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Old 03-11-2018, 02:42 PM   #1
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Question Barney Cage For a dwarf?

I'm considering owning a dwarf hamster (a campbell's or winter white) and if i did this they would likely be housed in a barney cage, since that's what i already have, but I'm concerned that the bar spacing might be too big and a small dwarf might be able to wriggle through! If anyone has had a dwarf in a barney then help would be greatly appreciated, thank you!

(Here's a link to the cage if you haven't seen it! Barney Pet Cage | Great deals at zooplus! )
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Old 03-11-2018, 04:42 PM   #2
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Default Re: Barney Cage For a dwarf?

As you already have a Barney I don't think it would be that difficult to make it perfect for a dwarf hamster. The bar spacing won't be an issue as it has 7mm bar spacing. There are a couple of areas where it's more like 1cm (eg gaps where the top door closes but you can put a peg on the door to keep it closed) and gaps where the front doors clip closed at the top - I have a row of cable ties along the top bar on the front doors where the spacing is bigger - but it should be fine anyway - some people keep dwarf hamsters in cages with 1cm spacing.

The safety issue would be the height of the Barney and risk of injuries from falls - but that just means setting up carefully to avoid that risk.

Even with the base completely filled with substrate, it is quite tall. I would be tempted to either have a full level in it - or extra shelves to make a kind of racetrack of shelves (like in the Alexander) and then have something blocking the roof over where the gap is between the shelves.

Using taller toys can help as well like large cork tunnels which sit high up when on top of the substrate so they reduce the height to be fallen onto if your hammy happened to monkey bar across the roof.

But once set up it would be great for a dwarf hammy - loads of space and things to do and places to go.
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Old 03-12-2018, 03:19 AM   #3
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Default Re: Barney Cage For a dwarf?

Thank you for the detailed answer! I will have a think about how i'm going to set it up!
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Old 03-13-2018, 08:26 AM   #4
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Default Re: Barney Cage For a dwarf?

One of my dwarf hamsters lives in the Barney cage and does climb a bit. Just up the side, not across the roof. He can climb down ok, but sometimes jumps down. I have a deep layer of Fitch substrate filling the base to give a soft landing.

Careful positioning of toys etc can help and extra shelves/platforms.
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Old 03-13-2018, 08:43 AM   #5
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Ahh ok! Thankyou for your help !
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Old 03-13-2018, 10:57 AM   #6
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Default Re: Barney Cage For a dwarf?

It's okay to house a dwarf in a Barney Cage, I'm not exactly sure but most Skyline Cages have 7 mm wires. I housed Toria (Dwarf Hybrid) in an Speedy Gonzales Cage before, I haven't seen her try to squeeze through so I suppose the Barney Cage will be a good cage.
Just something to watch out for is the height as they might climb and fall, though you shouldn't worry that much if your Hamster doesn't climb a lot.
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