PDA

View Full Version : Everyones bin cages!!


arikata
06-23-2008, 09:49 AM
I foresee an aweful lot of bin cage posts going up in here so I thought that a post to see them all would be a great idea!

This is mine, it looks a little small but it suits my robo biscuit as he doesn't seem to like big spaces:

http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk37/HarmonyHamstery/DSC00521.jpg

It is 18L, there is mesh on the lid which is held on by cable ties tightly fastened:

http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk37/HarmonyHamstery/DSC00523.jpg

I attatched the water bottle nicely to the inside. I used a long cable tie for this as well as the bit of wire which comes with the bottle:

http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk37/HarmonyHamstery/DSC00522.jpg

Biscuit loves his pink elephant to sleep in so I haven't found the need to put in one of my home-grown beds yet! He has more toys but I took them out so that you can see inside a bit better.

I'm currently making one in the same fashion however it is in a 50L tub. These are both 'Really Useful Tubs' which I have found to be strong and safe!

Foreverhamsters
06-23-2008, 10:12 AM
http://i142.photobucket.com/albums/r97/alexshamstery/DSC02108.jpg
the longer flatter cages are 32 litre tubs, i also have a 46 litre tub which i use for pairs.
the 2 smaller tubs on the right are 24 litre's i only use these for retiree's.

happysaz133
06-23-2008, 10:15 AM
I love them! Honestly, I'd never been a fan on bin cages, until I joined her and actually saw some. They really do look great and its something I plan to try someday! :D

Ness
06-23-2008, 12:09 PM
http://img76.imageshack.us/img76/7263/img0466wc2.th.jpg (http://img76.imageshack.us/my.php?image=img0466wc2.jpg)

it has loads more holes in than the picture, my camera is really bad. they also have more toys too ;)

I think the boxes are cystle clear and only cost about 7, I used a jigsaw to cut out a hole to put the rotastak bottle in, I did this mainly as I can when ever I want to add extra bits with tubes.

the holes are small and many, I made them small to prevent my hamsters from chewing the plastic its worked.

it's about the same sixe as a gabber each a bit loanger, and like foreverhamsters cages, they are stackable!

I do have more photos somewhere if you want to see them.

arikata
06-23-2008, 06:23 PM
I would love to see more photos, ness! I enjoy looking at other peoples designs to help me improve mine :lol:

sarahdal
06-29-2008, 08:03 AM
I'm sure I've posted mine before because I looove it! So do my two chinese dwarfs

http://nytoo.rumandmonkey.com/images/furry%20thing/BinCage.jpg

I want to make something _really_ big for them next time..!

alvinsfamily
06-29-2008, 10:38 AM
When I got a bit more dosh Im gonna make one and hopefully get 2 robos x

Foreverhamsters
06-29-2008, 02:35 PM
Sarahdal, that is a lovely cage, you could potentially put a big second floor in! i have made a big one like that before but haven't used it because im trying to think how i could put in a second level and what to make it out of ?

arikata
06-29-2008, 05:44 PM
Sarahdal, that is a lovely cage, you could potentially put a big second floor in! i have made a big one like that before but haven't used it because im trying to think how i could put in a second level and what to make it out of ?

Attatch a bit of wood or something to the sides to suport the platform. I'm going to be doing this and using the plastic which I cut out of the top as a platform!

sarahdal
06-30-2008, 10:51 AM
Thanks for the lovely comments! I wanted to add another level but I wasn't sure how, so until I could figure it out I thought I'd make the substrate really deep (it's about 5" at its deepest!) and cover the surface with tubes (I've now added an egg box) so the boys had lots of space.

It's also very cute to pull the bin out over the table edge a wee bit, carefully, and see the hamster feet and tummies from underneath when they've burrowed right to the bottom!

How would you attach the pieces of wood to support another level?

T-Bone
06-30-2008, 03:46 PM
Sarahdal, that is a lovely cage, you could potentially put a big second floor in! i have made a big one like that before but haven't used it because im trying to think how i could put in a second level and what to make it out of ?

I've been thinking about this myself. I have previously opted to connect two shallower boxes in order to maximise the usable space for the hammies and thus avoid any 'dead space'.

I do have a deeper box spare I am planning to convert into a cage for my syrian hamster though.

I am thinking of making her a mini platform for her out of untreated pine wood which will be very simple to make;

4 pieces of equally sized wood fastened together with dowel pieces (don't fancy metal screws or wood glue) to form a square. Then I will cut a piece of wood to size to form a platform on top.

I have a spare metal ladder that I will weave corrugated card through and attach to the platform as well to make it easier for her to get on top.

As to not waste the inside of the square I will be cutting one or two syrian sized holes so she can use it as a nesting/bed area.

Foreverhamsters
06-30-2008, 11:22 PM
i know a Syrian breeder near me connected 2 boxes together using rotastak tubing. straight through the floor.

sarahdal
07-01-2008, 01:27 AM
T-bone - that's a brilliant idea. I'm sure I have some creative friends who'd love to help make something similar for my two!

