If you are housing your guinea pig outside, you will need to buy a good solid and sturdy wooden hutch that stands up to bad weather and potential predators. It also needs to be one that makes a good home for your guinea pigs where they can be happy and feel safe.
Please bear in mind that in some states the weather is either too hot or too cold for guinea pigs to be housed outdoors in which case you will need to look at indoor cages instead.
Don’t be convinced into buying a hutch just because it is labelled as being suitable for guinea pigs - most of the ones we looked at were simply too small and would give your piggies a very sad life indeed. If you're looking for a large hutch and run combination, you can view the one we recommend here...
Our Recommendation: The Best Hutch to Buy for Your Guinea Pigs
The best hutch that we found for two guinea pigs is the Lovupet double decker hutch.
This hutch doesn’t quite meet the size requirements width-wise (it measures 47.2 inches long by 19.6 inches deep whereas the recommended depth is 24 inches) but it is difficult to find a good quality wooden hutch that is any larger than this.
Because it has 2 levels, there is a bit more room for your guinea pigs to explore so this is the one we recommend if you choose to house your cavies outside.
This is a two tier hutch so it gives them plenty of space to run around and be comfortable.
Guinea pigs feel safe when they are in a dark space so the smaller top compartment is a great area for them to sleep and get cosy.
Being on the top level, it should be a little warmer too, especially when stuffed with copious amounts of hay for them to bury themselves in.
The smaller area on the lower level would be a great place to put their food bowls. This gives them the larger compartments to stretch their legs and play.
Using the Ladder
Some guinea pigs aren’t sure about using ladders or ramps so with this double storey hutch you may need to show them how to use it. Be gentle with them and perhaps put them halfway up so that they get the idea.
You will also need to make sure the ramp is safely locked in place each time after you clean out the cage.
Opening Roof that Locks in Place
The opening roof is a really handy feature. When you are taking the guinea pigs out, there is always the chance they might run out of the doors and hurt themselves or escape. By opening the roof, you can then safely take them out without the fear of them getting hurt or lost. This also makes cleaning the top area much easier.
Always make sure the bolts on this hutch are fully secure. It may be necessary to buy additional locks for this hutch if your backyard is at risk from predatory animals.
The roof is covered in a protective asphalt material so allows protection from the rain. It is constructed so the rain runs off and won't rot the wood of the hutch. Bear in mind that you will need to protect your pets from the rain so some sort of raincover is necessary too when housing your guinea pigs outdoors.
Made with Treated Wood for Durability
The wood of the hutch has had an anti-fungicidal treatment to help keep the hutch in good condition.
Ease of Cleaning
This hutch is easier than others to clean due to the slide-out tray on both the bottom and top levels. This means that you don’t need to crane your neck inside the cage to scrub it. Find out more about cleaning the hutch.
Putting the Hutch Together
This hutch comes as a flatpack item. You will need to follow the instructions carefully and make sure it is put together so that it is strong and robust.
If you’re not particularly keen on constructing it yourself, you can sometimes find people who put together flatpack furniture for a living who will charge you a small fee to do this.
To summarise, this two-tier housing is our recommended best buy for an outdoor wooden hutch and has the following features:
- Ample space on two levels
- Treated wood
- Top-opening roof that locks in place
- Felted roof
- Easy to clean
Bear in mind that you will need a run so that your guinea pigs get the exercise they need. Although this is a good sized hutch, they need a regular run-around in a larger area.
Keeping your Guinea Pigs Safe Outdoors
Don't forget to read our article on keeping outdoor guinea pigs to ensure your pets are safe and live happy lives.
You may also be interested in the following articles:
- Best hutch with attached run
- Best cages for indoor guinea pigs
- Best runs for indoors and outdoors (no hutch attached)
- C and C Cages for indoor guinea pigs
- Advice on housing your guinea pig
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