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Old 10-10-2018, 09:29 PM   #1
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Default Why not drill wholes in the plastic for a bin cage?

I punched a punch of dime sized wholes on the lid of my bin cage for ventilation. I don't think this is enough so I don't keep my lid on since my hamster can't get out but I would like to stack two bins. For that I'd need ventilation on the sides for the bottom bin. I was thinking, why not just drill wholes through the plastic itself instead of using mesh/wire? Is there a reason people don't do this? Is it not safe? I'm thinking it's because the hamster can chew through plastic but when putting mesh they can still chew around the corner. Any suggestions?
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Old 10-10-2018, 11:53 PM   #2
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Default Re: Why not drill wholes in the plastic for a bin cage?

You could do but you would need a lot of holes to get the same degree of ventilation as you would with a mesh panel..
You might need to sand after drilling too just to be sure there are no tiny bits of plastic left.
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Old 10-11-2018, 12:08 AM   #3
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Default Re: Why not drill wholes in the plastic for a bin cage?

This size of hole would also tend to attract a hamsters attention and they will often manage to get their teeth into the hole and start chewing at the plastic and quickly open it up to escape. A metal mesh panel is much less chewable.
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Old 10-11-2018, 06:43 AM   #4
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Default Re: Why not drill wholes in the plastic for a bin cage?

I don’t think people usually realise how exhausting it is drilling an appropriate number of holes into the plastic! The holes would need to be really close together for decent ventilation which then increases the likelihood of cracking. All in all it’s a very long & stressful experience - I had a go with a bin carrier at one point to see if it was possible and gave up relatively quickly, so can’t imagine how it would be with a cage! Also not convinced any amount of holes would provide as much ventilation as mesh to be honest.
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