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Introducing the Ux | Custom Built DIY Hamster Cage

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Published on Dec 2, 2018

In the first video published to this channel, I introduce you to my custom built cage for my Syrian hamster. This video gives you a brief overview of my DIY cage and its basic layout.

This cage has 3 levels, the ground floor plus 2 first floors, 1 on each side of the cage which are accessable via ramps from the ground floor. It also has a second floor accessable from the first floor by means of a mini staircase on the left side and steps on the right side. All the shelves have ice lolly sticks on their edges to protect against falls (inspired by ErinsAnimals). I have used around 300 ice lolly sticks each of which were glued in place with non-toxic PVC glue. The edges of the shelves where the ramps connect and the front edge of the right side steps have strips of balsa wood to make them look nicer. The rear of the left side staircase also has a sheet of balsa wood on the back to prevent the hamster felling between the steps.

The cage has a 2 piece acrylic substrate border with a third I-shaped joiner piece in the middle, this allows for quick and easy removal of the acrylic panels during cage cleanouts as shown in the video. This substrate border is around 190mm (7.48 inch) high to allow for a thick layer of bedding.

The cage has 3 openable doors, 2 split doors at the front and a lift-up roof and makes accessing all parts of the cage easy. All 3 doors are made the same, a basic wooden frame glued and screwed together with galvanized steel mesh stapled to the inside. Each corner has a L-shaped steel plate screwed into the wood to give the frame extra rigidity. These 3 doors are locked together with pull-tight latches and makes the cage very secure.

The inside dimensions of this cage are:
Length; 1470 mm (57.87 inch),
Width; 503 mm (19.80 inch),
Giving a floorspace of 7,394.10 sq cm (1,146.08 sq inch), excluding the floorspace gained by the shelves.

This cage does have a complex electrical system integrated into it, parts of which can be seen in this video. However I will show you this properly in the next video so be sure to subscribe to be the first to see it.


Audio Used:
Intro Sound By: Morgan Winters (written exclusively for this channel)
Main Music By: Francis Preve - Plaidness (available from the Youtube audio library)

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