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03-31-2019 02:28 PM
Mecki If you're reasonably handy, you can find tutorials on how to make your own bucket wheel. That is what we did to save a little money.
03-30-2019 01:21 AM
bluegirl82 Thank you so much for all the suggestions and for taking the time.
03-29-2019 01:13 PM
Emc I haven't read about saucer style wheels hurting backs, so i can't comment on how much of an issue that is/if it's an issue at all. But I do know that animals running on a circular track (such as that of the flying saucer) can develop joint and muscle problems because their bodies are being worked unevenly; it's also seen in racehorses who aren't worked in both directions of the track.

For upright wheels I'd suggest looking into the Carolina Storm wheels or TicTac wheels. I don't know where you are, but the latter (TicTac) ship worldwide.

I adopted/rescued my hedgehog from someone who didn't look after her properly, and they gave her much too small of a wheel - so she had no idea what a wheel was when I took her home. It took her a while to get accustomed to it/realise what it is, but within 2-4 weeks she was a pro. I didn't do anything special; I just left it in and she sussed it out on her own terms.
03-29-2019 03:21 AM
Ria You need a upright 12" wheel at least. Smaller wheels and saucer wheels in the long run if only having that wheel will end up hurting their backs which isnt really the best thing and you cant fix that.

It took me like 4-5 weeks to help Holly get used to her wheel.
A lot breeders wont have introduced wheels to them, some may have during play time but a lot wont have. Depending on the breeder you get mostly and what they think.

If you use my first suggestion you should crack the whole not using his wheel soon enough.
03-29-2019 12:25 AM
bluegirl82 I've only tried the one wheel so far there's no holes it's upright I made sure to get a larger wheel after reading the smaller wheels could cause back problems honestly I'm not sure his breeder ever introduced a wheel I'm not sure but I'm willing to put in the time to work with JOKER he's still pretty huffy so working with that as well he's smart I've got him on the road to getting him litter box trained thanks for all the thoughts 🙂
03-28-2019 11:53 AM
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I don't like saucer wheels for one main reason; it works their little bodies unevenly. I'm not too sure how big of an issue this is with hedgehogs, but it's one of the concerns raised with other wheel-using species; because their inner and outer bodies are being worked differently, which can have an impact developmentally wise. It's why that for species who use wheels, saucers are recommended as play-time use only, and are not a replacement for a standard, up-right wheel.

Like I said, i'm relatively new to hedgehogs (I've only had my girl since November last) so I'm not too sure how much of an impact saucer style wheels can have on hedgehogs, but i dont see any reason for why they wouldn't potentially suffer from the same negative effects. I'd suggest getting him an upright wheel, and see if he'll prefer that. You can still keep the saucer for playtime, but his go-to should be upright,.
Great points about keeping it in for playtime. As a generality, saucers very easily can cause spine issues later in life if only given that option your hedgies whole life, primarily due to the angle of the wheel. But, if you have the room for two wheels, I don’t see why it would hurt to put the saucer in every once in a while to give them an option here and there!
03-28-2019 08:25 AM
Emc I don't like saucer wheels for one main reason; it works their little bodies unevenly. I'm not too sure how big of an issue this is with hedgehogs, but it's one of the concerns raised with other wheel-using species; because their inner and outer bodies are being worked differently, which can have an impact developmentally wise. It's why that for species who use wheels, saucers are recommended as play-time use only, and are not a replacement for a standard, up-right wheel.

Like I said, i'm relatively new to hedgehogs (I've only had my girl since November last) so I'm not too sure how much of an impact saucer style wheels can have on hedgehogs, but i dont see any reason for why they wouldn't potentially suffer from the same negative effects. I'd suggest getting him an upright wheel, and see if he'll prefer that. You can still keep the saucer for playtime, but his go-to should be upright,.
03-28-2019 05:15 AM
Ria Some hedgehogs take a bit of time to get the hang of using their wheels
You can put him on the wheel. Then gradually start rocking it slightly. That should help a bit. Put treats/insects/food on the wheel to encourage him to go near and to attempt using it.

It can also very highly depend on the wheel. A lot of people dont recomend the saucer wheel for many reasons. Some of which are - 1 They dont seem to hold older hedgehogs as well as babies 2 long term it can end up hurting their backs just like having a wheel too small can 3 the ridges can be very rough, so after long periods of running which most hedgehogs do it can cut their feet.
Not all wheels with ridges are bad if they had round smooth ridges they dont cause problems. A lot of peoplw prefer wheels without ridges though. Some hedgehogs run better with the ridges though (believe me I wasted money on an expensive non ridged recommened wheel, and Holly hated it, prefers having the ridges)
03-28-2019 12:50 AM
bluegirl82
hi

Hello I'm a first time here also a first time hedgehog friend I got Joker my shy little boy who's still a little huffy almost two weeks ago and he's about 10 weeks old I've done all kinds of research however it's way different from hands on I got him a wheel he won't even think of using it I got him a saucer he will use them to sleep under any thoughts I know I saw that its a key item for a hedgehog but how do I get him to use it Any thoughts would be welcome 🙂

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