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Post by deactivated12345 on Mon 12 Jun 2017, 14:34

Hi there,
So sometime soon I think I'm gonna be getting my first mice!!
I have a hamster right now who unfortunately is near the end of his life and I decided mice are gonna be next once he passes
When I get the mice I plan to put them in the ikea detolf I have which is 16 3/4x64 1/8 "
I was told that the detolf would be too big so what I plan to do is split it in half and then when I go to clean the cage I put them in the other side, and just alternate between the two sides.
Does this sound like a good idea?

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Re: Keeping Mice in an Ikea Detolf

Post by Peachy on Mon 12 Jun 2017, 15:02

That sounds like an okay idea. Split in half is still pretty big... but definitely not too big! If you can, depending on how many you choose to get, you might want to upgrade them to it after a few weeks of taming. A good starter for 3 mice is a 10 gallon, but it wouldn't be impossible to make a bigger space work. You could also try to make the split temporary so you can gradually introduce more space as you gauge their personalities.

With a split cage, later on you could also put a second colony on the other side! Fun! Smile

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Re: Keeping Mice in an Ikea Detolf

Post by muisjes on Fri 23 Jun 2017, 12:15

How do you prevent them from chewing the non-glass walls?

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Post by deactivated12345 on Fri 23 Jun 2017, 17:11

@muisjes wrote:How do you prevent them from chewing the non-glass walls?
Do you think they would chew on a flat surface? theres no openings or ridges or anything
I could always put one of the glass shelves over the wood wall.

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Re: Keeping Mice in an Ikea Detolf

Post by Rodents rock! on Fri 23 Jun 2017, 22:40

elvenco wrote:
@muisjes wrote:How do you prevent them from chewing the non-glass walls?
Do you think they would chew on a flat surface? theres no openings or ridges or anything
I could always put one of the glass shelves over the wood wall.

I don't believe the could chew on a flat surface.
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Re: Keeping Mice in an Ikea Detolf

Post by deactivated12345 on Sat 24 Jun 2017, 00:10

@Rodents rock! wrote:
elvenco wrote:
@muisjes wrote:How do you prevent them from chewing the non-glass walls?
Do you think they would chew on a flat surface? theres no openings or ridges or anything
I could always put one of the glass shelves over the wood wall.

I don't believe the could chew on a flat surface.

Oh awesome!! I was really worried for a second!!

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Re: Keeping Mice in an Ikea Detolf

Post by Rodents rock! on Sun 25 Jun 2017, 11:51

elvenco wrote:
@Rodents rock! wrote:
elvenco wrote:
@muisjes wrote:How do you prevent them from chewing the non-glass walls?
Do you think they would chew on a flat surface? theres no openings or ridges or anything
I could always put one of the glass shelves over the wood wall.

I don't believe the could chew on a flat surface.

Oh awesome!! I was really worried for a second!!

Yes. As an example, some people keep mice in a plastic bin cage and as long as all the surfaces are flat, the mice can't get a grip to start chewing. Looking forward to seeing your set up! Very Happy
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Re: Keeping Mice in an Ikea Detolf

Post by muisjes on Sun 25 Jun 2017, 14:26

sounds like a fun cage for a lot of mice. What kind of IKEA cabinet does it fit on?

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Re: Keeping Mice in an Ikea Detolf

Post by deactivated12345 on Sun 25 Jun 2017, 17:12

@muisjes wrote:sounds like a fun cage for a lot of mice. What kind of IKEA cabinet does it fit on?
I think most people use the 8 cubby Expedit one, mine is just on my regular dresser though, and i use cardboard pieces underneath to elevate the glass

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