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Old 07-07-2019, 04:30 AM   #21
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And... The bin cage is finally done. My father-in-law did it single handedly, I just told him what I wanted and stood by handing him cable ties. Really sweet of him to do this for my little Louise.

Couldn't find wired mesh, so I bought these kitchen rack panels instead. Pricey but worth it if my Louise is comfortable and safe. And yep I decided to do the sides as well to give her ventilation. It looks safe enough with the kitchen rack panels, at least there are no sharp wires sticking out. The cut plastic edges have been filed down too.

Thank you all for your help, at least my Louise has her space to run around now. She came out of her small cage and ran around the bin once, then went back to her small cage. I'm going to wait as many days as it takes till she's comfortable with relaxing outside before I remove her cage. <3
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Old 07-07-2019, 06:23 AM   #22
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And... The bin cage is finally done. My father-in-law did it single handedly, I just told him what I wanted and stood by handing him cable ties. Really sweet of him to do this for my little Louise.

Couldn't find wired mesh, so I bought these kitchen rack panels instead. Pricey but worth it if my Louise is comfortable and safe. And yep I decided to do the sides as well to give her ventilation. It looks safe enough with the kitchen rack panels, at least there are no sharp wires sticking out. The cut plastic edges have been filed down too.

Thank you all for your help, at least my Louise has her space to run around now. She came out of her small cage and ran around the bin once, then went back to her small cage. I'm going to wait as many days as it takes till she's comfortable with relaxing outside before I remove her cage. <3
You made a plan...well done! Is there enough space between the floor and where the grid starts? Will the bedding not fall out? Really good idea to use a kitchen rack. Very neat and well done.
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Old 07-07-2019, 06:56 AM   #23
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Looks very neat! Excellent! The sides look great and plenty of ventilation there. I can't work out the lid - it looks like a grid under the lid but it's solid? It could do with the lid being "meshed" as well really. The good thing about the grids is you can re-use them if you ever make another bin cage

How big is the bin actually? It looks quite tall but hard to tell how long/deep it is. It does sound adorable hearing her jumping from her wheel onto a slide. They are funny little things and do enjoy their wheels etc. Our last syrian, when he was young, used to run really fast and then leap out of the wheel and flop on the substrate looking happy.
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Old 07-07-2019, 06:58 AM   #24
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You made a plan...well done! Is there enough space between the floor and where the grid starts? Will the bedding not fall out? Really good idea to use a kitchen rack. Very neat and well done.
It will currently accommodate about 3 inches of bedding but I will create a small box area soon that's open on the side and fill it up so the substrate there will much higher, up to 6 inches if she wants to burrow there. She doesn't seem to like burrowing as of now though, and she always kicks out all the bedding from her little house.

I can't take any credit for the bin, all I did was purchase the stuff while my father-in-law drew the plans and did all the work. I just told him what I needed, stood around and passed him some of the tools. He's really sweet.

Louise is still hiding in her cage now but that's okay. Maybe she will come out at about 1 or 2 am to explore the bigger bin, I've noticed she begins to get active and plays with her wheel and slide a lot then. I certainly don't mind falling asleep to the sound of her wheel (minimal), in fact, it's reassuring and I love listening to it because she sounds like she's happy.
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Old 07-07-2019, 08:19 AM   #25
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Looks very neat! Excellent! The sides look great and plenty of ventilation there. I can't work out the lid - it looks like a grid under the lid but it's solid? It could do with the lid being "meshed" as well really. The good thing about the grids is you can re-use them if you ever make another bin cage

How big is the bin actually? It looks quite tall but hard to tell how long/deep it is. It does sound adorable hearing her jumping from her wheel onto a slide. They are funny little things and do enjoy their wheels etc. Our last syrian, when he was young, used to run really fast and then leap out of the wheel and flop on the substrate looking happy.
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Looks very neat! Excellent! The sides look great and plenty of ventilation there. I can't work out the lid - it looks like a grid under the lid but it's solid? It could do with the lid being "meshed" as well really. The good thing about the grids is you can re-use them if you ever make another bin cage

How big is the bin actually? It looks quite tall but hard to tell how long/deep it is. It does sound adorable hearing her jumping from her wheel onto a slide. They are funny little things and do enjoy their wheels etc. Our last syrian, when he was young, used to run really fast and then leap out of the wheel and flop on the substrate looking happy.
Can't take an ounce of credit for any of the work, really. My father-in-law insisted on handling it all. Even the brain work part was done mostly by you hamster veterans on this forum, and YouTube videos!

The lid hasn't been cut yet, hence it's just sketched out. My father-in-law won't let me use any of his tools as he said it's too hard for me, so I told him to give it a rest first because he's almost 70 years old and I didn't want to tire him out too much.

It's not that big, just about 512 square inches of floor space, and I'm still wondering about how I can improvise and add platforms to it in future. I am hoping it helps that Louise is a Robo (small-sized). Not much of a hurry though, since she already has basic amenities and seems to really like the cooling ceramic cup that you suggested. There are lots of other things that I need to work out as well, such as where to get her proper bathing sand etc.

Awww, your Syrian sounds sooo adorable, I could just imagine him diving excitedly into a pile of substrate. It's just so heart-meltingly sweet and I really like listening to them enjoying themselves!
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