the guy at my local exotic pet store was showing me this 'wodent wheel' it was enclose with holes for the hedgie to get in and out of. I was considering getting a flying saucer wheel. are those safe? or just a wheel that wasn't fully enclosed. what is best?
I'm not sure about the wodent wheel, never actually seen them in real life. But looking at the pictures, I'd worry about the holes. You don't know how large or small your hedgie is going to be. What if your hedgie ends up growing to over 600g and can't fit through those holes and get stuck? From the pictures, it seems like an interesting concept, I like how it's a flat running surface. But again, never seen one before so I can't compare the hole size. And can the front be taken off? Hedgies ALWAYS poop while they run on their wheels, so the wheel will become very poopy. If it's a pain to clean, then it's not worth it, because wheels need to be cleaned daily.
I personally use flying saucers and I've found them to be really great. They're lower to the ground, and they are very easy to clean.
Another kind of wheel you could look at are diy bucket wheels. There are many threads here about them and how to make them.
Don't get a Wodent Wheel. They are a pain in the butt for cleaning as you have to take it all apart. Because of the enclosed design the feces and urine stay trapped in the wheel for hedgie to constantly run through and breathe in. There is a center bar that can rub on their backs. Larger hedgehogs have difficulty with the opening size. Hedgies often like to jump off while the wheel is moving which with those holes is dangerous and can cause injury.
Hitch uses a Wodent Wheel and he seems to really like it. He actually sleeps in it a lot during the day. I have to admit it is a pain in the butt to clean but we clean it every night before putting it back into his cage. The wheel does hold the urine but Hitch seems to have figured out that perhaps I should poop outside the wheel. I never actually thought that the urine would affect him but I will probably consider a little modification to let the urine run out of the wheel.
He does have a saucer also but he tends to run a lot less with them; therefore eats less, and tends to loose a little bit of weight when he is not using his other wheels.
Also, the holes are perfect for our small little guy at 310 grams or so.. but I would presume that you would be buying the Senoir (the largest) Wodent wheel.
Also, the DIY Bucket wheels are costly if you're only going to be making one. The supplies from the local Home Depot / Spore Store (for the roller blade wheel) cost around 50 Cdn. I would understand buying a DIY wheel from someone that is making them in bulk. Also, making them is a little bit involved.
when I first started raising and rescuing hedgehogs I used bucket wheels and loved them. Now I am slowly changing over to flying saucer wheels because of the ease of cleaning. Also any hedgies I have given both bucket wheels to and flying saucer wheels, have chosen the flying saucer wheels. I think you've made a good choice.