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Sadly, I will not be updating any longer. I kept holding out to see if I would get motivated once again. After the major move and all the eventual passing of all my original zoo (the crew of hammy’s and gerbils I began this blog for/about) I just lost steam. I’ve become busy with a new hobby/learning a new skill: Horse riding. Also, we have mountains here so I hike often. I also feel I’ve covered everything to my knowledge really. I only hope that leaving this blog here the older entries will continue to help those doing web searches for caging and accessory ideas. The original purpose for this blog was about housing critters. Ideas to be efficient, affordable, and the best for hamster/gerbil welfare. I cannot really add anymore to that!

For anyone that is still hanging around to read this thank you so much for helping make me feel as though I was accomplishing something good for hamsters and gerbils. When I did receive comments it was absolutely wonderful to know I reached people and in that – helped the little furry kids in their care.

Give all your fuzz butts a cuddle for me!


Meadows Buns

I decided to make a blog separate for the bunnies and keep it all about rodents here on Hammy Happenings. I will probably update more often about bunnies for awhile. If you care to follow that journey here is the link:

I only have a couple posts up at this time as I just created it. I’m still trying to come up with a different title for it. I went with our last name and bunnies for a working title. Since it works and gives a nice visual.

Mocha’s January 2015 Cage Tour

Mocha is in the Ferret Kit 100/ Mamble in the UK. He is not a climber but he does adore Ovo tubes. So, I wired the tubes around his cage. This deters him from climbing too high if her were to. The tubes would be in his way. If I start to see him scaling the bars I’ll put in hammocks. I did have hammocks in the last cage he was in but he doesn’t care for them. So far this set up makes him quite happy. And me too!


Gerbil’s Cage Tour

My 3 boys are in a glass curio cabinet that is turned on its back. No, it’s not actually a Detolf. I do not have an IKEA nearby me and the cost of IKEA’s shipping is astronomical. I instead found a facsimile on Amazon. What I love about this cabinet is that unlike the Detolf this one does not have bars running down vertically. Only the four that run horizontally.

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I could not be more pleased with this cage. I have finally found what is for me a perfect Gerbil cage. Thanks to HammyLux on youtube I was inspired in making the lids for it.

I have found that these boys are much less the burrowing gerbils and spend more of their time in the “desert” side. They love to run about in the more open space. My past gerbils were more burrows who would spend the bulk of their time chewing and making elaborate tunnels. They also did not care for wheels but with these 3 gerbils two of them are very fond of the wheel. It is amazing how different my gerbil experience is with this trio compared to the last pair. May they RIP. I do wish I had had this cabinet when Lennon and Mercury were still with us. Oh, how much they would have enjoyed it.

Finally, some decent pictures of my new boys!


Mr. Pettypaws has white bands on his paws. He is an insomniac and wheel addict. I do not think this lively boy ever sleeps! He probably naps with his eyes wide open as he never wants to miss a thing. He’s very assertive and bold. Shows no fear in anything!


Little Bear is a runt but has grown quite satisfactory now that he is on a very healthy diet of Gerri Gerbil, mealworms, fresh veggies and fruit, and various assortments of lab blocks. He also is fond of the wheel but not as much as Mr. Pettypaws. He is also very bold and can be a little feisty!


This is George. He was very skittish of the 3 but now he is like a different gerbil. He’s now a camera hog. Tries to be in all the video and camera shots. And does all sorts of acrobatic antics to get noticed. I hardly recognize him from the darting and hiding shy gerbil I brought home. He’s also the most serious of the 3. And probably the most gentle. He doesn’t care for the wheel at all.


This is Mocha Dune. He is gorgeous with a dark rich ebony upper half and a warm sable, espresso colored brown on his bottom half. White strip up his belly to his chest and under his chin and all four paws. He is absolutely striking. He’s very alert. Bouncy! And loves ovo tubes more than anything. He’s very gentle and friendly to the boys. I had not planned on picking up a new Syrian when I went into the store. I was there for Gerbils. But I could not resist him the moment I saw him.