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Old 11-25-2008, 02:15 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Default How noisy are bucket wheels?

So, I am new to this whole hedgehog thing

I have been reading a lot about bucket wheels. I think I may make one myself if and when i get a hog, but I am wondering how loud they are?

What wheels do you all prefer for your hedgies?
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Old 11-25-2008, 03:28 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Quiet, but not noiseless. There's a bit of a whirring and little hedgie feet going pitter-patter.
That is, until someone gets the bearings wet and they start rusting. Can get a might bit squealy then.
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Old 11-25-2008, 04:08 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Bucket wheels are much quieter than most commercially sold wheels- like comfort wheels. They are quiet, but can still make a lot of noise when you add the patter of hedgie feet, a little bit of flying poo, and the normal whir they make while spinning.
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Bucket wheels are very nice and quiet, if you take care of the bearings. I didn't and mine whirrs loudly at night.



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Default Re: How noisy are bucket wheels?

I find that the only noise I hear when my hedgie runs on his wheel is the sound of his feet.

Here is a video of my hedgie at 7 weeks running on his wheel.

http://www.facebook.com/p.php?i=5135947 ... 5GLIUG35U4
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Old 11-27-2008, 12:22 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I use vasaline on the bearings every few weeks and it keeps them from rusting. I have some wheels that are 5.5 years old and still silent. That being said, I have some that are quite new and the bearings have rusted already.
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I find that the only noise I hear when my hedgie runs on his wheel is the sound of his feet. Here is a video of my hedgie at 7 weeks running on his wheel.
http://www.facebook.com/p.php?i=5135947 ... 5GLIUG35U4
Is your facebook account set to 'private'?
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I can see it, very cute!



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Default Re: How noisy are bucket wheels?

I made one. It's almost noiseless, the only sounds are the tapping around of his feet when running on it, or the sound of the hollow plastic.
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