A bin cage isn't made from your adverage dustbin, rather the tubs that you can buy quite cheaply from places such as Wilkinsons and Argos. Their original use is for storage but they can be modified to create an effective hamster home! They are stackable as well which makes it easier if you plan on making your own home-grown hamstery!
Size does indeed matter after all. I have found that the ideal cage for a hamster is in a 50 litre tub such as the one featured on the right. This is the minimum you should use. There is no maximum as long as you make sure the ventilation is decent enough for if your hamsters are on the bottom. This can be combated by either adding mesh or holes to the side.
You can use a variety of designs from simple holes around the edges to using something such as chicken wire to allow good air circulation.
If you wish to just use a series of holes in the sides of your tub then you need to think about the following factors:
Right, before you start you will need to make sure you've got everything ready for your mesh cage! For my cage I used: All of these are both cheap and can be found around the home. If your worried that your hamster could chew through th wire ties then you could use nuts and bolts as a substitute.
Right, before you start you will need to make sure you've got everything ready for your mesh cage! For my cage I used:
All of these are both cheap and can be found around the home. If your worried that your hamster could chew through th wire ties then you could use nuts and bolts as a substitute.
Right so you've got everything ready. I will talk you step by step on what you need to do to get started!
Don't forget to ask someone for help if you need it. I didn't at one point when I needed it and it almost ruined my entire project! Instead of trying to fix it myslelf I waited for my flat mate to come home and sort it out for me. I will guide you through that as well - just in case!
It may sound boring but it needs to be done I'm afraid!
As you can see, I've taped the mesh to the lid of the tub. You can put the mesh on the side of the tub but I'm making it on the lid for this demonstration. This is to give me a clear Idea of where I will cut and solder in accordance to the chicken wire. You can only just see the markings above so if you look at the picture below you can clearly see where I have used the china graph to mark where I will cut and solder.
Untape the mesh and put it to one side.
This is the fun bit! It is best if you put something below the holes that you wish to solder to catch dripping plastic. Make sure that you are working in either a well ventalated room or out doors. You may wish to wear a face mask which will protect you from the fumes which are potentially poisonous.
You basically line the soldering iron up with the marks you made earlier. Using just a gentle amout of pressure, push the end of the iron into the plastic. The iron will smoothly pass through the lid and out the other side.
Don't forget that the iron will get very hot so becareful for goodness sake!
This next bit is a little bit more difficult and can take a while. Whilst holding onto your ruler gently yet firmly score down the line. Repeat this process about 5 times for each line. Like below:
Alternatively you can just solder along the lines if you don't feel strong enough!
When you can just about fit your nail securely into the line you can take away the ruler and continue to score down the line until the scribe is almost cutting through the plastic. Make sure that all of the edges are even in depth. Now guess what? More scoring! Keep going until you have broken through th plastic and you can do this on th right <<
You can now use the stanley knife to finish off the job. Do this slowly and with care incase you chop off a finger or splinter the box, like this:
The best way to combat this is with our good friend the soldering iron. Solder lightly down the crack, melting the plastic so that both sides of the crack 'fuse' together. This will prevent further spintering, getting your pinkies caught and will neaten it up a little.
Sit back and have a cup of tea, you've earnt it! Whilst you're supping your brew take a look at this site: http://www.hamstercentral.com/forum/ feel free to join up as it's all free and you don't get spam. I'm on here most days so if you need any help with any of the projects just add a post and I will find it. If I don't I guarantee that someone else will help you!