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Old 01-30-2016, 06:43 AM   #1
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Default Wooden house with removable roof?

Can anyone recommend a wooden house with a removable roof that can be painted and is syrian sized?

I have the Barney cage but the roof has jammed on the house and lifting it up is disturbing the nest and leading to an upset hamster!
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Old 01-30-2016, 07:01 AM   #2
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I really like the Rodipet houses the granite roof one with two rooms is a good size even for a syrian, the labyrinth houses are quite good too or there's the Ferplast guinea pig house
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Old 01-30-2016, 09:41 AM   #3
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Not made of wood but free and big! Get a shoe box. Mark where you want two entry/exit doors and use a craft knife or scissors to cut two good sized doors out. Using safe children`s poster paint, decorate the box in a theme with your hamsters name?

You can either keep the lid ON the box at the top for easy removal, or remove the lid and turn the box upside down, so he can dig down into the substrate beneath. The box can also be chewed an replaced. x
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Old 01-30-2016, 09:52 AM   #4
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Amy's mum, I second cypher's recommendation for the two room house from rodipet. It's the one I want to get next. If you want good close ups, find Hubble's thread (currently page 2 of Syrian hamster topic) and go to page 40 for the pix on arrival at Jen's.
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Old 01-30-2016, 12:48 PM   #5
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Default Re: Wooden house with removable roof?

Cardboard no good unfortunately, the reason I need the lift off roof is because Harvey has taken to weeing inside the house instead of the potty - so cardboard would get pretty soggy, pretty quickly!

I love the look of the rodipet ones, especially the two rooms - as then I could try to set one up for weeing and the other for sleeping. In her old cage, the nest and potty were under a shelf, and now the potty is in the open and I think she preferred the privacy (or she could just be getting lazy!).

Thanks Coco for the picture suggestions, will go and take a look
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Old 01-30-2016, 02:22 PM   #6
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Default Re: Wooden house with removable roof?

Mine is the Ferplast Sin Rabbit House It has a great lift off roof. It doesn't have any rooms, just one big compartment, but one thing I like about it is it's quite tall, so it can sit on the base of the cage and still stick about 2" above the top of the cage base, so it's a good height for a shelf and not too far to fall onto. Because it sits directly on the cage base I put a couple of inches of substrate inside the house on the bottom, and then put all the substrate round the outside of it so it's basically buried apart from the top inch or two.

The Rodipet houses are lovely though. This one was cheaper and quicker for me to sort though. It's smaller than the rodipet labyrinth houses. (About 35cm wide instead of 42cm) and it's 23cm deep instead of 26cm. Having said that, I'd love the Rodipet Syrian sized labyrinth house! And I'm sure your hamster would too. My only concern would be they could tunnel underneath it and it's quite big so heavy. Unless you had it really low in the cage and then your substrate would be limited in height. So my taller one works well for me.

I got it from here because it was cheaper than Amazon and their delivery is cheap and fast.

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This is the Syrian sized Labyrinth house at Rodipet.

If I got one I'd want to put it on little legs/stilts so it sat higher and wouldn't fall on them if they tunnelled underneath, plus you could still have about 6" of substrate. Mine is easy due to being taller and I think the extra height is nice inside for a big nest. It's probably about the same height inside once you have a couple of inches of substrate in the bottom anyway. You've probably seen it in my cage, but below is a photo of it in Charlie's cage, which is smaller than the Barney (80cm instead of the 100cm of the Barney).

He moved his wee corner inside the house when he first had a large house, so his potty is in there now and there's plenty of space for the potty, his big nest and lots of hoards. I have a bendy bridge over the door. The door is huge but it is half buried under substrate - I channelled a bit of substrate out near the door so he could get in! My bendy bridge is under a roof toy though - if he could fall on it they're quite a hard landing so a softer tube or something might do - or just nothing over the door. I put it over the door to tempt him in there and it worked lol.

This is the big nest he built inside it and his potty at the other end/corner.

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