Geniverger
08-20-2008, 06:46 AM
Here's my bin cage for my hamster Molly.

It's made out of large and small plastic tubs from iKea (round about a tenner for the two). The top part of the cage is connected by a hole in the bottom of the small tub and a hole in the lid of the large tub. A plastic ladder from the pet shop joins them up. The top tub is bolted to the lid of the bottom tub. They're ventilated by two two mesh-covered holes on the lids of the two bins as well as through-vents at the bottom opposide corners of the larger tubs (one can be seen behind the wheel in the bottom picture. The water bottle is held on by duct tape at the moment until I can find something more suitable, but duct tape seems to work rather well. Molly can be seen in the top part of the cage with her bum to the camera!

http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a282/Geniverger/IMGP0090.jpg

view of inside the large tub;

http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a282/Geniverger/IMGP0091.jpg

Molly loves it, though as there are no more bars for her to chew on, I struggle to buy enough lava bites and make enough interesting things for her to chew on. Peanuts and wooden chews with a bit of honey on seem to work well, she's picky!

arikata
08-20-2008, 11:47 AM
Geniverger, that's great! I like the idea of a 2 storey cage, I might make one for myself :D

leedsgurl
08-22-2008, 03:11 PM
Just thought I would keep everyone updated on my bin extension for Stewies rotastak, and here it is :)

http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii319/leedsgurl_photos/Stewie/stewie_cage_220808.jpg

I was hoping to make it a bit bigger but we are a bit tight for space on the table that Stewie's cage is on!

alvinsfamily
08-24-2008, 06:01 AM
Wow thats brilliant x

arikata
08-28-2008, 11:15 AM
Wow that's great! Stewies a lucky chappie :D It's been a long time since I've seen one of them rotastat cages!

Fidgetthefirst
01-12-2010, 12:14 PM
WOW! They all look amazing, when im a bit more creative and got more paitence:cool: ill have a go. My mom wont go for it i bet though.

louise_81
01-13-2010, 05:53 AM
what I used to make mine

http://i280.photobucket.com/albums/kk182/Louise_81/Grace004-1.jpg

Grace's New and improved digs

http://i280.photobucket.com/albums/kk182/Louise_81/Grace001.jpg
http://i280.photobucket.com/albums/kk182/Louise_81/Grace002.jpg

its 80cmx60cmx18cm for grace the chinese hammy. once my room is sorted she will be getting a second level

Lizzie
01-18-2010, 12:10 PM
Wow, ace. I am in the middle of making a tub and have drilled LOADS of holes in the sides. I wasn't sure if it was enough ventilation. Do they only need a one line of holes around the top?

I have gone well over the top with holes I think! Woops

DeweyTheHammy
01-18-2010, 12:14 PM
Here is Dewey's...

http://i48.tinypic.com/292obhz.jpg

louise_81
01-18-2010, 01:19 PM
Wow, ace. I am in the middle of making a tub and have drilled LOADS of holes in the sides. I wasn't sure if it was enough ventilation. Do they only need a one line of holes around the top?

I have gone well over the top with holes I think! Woops
I am planning on putting more bins on the top and attaching them with the circle piece. Anyway I thought if I was putting more on the top then there was no point in putting them anywhere, other than a few round the sides, and a few in the middle. I am planning two more smaller ones on the top. Then another big one on top of that.

If you are concerned, and have access to a saw you could take pieces of plastic out and cover them with wire welded mesh with small holes, around 1cm by1cm

charminglochie
01-19-2010, 08:35 AM
Just thought I would keep everyone updated on my bin extension for Stewies rotastak, and here it is :)

http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii319/leedsgurl_photos/Stewie/stewie_cage_220808.jpg

I was hoping to make it a bit bigger but we are a bit tight for space on the table that Stewie's cage is on!

Is Stewie a Syrian? We could only purchase a habitrail when we got Robert (black eyed white syrian) but we quickly made him a bin cage and we are attaching it to the habitrail. Obviously I now know that habitrail is no good for him and he has 2 pads, a maze, a playground, a transport unit and some dens attached to the bin cage now. But I see you have rotastak attached and was wondering how you find that? I was actually just going to keep making bin cages and attaching them with tubes until they take over the sitting room ;)
Kelly

fluffymunchkins
01-29-2010, 06:52 AM
OMG!!! I love all of them:D
I'm defo gonna make one for my robo now. 'leedsgurl' i have a rotastak cage too and i'll be adding a bin cage on just like yours, so it was real nice to see someone else do that.
My robo is gonna be even more spoilt with a bin cage:mrgreen:
It just amazes me how cheap and easy they are to make, yet you can make a huge space for the hams. I just gotta convince mum to let me have a whole bedroom full of bin cages and cute hammies now:mad: