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Old 11-01-2018, 05:29 PM   #1
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Default From the Ferplast Mary to the Barney.

Hi.

Has anyone upgraded their Syrian hamster to a Barney from a Ferplast Mary? I ordered one from Zooplus today and I was wondering what people thought of the cage and how it compares to the Mary as well as the con's and pro's etc. How much bigger is the Barney? I imagine it would be like a Mary with an added twenty centimetres and slightly taller.

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Old 11-01-2018, 05:47 PM   #2
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Default Re: From the Ferplast Mary to the Barney.

Not a Syrian but I upgraded my robo from a Mary to a Barney last year. It doesn't sound that much bigger just looking at dimensions but it is a significant upgrade! The added height is great for a Syrian too, as is the deeper base. Just set it up with shelves and hanging items to break any falls. I suppose the main con for me was that the doors are a bit worse than the Mary's - front doors are smaller and not as sturdy imo, although you do get two of them. The Mary is a lovely cage just wish it was bigger - I think you'll like the Barney anyway.
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Old 11-05-2018, 07:25 AM   #3
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Default Re: From the Ferplast Mary to the Barney.

Thanks for your response! It's nice to know it is a significant upgrade. The Ferplast Mary is a nice cage but it is just too restrictive in my opinion in regards to space especially since a twelve inch silent spinner appears to take up at least one third of the space. The fact the Barney has a deeper base is something my hamster will love as she likes to burrow and make big nests. It's a good job I didn't throw out the extra sputniks etc as well as the hanging bridge! I am thinking I might place padlocks on the doors and be extra careful if they are worse than the doors on the Mary but I will definitely keep that in mind since more than a few people have also said the doors could be better.
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Old 11-05-2018, 08:40 AM   #4
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Default Re: From the Ferplast Mary to the Barney.

Padlocks would work but I'm sure a small bulldog clip or similar on each door would be adequate and easier. I'm sure I've read of some people doing that with the Barney when they've got a Syrian in there. Or just one of those little keyring clips would be fine.

Yes Mary sized cages especially with the low height do tend to be too small for most Syrians I think, can't seem to fit enough Syrian sized items in there
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Old 11-05-2018, 03:33 PM   #5
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Default Re: From the Ferplast Mary to the Barney.

It's a great upgrade. I did a similar upgrade from a Savic Mickey 2XL to a Barney (I think the Savic cage is the same size as the Mary). I also had issues fitting a large wheel in the Savic cage.

20cm extra doesn't sound much but the Barney is also deeper - about 54cm deep and it makes a big difference to the amount of floorspace - you can get a lot more in and get it in easily with room to spare. The shelf and house are great too.

Does your 12" spinner work? They were supposed to have problems - being stiff and not spinning well - unless you have the older version!

I also like the two front doors on the barney - I have a large cork log in front of one of mine and our hammy climbs it to come out of one of the small doors. I use the top door and a small side door for two handed "sorting things" in the cage.

Depending on the hamster, they can feel a bit more exposed with the extra height - I have a couple of rat sputniks in mine which give some cover as well as the shelf and the large tunnel.
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Old 11-13-2018, 12:16 PM   #6
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Default Re: From the Ferplast Mary to the Barney.

The silent spinner I currently have seems to work okay compared to the previous ones I had. Bianca, loves her new cage and setup and is no longer a serial bar chewer which is such a relief.
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Old 11-13-2018, 04:24 PM   #7
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That's excellent news! I bet she loves it - it's a good cage for a Syrian. Yes the extra space and narrow bars helps - a number of people have found bar chewing stops with a move like that.
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