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Indoor piggies - too cold at night?

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Piggiefan Mon 06-Oct-14 14:08:35

I have two indoor GPs. I've read lots about keeping GPs warm when they're outside, but I'm not sure if I need to do anything special for them inside or if the ambient temperature will be fine. At the minute our house is fairly cool at night and that will become more so as we get into winter. The guinea pigs are bedded on Fitch and have a couple of boxes and a hammock in their cage, but nothing to keep the heat in really if you know what I mean. When I have tried putting bundles of hay down in the past they just trample it flat within minutes, so it's not much good for keeping them warm. Although they are both sows they generally sleep at opposite ends of the cage so they won't have the advantage of sharing body heat. I know they're covered in hair but when I'm in bed wrapped up in a duvet I feel sorry for them downstairs in a cold room!

fridayfreedom Mon 06-Oct-14 14:13:17

My boys are in ourbackroom with no heating at night. They dont snuggle up together. I give them tonnes of hay which they initially trample but them they burrow under it and make nests.
and they fluff their fur up, Pig pig looks like a big ginger fluff ball!

70isaLimitNotaTarget Mon 06-Oct-14 18:06:16

House temperature should be fine, it's important to keep them constant -so no putting pigs from a warm house to a cold hutch or vice versa.

Hay is a very good insulator but it does get flattened (you can fluffy it up, but make sure it's dry . Take out any peed bits )

We keep ours at night in winter in the small bedroom which is cooler, and I put a duvet over the top of them to insulate them and keep them quiet (hopefully)

Boars don't tend to cuddle . We had boar pairs who had their definate areas.
Now we have a neutered boar and two sows, they share the haybox (but with three pigs it needs daily changing )

FernieB Mon 06-Oct-14 20:39:46

Mine are in the utility which is cool anyway but especially in winter. I have an offcut of carpet under the cage to raise it off the cold floor and at night they have blankets over the top of the cage and a duvet as well if it's really cold.

MrsKrios Sun 12-Oct-14 14:45:33

Mind if I hijack very quickly? blush mine are in our "sun room" (basically an old conservatory)at the moment. it isn't heated and can get quite cold but isn't drafty or damp. There really isn't anywhere else to put them right now but I'm worried.

eurycantha Sat 25-Oct-14 21:46:16

Hi our two at work(im the nanny)are also in the utility room ,should they be covered?I hadn't even tjought of this,the radiator will be coming on in a couple of weeks but will not be on at night .

70isaLimitNotaTarget Sat 25-Oct-14 22:37:23

As long as guineas are dry and free from draughts, they can cope with cooler temperatures provided they have insulation.
You can put cardboard under their newspaper (or carpet as Fernie says. We put carpet underlay off cuts between the haybox and the wall of the haybox. ).
I gave my original boars a 4'x2' cage but to prevent the judgey looks they had a box each stuffed with hay to retreat to.
Last year we had a panel-sided run.

YY to a duvet over the top too.

Mine are still out in their Pighouse with a SnugglePad tonight in their deep hay.
I got their indoor cage ready today (lots of fireworks going to be kicking off soon I reckon) so tomorrow DD and I will line it and they might be in. Our overnight temperatures are still 11-13 C (though early November looks set to change).
We keep the small bedroom (the guinea-pigs room grin ) cooler . No heating on but there's no door so it'll get residual heat. There's no roof so I can't put a duvet over it.
I have some 14" panels, they have a rectangle that is 42"x28" to sleep in (fleeces) attatched to a 28"x28" square that will be hay and food.
Theory is -they eat hay,drink water,scoff food and pellets then don't drag the hay onto the fleece. If I can shake off the droppings and through out the peed paper , we might harmoniously see out winter?
What's the chances?

agnesf Sun 26-Oct-14 01:49:14

My married couple managed the whole of last winter outside in a shed with no heating pads (no microwave here) but just hay and a fleece (usually sat on and weed on). We have thermometer in shed and it was down to 2 degrees C at times.

They have a cat carrier in their cage which is covered in an old fleece top and this is where they hang out at night. Plus a hutch hugger to stop draughts. Although they are married they are not into snuggling up ...

They are both quite old and Beyoncé, who is long haired, used to live totally outdoors even in snow in her youth (before she lived with us).

They are pretty hardy - I think indoors is fine.

I'm a bit more worried about them this year as they are now 6 or 7 years old so the cold might get to them. Even DH who is v anti indoor pigs has said they can come inside for the winter.

70isaLimitNotaTarget Sun 26-Oct-14 14:13:01

Aww nice to hear that your married couple are still getting along agnes

GP3 was married off in August and though they all sleep in the haybox, I think he sits at the front (to protect them and keep and eye out for food wink ). He's funny when the food arrives, he goes purring off and rounds the girls up for mealtimes, even if they don't want food. He's under the thumb really.
They have another two houses , each has their 'own' preferred house.

Sleepingbunnies Wed 05-Nov-14 21:59:50

Ours are in now smile spoilt girls... Hiding in their tunnels!

loveisagirlnameddaisy Thu 06-Nov-14 10:59:45

70 I'm just about to buy a Snugglepad - what do you cover yours in to stop it getting covered in poo/pee?


alemci Thu 06-Nov-14 11:22:49

our pig is permanently indoors on a wheely trolley so indoor cage off floor. he is covered over with a blanket at night.

70isaLimitNotaTarget Thu 06-Nov-14 12:37:16

loveis I dispensed with the fleece ( it got niffy after one day of intensnsive peeing)

I wrap in newspaper and bury it under their hay. (I need to get another one I reckon, they have to share <<shame>> )

We had the first overnight frost last night (pigs are indoors at night). Cleaned their nightcage (daily to keep them sweet tempered and sweet smelling) SO much pee.
They got their fresh hay, Snugglepad and little heater to pre warm the Pighouse <<spoiled>>

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