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Old 10-21-2015, 07:23 AM   #1
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Default Smokey's DIY cage

I made Smokey a cage a while ago - it was OK but I felt like I compromised a bit on what I wanted to do, and it wasn't as good as I wanted it to be...

Anyway, I upgraded my budgie to a new cage and I thought maybe I could use the bars from the old one in a new hamster cage. This time, I bought all the materials I wanted instead of making do with what we had - surpising how it all adds up! And I decided to make it bigger than the old cage too.

I am so rubbish at taking progress pics so here's the first one I remembered to take!


And the next stage -


The roof lifts off, and the barred panel at the front lifts out too but I can also just open the little original door if I want.

This potato stood in for Smokey while I was planning the interior fittings - not sure I really chose a big enough potato!


A DIY labyrinth house - I didn't want to have walls in with just a hammy size hole. like the ones you buy, because she likes to keep things in her house - carrot roll, whimzees, anything else she can drag in - also she likes to dig all the substrate out and I thought it was easier for her to do that if she has bigger doors. But it's still divided up a bit so she can have her nest and storeroom separate.


She's got a new Karlie Flamingo wheel which I am impressed with - it's screwed to the back of the cage.


It's more or less finished now apart from tweaks and she is living with it but I haven't managed to get any good pics yet!

The length is about 120cm and depth 45cm - not sure how high it ended up. The bottom compartments are for storing her stuff in and she also likes to climb in them and play when she's out of the cage.

The idea was to make something that looked a bit more like a bit of furniture as she lives in my bedroom.
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Old 10-21-2015, 07:44 AM   #2
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Um, WOW! :O that looks amazing! That is a lovely bit of furniture, not just a really really nice cage
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Old 10-21-2015, 07:58 AM   #3
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Um, WOW! just about says it all lol! That really is stunning!
Love the potato stand in idea too
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Old 10-21-2015, 08:32 AM   #4
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Thank you Shannonmcn! I have got white furniture in my room, so I've done the cage white to match it. Trying to make my room look a bit more grown up now I'm 47 and a half!

Thank you cypher! I ended up quite fond of the potato and felt bad eating it!

I had mesh in the old cage and found I couldn't see Smokey so well, especially as the roof was solid. I can see her much better now, and have made sure she has plenty of hidey holes if she wants to get out of the light.
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Old 10-21-2015, 11:06 AM   #5
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That's fantastic. You should be really pleased with yourself. A great example of what the omlett qute could have been.
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Old 10-21-2015, 01:23 PM   #6
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Thank you velma! Oh yes the qute, I was looking at that when I was first thinking about getting a hamster - it seemed like just what I was looking for, and then I stared reading up on HC and realised how small and unsuitable it was...
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Old 10-21-2015, 01:59 PM   #7
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Ooooooh so pretty!! That just looks fantastic - excellent job! I really like the design and how you used the bars, everything works so well together . Of course we now expect loads of pictures of your new cage all set up - potato optional
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Old 10-21-2015, 02:24 PM   #8
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Oh my gosh! I am simply amazed at how good it all looks.

I kinda wish that I was a little bit more DIY savvy to be able do anything like this.
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Old 10-21-2015, 02:30 PM   #9
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Can't believe you ate your pet potato...
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Old 10-21-2015, 02:33 PM   #10
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Thank you velma! Oh yes the qute, I was looking at that when I was first thinking about getting a hamster - it seemed like just what I was looking for, and then I stared reading up on HC and realised how small and unsuitable it was...
Absolutely this! So glad I found the forum before I bought one. I was very close...
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