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Old 12-05-2007, 06:06 PM
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As soon as we get the big cage built (like the one you have) Sheila can live outside in the cage and we will take food to her. We also plan on fencing in an area in the backyard so she can run around on the ground without worrying about the outside dogs bothering her. We figured out a nice place with plenty of trees to fence in and put her big cage.
One thing I noticed this year was that we had cold weather which made the acorns fall, then we had a warm snap and lots of the big acorns on the ground sprouted and got moldy. We found another tree in the front yard that has a smaller variety of acorns and we gathered her a bunch of those which aren't sprouting or molded. Sheila likes the little acorns and also pecans.
Do you think that once she gets outside this winter in her cage and play yard that she will need to come inside if we have an ice storm?

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Old 12-05-2007, 06:18 PM
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I don't know if being caged gives her enough room to run enough to keep warm outside..I honestly have no idea, since I never dealt with such cold temps during my rehab times.

I was more picturing her running free in the yard with a wood house attached to a tree where you hang up some feeders with food for her. She will stick around. But dogs, doh, didn't think of those. That's the problem I have here, can't release much of anything, because of my dogs and cats.

As long as she is caged, yes I would bring her in during an icestorm.
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Old 12-05-2007, 06:23 PM
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We can do the little wood house attached to one of the trees in the fenced in area and also do a little door on the top of the big cage so she can come and go.
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Old 12-05-2007, 06:33 PM
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That sounds great! My neighbor built me a couple of squirrel houses...do you want me to take some close up pictures of the thing and write down the measurements? Would that help? Cuz the ones I have are just perfect, they love it. He made it out of wood from a torn down kitchen cabinet.
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Old 12-05-2007, 06:51 PM
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Oh please do tell me how to make one and the size, that would be so helpful!
We have plenty of scrap lumber and I do some wood working and we don't mind building Sheila whatever she needs to have in the way of housing. You are very sweet to take the time to help us with all this!
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Any time!

Here goes:

The wood itself is 1/2 inch thick..not sure what kind of wood it is though.



Front panel: 6.5 inches wide, 14 inches long
Hole: 3 inches across
Patio: 3 inches wide


Right and left sides: 7 inches wide, 16 inches long at the tallest point, since it's cut to an angle for the top lid.
Right side as another hole of 3 inches across.


Back: 19 inches long, 6.5 inches wide.


Top lid: 6.5 inches wide, 6 long, stands over about 1 inch

Here are some more pictures that don't really need to be explained:





I used some safe wood glue to glue some sticks around the patio edges, so I can put nuts on there without them rolling off all the time.

I then stuff the entire thing full or rags, just leave a spot open around the holes, the rest they usually fix themselves. In the beginning you have to exchange the rags daily, but not too long after they start using it, they stop peeing in it and actually start collecting and hiding nuts on the bottom.

Let me know if you need to know anything else!
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Old 12-05-2007, 10:04 PM
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Thanks for the directions! It looks like 1/2 inch pine or oak ply board and some bead board. And I like the patio idea! Looks like a nice box!
We have been giving Sheila some oak leaves in her cage and she has dragged them into her nest under her towels and left a few of them for cover.
What kind of rags do you use? We have been giving Sheila some old cotton dish towels to make a pile of a nest and she seems to like it.
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I use old t-shirts (with buttons and any rubber bands and stuff cut out as well as anything where the head can get stuck and nothing that loses threads).
No terry cloth.

Other than that I use fleeze, fake fur...the stuff you see on all my recent pictures, I cut up an old bath rope that was made out of some very soft material that doesn't lose threads when you cut it apart....just about anything. I prefer the stuff that actually soaks up pee faster..some fabric doesn't seem to do it at all and it stiiiiiinks!

You'll figure it out yourself. Just cut them apart in different sized pieces.
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Old 12-05-2007, 10:15 PM
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I forgot, you might want to lay off the fabric softener and perfumed detergent. I only use Mule Borax to wash the animal stuff, nothing else.
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Old 12-10-2007, 10:34 PM
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We don't use fabric softener or perfumed detergent, those things stink and we gave them up many years ago. We don't use any products that have synthetic chemicals.
You can wash clothes with baking soda as well as Mule Borax. And I always set the washer water level higher than necessary so that the water dilutes the washing additives. That way the clothing gets a good rinse.
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