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MeerKat Enclosures

Postby aphibb on 2010. Feb 14., Sun 16:16

Hi does anybody know what the best type of enclosure for a pair of Meerkats? size? uv? basking? nesting box design?
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Re: MeerKat Enclosures

Postby kodakira on 2010. Feb 24., Wed 16:05

Hi

Are keeping these inside or out side ?

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Re: MeerKat Enclosures

Postby aphibb on 2010. Mar 1., Mon 8:57

Hi i'm keeping outside in an outbuilding, i was wondering what the best way to plan it all out. with a view to breeding and starting a colony. any tips on breeding and husbandery you may have would be great. thanks
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Re: MeerKat Enclosures

Postby kodakira on 2010. Mar 1., Mon 10:03

Hi

Is it brick out building or a shed ?.

Do they have access to out side ?.

How big is enclosure ?.

I have two indoor groups of Meerkats that have access to the outside via a tube system. They only have access to this when I am around though.

A meerkat enclosure can be as simple as a sand pit structure. The more Meerkats the larger it should be.

Mine live in a complete enclosre ( 4 sides, floor and roof ). Through a number of tubes they have access to a number of nest boxes that I also have easy access to. I thought putting the tubes on would simulate a tunnel system into nest as in the wild :) . They use one nest box as a bed area and another as a toilet. There are heat bulbs for the winter months and have have lighting to. They have a sand pit area with logs etc as they love to dig but the rest of the substrate is wood chippings as it is easier to clean.

If they have no access to the outside I would definately suppliment the diet with Vit D3, mine get this any way.

Diet is pretty straight forward, defrosted mice, small rats, day old chicks, chicken wings, legs, drumsticks, moreo worms, locusts, mealworms, dried dog and cat kibble, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, corn on the cobs ( large and small ), peas, beans, apple, pear, oriental pear, mango, papaya, banana etc. I supplement the diet with a calcium and vitamin supplement a couple of times a week.

Sorry can't help on the breeding side as I only got mine last year, hopefully they will breed this year.

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Re: MeerKat Enclosures

Postby aphibb on 2010. Mar 1., Mon 18:53

Hi
i have 2 pair, there in a brick outbuilding which is diveded in 2 inside roughly 3m x 3m each with a sand pit and some logs. each pair as a double nestbox, and a tubes connects them to a small 2.5m x 1.5 outside enclosure which gets the sun all day. i've designed them so they can't see each other i don't know if this is right? currently only one pair as a mecury vapour light inside there enclosure. they have been in these enclosures for 12 months now they are 20 months old but they haven't bred yet? so i was wondering if i was doing something wrong?? or is it just a matter of time?

i also have a trio 2 males and a female that are 12 months old they live inside in my reptile room and sleep in a viv at night!
they will be moving outside later in the year, so i was wondering what the best design of enclosure the one i've built before or if there is a better design?

any tips on breeding and husbandry would be much appreciated!
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