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Old 01-07-2015, 01:52 PM   #1
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Question Are Bin Cages Worth It?

after deciding that my hamster should have more room to run around and burrow, i am determined to give her a bigger upgrade.

i've seen a lot of ikea hacks that look very appealing and roomy and generally like they would make a good permenent home for my hammy. but, they do require quite a lot of money to buy and add things like plexiglass to, which i can only find locally for around 20 for a small sheet. so, would making a bin cage be better than saving up for a expensive ikea unit?

as well as this, is the detolf good value and would the upkeep cost a lot more?

thanks in advance

{currently got a imac fantasy + no extensions, which houses my russian dwarf, bambi }
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Old 01-07-2015, 02:13 PM   #2
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Default Re: Are Bin Cages Worth It?

I find the detolf a lovely cage, but I simply do not have the room for it so I have opted for a bin cage. It was relatively easy to make (albeit frustrating and fiddly at times!) and it gives my ham plenty on space. There are so many different size bins out there too so there's always one right for you
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Old 01-07-2015, 02:19 PM   #3
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I find the detolf a lovely cage, but I simply do not have the room for it so I have opted for a bin cage. It was relatively easy to make (albeit frustrating and fiddly at times!) and it gives my ham plenty on space. There are so many different size bins out there too so there's always one right for you
thank you hehe, i think i'll go down to ikea to take a look at the detolf in person, i do agree it's very nice
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Old 01-07-2015, 02:34 PM   #4
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Default Re: Are Bin Cages Worth It?

Personally I would LOVE a detolf but I just don't have the room There's a good few youtubers that have done reviews on the detolf, ErinsAnimals being the one that sold it for me. Apart from the need to make a lid for it it looks like v little work compared to making a bin cage and the biggest bin I personally can get is about 80x50cm, also from IKEA, but you might be able to find bigger if you look around. If you have a dwarfie you might not even need a lid for the detolf either.

There are a lot of videos on making bin cages as well as IKEA hacks, I'd watch a few on each and decide which looks like a better fit for you. Personal recommendations on the forum are great but actually seeing what goes into the process for yourself will make your decision way easier
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Old 01-07-2015, 03:42 PM   #5
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Personally I would LOVE a detolf but I just don't have the room There's a good few youtubers that have done reviews on the detolf, ErinsAnimals being the one that sold it for me. Apart from the need to make a lid for it it looks like v little work compared to making a bin cage and the biggest bin I personally can get is about 80x50cm, also from IKEA, but you might be able to find bigger if you look around. If you have a dwarfie you might not even need a lid for the detolf either.

There are a lot of videos on making bin cages as well as IKEA hacks, I'd watch a few on each and decide which looks like a better fit for you. Personal recommendations on the forum are great but actually seeing what goes into the process for yourself will make your decision way easier


thank you so much for the advice, i really do appreciate your help
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