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Old 02-10-2016, 07:20 AM   #1
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Exclamation Urgent- My winter white is chewing bars

My winter white Nibblette is chewing her cage bars non-stop. I think she is bored but here is the problem. She gave birth five days ago. Does any one know a pup-safe way to stop the bar chewing?
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Old 02-10-2016, 07:54 AM   #2
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Default Re: Urgent- My winter white is chewing bars

Did she just recently started chewing on bars after the pups were born? I don't know what would be safe to put on the bars but after the pups are old enough you could make a bin cage for them? 110 qt bin cg is 360 Sq in.

Not sure what size cage you have them in now but you want to make sure it's a minimum of 360 Sq in.

Bin cages are inexpensive & easy to make. If your interested you can just take the lid to a hardware store & have them cut out most of the top & then attach mesh with zip ties, everything including labor only cost me $13.50, the bin you can buy at Walmart or Target. Hope this helps?

Sometimes Pet-Co & Pet Smart have $1/gal sales too on tanks. 20 gal is 360 Sq in but if you could go 40 gal, that would be better for a breeder tank.
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Old 02-10-2016, 08:12 AM   #3
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Default Re: Urgent- My winter white is chewing bars

I am in the process of making a bin cage. I have a 118 qt. bin at the ready. I just need the wire which is very hard to come by in my area. Right now she is in a Kaytee crittertrail extreme challenge habitat. I know it is extremely small but I did not know the 360 square inches rule when i bought the cages.
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Old 02-10-2016, 08:25 AM   #4
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Default Re: Urgent- My winter white is chewing bars

When I had my bin (top) cage made, the hardware store had the mesh in stock

Also, you don't even need a lid if you don't have any other pets. But I like a top for the summertime when the fan & air conditioning is on in case it blows hair around?
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Old 02-10-2016, 08:27 AM   #5
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Default Re: Urgent- My winter white is chewing bars

The nearest hardware store that has the mesh I need is a 30 minute drive, and I don't have a car. Plus I need smaller gauge mesh because I have 7 cats and a very curious dog.
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Old 02-14-2016, 07:04 PM   #6
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Default Re: Urgent- My winter white is chewing bars

I don't know much about breeding hams but I wouldn't have thought it was a good idea to change her living quarters just after she has had pups. I think they can cull the little ones if they get stressed so make sure you don't get in her space too much and freak her out
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Old 02-14-2016, 08:05 PM   #7
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Default Re: Urgent- My winter white is chewing bars

I agree with herbi. I have no experience at all but it would possibly be better to distract her with chews?
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Old 02-15-2016, 08:55 AM   #8
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Thanks for your replies everyone. My choice was made easy when she almost escaped her cage. I moved her into a bin where her and her pups are very happy.
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