Improvised Wooden Houses
House GroupDimensionDate Started
Name/TypeL x W x H (inches)& CompletedDuring the time of
Bulwagang Bitoy132518½2004 AprBitoy
(Bitoy Hall)2004 May
Bahay ni Lola1812½33¼2004 JunBoromir & Faramir
(Bebang Pension House)2006 Sep 30Bebong & Ispidbol
Tore ng Daga1012½341999 DecHammies of 1998-99
(Ikabod Tower)2006 Jun 4Arrow & Beria + DSL
HArrowrurendilayk33½13302006 JanBlakdyak, Bebong & Bugoy
(Summerhouse)2009 Aug 8Bebong II & Berio II
Ganobebes Tripleks33½12162004 DecMsBraun, Warwik &
(Apartment)2005 Feb 28Gandalf
Bebang Narseri181082003 SepBitoy & Bebang
(Litter Box)2003 Oct 5
(Old heirloom house)2004 AugBoromir & Faramir
2005 Feb 28Blakdyak, Bebong & Bugoy
Mini-Dupleks219½10¼2004 JunMocha Rurik & Bebang II
(Duplex)2005 AprSnow White & Bebang III
Mochahaus91217¼2005 MarMocha Rurik
(Burrow-room)2005 May 05
E-Box1510½72005 JulMsBraun, Warwik,
(Emergency box)2005 Aug 1Snowy, & Gandalf
Kariton ni Bebong73½22006 SepBebong
(Teeter-totter)2006 Sep 29
Ispidbol Baks7½4½3½2006 SepIspidbol
(Dormer box)2006 Sep 16
Commercial Wire Cages (modified or converted)
Cage typeDimensionDate Acquired
House nameL x W x H (inches)& ModifiedDuring the time of
Ancestral I15½11½14¼1998Hammies of 1998
2005 Mar 3Gandalf
Ancestral II15¼11¼18¼1998Hammies of 1998
2006 Sep 16Isnobol & Ispidbol
Stitchhaus129182005 MayGandalf & Stitch
Duplexhaus17½12½182004 AugMocha Rurik & Bebang II
2005 AprSnow White & Bebang III
Kyumbento ni Syma1818182007 Apr 27Isnowitwit
2007 Nov 22Syma
Chochohaus14½9¼14½2007 AprThe Boolagirls
The improvised houses, wheels and transport carriages presented here were constructed for my hamsters’ use only. I have no intention to suggest a design or plan of construction.
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I have two old wirescreen hamster cages which I bought in 1998, when expensive but more sophisticated hammie homes where not yet available in our local petshops. (The hamsters who first owned these cages are not really related to the family I am referring to here.) I modified the first cage in 2003 and used it as an emergency home for the pair I adopted (less than 30 days old then) ; the second cage in 2006 as an extra home for my growing number of hammies.
Mansyon ng Daga
The Hamster Mansion compound
At present, “the Mansion” is made up of five (5) joint domiciles: The Hall, Pension House and Tower as the main structures; and the ‘Apartment’ and ‘Summerhouse’ as annexed extensions.
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Main Annex House units
[ “Ancestral cages” ]
Detached House Units
The following are single independent homecages. Two of these had been demolished, the others were kept in the junk museum or still used as temporary cages. [ Photos are mostly taken from a 320 x 240 dpi video. Source videos can be viewed by clicking the red dates in brackets. ]
This is the first cage that I improvised — simply a litter box (with no fixed wheel in it) that was hastily made for the first pair’s first litter in October 2003. The second and third litters were also born here.
A makeshift bamboo house was made in 2004 by a neighbor who adopted Stuart, the white-colored from the all-female first litter. After the hamster gave birth, my neighbor acquired bigger cages and left the old house to me before he moved residence. I modified the old house, repainted it (old color is pink) and let my young Harurendilayks occupy it.
After being used for quite a time by Wigwam, the pallid and ramshackle-looking house is now my hammies’ museum item.
A wire cage partitioned in the middle used by Mocha Rurik and Bebang II, the pair I sent to my in-laws in Angono in May 2004. The hamsters sired offspring there, all given for adoption. When Bebang II passed away, Mocha Rurik was sent back to me. The Duplexhaus was also sent later and was occupied by the Mochabebes and succeeding hamsters… Four females (three generations) had born their babies here — the last one was Mochahontas, the mother of the Boolagangs.
The cage was condemned in 2008 and eventually torn-down in 2010… A part was recycled for the construction of EVAC transport carriage.
A first cage for the litter of the Angono pair. This smaller cage was also retrieved along with the Duplexhaus and used for a very short while by the young Banderitos waiting for adoption (out of the eight, two remained under my care)… The Mini-duplex was condemned in late 2005.
A basic commercial hamster cage owned by a friend who adopted Stitch. Stitch gave birth to eight babies here… When Stitch perished, I bought the cage from my friend and made it a starter-home for Arrow, one of Stitch’s six baby boys.
“Syma’s cubic convent” ( ‘cubic’ because the cage measures 18x18x18 inches; ‘convent’ because my grumpy hamster became quite shy when she grew up )😆 was another wire cage modified into a hammie home. First used by Isnowitwit, then Syma (time when an exercise wheel was installed). Its recent occupant was Doray Daga, who, after her final move to the Summerhouse, made the convent her dining and food storage place.
A fancy bird wire cage modified for Chocho, adopted by a friend. Chocho gave birth to her babies here, of which only two survived and were later sent back to me… When Chocho passed away, I bought the cage from my friend and made it a home for Amboy, Chocho’s male and youngest.
Isnohontas ( 02 Jun 2007 )
1• A plain multi-purpose box to put a hamster when I clean cages or to handle a wayward, bitey hamster that escaped;