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Old 06-19-2016, 11:53 AM   #51
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The Mamble is a nice size. It's a bit tall so shelves/platforms or a full level will reduce the risk of injury from falls.
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Old 06-19-2016, 01:06 PM   #52
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The Mamble is a nice size. It's a bit tall so shelves/platforms or a full level will reduce the risk of injury from falls.
Thank you, I have put some shelves in and intend to build up the lower levels. I have also put in a substantial amount of substrate for her if she falls.
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Old 07-20-2017, 06:46 AM   #53
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Thank you so much for your post!

I'm thinking of buying 2 bin cages for my hammies, and they are a robo and a russian dwarf. Should the storage bins be, at least 75cm x 40 cm? What size do you think I should aim for?
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Old 07-20-2017, 06:51 AM   #54
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75 x 40 is a good size to start with. But you may find your hamsters prefer a bigger or smaller space.

It can be a bit of trial and errors, until you find out what each hamster likes/doesn't like.

You could post photos and ask for suggestions.
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Old 07-20-2017, 07:31 AM   #55
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Okay, thank you!

If my hamster finds the bin cage too small, will I be able to notice? For example, when I first had him, his store bought cage was too small, so he chewed the bars and such. What do stressed hamsters usually do in bin cages?
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Old 07-20-2017, 07:34 AM   #56
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Generally you tend to see pacing,chewing,corner digging,leaping,and general obsessive behavior when cages are inappropriate no matter what type of cage is being used.
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Old 07-20-2017, 07:36 AM   #57
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Generally you tend to see pacing,chewing,corner digging,leaping,and general obsessive behavior when cages are inappropriate no matter what type of cage is being used.
oh okay, thank you!
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Old 07-20-2017, 02:17 PM   #58
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The 78cm Samla bin from Ikea would be a good size to start with
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Old 01-10-2019, 11:26 AM   #59
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Iím thinking about getting a Syrian hamster and Iím wanting to find a perfect home that the hamster would be happy with and myself.

My first thought of interest was with the Terrarium Kerry home, but I hear itís not ideal for a hamster of my choice.
Then I thought about one of those storage bins, but the viewing with those arenít clear enough for me to watch the hamster unless Iím viewing it from the lid down and donít want to add wire to the sides because of mess. Fussy I know.
My third thought was a Ferplast Maxi Duna Multy cage, then I learnt thereís two holes for the water bottle to go and hamsters have been known to chomp there way through one that has no water bottle attached to it. I could block it up with a bed box, but Iím sure itíll be able to move it away.
And my last thought is a fish tank, but have no idea how to make and attach a wire top to one.

Are there any other options , Iím wanting a cage that isnít a wire one.
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Old 01-11-2019, 07:39 AM   #60
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I’m thinking about getting a Syrian hamster and I’m wanting to find a perfect home that the hamster would be happy with and myself.

My first thought of interest was with the Terrarium Kerry home, but I hear it’s not ideal for a hamster of my choice.
Then I thought about one of those storage bins, but the viewing with those aren’t clear enough for me to watch the hamster unless I’m viewing it from the lid down and don’t want to add wire to the sides because of mess. Fussy I know.
My third thought was a Ferplast Maxi Duna Multy cage, then I learnt there’s two holes for the water bottle to go and hamsters have been known to chomp there way through one that has no water bottle attached to it. I could block it up with a bed box, but I’m sure it’ll be able to move it away.
And my last thought is a fish tank, but have no idea how to make and attach a wire top to one.

Are there any other options , I’m wanting a cage that isn’t a wire one.
Really the only kind of fully escape proof cage is a tank, I don’t think it’s particularly uncommon for Syrians to chew at cage bases, lots get bored and want more room. I do think you’d be rather limited with a maxi multy, it’s really not tall enough for both deep bedding and a Syrian sized wheel. It can work though I just wouldn’t say it’s ideal.

If you can get a fish tank I’d try looking for one over 1m in length (probably 4 foot) and at least 45cm in width. A lid is really easy to make, just planks of wood cut to size and secured either with screws or corner plates, and wire mesh that you can either staple onto the wood or nail on. A staple gun is a lot easier.

This is a ready made cage that looks nice, it is quite low & also quite expensive but I’ve seen some really nice Syrian set ups in it. The 120cm one would be a decent size and also with a clear front. https://www.hamster-homes.com/shop/s...home-120x60cm/
Although for that price I’d be inclined to pick a tank over that as there would be more room for deeper bedding - for a Syrian you’d want over 8 inches. Rodipet also do a cage that looks good, tall enough for lots of bedding and it’s a decent size. I think it’s around £200 so not exactly cheap.
There are also cheaper wooden cages around that I’m sure would work too. A detolf is another possibility but again you’re limited both width and height wise when setting up for a Syrian, you’d also need a lid, usually two lids as it’s quite a long cage.

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