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Old 05-11-2016, 09:10 AM   #1
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Default Good burrowing house?

Would you recommend this as a good accessory for Buzz's cage? I don't have as much bedding as I'd like on his cage floor and I was thinking that I could buy him this so that he doesn't miss out on burrowing. Does anyone else have this?

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Trixie-Larg...ds=hamster+toy
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Old 05-11-2016, 09:14 AM   #2
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Default Re: Good burrowing house?

I'm not sure how much use a syrian would make of one of those tbh, I had one for a russian hybrid some time ago & he enjoyed it but I think it would be a bit small for a syrian, you could try making a digging area with some bendy bridges or a cardboard box with extra substrate & or sand, a lot cheaper & probably more suited.
The syrian in that picture is photoshopped btw & the scale is way off!
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Old 05-11-2016, 09:17 AM   #3
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Default Re: Good burrowing house?

Thanks, I'll try and use a box instead! I was thinking that it might be a little small for a syrian but I wanted to ask around first.
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Old 05-11-2016, 09:21 AM   #4
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Default Re: Good burrowing house?

sometimes i use bendy bridges to make a corner full of bedding so my hammie can dig you can try that
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Old 05-11-2016, 10:11 AM   #5
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Default Re: Good burrowing house?

I had one for Joey, he's a Robo and even he didn't really have any room to dig around in it! I found that sectioning a corner of his tank off with a bendy bridge works great, I can really pile the substrate deep in that area and then leave the rest fairly shallow so it doesn't interfere with his wheel etc.
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Old 05-15-2016, 12:32 AM   #6
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I wouldn't recommend that, people say it splinters and the Syrian hamster is definitely photoshopped. I'd recommend quite s hug house instead such as the Sin Rabbit House - it's massive and doubled up as a nesting box!
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Old 05-15-2016, 01:20 AM   #7
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Default Re: Good burrowing house?

I'd recommend that one too! I had it in Charlie's cage until recently (he now has an even bigger house lol!). It's quite tall but that means you can stand it on the base of the cage so it is secure and can't fall on them. I then put a couple of inches of substrate inside the house and pile the substrate round the outside of the house, so it looks like a lower house that is sitting on substrate This also has the effect of making the large door a bit smaller as the door is huge. If you put a bendy bridge over the door that makes it nice and dark inside and gives easy access to the roof which can be used as a shelf.

Also the roof lifts off so you can check the hoard etc inside without taking the house out, so you can leave the house part buried and the hammies nest stays in one piece.

I think the digging tower takes up a lot of space and isn't quite big enough for a syrian to turn around in.

I got mine from here - it's a bit cheaper than Amazon but there's about £2.95 postage on top. It's way too small for a rabbit.

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Here's a picture of it inside Charlie's old 80 x 50 cage



Still a fair bit of floor space in there plus the shelf, although better in his 100cm cage.

He now has a lower labyrinth house and I stuck legs on it so it sits above the substrate. That makes a good burrowing house because he can dig down below the house and tunnel under it.
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