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Old 03-03-2018, 10:00 AM   #1
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Default bin cage sizing help

hey all , quick thing

tomorrow i will be getting 2 dwarf hammys and i cant wait. i want to house them in a bin cage and that way i can design it and have fun with the layout .
my question is what litre size bin should i go for

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Old 03-03-2018, 10:53 AM   #2
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Default Re: bin cage sizing help

Hi Brian, good luck with your new hammies tomorrow. I have not used a bin cage but I know people here recommend the largest SAMLA bin from Ikea. More expensive but better quality is the Really Useful range of plastic bins and those are popular too especially with breeders as they are so sturdy. That is what I would go for if I had to get one. There an 84l size but that could be too small. Also there is a size around 130l but I can't remember exactly.
I know you will need 2 in case of a fallout between them and you need to move quickly to rehouse one. Have fun setting them up!

PS You might need to do some DIY for ventilation. Cut out most of the lid and then mesh it. Some do that to create a front area of ventilation and mesh that too.
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Old 03-03-2018, 11:18 AM   #3
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Default Re: bin cage sizing help

I think the samla boxes are a bit flimsy also the sides slope so I'd go for the RUB that Coco mentioned if you want something sturdy with straight sides so you have more actual floor space.
I have one hamster in a bin cage & I have the 145l RUB with the lid & a front panel meshed.
If those are a bit expensive for yo Asda do one that's not a bad size.
As Coco said you will need two in case you need to separate, if they fall out it can happen quickly so best be prepared.
Look forward to hearing about your new hams when they're settled, which species are you getting?
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Old 03-03-2018, 05:01 PM   #4
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Default Re: bin cage sizing help

I would say the 145l rub bin would be good too - a good size for a pair. It's the biggest bin I know of but not too big. They're not that cheap but they're supposed to be easier to cut without cracking.

Go Shopping - Really Useful Boxes - 145 litre Really Useful Box

Internally it's about 71cm by 45cm. Seems to be slightly cheaper on Amazon.
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