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Neggy
10-05-2008, 08:37 AM
As I took the inspiration and guidance from posts and links on Hamster Central, I thought I should post the finished creation.

We decided early on that we wanted a bin cage, to give our ham as much room as possible. When making it, my priorities were to make it hamster friendly and safe, and also hamster proof. I also wanted it to look a bit more polished than if it was just thrown together. I have to add I am a DIY novice, and learnt as I went along. Mrs Neg asked for a blue and black theme.

The house is made from 2 'really useful' boxes, joined with drainpipe, the top section has a wire mesh lid edged with gaffa tape, and attached with heavy duty velcro. It has a wodent wheel (fantastic!) attached with cable ties. There is a cut-out for the wheel as it was too tall, and Mrs Neg made me cover this as she was paranoid Chib would scale the wheel and get out of the 2mm gap :shock: this was covered with another 'really useful' box lid. I removed one of the sides of the box and replaced it with perspex/plexiglass so we could get a better view of her.

The drainpipe has a wooden ladder to help her get up and down, to start with we had a cardboard tube in the pipe, but she didn't need it. We did have a superpet bottle but it had a leak so it was replaced with a Ferplast bottle which is much better made. Chibby has megazorb and safebed and uses an old jar with potty litter for a toilet.

to start with we had playhouse/cabin in the bottom section but she moved into it and was sleeping right by where she was going to the toilet and keeping her food in there too, we think she picked the smallest space to nest as she was just nervous of moving in, at first cleanout we removed it, and she is going to have it back soon now she is toilet trained, to see if she fairs any better.

http://www.neggy.co.uk/images/ham/Chib-0091.jpg
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suga
10-05-2008, 08:46 AM
That looks fab!

liam4mail
10-05-2008, 09:06 AM
That looks great!

stripeybea
10-05-2008, 09:25 AM
WOW
i want one,it looks great with i could make something that good.
need to start nagging dad again and using puppy dog eyes aswel
:mrgreen:

Neggy
10-05-2008, 09:56 AM
Thanks for the kind words guys.

I really want to add another level, but Mrs Neg says Chib has enough room, and it would be getting a handful to clean.

Maybe I will just do it! that's sometimes the easiest way. :D

Hana
10-08-2008, 10:39 AM
Hehe, it does look very good though! :wink:

happysaz133
10-08-2008, 10:56 AM
Wow what an amazing cage, its just stunning!

souffle
10-09-2008, 04:45 AM
You sure have made a fantastic job of this :D I am sure she loves her des-res!

karmawitch
10-09-2008, 06:24 AM
What a great cage - I think you should go into business !!

pophammy
10-16-2008, 09:48 AM
Wow that's brilliant! :shock: :D :shock: :D You could make a fortune selling those! :lol:

leafpool14
10-29-2008, 04:38 PM
That cage is made to perfection! :D :D

But how do you get access to Chib on the bottom section?

Neggy
11-01-2008, 01:54 PM
Thanks!

It just unclips and lifts off, the tube that joins the sections twists apart so it can sit flat.

We don't really need to go in that part apart form the once a week clean out, Chib always comes up to the top to see what is going on if you call her.

Working on version 2 at the moment, to give her a bit more space and make it safer for when she is doing her spider-ham antics.

mai_roberts
11-09-2008, 03:52 AM
Wow!! thats is a really good cage!! Well done x :) x

heleni0
01-04-2009, 08:59 AM
Hey, great tub :) I was just wondering, what size/capacity is that bottom tub? Pip is eating her way out of her Duna :roll:

Lizzie
11-15-2009, 10:40 AM
Wow, thats amazing. Is that the first one you've ever made?

Brilliant! :D

ChewyBear
11-15-2009, 01:30 PM
I want one !!!

Hmmm. Nagging boyfriend time me thinks *light bulb moment*

You could ACTUALLY make a fortune out of making these.


Well done :D

Fidgetthefirst
01-12-2010, 11:53 AM
I would love to make them as they look beautiful! But i wont be allowed as i only recently bought a 30 cage. Not that much for some hamster crazy people. But my family think thats enough for a hamster. I on the other hand It really looks amazing! Is it easy to clean out? When this cages gets worn out, i'd love to make one of those ;D

Flissy
01-12-2010, 12:27 PM
Well done, it all looks much more thought out than my bin cage! If someone could make something like this and sell them they could make a fortune :D

paige
02-04-2010, 10:40 AM
that cage is sooooo cool. i want one! :) Chib is very lucky x

Revolver
02-08-2010, 04:02 PM
Great Job! I wanted to do this but ended up buying a cage. Jealous ;)

gellerbing
02-08-2010, 05:03 PM
great job there :), i like the idea of putting the bridge thing up the tube

Poppy
02-09-2010, 05:57 AM
That's such an amazing cage!

Berkana
02-09-2010, 10:16 AM
Wow, that's great!! It's way more awesome than my attempt...

This is mine (for tiny roborovski hamsters):

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This shows how I attached the wheel to the wooden "tables" (shelves):
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And how I attached the water bottle after much annoyance with the "sippy" bottles

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allie_freedie
02-09-2010, 02:11 PM
Aww I think that looks great too!! Plus I like your little cheese home lol!! xxx

Berkana
02-09-2010, 03:38 PM
Thanks :) I love the bin cages, they're nice n deep so I can put loads of shavings in and bury a tubing network and a bed so there's extra floor space :)

annie81
02-10-2010, 02:53 AM
amazing work berkana!!

Poppy
02-10-2010, 04:20 AM
I think your cage looks really good Berkana, I like the way you made it into two levels with the shelves and your two robos are so cute :mrgreen:

Your bin looks like the one I'm going to be getting for my hamster too :p

Berkana
02-10-2010, 12:10 PM
Thanks :) It was kind of thrown together quickly as I agreed to adopt them from someone who bought 4 "females" n ended up with 20! (one was apparently male!). I already had a dwarf hammy cage which my rescued syrian came in, so thought I'd use that but changed my mind lol. The bin I used is an 80l one - from Wilkinsons. Think they're on sale at the mo for 5 as they're getting some new ones in :)