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Post by goldfishfanforever on Thu 02 Jun 2016, 3:16 pm

So some of you may know I have been building a topper for an old bin cage I used for my hamsters which will now hopefully own mice (I haven't asked my dad yet but now I have built it I'm hoping he will say yes.) So here are some terrible pictures of it Very Happy



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Post by Peachy on Thu 02 Jun 2016, 3:27 pm

That's awesome!! I once made something very similar for my mice (ended up giving it to my gerbils), but it only topped half of the cage and the other half had a door so I could reach the floor. Do you plan to add shelves, or just do hammocks? Smile

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Post by goldfishfanforever on Thu 02 Jun 2016, 3:30 pm

abeona wrote:That's awesome!! I once made something very similar for my mice (ended up giving it to my gerbils), but it only topped half of the cage and the other half had a door so I could reach the floor. Do you plan to add shelves, or just do hammocks?  Smile
Thanks and I have an old topper that I bought from a pet store that I used for past gerbils but it was quite small but boy did my gerbils like it. I may add some shelves but I would mainly like ropes and hammocks.
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Post by MouseLover on Thu 02 Jun 2016, 6:38 pm

Wow that's awesome! I bet some mice would be very happy in there Very Happy Particularly impressed that you managed to make a door Clap
What are the little white and green bits? Like zip ties?

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Post by goldfishfanforever on Thu 02 Jun 2016, 6:55 pm

@MouseLover wrote:Wow that's awesome! I bet some mice would be very happy in there Very Happy Particularly impressed that you managed to make a door Clap
What are the little white and green bits? Like zip ties?
Thanks and yes all I used was zip ties to create the frame which is what the white things are. I didn't know if I would be able to make a door but it worked out well Smile
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Post by Artistwolf on Thu 02 Jun 2016, 7:12 pm

I made a rat cage very similar to this. Unfortunately my parents never let me get the rats, my mom decided it was a "dust collector" in my room, and sit got relegated to the shed. I was really unhappy about that because I was proud of it! But anyway. This looks very good! How did you get the edges to not be sharp? I folded all my edges over a little (to the outside).

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Post by goldfishfanforever on Thu 02 Jun 2016, 7:42 pm

@Artistwolf wrote:I made a rat cage very similar to this. Unfortunately my parents never let me get the rats, my mom decided it was a "dust collector" in my room, and sit got relegated to the shed. I was really unhappy about that because I was proud of it! But anyway. This looks very good! How did you get the edges to not be sharp? I folded all my edges over a little (to the outside).
The edges are sharpish but they point outwards or are too tightly fastened to other pieces of mesh to prevent a mouse hurting itself on them. At the door I will be putting either some duct tape or beads of hot glue to cover the sharp areas Smile
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Post by Artistwolf on Thu 02 Jun 2016, 8:14 pm

Ah, okay Smile I'd recommend not using duct tape—it's very dangerous if a mouse chews on it and ingests a little.

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Post by goldfishfanforever on Thu 02 Jun 2016, 8:31 pm

@Artistwolf wrote:Ah, okay Smile I'd recommend not using duct tape—it's very dangerous if a mouse chews on it and ingests a little.
Ok thanks for the heads up Smile I have just finished adding toys, tunnels, ladders and other things to the topper and it looks awesome! I will try and get a picture.
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Post by Bandit Cat on Thu 02 Jun 2016, 9:30 pm

Nice! It turned out very well! Clap I don't have any skill like that, I could barely pull together my hamster's bin cage! Laughing

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Post by goldfishfanforever on Thu 02 Jun 2016, 9:36 pm

@Bandit Cat wrote:Nice! It turned out very well! Clap I don't have any skill like that, I could barely pull together my hamster's bin cage! Laughing
Thanks and ugh I hated building the bin cage I did it just all seemed to go wrong and took forever to make Sad
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Post by scaredymouse on Thu 02 Jun 2016, 9:47 pm

Also, mice can chew through zip ties. It would take them a long time to get through all the ones you've got on there, but you will need to watch that closely.

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Post by goldfishfanforever on Fri 03 Jun 2016, 4:56 am

@scaredymouse wrote:Also, mice can chew through zip ties.  It would take them a long time to get through all the ones you've got on there, but you will need to watch that closely.
yeah I thought they might chew through them so I may replace them with bits of wire instead although I'm hoping with a lot of toys they won't chew them Smile
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Post by CinnamonPearl on Fri 03 Jun 2016, 5:42 am

It looks awesome! How big is it? Seems like you could fit quite a few ladies in there.

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Post by Peachy on Fri 03 Jun 2016, 7:49 am

My mice never had any interest in bothering zip ties... It might be worth it to see how they do with them before you change it. I tried wire with a second mini-topper and it was so much trouble.

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