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 Post subject: Re: SRS / Explorer / Ferret and Critter Nation Style cages
 Post Posted: Sun Nov 25, 2012 9:15 pm 
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I've left it longer than usual between layout changes as Chino (HLD, he can move his back legs still but they have no strength and tend to drag most of the time now) was still getting about most of the old layout pretty well. However, I decided that it was becoming a bit risky when one morning he decided he needed to go to sleep right at the top of the cage and the only route down I could see for a rat with no use of his back legs pretty much involves falling and bouncing off various things on the way down...

So this was how I discovered him prior to layout change (he's the Champers), I have zero idea how he managed it as I deliberately made that bit "too hard for him":
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My version of a "HLD friendly" (yes, I am mean.) layout:
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I really wanted to make the cage more accessible and safe for Chino as he's a pretty determined little chap, but I'm also very much aware of the fact I have 5 other rats that appreciate a challenge so I've tried to accommodate them all in this layout.

I've found the yellow tube to be fantastic for him as he can drag his butt up it reasonably easy and sorta... slide back down when he wants. Although he's mainly just using the bottom of the cage and the hammock + litter tray now, he has been right to the top and slept on the blue radiator bed a couple of times and theres enough stuff to catch him if he falls now. If/When he gets to the point he cant climb up the tube anymore then I'll add a radiator bed or similar in the bottom, but for now I'd rather encourage him to climb up there while he still can.

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 Post subject: Re: SRS / Explorer / Ferret and Critter Nation Style cages
 Post Posted: Tue Dec 25, 2012 4:36 pm 
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Just taken out the middle of my SRS and really like it as it's keeping them nice and active and will hopefully help keep the weight off. It's home to 7 ladies and 4 gents aged 3-14 months

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Angharad, Barb, Bella, Carys, Demerara, Ida, Nancy, Sasha, Sinead, Siobhan, Spice, Sugar, Veronica :smileyrat:
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 Post subject: Re: SRS / Explorer / Ferret and Critter Nation Style cages
 Post Posted: Fri Jan 04, 2013 8:45 pm 
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Location: Chester, Cheshire
First up, Aventura belonging to four boys, aged 7 - 8 months.

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SRS, belonging to my seven older boys, aged 16 - 22 months.

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 Post subject: Re: SRS / Explorer / Ferret and Critter Nation Style cages
 Post Posted: Tue Feb 19, 2013 8:09 pm 
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Little boys are currently in one quarter of the double SRS.

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This week:
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 Post subject: Re: SRS / Explorer / Ferret and Critter Nation Style cages
 Post Posted: Mon Mar 18, 2013 6:38 pm 
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Only just got an SRS this week (upgraded from a furet plus, what a difference!!!) still a bit sparse now but I'm getting there, getting plenty of ideas from this thread!
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 Post subject: SRS/Explorer/Ferret & Critter Nation/Aventura style cages
 Post Posted: Fri Jul 26, 2013 8:16 am 
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We have two ferret kingdom cages (exlorers), but my one has rusted so badly it cant be used, so we've made do for our rats with what we have, which is half a ferret kingdom for the girls.

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We have a PetOne ferret cage for the boys, see the "misc small cages (suitable for 5 rats or fewer)" section.

We also have some boys who are being treated at the moment as they're a little unwell, so they are in my hospital tub see the "DIY/ custom-made cages" section :)


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 Post subject: Re: SRS/Explorer/Ferret & Critter Nation/Aventura style cage
 Post Posted: Sat Aug 03, 2013 3:10 pm 
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This is my first ever layout without using the shelves or ladders. I don't know why I ever used them, I think I just got stuck in the habit. The only ladder that remains is the one that connects the top and bottom as I use this to separate the cage when I am cleaning it.

I have tried to make the layout as climby and challenging as possible as my boys are perfectly capable of moving around the space without ladders or too easy routes, and because I have been giving them easy options previously they need to now lose a bit of weight and tone up!

