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Old 10-16-2016, 01:03 AM   #61
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Default Re: Guide to suitable hamster Wheels

I've got three silent spinners for the Chineseys and they're a good size for them to run on without any back arching but one of them has developed a bit of a rattle. Thankfully it's James's and he barely uses it so it's not keeping anyone awake all night.

I've found that Jessie's Silent Spinner would flow so freely that she'd have trouble controlling it and kept being thrown out so I've needed to find her a different wheel.
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Old 10-17-2016, 08:08 AM   #62
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What about flying saucers? I have been thinking about getting one for Zero
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Old 10-17-2016, 10:55 AM   #63
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Just been reading through the thread and WOAH! I never realised just how small my Freddy is! I weighed him recently and he was 138g and he turns one mid November!

Saying that, it makes me feel that if my hamster is a small one then 20cm wheels probably aren't worth it for most hamster owners (with Syrians of course!). When he runs in his 20cm TRIXIE Rodent Wheel, his back is level, but hamsters seem to have a convex spine when running on a level surface so technically a level back counts as arching.

He uses the 28cm version now and it is just the right size for him - honestly something a bit smaller would do him!

I'd also like to hear about flying saucers, I have the medium one but it is too small so I'm thinking about getting the 30cm TRIXIE running disc in blue and green with the square treads, any opinions?
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Old 10-17-2016, 12:29 PM   #64
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I think they run better in a bigger wheel too I guess hamsters are different shapes and sizes as well as weights. I noticed when Charlie runs in a wheel that isn't quite big enough, his back is straight but his head is up at an angle. If you mean this flying saucer - I had it and it's good for a Syrian. Nice and quiet too. I wouldn't have it as a main wheel but it's a nice extra.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Trixie-Runn...s=Running+disc
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Old 10-17-2016, 12:42 PM   #65
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I have the Trixie Wheel and it works perfectly, apart from the occasional rattle because it's not massively sturdy. I'd recommend it for smaller Syrians rather than 200g+ ones.
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Old 10-17-2016, 11:37 PM   #66
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That's the one, serendipity! I am a big fan of flying saucers; don't ask me why because Freddy hasn't used his medium sized one once!

I found that the TRIXIE wheel makes a lot of noise if the black ring in the centre of the face plate isn't attached. Mine fell out and I didn't think it was serving any real purpose so I just put it in a cupboard, shortly after I noticed just how loud the wheel was getting. I attached it to the roof of the cage which made it quiet but putting that ring back in it is now almost silent!You have to be careful tying them to the top of the cages though as some of them come off the stands really easily; my 20cm version falls off the stand if you pick it up!

A type of wheel that doesn't get a mention is balls on stands. These are the only wheels I see that sre consistently a good size for syrians (small to medium sized ones anyway) but I don't own one so I couldn't comment on them.
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Old 04-05-2018, 11:28 AM   #67
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I want to ask: what is considered to be a 'smooth running surface'. I temporarily have trixie wheel and it has these small long stripes that stick out in the inside. I wan't thinking more about it, because I don't like the wheel and I plan to change it, but I also want my girl to have a flying saucer. So first i tried wooden ones and she doesn't manage to spin any of them even the ones that spin 'nice', she's just too light. Then I ordered trixie plastic blue green one that just arrived and it has this grid all over that sticks out. It these kind of sirfaces hurting their feet or not?
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Old 04-05-2018, 01:53 PM   #68
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They are ok - plenty of hamsters use them no problem A completely smooth surface like the Silent Runner or the cork lined wheels is a bit of luxury
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