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Old 09-03-2016, 06:21 PM   #1
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Default Natural themed hamster bin cage

Alright. I have one bin cage currently, with a dwarf winter white. I am going to expand it by making another bin cage and putting it beside his current one, and connecting it with a tube. I want to do a natural theme. Any ideas for materials/links?
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Old 09-03-2016, 07:54 PM   #2
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Instead of using tubes,try and connect them by the sides.This would make it technically an actual larger cage,instead of just throwing an extra room in,and would make it far more natural and more suitable then modular additions.

In terms of materials,grape wood is very useful.You can get this at pet stores but make sure that it is grape and not some other wood,or the Mac's half logs are really good too and there are a big variety of sizes.Petco and Petsmart both do bendy bridges,depending on what you want out of them though either would work with the Petsmart ones being more of a natural look but they are more expensive though for a dwarf it would be cheaper

Petsmart items:
National Geographic™ Willow Ball Small Animal Toy | Toys & Habitat Accessories | PetSmart
Marshall Small Animal Woven Grass Mat | Toys & Habitat Accessories | PetSmart
Oxbow Small Pet Timothy Mat | Toys & Habitat Accessories | PetSmart
National Geographic™ Flower Wood Garden Chews Small Animal | Toys & Habitat Accessories | PetSmart
National Geographic™ Dome Small Animal Hideout | Toys & Habitat Accessories | PetSmart
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The pine pieces can be drilled with tiny holes to hide seeds and other tiny things in to promote natural foraging behavior and just add more enrichment to the habitat as a whole

http://www.petsmart.com/bird/toys-pe...6-catid-400010
http://www.petsmart.com/reptile/food...ar_id=36-14991
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http://www.petsmart.com/reptile/habi...6-catid-500009 (Might be a bit big for a primary hideout,but still worth having!)

There are other places to get things but I think I'm already making this a very big post
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Old 09-04-2016, 04:19 AM   #3
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Default Re: Natural themed hamster bin cage

The thing I'm worried about is what will I do for a lid?
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Old 09-04-2016, 04:23 AM   #4
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For a lid it's the same as a normal bin cage.You just cut the ventilation hole and put the mesh on as normal
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Old 09-04-2016, 04:24 AM   #5
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Yes but if it's one big one...

With two seperate I could do it normally
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Old 09-04-2016, 04:46 AM   #6
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Default Re: Natural themed hamster bin cage

I think two bins linked would be more secure than trying to make one big bin. Given that a lot of hams are better at escaping than Houdini, I personally would want to know I had secure lids.
But anyway, back to your original question which was about natural set ups. I think wood always looks nice and I've had some nice wood hideouts for my cages, the kind with the bark still on amd they look nice am natural. I also have some resin reptile dishes of differing sizes that look good too. I have small ones that I've used below water dishes and a larger one that I used to use sometimes for my robo as sand bath. I've had some corner steps and a bridge in that material too. When I've gone for a more natural look I've also used Carefresh naturals as a substrate as its a cardboard brown colour so looks a bit more outdoorsy. I think the wooden hideouts I've had have been mostly from Trixie and the resin dishes and steps/bridges were from Komodo (I think) but a lot of companies make similar. Just be careful that they don't have anything stuck on (like fake greenery) that a ha could chew. I'm sure you'll also get some great ideas from the show us your cages thread too.
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Old 09-04-2016, 05:07 AM   #7
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I really like the resin reptile things too & have used some, one thing to think about is that they can be quite heavy though so you have to be a bit careful where you put them in the cage also some, usually cheaper ones, can have sharp edges so have a good check before using anything like that.
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What about for a green "grass" type of thing?
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You could try painting wood with soy paint.I wouldn't risk something like colored paper though,as you never know just what is used to dye those and it could be something bad like artificial colors or something that is safe for humans but toxic to hamsters!
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Most grass type things, if you mean an actual live plant aren't really a good option, I would just stick to using some natural looking substrate.
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