Free Range areas

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Free Range areas

Post by CheeseBairn » Wed Sep 07, 2011 9:37 pm

My rattie playground

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Re: Free Range areas

Post by acapae_wolf » Wed Sep 14, 2011 7:52 pm

Previously my rats have free ranged in a bathroom with a cork tile floor.

When I have babies or otherwise new rats I section off the area nearest the door for increased containment (the gap is where I sit).
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The rest of the bathroom is a silly long thing L-shape and hard to photograph

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Re: Free Range areas

Post by acapae_wolf » Wed Sep 14, 2011 8:46 pm

Currently my rats free range on the landing. It's quite boring though and I can now definately see why people who have limited space for free range often complain that their rats just go to sleep. There's nowhere naughty to climb or anywhere really to investigate.

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Laptop is so I spend longer with them out; I sit/ lie somewhere in the middle section.

Soon I hope to be able to give them access to the bathroom (brown door on the right) too. After the shower is installed and the hole behind the sink fixed anyway. Hopefully at a sooner point in time they'll also have access to the stairs up to my bedroom (brown door over the step). The stairs are inside my bedroom though, so I need to make a barrier out of my spare sheet of correx to (hopefully) stop them from accessing the entire room...
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Re: Free Range areas

Post by Hanlou » Fri Dec 23, 2011 8:22 pm

Although my rats have a mostly-pet-proofed-room to free range in they started doing a lot of damage and as the house is on the market I bought a rabbit run for them to have unsupervised free range in.

It's a 6x2x4ft rabbit run from (( The Rabbit Hutch Shop )). Am really pleased with it and the rats seem to like it.

This was an initial set-up - hope to add more stuff to it as time goes on.

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Re: Free Range areas

Post by malude » Tue Jan 03, 2012 1:20 pm

If I have the time to supervise the whole session then they get the hallway, stairs and landing with various toys/climbing things/tunnels scattered about...

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Re: Free Range areas

Post by acapae_wolf » Thu Mar 01, 2012 1:50 pm

Mine now free range in my bedroom. These are various views of the 'set up' bit:
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Please ignore my desk! That's a pile of things I don't want the rats to access. I need some drawers... :oops:
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Re: Free Range areas

Post by Nina » Tue Mar 20, 2012 7:36 pm

Its not safe to let my boys run on the floor so they have their own playground. This is a couple of them, the blue tray has a bowl of water for when they are out.

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Re: Free Range areas

Post by Amzy » Mon Apr 09, 2012 7:50 pm

This is my playpen (well.. mine and raz's lol). They get a different range of toys each time they are let out so it is varied.

They get brought through in my carriers. Raz's cages are in the front room so the pen attaches to her cages which makes free range slightly easier.
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Re: Free Range areas

Post by Yamazumi » Thu Apr 26, 2012 12:14 am

Finally got a big room I can ratproof (ish). However, I have no way of stopping the boys climbing on the girls cage and the girls climbing on the boys, but they don't seemed particularly interested in each other now they've gotten used to the idea.

Only wires that are out are down the side of the bed so they can't get to them... although being rats they don't care they have the whole room to run around and things to climb and insist on jumping on the bed. Since they'll only be out when I'm here it's not too much of a problem cos I can just pop them back on the floor, but it's nice that I don't have to watch them constantly. I can listen out for chewing on things they shouldn't be, but I don't have to be on guard constantly, like I would if they could get to wires.

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Hammock attached to the underside of their Aventura.

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Correx around my rubbish Uni bed to stop them getting underneath it (the big bit is covering a giant hole in the material)

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I'm going to get some lino to put under their cage to make sweeping easier, and so that I can put down digging trays and pea fishing trays without them making a mess.


I'm hoping the babies don't take to eating the walls in this room as I still have to fix my last room up!
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Re: Free Range areas

Post by wendysr44 » Mon Jun 04, 2012 2:01 am

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My rats free range area in the hallway :)
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Re: Free Range areas

Post by rach c » Wed Sep 19, 2012 6:23 pm

My girls free range in the hallway, they usually have more tubes and either a compost digging box or pea fishing.
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Re: Free Range areas

Post by fuschia » Fri Feb 22, 2013 11:58 pm

Here's my bedroom - the main ratty play area:

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Re: Free Range areas

Post by Jenni2317 » Sat May 18, 2013 9:23 pm

This is my new free range, I used to let them free range in dining/ conservatory but with the new boys and the rats getting behind freezer and stuff I decided it was safer with a more enclosed area, I am going to enlarge this enclosure though.

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Re: Free Range areas

Post by cyber ratty » Sat Mar 26, 2016 5:35 pm

I have a number of large scale toys in my rat room which get spread out for free range time.

Several years ago, when I had more spare space, there was a semi-permanent free range corner:
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An example of a current playground (most of it gets stored below the cages):
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Re: Free Range areas

Post by Jemma » Mon Apr 04, 2016 1:31 pm

Due an update to this with a few free range options I’ve used over the years;


The current rat room free range area
This integrates the cage into the free range properly, meaning the outside of the cage becomes a climbing frame. As my cage is a triple its needed some adaptions to make this set up as fall safe as I can achieve whilst being practical. They have a series of steps down the side which they can use to descend to the carrier and hence get back down again. I also put a few cushions under the cage if I’m not available to rescue / catch anyone as a soft fall.

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The cat tree adapted to help even oldies get back up
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The rats ball pool and some of the play table
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A zoomed out of the table play area
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Another surface they can get up to and play on, with a little mini cage which is used for feeding anyone extras or being a water bottle source as needed Image

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