A bin cage is essentially a large plastic tub that people keep their hamsters in.
They are a lot bigger, easier to maintain, and supply adequate room for everything you'd need.
Most people prefer using this alternative over buying cages; as cages can be pricey, small and aren't always the best quality.
You can cover the floor with bedding, and add all of the necessary toys and furnishing your hamsters will need.
Bin cages are pretty much the same as tanks, only cheaper, and they can be attached together to provide more space.
How much are Bin's and where can I buy them?
You can get a decent sized bin for about $12-20. Some common places you can get them at are Walmart or target or Ikea.If you've got an IKEA nearby than their biggest SAMLA bin is plenty big.
If not than I recommend taking a tape measure with you and measuring the width and length of the bins at the store (from the bottom of the bin, not the top) since the labels aren't always accurate and figuring out the area. You want at the very least, 360 square inches of floorspace but bigger is much better.
Sized that should be aimed for
Remember here at HH we recommend people have at least 360 square inches of space of floorspace.
A 105+ quart storage bin: The quality of the bin is very important. Look for sturdy plastic, no corners that are rounded inward, and a locking lid. Bins come in a variety of sizes, but remember the bigger the better!
You can measure in the store, from the bottom of the bin.
Could I just drill holes in the lid instead of using the mesh?
Yes, you should use a 1/4 drill bit, and you should drill LOTS. But if you drill enough, it should be fine.
How would I attach the water bottle? Could I just use velcro?
You could do several things. First, you could modify the cage so that there is mesh on the sides, and then attach the bottle the 'normal' way, with the nozzle fitting through the mesh, and the bottle hanging on the outside.
You could also do something similar by drilling holes in three places- where the nozzle goes through, and two points for where the water bottle holder will fit. This does run a (usually minimal) risk of the hamster being able to chew the holes wider, though.
Or you could use a water bottle holder made specifically for tanks. The bottle fits into a cradle-like contraption, that then hooks (from the back) over the top of the side rim. This means the the water bottle is actually inside the cage, though, so you would need a sturdy one that can resist chewing.
Where to buy mesh?
You can buy mesh at your local hardware store, such as places like Home depot, Home Hardware or Lowes.
Here are some helpful links on how to make a bin cage
http://www.petwebsit...r Bin Type Cage
Here's a Video
[b]Here are some Bins cages as Examples
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Edited by SyrianPumpkin, 29 March 2013 - 04:34 AM.