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How to make a Storage Box Home E-mail

How to make a Storage Box Home

Converted storage tubs are growing in popularity amongst breeders. Large clear (though you can use colour tinted if you desire!) plastic storage tubs with secure lids are used. Rremember to measure the floor space to make sure it is at least the minimums NHC suggested! These homes are easy and cheap to make and fit well onto shelving or in stacks.

Really Useful Storage Boxes are a popular box choice, in both the 84lt and 64lt size (both have same floor space but differing heights). There are though many suitable storage tub options, some available in multi packs.

Underbed storage boxes can be used for dwarf hamsters as they require less height. Really Useful Storage Boxes have a 50lt option that some like to use. As with syrian options, there are a wide range of types that can be used, some available in multi packs. Just make sure you have a suitable wheel (or maybe flying saucer) that will fit. Please see our article on Wheels for more details.

To make one:

  1. A large hole is melted (using a soldering iron) or drilled into the front of the box. 6 to 16 holes are then drilled or melted around this main hole, these then are used later to secure wire over the hole.  Be careful if melting plastic, make sure it does not drip onto you. Make sure you are in a well ventilated area. Similar care must be taken if drilling, watch out for fingers! Also be careful the plastic does not snap!
  2. A panel of wire should be cut that is larger than the hole and filed to make sure there are no sharp points. The wire should ideally be 1cm x 1cm or up to for syrians 2cm x 2cm.
  3. To secure the wire to the tub either plastic cable ties or nuts and bolts can be used. The panel provides great ventilation and somewhere to attach a water bottle.
    • For nuts and bolts, a small bolt (roof bolt) should be used on the inside of the tub to push the wire against the plastic, with a washer before the wire to help pin it down.  The head of this bolt is then on the inside of the box, followed by a large washer, then the wire, then on the outside a nut should be used to secure this on tightly.
    • For plastic cable ties, simply thread through the holes and wire and tigthen to secure. Trim off any excess plastic. Try to ensure the largest bit of plastic is outside to reduce the amount a hamster can gnaw on. When using these remember to use more than is required, so if any are chewed off there are no escapes. The ties are easily and cheeply replaced but attention must be paid to ensure any damaged ones are noticed.
  4. Additional holes can be melted or drilled into the side and onto the lid of the tub. 

These are very easy to clean, protect the hamster from pets, can be stacked, provide easy access to the hamster and are often very cost effective, though they do require time and tools, and often a little skill!

Storage tub Storage Tub Using Cable Ties to Secure Wire And A 8" Wheel Inside

Whatever hard materials you put in for them to chew, the odds are that they will prefer to chew the bars of the cage, or the edges of any plastic. This is all quite normal. A commercial wood chew or a dog biscuit bone can be provided to help prevent this. For more information, see our info sheets on hamster housing. and general care.


by A. Workman © 2014

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