Materials: IVAR shelf, plywood, acrylic glass, hinges, …
Description: I used an IVAR shelf as framework for my jird‘s cage. At the moment, it houses 3 fat-tailed jirds and 6 bushy-tailed jirds.
The cage is in total 2,28m high (1,80m on the right), 0,50m deep and in an L-shape: from left to right: two 80cm-shelves, a corner element and a 80cm-shelf shortened to about 65cm, so that it fits exactly in the corner.
I finished the shelves with clear paint, fulfilling the German DIN EN 71-3-Norm (safety of toys, so the paint is not poisonous for the rodents and resistant against the urine).
The back is made of 4mm-plywood, at the front side I fitted acrylic glass in aluminum U-profiles, so they are easily removable for cleaning. The doors were made from 2x4cm laths and chicken wire. A few hinges and locks and voila, there is the jird’s palace!
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