Outside Cage Idea? Would it work?
I have been trying to think of a way to allow my prairie dogs to play and dig outside as they would somewhat in the wild, but without taking a chance of them getting out of their caging.
So far, the best thing I could think of was to dig a huge hole. I'm thinking somewhere around 36 feet in length, 12 feet in width, and 6-8 feet in depth. Then, I'm thinking of getting half inch wire mesh with a protective cover on it to nail to the sides and bottom of the hole. I'd then re-fill this hole with dirt. This would hopefully allow them to burrow, but not escape. It would also allow for any rain water to drain normally and not flood their tunnels. I'd like to plant some kind of grass that they would like in there.
As for the above ground caging, I'm not really sure. The half inch wire mesh could possibly be used if it was strong enough to hold shape. If it isn't strong enough, a frame could be bulit. I'm thinking it would only need to be tall enough for me to crawl or walk into. A few perches and they should be fairly happy with the height.
Does this even sound remotely possible? Can anyone think of any problems that could come with a setup like this one?
On a side note, my three had their visit to the vet today and they seem to be healthy. Chubby has one black tooth which worried me, but the vet says he thinks that it's simply pigment as the tooth appears to be healthy. He said it's the first time he has ever seen such a thing, so he took pitures.