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hammyhamsters' first DIY hamster bin

In this week’s edition of “Featured Hamster Home“, we look out how hammyhamsters build her very first bin. What caught my attention is how she attach a Crittertrail door on the bin, which really struck me as very clever.

Hamster Hideout (HH): How did you attach the Crittertrail door on the bin?

hammyhamsters (hammy): Since I used to have all my hamsters in Crittertrail cages (that is, until I realized how cruel it was to keep hamsters in such a small, confined area), I have a lot of extra Crittertrail cages. For this bin I cut off the door and back of one of the Crittertrails. Then I cut a hole (the size and shape of the door) with an electric jigsaw in the bin. I also did this on the back of the bin. After this, I got some screws, washers, and nuts and attached the pieces of the Crittertrail with these.

HH: Do you usually access your ham from the doorway or the top?

hammy: Usually when it’s night time and time for the hamsters to be awake, McLovin (the hamster living in this bin) is standing at the doorway, ready to come out! It’s easy to access him from the doorway at night, but if I have to clean their cages during the day, I access him from the lid.

HH: How did you make the top lid?

hammyhamsters' first DIY hamster bin

hammy: For the top lid, I cut out a hole in the lid, measured how much wire mesh I needed, cut the wire mesh, and attached the mesh with screws, washers, and nuts.

HH: What tools did you use?

hammy: For tools, I needed a drill with a couple different bits, an electric jigsaw (used to cut the holes in the bin), a lot of screws, washers, and nuts.

HH: What are the estimated costs for setting up this home for McLovin?

hammy: If you don’t include the tools I had to buy (since I didn’t really have a lot to begin with) then the bin was basically free! I already had the storage bin in my house, so I didn’t have to buy that either. If you have tools and a couple bucks to spend on a plastic storage bin, you can make a bin cage. It’s really not too hard.

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Endless Tunneling Fun for the hamster

In this week’s edition of “Featured Hamster Home“, we bring you Christmas Hamster’s setup for her hamster Damion. When I first saw the set up, my eyes almost popped out of my sockets – what an elaborate and fun set up of tubes and tunnels! This set up is definitely any hamster’s dream, come true. Lucky Damion.

Hamster Hideout (HH): What are the parts that make up Damion’s set up, & the estimated costs?

Christmas_hamster (CH): His set up is made up of Habitrail and SAM tubes. There are about 30 ‘curved’ tubes, 4 8″ straight tubes, 3 U-turn tubes, 1 Habitrail loft, 1 Habitrail tower, 1 Habitrail den, 1 Habitrail playground cage and 1 Habitrail space station cage. The estimated cost if getting it all new is about $200 (Canadian Dollars).

HH: How much time do you need to clean his home each time?
CH:
It takes me an 1 and 1/2 to clean his cage and tubes. Not very fun but it’s worth to see his happiness.

HH: What are your reviews about using this set up for your hamster?
CH:
The only con to this type of cage is that they are expensive, alone they are too small and with many tubes they are a pain to clean.

But there are many pluses – The habitrail/SAM tubes are sturdy and do not fall apart if you are using the Habitrail lock connectors. The tubes are wide enough for most syrians and dwarfs to fit through and come apart effortlessly for easy cleaning. The cages themselves are easy to clean as well as sturdy and strong. I have dropped the Habitrail space station, which was my first cage ever, countless times and it has never broke.

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And last but not least, a very cute picture of the lucky inhabitant of the awesome setup, Damion.
Damion

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