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Old 09-26-2020, 09:50 AM   #1
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Hi, I’m looking for good storage bins available in the UK? Preferably clear and relatively cheap
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Old 09-26-2020, 10:03 AM   #2
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To convert into a bin cage with a meshed lid and a meshed window?

For a dwarf hamster the large Samla from Ikea would be a cheap option but for a Syrian the only storage box big enough would be the 145l really useful box which retails for £35 from Wickes.

Add mesh and cable ties plus optional decorative tape and the cost soon adds up.
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Old 09-26-2020, 11:41 AM   #3
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I agree with Ria, a good quality large enough storage bin isn’t really a cheap option when you add it all up.
I have the 145L RUB which is a good size for a dwarf, maybe big enough for a not too demanding Syrian.
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Old 09-27-2020, 12:04 AM   #4
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Yep, it’s for a Syrian.

Mesh isn’t too expensive for the lid and my dad can drill holes. Is this one equally as good for roughly the same price (just out of ease of transport):
https://www.argos.co.uk/product/7633016
I’m not sure how to figure out the floorspace on the Wickes one, I think this Argos one is 800sq inches
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That argos one is a pretty good size, I think I remember someone, can’t remember who though, who had a ham chew on the bits over the wheels but I think it would probably be ok.
I don’t think in sq inches! The most best way to work it out is just go by dimensions & check to see how much the sides slope as that can reduce floor space.
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Mazzypan, i use that one as a run, never had a problem with chewing around the wheel area. Itnis a good size, 100 x 50cm if I remember rightly. Yes, Cypher I think Benefitben(?) Was having that issue. It was something I had worried about when getting it and I always thought I could put some tiles or a ceramic plantpot over them or something similar, but never had to. It does slope in a bit, but by the time you add a few inches of bedding you don't really lose any floorspace.

I bought mine with my nectar points so it didn't cost me anything.
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Old 09-27-2020, 03:28 AM   #7
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Best get your dad to cut out and mesh the lid and a front window as well so the hamster can see out. I also add a back vent for additional ventilation.

You can get an Alaska cage for £35 or less from Zooplus. That's also a good cage for a Syrian but i don't know if they're still out of stock.
Just another option.
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I had a look around for the Alaska as I was going to mention that too but it doesn’t seem to be available anywhere at the moment.
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I had a look around for the Alaska as I was going to mention that too but it doesn’t seem to be available anywhere at the moment.
There are quite a few good second hand cages around at the moment. I've seen a couple of Alaskas for £20 on Gumtree in my area lately. There's also a Barney going for £30. I think its because the number of hamsters for sale in pet shops is still restricted and there are none in the adoption section.
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