Post by goingpostal on Oct 12, 2013 12:57:23 GMT -5
I used glass tanks for a long time and still use a few but they are heavy and hard to clean safely, however they do offer a lot of space and not allow any outside mess or escapes. I managed to find someone selling off a rat rack (although I would never put a rat in this size setup). It has 5 bins, one was broke and is really nice as far as ease of cleaning. I do use some plastic tubs as well but don't get the super thin cheap ones as they will chew right out.
Thanks. Do you have a picture of your rack cages? I like that the aquariums let you see threw them to monitor them good. I'm on the stronger side for being a girl sk I don't think weight would be an issue.
Post by goingpostal on Oct 14, 2013 9:24:41 GMT -5
That's the rodent rack and those are $$$, but a lady I sell mice to sometimes was trying to get rid of it so I traded some mice and cash for it. It's a freedom breeder rodent rack but the old style. A lot of reptile people make their own racks with plastic tubs and wood that slid in and out like that which would be the cheaper way to go.
I set up the inside of each bin in a similar fashion. I NEVER include wheels in breeding cages for a variety of reasons. Wheels can be addictive, preventing them from breeding and distracting them from caring for their babies. I do give the feeders a wheel though while they are growing to eating size.
Hides, food, water.
They love ripping up cardboard so paper towel or toilet paper tubes are great to toss in. I also like using old tea and snack boxes as hides. They get the fun of shredding them and I can just toss and replace.
I kept one glass tank, and one small critter keeper to use for quarrantine tanks and to separate males when needed. If you have multiple breeding groups though you can rotate the male from group to group. This allows the females a break in between litters while still giving you a consistent incoming supply of feeders.
This was actually my hamster's home, but you can see what my set up looked like for the feeder bins. They were allowed a wheel. Plastic wheels like the one in this picture are safest, and easiest to clean. Wire wheels can cause injury, are hard to clean, and rust. I have used them but I probably will not use them again.
I love your set up! I'm most likely going to do the same thing. Thanks for e great idea about how much did this set up per bin cost you?
I don't remember. I want to say the bins were $7-11 each, and the plastic screen stuff was super cheap - I think maybe $5ish for a pretty big roll of it. The duct tape I think I already had. Overall it was relatively inexpensive and super easy to do. Super easy for cleaning too and with the hope drilled in the lids and bins you can stack them if needed, but the shelves worked a lot better for me. The only thing you have to watch for is chewing but if you don't have anything I there talll enough for them to reach the lid (best chew spot) you should have too much of an issue. If they do chew, it's inexpensive and easy to replace. I really loved this set up, it was perfect for what I needed.
Post by goingpostal on Oct 15, 2013 21:22:41 GMT -5
Gutter guard, good idea, I'll have to go pick some of that up, better than chicken wire for sure. I got rid of all my wheels, didn't have any problems with breeding they just got super nasty all the time and I couldn't deal with the noise of all those wheels clanking and spinning around. I need some of those itty bitty dishes too.