It is done.
What's done you ask?
The Alabama Ghost Boys NEW cage.
My Martin's above, as I've said elsewhere, is too narrow in depth for longterm use with my big squishes. At 24" x 14" x 36", while I love most of the cage, it's only 14 inches deep. You can kind of see how narrow it is from the pictures. Those little mini-bins take up most of the floor space, and they're the size of your average rat cube.
It's funny that my first reaction to seeing my cage when it arrived was that it seemed so HUGE. I figured my boys would have plenty of space. Hah! I chose wrong. Sad thing is, my breeder had told me to get the next size up, but I'd forgotten and bought the wrong one. I wasn't about to pay full price for a new cage because I had been a spaz in purchasing the first one.
So, I hunted, and I lucked out and was able to get a used galvanized Martin's R685 flip top. 30" x 18" x 24".
That eighteen inches makes all the difference. The problem with buying used, is it didn't have any ramps, or levels, and the flip top was missing. Also, with the used galvanized wire, it was a bit stinky and corroded.
So, I went to work with rustoleum and elbow greese, and got some hardwire cloth, wire cutters, and zip ties. Inside I did some more creative home decorating. And so, voila. It is done.
The boys moved in yesterday, and they are having a BLAST. I can hang more toys/hammocks in there, which gives them a ton more climbing and hiding space. I also found an old plastic bowl that I cut an opening in the side with my wire cutters and used a lighter to melt and smooth the rough edges. I raided my sons' closet for outgrown sweat clothes and found the best DIY double level hammock idea: A toddler's size 3T sweatshirt hoodie. I pinned the four corners to the top of the cage with oversized safety pins and let the hood part hang down.
Now they climb in the hood access and into the 'belly' of the shirt for warm snuggles, or they lay on the top sprawled like little pashas. The sleeves dangle and they use it as a fireman's tunnel slide to get to the bottom level of the cage from the inside of the shirt.
I'll work on getting pics of the new set up. I'm pretty tickled with how it turned out. And best yet, this cage is noticeably lighter and more manuverable than the double level one I had. I can carry this with no issues even when it's fully 'loaded'. Yay my aching back.