Thanks for the tip, streetwisegerbil. I was aware of the issues with nails/staples in wooden pet houses when I bought this one, and inspected it closely. As far as I can tell, it is only held together with glue, and there are no tiny nail holes or anything. I will certainly keep a close eye on it for hidden pins like that as it starts to get chewed.
It looks grate I'm sure that they will love it. Why are you waiting so long before you get them if you don't mind me asking ?
Because they're only 2 and a half weeks old at the moment. The breeder provides us with fairly frequent updates and photos, so the kids and I have been enjoying watching our gerbils grow. We can't wait to watch them doing all their gerbil-y things in their new home though. I've missed having gerbs...
Harry and Steve's home, its a large gerbilarium that I got from zooplus. They have a cardboard house and various toilet tubes under the bedding which can't be seen. There is also a cardboard chew tunnel, wooden toys, boxes etc and toys on the bottom level and on top they have their sand bath/ potty, terracotta pot bases which they use to lay out and cool off on and other wooden toys. All in all, I love this enclosure for them and I make sure they get out of cage time every other day.
Today I set up my new plastic crate cage for my three males. The cage is in two sections, a 110-litre (approx 30 US gallons) crate full of substrate, boxes and tubes for tunneling:
The substrate is mostly woodchips, mixed with layers of shredded paper and hay.
The other section is a 60-litre (approx 15 US gallons) crate which has 'no-dig' things - the wheel, food and water (plus the sand bath every day or two):
The shelf in there is the lid from a cardboard shoebox - it just happened to be exactly the right size to wedge in there. The waterbottle is hanging from a makeshift elastic band holder attached to a plug in the hole in the lid. If they chew it I'll figure out an alternative, but it should work for now.
The two crates are connected by a plastic tube (with metal endcaps, of course). The whole setup:
The most adventurous gerb has spent all afternoon burrowing around in the big crate, making loads of tunnels and rearranging everything. The other two seem a bit freaked out by the move, and spent most of their time in the smaller crate. I think the extra-deep substrate is a bit scary for them to get used to. But hopefully they'll get the hang of it soon and enjoy burrowing. All three of them are now asleep in the one cardboard box I put in the smaller crate - of course they never go where you expect them to (I put some tissue in a big glass jar buried in the big crate, because I thought it would be a good size for them to sleep in). They didn't even shred any of the toilet roll I gave them, they're just sleeping on the thin layer of shavings that's already in there. Sigh. I'm sure they'll figure it all out eventually.
It is about 101cm high, 69cm lenght and 46cm depth (internal measurements). It has The Range 160 litre tub as a base and 3 levels (one in the tub). They love to dig and chew so that's how I designed it. They have glass jars, terracotta plant pots, sand baths and wooden toys on the levels. They jump with ease from level to level.
Just realised I've never posted our set-up in here!
3ft tank and 2 level hamster cage topper. The tank gets filled with substrate and we usually bury a box or 2. The topper holds their sand bath and water bottle. The set-up changes slightly each month, with various new boxes and toys downstairs, but this is the general idea This moth they have a jar and a lava ledge upstairs too. I'll get a more recent picture soon as!
Jake and Georges' (7 or 8 months old) gerbilarium. I am looking to upgrade to a larger tank soon though .
The green(it looks greener in real life, lol) bowl has their sand in. The silver bowl has their food. I've suspended a few toys for them, they usually take their treats to eat up in the one with three hoops. I've stuffed the coconut with hay, they love that idea! They spend ages nibbling away and pulling the hay out from the coconut. The other suspended toy, they mostly ignore . They also pretty much ignore the blue log thing. I've been thinking that I could just get a few more of them and put them next to each other to make a new small platform sort of thing. Do you think thats a good idea? They've also got loads more wooden toys in the tank part, most of which are buried. They've got the giant cardboard box, which three days ago was resting on top of a cardboard maze, which they have already demolished. I'll have to make them another, they seemed to really enjoy it! I've put in some more cardboard toys since I took this photo. And they've got some newspaper and tissue paper, some in crumpled balls and some in strips. They usually shred it up and carry it to their ever growing nest!