Chipmunks are active little creatures that ideally require a cage at least 6 feet high, 4 feet long and 4 feet wide. Chipmunk cages can be placed either indoors or outdoors, but should have a double-door system. Outdoor cages should be protected from poor weather and must be pest and predator proof.
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Size and Materials
Chipmunk cages should be made of galvanised wire mesh. The cages should have enough room for ledges and suspended ropes. Cages at least 6 feet tall are ideal because there's enough room to contain a tree stump. A stump gives the chipmunks something to climb on and explore besides the wire.
Escape Proofing and Safety
The wire sides must extend below ground for at least a foot, and a sheet of wire must be placed horizontally beneath the cage. This is necessary to prevent the chipmunks from burrowing beneath the cage. Galvanised wire mesh will prevent foxes and feral dogs from breaking into the enclosure. The mesh must be no bigger than 3/4-inch by 3/4-inch so it can keep snakes out.
Doors and Feeding Sites
Chipmunks move quickly and can easily escape while a person is entering or leaving a cage. A double-door system is therefore preferred for chipmunk cages. A person will step into a small cubicle after entering from the outside door. Once this door is closed, the person opens the second door and steps into the cage. If the chipmunk escapes from its cage, it is trapped in the cubicle and can easily be returned. If feed and water dishes are positioned against the wire, they can be filled with ease.
A warm and dry sleeping or nest box can be placed anywhere in the cage. Owners typically build a roof over the sleeping area to protect it from the elements. Ropes and runways are necessary to keep the chipmunks active. Secure horizontal wooden ledges at different heights to the wire with "L-shaped" bracing and string thick rope from one side of the cage to the other. These items can take up most of the space in the cage.
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