Mini-Coondo Design

It appears I am a year ahead of time according to my camera. It's actually 2007 not 2008 like the pics show.

This is technically referred to as "the Playpen". It is the first outside mini-coondo that babies are put in at 10-12 weeks of age. It is constructed with 1/4" hardware cloth on the top, bottom and all other sides. The bottom is half plywood as well, water pan and triangle litter box are placed on the screened side {under the cubby}. This view is the right side and it measures 49" X 36" tall.

The hardware cloth is held on using fencing staples on the outside {an ambitious coonie can remove these staples if on the inside.}

This is the front. There are two doors, both with paddle lock hasps for safety and the upper door opens into the 'cubby' area for cleaning.

The large door measures 29" X 20" wide, and has a paddle lock hasp on the top and bottom of the door. The cubby door measures 19 3/4" X 22" tall. Two small pieces of wood work well for turning and holding the door shut when not paddle locking it.

Don't mind the boxes inside, nobody's in it at the moment. Here is a view with the cubby door opened. In the spot that the cardboard box is at the moment is where I place a triangle shaped litter pan such as is used for rabbits. I punch two holes in the top corner and use fencing wire to secure it to the wooden corner of the cage {through the wire}. Once in this playpen, the juvies start to use their potty pan right away if you put a piece of feces on top of the wood shavings every time you clean it. Once the juvies learn to climb without falling, {and heads don't fit through the chain link fencing} they are moved to the big Coondo until release time.
This is the left side. You can see the entire cubby is enclosed and wire is in the area below the cubby. The tin roof measures 55" X 44".

The entire mini-coondo is covered in wire before the wooden protection boards and tin roof are put in place.

This mini-coondo fits into the back of my van perfectly for transport to release sites if it is used for adult rehabbed coonies or mothers with babies.

This is an inside view. You can see the ramp that goes up to the cubby, and uneven boards for peeking over. You can also see that over half of the back side is covered with plywood outside of the wire. The top has wire with the corrugated tin roof on top of it. This allows for no little hands reaching through the holes and getting cut on the tin roof as well as allowing air circulation.

Laugh if you will, but I always put a huge stuffed teddy bear in the center for juvies, under the cubby so the little ones land on it when they fall while learning to walk on top of the peeking boards, or climbing across the top upside down.


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