I can make one myself?
Absolutely! Bin cages are by far the most economical caging option for those who are familiar with basic tools. The cost to make a bin cage is roughly between $15-30 dollars, but could possibly be less depending on the materials you have on hand. That is as much—if not less—than you would spend on a very small pet store cage.
Bin Cage Questions
Where can I buy a bin?
You can purchase a bin in the storage section of any department store--such as Walmart, Target, and K-Mart--and home improvement stores such as Lowes and Home Depot. Ikea also carries a nice range.
As stated above, you can also buy a completed bin cage from us!
What bin should I buy?
We recommend purchasing a clear bin just because it makes it easier to see your hamster. However, if you prefer a colored bin there should be no ill affects.
Avoid bins with rounded in edges (the Ikea Samla has these) as they can be chewed on. They are safe to use, but keep an eye on your hamster's chewing habits.
Aim for no less than a 50 Gallon bin. The sterilite bin is 39 3/4" x 21 1/2" x 17 7/8" and is perfect. It will list the size on the sticker. This meets our recommended minimum of 600 square inches. You could also consider connecting a few bins to make an extremely large, yet very inexpensive cage!
What tools will I need?
What can I use for ventilation?
1/4" or 1/2" hardware cloth is extremely popular and effective, but it presents some challenges. You will need a way of cutting it, and wire cutters are the obvious choice but it may be an extra cost. It is also somewhat dangerous, as the sharp wires may poke you while working or poke the hamster if they are not properly clipped and secured. However, it is still pretty easy to work with and you are able to make multiple cages from one inexpensive roll.
Another option are the barred playpens available at pet stores and amazon. This is what we use now!
For your first bin cage, wire playgrounds are an awesome option! They are somewhat pricer than the hardware cloth, at about $15 for the materials to make 2 cages. That said, you simply have to twist the panels apart at the length you need and secure them to the cage--super easy! There are no sharp edges to harm you or your hamster either.
Do you have any tutorials you recommend?
Yep! Some of our favourite bin cage tutorials:
Apologies, but we are no longer making bin cages for adopters, nor do we make them for the public. We also do not ship bin cages under any circumstances. Best of luck to you in your bin cage forays!
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