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shelverman

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Where can I get a nice wooden shelter house?
« on: August 02, 2017, 08:02:12 PM »

For years, I've had one of these "timber hideaway" houses from Penn Plax.



Unfortunately, they don't seem to sell them anymore, and I can't find a good alternative that size (14x10x8 inches).

In pet stores, I can only find dumb stuff like the Kaytee Woodland Get-A-Way
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0009WOVP4/ref=psdc_2975538011_t1_B000HGB952
with slanted sides.

The Prevue Pet Products Wood Hut
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0002DIS7C/ref=pd_luc_rh_sbs_04_03_t_img_lh?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
is decried as dangerous to chinchillas in the reviews.

The WARE Rabbit Den
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000HGB952/ref=psdc_2975538011_t1_B0002DIS7C
doesn't have any negative reviews like that, but the reviews don't mention chinchillas either, so I'm suspicious it suffers from the same flaws.

The CritterStore.com wooden house
http://www.mycritterstore.com/product-p/wood-house.htm
seems nice, but is much smaller.

Any suggestions?
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Re: Where can I get a nice wooden shelter house?
« Reply #1 on: August 04, 2017, 08:33:10 PM »

I have one like this. It worked pretty well. Because my chinchillas are so territorial about their cage I stopped using them and they act calmer.

https://www.amazon.com/Kaytee-Woodland-Large-Guinea-House/dp/B0009WH8Z4/ref=sr_1_3?s=pet-supplies&ie=UTF8&qid=1501900244&sr=1-3&keywords=chinchilla+hut
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Re: Where can I get a nice wooden shelter house?
« Reply #2 on: August 12, 2017, 10:54:54 AM »

I tried ordering the one from MyCritterStore and it's nice and sturdy, but the first one arrived cracked.

I'm also not sure how I feel about their choice to use glue. I ASSUME it's an animal safe glue... but after seeing so much of it on the hay box, I'm emailing them to double check.
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Re: Where can I get a nice wooden shelter house?
« Reply #3 on: August 13, 2017, 09:02:01 PM »

Definitely call. I think it will give you some peace of mind. I think you'll find it is safer than nails or staples.
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Re: Where can I get a nice wooden shelter house?
« Reply #4 on: August 19, 2017, 04:04:29 PM »

Update:

The seller replied with



"Ugh. I'm so frustrated with FedEx. A lot of my items they have been damaging lately. Time to switch carriers. 

In regards to the glue, normally we wipe off all the excess (for aesthetic reasons), but apparently that step got missed. It is non toxic and safe glue ... but it wouldn't hurt to pop off the pieces with a butter knife or flat head screw driver.

I will get a new house out to you ASAP.

Sorry about that!!!!
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and I'm very happy with the replacement, so I'd probably recommend this as the best wooden house you can get right now.

It's SLIGHTLY top heavy (which I'll mention to them in a follow up email), but it's undeniably sturdy.
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Re: Where can I get a nice wooden shelter house?
« Reply #5 on: August 21, 2017, 08:25:27 AM »

Excellent. Thanks for sharing.
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Re: Where can I get a nice wooden shelter house?
« Reply #6 on: September 15, 2017, 06:07:59 PM »

I got this one off of Amazon. It is really nice and my big Chins fit in it. They are not big fans of it them like to sit on it.

https://www.amazon.com/Kaytee-Woodland-Large-Guinea-House/dp/B0009WH8Z4/ref=sr_1_1?s=pet-supplies&ie=UTF8&qid=1505520436&sr=1-1&keywords=Chinchilla+house
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