Originally Posted by EyesOfTXChins
OFF TOPIC SORRY!
AND I let the females run free between holes as it looks like you do.
Actually, the females do not run free between the holes. They are indeed wearing collars in those pics! It's hard to tell though because their fur is so thick, I often have to take the girls out in order to make sure the collars are still on!
(that is the fur of Shoots chinnies!)
My plans are to build melamine cages for each chin that is 2' tall, 2' wide and 18" deep. I will also make a run that goes from cage to cage so that if a female decides to be a "whench" the male can safely get away from her. Each section is its own independent "cubicle" and can be mixed and matched. My plan is to have 5 cages along one wall in the chin room and they should be able to safely stack 3 high. This would make a total of 15 decent sized cages large enough to have shelves and wheels to safely breed and I would then have 6 "growing" cages. Those other runs I will most likely keep for quarentine or weaning. My wire superpets cages I will probably go ahead and sell...they aren't kit proof, but would make awsome ferret cages as that's what they were originally intended for.
The only chins currently in those runs are the 4 Shoots chins. They were born and raised in runs so there was no weight loss or gain due to cage size with them. My chins from Hobby breeders are all in large cages...I would never put a chin from a large cage to a small run like that. I think it would break their little hearts
Anyway, that is my plan for building my own runs. I like the idea of runs for safety of the males, but HATE the tiny amount of space. I thought by building my own larger ones, I could still save space, ensure safety of my males, and have happy chinnies in cages geared towards their happiness and enrichment.
So, what do you all think?