Thursday, November 24, 2016

Jack's New Cage

 We always knew Jack would need a new cage because there is no way a squirrel could happily live in a small rabbit cage.  I had the great idea of converting our old double decker chick brooder into a squirrel cage.

This is what we started with.  My dad built it.  It had circles cut out of the doors for ventilation and it had wiring inside of it for heat lamps.  My favorite part is dad built it on stilts because my whole family is tall and most brooders are too short or they go on tables with top access which is awkward. We had to take all of the wiring out because that's dangerous for a squirrel.  We also added more windows on the sides and we cut a hole in the floor so he could use both levels.  We also built a feeding shelf because squirrels like to eat up high and he would be less likely to soil his food.

Cute out holes on each level on both sides for windows.

Put wire on them.

In the top I hung a bucket for his nest and propped branches up so he could get into it.

Downstairs is basically a play area I keep full of fresh branches and logs. 
Oh and his stuffed turtle hehe.

I used a piece of firewood as his access between levels.

Once it was done we turned him loose in it so he could explore.  He was hesitant at first, but soon grew confident and was climbing on everything.  He loves it!

That hanging parrot toy is one of his favorites.  He's destroyed two lol.

 Reaching out to sniff his toy.

 He burrowed down in his blankets and then popped his head up.

 Checking out his feeding perch.

 Doing his high wire act hehe.

 Finally went downstairs.

 Learned he could climb on his windows lol.

That's all for this post.  He spends his day in this cage while we're at work, but when we're home he has free run of the screened in porch.  He's too destructive to leave out while we're gone.  We check on him constantly when we are home.  He loves weekends because he gets to spend all day loose.  :)  I'll post again soon!


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