Bin Cage - Help, I have an escape artist!
Posted 04 April 2012 - 04:42 PM
He is a black long haired syrian and is 8 weeks old.
His breeder kept him in a bin cage with no lid. It was very bare & basic as it was basically just a starter home for the babies.
I've built him the attached. It's actually bigger than it looks
He is absolutely adamant on escaping. He doesn't play with ANYTHING in his cage, he just tries to escape. It's quite upsetting to watch as it makes me feel he is really unhappy. His cage is the size of my rug, so I cant really go much bigger without taking up the whole living room.
We have had a couple of near misses with him since sunday.
Can anyone advise? Is his cage too crowded?
The big one is his play area, and his food & bed is in the smaller one...
Posted 04 April 2012 - 10:09 PM
Posted 05 April 2012 - 02:06 AM
Hope this works!!x
Posted 05 April 2012 - 02:17 AM
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Posted 05 April 2012 - 01:32 PM
Posted 05 April 2012 - 02:40 PM
hmmm.. Are the lids to the bins transparent or solid? Maybe he feels "closed in" or traped cause the bins arent very transparent? I don't really know lol, thats just prob how I'd feel (but humans and hammies are very different I suppose lol). I guess you'll just have to wait a little longer since you just got him, maybe he just needs to settle in.
Posted 05 April 2012 - 02:51 PM
Actually I really think I may be right! I just read what you wrote "His breeder kept him in a bin cage with no lid." He's use to being in a (probably) tall bin with no roof, he's probably just not use to feeling closed in with solid lids. Or maybe I'm just crazy! lol
Edited by yourstrulygaby, 05 April 2012 - 03:03 PM.
Posted 05 April 2012 - 09:45 PM
The walls are quite high In his big one. That high we didnt think he would get out. But there's a TINY lip half way up that he manages to pull himself onto then lifts one arm and clings to the air holes then pulls himself out. He's quite amazing!
Also yes, he tries to chew holes. I found him with plastic in his beard the other day which obv ain't good! So I have moved high things away from the perimeter so he can't climb on them to chew. Fingers crossed!!!
Posted 06 April 2012 - 04:57 AM
Posted 06 April 2012 - 02:04 PM
Posted 06 April 2012 - 08:56 PM
Moving toys etc from the edges probably won't work for long 'cause the hamsters will just move the toys back or pile up bedding to climb out that way. And it'll happen so quick, too!
Best thing to do will be to mesh the lids and have them closed all the time. You should be able to pick up sheets of half inch mesh (hardware cloth) from the hardware store pretty cheaply, and just zip-tie it to holes cut in the lids. The holes cut in the sides of the bin unfortunately isn't enough ventilation on its own when the lids are closed, hence the need for mesh.
Hopefully that'll help It certainly seems like you have enough room and there's plenty to do in the bins, too
Posted 06 April 2012 - 10:32 PM
There are tons of holes in the lid as I was a bit unsure of how to do the mesh, I may give it a try. Or get a bin with no Sticky outty bits.