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SammieStyles 01-22-2013 06:14 PM

How tall should the coroplast be?
 
I'm looking to get a C&C cage. I know some people don't put the cover in their cages, and I was thinking of doing that. My question is, how tall should the coroplast be, so my hedgie can't climb and escape? Thank you! :)

moxieberry 01-22-2013 06:23 PM

Re: How tall should the coroplast be?
 
8-10" should be good. If you're using something like an igloo, that can be used as a "stepping stool", more like 10-12".

Sugargliderlove 01-22-2013 10:40 PM

Re: How tall should the coroplast be?
 
i do not have a top on my hedgies cage. the coroplast is 8 inches tall. his igloo is in the corner of the cage, but he doesnt try to get out. if you think that your hedgie is going to get out you can make it higher. I have heard people make it 12 inches high.

nikki 01-22-2013 11:20 PM

Re: How tall should the coroplast be?
 
I always recommend having a secure lid on a cage. Even if your hedgie has never tried to climb before you never know when the urge might strike them. There are many many posts on here about hedgies that never climbed in their life suddenly escaping, which puts them in danger. My policy has always been its better to be safe than sorry.

Erizo 01-23-2013 02:12 AM

Re: How tall should the coroplast be?
 
I can't imagine not having a top. Cheap. Easy. Extra safe. And useful. I keep the CHEs on top of the lids now that winter is on. Totally worth it just for that, truth be told.

8" - 10" walls would be very marginal for my girl, even with nothing in the cage. When she stretches she's like a foot-long hotdog. She's got a lot of reach. She can easily climb on top of her igloo or her tunnels. From there, it wouldn't take any effort at all to go over the side - and 44" to the floor. She could easily escape the 14" high cube walls, even with the 12" sides that I have set up.

Her lids are simply wire, linen-closet shelving that I got from Lowe's. Cheap, and easily cuts to length with nothing but a hack saw or cut-off wheel. I use the 16" deep shelving; one piece for the front and one for the back. Perfect depth for use with 14" square cube grids. I got lengths of shelving that were long enough to make both front and back pieces when for one 2 grid x 4 grid cage.

This is a pretty old pic. The walls are shorter than they are now, but it shows the tops well, and I have the CHEs in position.
http://serenebreezes.com/Sophies-pictur ... ned-up.jpg

Another picture, closer view of front and back lids, with CHE in frame. Except for cage cleaning, I only take off the front lids. That's plenty for full access to the cage. I just move the CHEs to the back. NOTE: Be careful about setting CHEs 'aside' on carpet / floor / table. They can get very hot and forgetting that could be seriously dangerous.
http://serenebreezes.com/Sophies-pictures/che.jpg

This is more of a general room tour, but it shows the wall heights and back lids pretty well. You don't see the CHEs in this video. They are placed right on top of the lids. This video was made in the summer, so the CHEs were stored away. Some of the other videos show the CHEs.
(8:58)
room-tour-13-01-12.mp4
http://youtu.be/99NzCv4vbU8

SammieStyles 01-23-2013 03:30 PM

Re: How tall should the coroplast be?
 
Yeah, I think I'll just add a cover to be on the safe side. My coroplast will probably be around 11-12", Thanks everybody! :D


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