Toys for piggies
Not all piggies like to play, many don't but over the years this is
what I find works, depends alot on the pig and playfulness I find
tends to run in family lines.
Lead proof parrot toys. :) Be clear on the lead proof because piggies
will chew on things.
I had one that I could dangle from the top of the cage, put a carrot,
piece of celery etc...something solid and edible and the big male pig
I had at the time would work to get his carrot off of it. If there
was nothing on it, he would go over to it and squeak at me to hurry up
with something. He preferred his treats off that than just placed in
his bowl. Go figure.
I also had a bell that I could dangle from it. he would often just
bat it around with his nose.
Cat toys will work for some pigs. The balls with the little bells in
them. with open holes for picking up and tossing around.
Best over all....the tubes from inside toilet paper or wrapping
paper. I"ve used the tubes they use for ferret cages...but they get
REALLY icky inside, so tunnels made from large diameter cardboard work
really well for them. Stick a bunch of them together particularly if
they end ina large dome to sit in.... and life is good. :)
Depends a lot on the pig. OF the two I have right now, one used to
play actively with balls (she's over 6 years now so has really slowed
down) but she still nudges a ball around. and the other...well...she
is not into ANYTHING. not people, not toys, not really even
treats...likes her pellets and that's it thank you very much, she's a
biter too! First pig I ever had that will actively try to bite
yah! I got her from a family who really needed to find a new home
for her so she's a bit of a work in progress yet.
Overall the best thing for these boys is space and lots of it. Things
to climb up on...should have mentioned that. My boy who I just lost
unexpectedly in November loved to climb up on things. So I piled a
whack of bricks in his cage and he'd often be found perched on top
just checking out the scenery. had the side benefit of keeping his
nails trimmed too. :)
About putting them out.
I put mine outside all summer from mid April to mid November.
Dependant upon the weather of course. No freezing nights but coolish
to warm days they can handle well. They have dog proof cages. This
is a MUST!!! Guinea pigs have no defenses against a determined dog
but UNLIKE a rabbit tend not to die of fright. If you want to know
more about building a dog proof cage write me in the spring. :)
Wire bottom with large diameter holes to munch on grass and move it
around daily. You can do no holes but then you have to keep checking
that they aren't digging their way out. Pigs can dig! The poop
disappears into the grass and the pigs enjoy fresh grass all summer to
munch on (plus all the weeds from the garden). They get very fat over
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