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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 30th, 2015 8:55pm (Oct 30th 2015) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    We originally ordered this cage around two weeks ago, from amazon.co.uk, but even after we paid extra for speedy delivery it didn't arrive when it should, and when I checked the site it wasn't due to arrive until 5th November!!

    We cancelled the order and Lyle ordered it brand new off ebay; it was £45 including postage and it arrived within two days :bigsmile:

    Price: £45

    Size: L77 x W47 x H58 cm

    Suitable for: Syrian hamsters, gerbils (you will need to provide a large, deep box full of substrate for digging in), mice and young or elderly rats.

    Bar spacing: 1cm, but it feels very narrow. The bars on the sides of the cage don't bend at all, but as with the Furet Plus cage the roof bars do bend wider fairly easily.

    Extras: The cage comes with two fairly big wooden levels, and large wooden ramps (we haven't used these yet, we're going to plastikote them and then will probably use them for our other rodents). The cage also includes two plastic houses, two tiny plastic food bowls and two very small wheels.

    Although this cage is marketed for hamsters and rats, there is NO WAY a rat would fit in the houses or wheel, and a rat / Syrian hamster / gerbil must not use the wheels as they are far too small and will injure the animal. The wheels are an okay size for mice or Roborovski hamsters, however they are a poor quality and are horrifically noisy!! (worse wheel for noise, see end of video below!)

    Pro's
    - Wonderful price considering the Furet Plus and Jenny Rat cages, which are a similar size, cost £100+ now!

    - Fantastic size for a group of female mice, a Syrian hamster or pair of gerbils

    - Bar spacing is narrow for such a large cage

    - Entire roof lifts up for easy access / cleaning

    - Cage isn't too high, so as long as the drop is split up with levels or hammocks, there is less chance from injuries to small rodents from falling than other cages

    - Plenty of room for toys!


    Cons

    - It really isn't a suitable permanent cage for adult rats

    - If you have the cage on a table or such, so that the roof is too high to use as a door, then the only other means of access if a tiny single door on the front...probably measures about 15cm in height!

    - Accessories that come with are too small for hamsters / rats

    - The wheels are poor quality...I know the 'freebie' wheels you get with cages are usually rubbish, but these are the worst quality I have ever seen, and I've seen a lot! They are so noisy that we will be ordering new wheels imminently :tooth:


    Instead of using the wooden levels I made my own levels out of cheap wire cooling racks for baking! They cost £1 - £1.50; I cable tied cardboard to them to protect the meecers' feet, then attached them to the cage itself with cable ties too.

    The mice seem to really love it so far, and we are 100% impressed - definitely recommend this cage! :bigsmile:



    Pics to come...
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 30th, 2015 9:01pm (Oct 30th 2015) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    This ought to give you an idea of just how incredibly small the 'rat' or 'hamster' wheels are :gasp:

     photo mousecage_zpsm65dszcw.jpg

    Maple was the first girl in and looked completely lost in there!

     photo mousecage5_zpsiwae3ntz.jpg
    Thistle, Acorn and Maple :)

     photo mousecage8_zpsrvzm8nr3.jpg

    The ramp is huge, which I really like, and Parsley has discovered she loves climbing bars!

     photo mousecage10_zpsy01jmkvy.jpg

    This was my first construction, when the cage only had one platform

     photo mousecage12_zpsxjydxogu.jpg

    We have two wheels on the bottom, which they use at the same time hahaha, and the noisy one is above the middle level to try dissuade them from using it :rolling:

     photo mousecage13_zpsirzsq8wa.jpg

    My first lay-out, which had just one level. Parsley in the left wheel, Maple in the second and Thistle (I think) checking out the food!

     photo mousecage14_zpsvmthytqp.jpg

    This evening I made and added a second level, and changed the wooden bridge toys to lead to it...the alternative route is along the ropes at the back of the cage

     photo mousecage15_zps9964godj.jpg

    Add the sputnick and we're finished!

     photo mousecage16_zpsgqepkhi4.jpg

    I adjusted the rope (yay cable ties!) so they can get in the sputnick too!

     photo mousecage17_zpslyncfwnn.jpg

    The mice are so tired they barely woke up when I put the second level in, so nobody has been up there yet...I love this cage so much, I think it's my favourite out of all the cages I've bought :smile:
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeNov 4th, 2015 7:46pm (Nov 4th 2015)
     
    Looks very cool, Red..your a wonder when it comes to cage construction..they must love the new cage, with so much to keep them busy playing.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeNov 9th, 2015 12:55pm (Nov 9th 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Thanks Lynn. I need to get more branches or rope toys to fill out the extra space. I added another small level using the plastic base of an old cage last night, which they love...I think I posted pics somewhere, if not I'll do it later...

    I need to try Plastikoting the cardboard levels (or just anything really, not even tried it yet) as daily sweeping doesn't keep them clean...

    Guess I'll just stick with four mice in the Langham and won't get another Siamese...