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Keeping Mice in an Ikea Detolf

Post by elvenco on Mon Jun 12, 2017 2:34 pm

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 Jun 12, 2017 3:02 pm

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 Jun 23, 2017 12:15 pm

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

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Re: Keeping Mice in an Ikea Detolf

Post by elvenco on Fri Jun 23, 2017 5:11 pm

@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 Jun 23, 2017 10:40 pm

@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 elvenco Yesterday at 12:10 am

@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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