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    Rat Holder Bins

    Hey, Well I need help I was wondering if anyone or everyone could post what they use to keep all their extra rats in. I keep my breeding rats in a rack. If anyone has any plans or DIY's could you post them. For some kind of holder bins. I know alot of people use the mixing tubs.

    Im looking to build something about 4 or 6 tubs high using some kind of mixing tub. Again this is just for some kind of holder bin. I have racks but want to be able to hold more rats than just 3. Anyways any pictures or anything would be great. So I can get an idea on what to do or how to. Thanks again.

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    Re: Rat Holder Bins

    I am going to be building this pretty soon. It seems to fit the bill.
    http://www.arbreptiles.com/cages/rat_rack/ratrack.shtml
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    Re: Rat Holder Bins

    Quote Originally Posted by ThyTempest View Post
    I am going to be building this pretty soon. It seems to fit the bill.
    http://www.arbreptiles.com/cages/rat_rack/ratrack.shtml

    Oh, it does!

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    Re: Rat Holder Bins

    I have already build 4 racks like that. Only using the jumbo cat litter pans. I got the design off here. Just like yours only with the cat litter pans. I did pick up some black tubs like that. What size are they? Im looking to build something to hold all my weaned and small/med rats in. Until feeding day because right now Im still using tanks. And the tanks are getting old real fast. I know freedom breeder makes the rodent holder racks. But I dont have the cash to really spend on something like that. But that is what I was looking for, something big like that.

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    Re: Rat Holder Bins

    Well, here is my Rodent 'rack' area:



    The two on top are rat tubs, with the growing girls on the left and the (now lone ) male on the right. Once they're breeding size, I'll give each girl their own tub like the one they're in now and the males (once I get a second male to replace the one I lost) in with them unless there are litters. Then the boys get their own tub.

    For 'extras', I have a really big tub plus two smaller ones to use for rats or mice (since I still breed them as well).
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    I have not built it yet, but I have everything around right now. I was able to scrounge up the lumber for it from my family, so that saved me about 30 bucks on total cost. I spent 30 on the 6 tubs, 10 on plenty of hardware cloth (I will have extra), ~7 bucks on the screws, and I think 5 for casters. Apart from staples and water bottles that I already had, that is the entire cost of the rack. In total you can do it for under a hundred, starting from absolutely nothing, and probably not much more if you wanted to add a plumbing system.
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    Re: Rat Holder Bins

    We use those concrete tubs as our breeding tubs, and the kitty litter pans as maternity tubs. I feel bad for the moms when there's 13 weaners running around in that tiny little tub with her.

    I personally feel the kitty litter pans are too small for more than one adult.

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    Re: Rat Holder Bins

    Heck, I think those mixing tubs are still too small for rats! That's why I use the rubbermaid tubs that I have. They can jump and climb around in there, even though I can't put a big enough wheel in.

    I understand that big tubs are totally impractical when you have hundreds of rats, but for a small colony it really works out well and you get to have happy active rodents.
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    Yea I know how that is. I have 2 large cages and 1 humungous cage for the rats when they aren't breeding or nursing. I totally spoil my breeder rats, but they love it!

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    Re: Rat Holder Bins

    Quote Originally Posted by Beardedragon View Post
    Oh, it does!

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    Here it is after I built it





    I had a question. I just built this rack and I am concerned about the clearance of the tub. Well ... my parents are. They think in some places there is too much of a gap between the tub and the hardware cloth. What is yours like?
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