If you are housing your guinea pigs outdoors and don't want to buy a separate run, a hutch and run combination is the perfect solution.
We have had a look at many of the hutch and run combos available for sale and many are very small - not nearly big enough to house guinea pigs and give them enough space to run around in!
The best one that we found was the "Bunny Ark" - probably more suited for guinea pigs as it is rather small for rabbits. Click here to check out the price or to buy or read on for more information.
Overall View of the Hutch/Run Combo
This is a good looking hutch, probably the most attractive one available, and looks like a miniature house on the top half with a panelled window and a little door. It is a good size measuring 155cm x 66cm in total (run area) with the top half being about half that size.
The Housing Area
The housing area is a lovely dark space for them which is important as they feel safer when they can nestle down in darkness.It has a slide-out tray for easy cleaning in the hutch area. Make sure you add plenty of hay for warmth. A snuggle sack or a cosy guinea pig bed would be a good idea too.
To help keep your pets warm, the house is made with twin wall insulated plastic panels. This is a great feature as guinea pigs don't do well in cold, draughty hutches.
The run has a door so you can easily access it if you need to clean or add tunnels and toys. It doesn't have a base so your pets will love the fact that they have access to grass if you place your hutch on a lawn. The attached run is accessed via a ladder from the sleeping area and is a great advantage as it gives your guinea pigs constant access to a large space where they can exercise and stretch their legs whenever they want to.
Tips and Advice
Make sure you place the hutch on a flat part of your lawn. If there are lumps and bumps in your garden you might find that it allows for gaps below the run.
You can use an outdoor paint (make sure it's safe for pets) if you want to change the colour of the hutch exterior. You must make sure it is a pet safe paint though - Cuprinol garden shades paint comes in many different colours and is safe for your guinea pigs.
Always make sure you keep the top and bottom doors locked. If you have foxes you might need additional locks as they are very clever and can open latches if they are not tight enough.
Make sure the ladder is firmly in place and that you have put it together securely before you put your guinea pigs inside.
This hutch/run is one that is well suited for guinea pigs to give them the safety, security as well as the exercise they need. It will also take up less space in your garden than a separate hutch and run as well as saving you the cost of purchasing two items.
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