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Top. A good mixture of loser ropes and small perches. Aiming to develop stretching, jumping and balance. Veg is being hung in harder to reach places as well.
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Bottom. As much empty floor space as possible. Harder routes around the cage with bigger gaps between perches swings, tubes etc.
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 Post subject: Re: SRS/Explorer/Ferret & Critter Nation/Aventura style cage
 Post Posted: Tue Sep 10, 2013 7:24 pm 
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My explorer, home to my 4 girls :hearts:

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 Post subject: Re: SRS/Explorer/Ferret & Critter Nation/Aventura style cage
 Post Posted: Sun Sep 29, 2013 1:40 pm 
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I haven't posted mine in a very long time!!

Currently home to 7 bucks, ranging from 5 months to 24 months (including a HLD lad who stays in the bottom). Apologies for the wonky photos!
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Truffle, Sven, Tyrion, Gendry, Jorah & Hodor
Carol, Michonne, Quaithe & Potatocake


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 Post subject: Re: SRS/Explorer/Ferret & Critter Nation/Aventura style cage
 Post Posted: Mon Jun 23, 2014 2:10 pm 
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This is my SRS, home to 3 pingy girls. It took me a little while to find a layout that suits everyone*, but I reckon this works pretty well. I've tried to keep things open enough to allow them to leap around, but not have overly long drops anywhere since Mirala in particular doesn't see the point in climbing or walking downwards when she can just plummet instead. :roll:

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Top half, with plenty of clearance in front of the Wodent Wheel and a platform underneath for those times when someone gets catapulted out, some swingy climbing toys, and an Ikea scarf/tie holder to break falls. I've left out the top half of the Sputnik so they've got better ventilation in bed and can benefit more from the ice pack I put on top of the cage in the afternoons.

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Bottom half, with a metal bottle rack from our fridge which we never use but the rats seem happy to climb over, a hanging box I've filled with shredded paper and a bit of their daily treat ration, and the Flying Saucer that they still haven't really got the hang of using.

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*Daft things I did for the first layout because I clearly was not thinking include: attaching the wheel to the door, resulting in a truly almighty racket; and putting one of the litter trays right next to where I sit at my desk. :oops:

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 Post subject: Re: SRS/Explorer/Ferret & Critter Nation/Aventura style cage
 Post Posted: Wed Dec 03, 2014 9:57 am 
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My new 2nd Hand Aventura with the middle removed.

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 Post subject: Re: SRS/Explorer/Ferret & Critter Nation/Aventura style cage
 Post Posted: Sat Feb 14, 2015 5:16 pm 
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This weeks SRS layout

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You may notice I'm using rammekins instead of wheels to move the cage around. My rats chew cage wheels when free ranging so didn't see the point in using them when I have a slidey floor.

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Angharad, Barb, Bella, Carys, Demerara, Ida, Nancy, Sasha, Sinead, Siobhan, Spice, Sugar, Veronica :smileyrat:
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 Post subject: Re: SRS/Explorer/Ferret & Critter Nation/Aventura style cage
 Post Posted: Tue May 26, 2015 7:40 pm 
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My ladies have only been here 3 weeks, they are 10 weeks old and this is very much a work in progress and learning curve for me and them! I have been looking through this thread for inspiration and hopefully mine wont look quite so empty now I have a few more ideas.....

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 Post subject: Re: SRS/Explorer/Ferret & Critter Nation/Aventura style cage
 Post Posted: Tue Oct 20, 2015 11:50 am 
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It's arrived! The SRS Palace...and we love it.

We decided to remove the middle level so it's one complete open space so today is shopping for more stuff to fill it!

Im hoping the girls will be more active and inquisitive and less likely to chew the plastic trays and/or fleece which is new to us too.

Here's the starting layout.

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 Post subject: Re: SRS/Explorer/Ferret & Critter Nation/Aventura style cage
 Post Posted: Sun Nov 01, 2015 10:29 am 
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After finally finishing introductions with my boys (various newbies) I have opened up the SRS to a full cage, it's brilliant

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And the lower half
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