I wouldn't recommend it. Not even in an outdoor pen with a lid.
i wouldnt recomend it . not even if it has a guinea pig pen with a lid on because it can kill them if they are in the cold
I'm guessing the nay sayers to outdoor guinea pig enclosures have never been to a guinea pig friendly petting zoo... In any event, guinea pigs can go outside and an outdoor enclosure can be a great place to build a nice big habitat for them but there is a lot to think about before attempting this. First is they'll need an enclosure a lot like you'd give a rabbit that has at the very least a box to get away from direct sunlight, wind, rain, and to hide in if they feel threatened by something. Also it'll need to either be a grated bottom cage like a rabbit hutch, allowing droppings to land on the ground outside the cage, or it needs to be a portable cage that you can move around when they soil it. These work the best for outdoor habitats. Guinea pigs love the grass so I prefer the second option myself but that's really up to you and your piggy. Most guinea pigs aren't big on digging but they're all individuals and ones who do like to dig pose a risk of escape so a grated bottom cage would work better for them. Always keep your eye out for these sorts of things!
Also there are play pens, and rotating cage tubes (somewhat like hamster balls) you can look into but you have to supervise them with these so they won't get harassed or get into any accidents or roll away.
Things you have to consider before setting up an outdoor enclosure is the weather, predators, and parasites. All pens should have a top! Otherwise guinea pigs can be free lunch for hawks, other birds of prey, neighborhood cats, wildlife, and maybe even picked up by unsupervised children. I wouldn't recommend keeping your guinea pig outside at night... simply because that's when the clever and determined foxes, fisher cats, and other potentially dangerous things come out to eat. I also would caution you to consider the weather. Guinea pigs are pretty hardy but it's probably not good for them to be out in extreme cold or heat. And guinea pigs can get parasites, of particular interest are mites, ticks, and things like ringworm. There are preventatives and cures for all these but it's best to know them beforehand. Use common sense and you could end up with a great new environment for you and your piggy to play in.
You can put your guinea pigs outdoor if your backyard or frontyard is safe. You must make sure that no cat from your neighbors goes to your yard, or it will snatch one of your guinea pigs. Guinea pigs are such gentle animals and won't fight back when attacked. My guinea pig Kevin died when my neighbor's cat took him and ran away with him. I only took him in our backyard to get some fresh air and enjoy the feeling of walking on grasses and a cat came out from nowhere and hit him. You can put your guinea pigs out though but you need to have a really good cage.
A good idea is to keep the guinea in a good size hutch and also have a covered outdoor run which has a hutch as part of the design. They like large cardboard tubes or something to hide in; if something frightens them like a loud noise. Make sure they are in a safe place in the garden away from possible predators.
Then keep the guinea pig mostly in the hutch i.e if you are not at home to keep an eye on it and at night but on warm days if the grass is dry put it in the outdoor run. Even if they are eating grass they need a supply of hay to keep their teeth healthy and always a supply of water and proper guinea pig food ( not rabbit food).
Once the weather is damp or cold move the hutch that the guinea lives in into a sheltered place like a cosy shed.
Keep them in a cage, especially if you live in a forest like me. We recently had a huge fox eating a dead dog carcass RIGHT in our back yard.
Also, they sunburn easily. Be careful to keep them in the shade.
However, they quite enjoy fresh air, and I hear they like eating clover.
Depending on where you live, it is possible to keep your guinea pigs guinea pigs outdoors. Keep in mind, however, that guinea pigsare extremely sensitive to temperature fluctuations. So you'll have to monitor them constantly. One more caviat. Do not bring your guinea pig into the garage or a laundry room to shelter her from the environment. Garages are not more protective than keeping them outside and the temperature in the laundry room is not stable enough to afford your guinea pig comfort.
You can do so as long as you follow a few basic common sense rules. Guinea-pigs are wonderful pets, and if they are to be kept outside, the advice in this article will keep them safe and well cared for. read more
Some are totally 'insiders', but some are okay with a enclosed yard to protect them being attached by neighbor cats and dogs. If you live in fenced yard atmosphere and weather is nice most of the time or you can buid them a little half=way lodge, shelter place in the yard, they can go too when it rains or to relax when they are tired, they will be okay with that! They will also help to keep your grass short. They will graze it for you. So, put them to work and yard at a time..You'll have more time for other things!
Yes it's no problem! Once you have a proper hut, with sufficient shelter from wind, rain and draft, proper bedding and food then they should be fine. They evolved to live outdoors and they do so in the wild. My sister has a load of these little guys and they all live outdoors.
by Tina 12 years ago
This is the first guinea pig I have ever owned. Any advice? I have a dog and cat a and small child. The Guinea has a cage with a tight lid. The dog thinks it is a new play friend. I haven't introduced it to the cat yet becase I know what it will think!
by Barbara Sloan 9 years ago
What foods can you feed a guinea pig?Our guinea pig loves to eat carrots and won't eat apples or lettuce. What other foods are save to feed her?
by kjmcivor1 12 years ago
I have a guinea pig that will not sit still to let me pet her, is there a way to get her to relax?She is about a year old and I wanted to know if she will settle down with age or if I can train her. Even when I have carrots she won't relax. She does crazy laps in her tank to get away...
by jolenebuddy 12 years ago
my guinea pig is now outside and he is not eating what shall i do?
by karrie_777 12 years ago
how does kikuyu grass kill a guinea pig?
by princesspeac_958 11 years ago
Is it okay for a guinea pig to be curious of food that they can not eat?My 10 month old male guinea pig is very loud when it comes to bananas, which I don't let him eat becuase of high potaissum. What should I do. I am usally a softie when it comes too animals.
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