perimeter by connecting our grids together, we worked on creating the second story loft. To do this, we added on a 1 x 3 grid upper level by connecting grids vertically (for a 2-grid high wall) and horizontally, between the first and second wall grids (to make the floor of the loft). In order to leave a small opening for the ramp, we used cable ties to partially overlap one grid with another.

To make the ramp that connects the two levels, we bent two metal grids into a "U-shape" (by stepping on them and pulling up the sides) and fastened them firmly together with cable ties. Then we attached the ramp to the upper loft securely with cable ties and placed an old rug over it, keeping it in place with a cable tie. To see photos showing the rug, go to the loft views in the Cage Description section.

ramp
U-shaped grids forming the ramp.
You can barely see the cable ties
connecting the two grids.
ramp in cage
Ramp connected to the loft.
Note the overlapped white grids
to the right of the opening.

With several grids leftover, we decided to add on a 1 x 1 upper level shelf in a corner for food storage. This was similar to building on the loft, but was built in a corner. You can view photos of the food storage shelf in the Cage Description Section.

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