Post by LilyandDaisy on Apr 12, 2022 8:23:51 GMT -8
The 28cm wooden Trixie wheel is my favourite wheel to use for gerbils. The 28cm size is good for most gerbils. I think there is a 33cm size which would be even better.
It is not silent but very quiet. All you can hear is the patter of gerbil feet and a swishing noise. My oldest wheel has been in use for over two years now and is still just as quiet as when it was new.
It has a cork running surface which is safe for gerbils' feet, but some gerbils might chew the cork. Mine never have, but it's a possibility. I have seen some photos of wooden wheels that have been absolutely trashed! The cork may also absorb urine so I painted it with a few coats of clear Plastikote Project Enamel to protect it.
These wheels can be quite variable in quality. Some of them are great, whereas others arrive very wobbly and with poorly fitted cork running tracks, so it can be a bit of gamble buying one.
These wheels are usually relatively inexpensive compared to some of the other wooden wheels on the market which can go up to £50 or £60. I consider them very good value despite the variable quality.
Post by gerbilmomm on Jun 26, 2022 17:20:37 GMT -8
Thanks for your post and good idea about coating the wheel! I have a wooden Niteangel wheel with cork. It definitely smells like urine and I'm shopping for a new one because I feel it's not healthy for them to smell that all day. It came with replacement cork, but I don't see how you would replace the cork since whatever adhesive they used is very strong. I thought about chiseling it out but decided it would be pain.
Thanks for the review LilyandDaisy, I was looking for a wooden wheel for my gerbils as the 11" plastic wheel they have they would occasionally chew which I didn't feel too comfortable with. I ordered this one yesterday and it arrived today and they've tested it out and seem to approve! It's so much quieter than the old one which is great, and seems sturdy
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Post by icecontroller2529 on Aug 25, 2022 8:05:08 GMT -8
Thanks for the review and the tip with the coating, LilyandDaisy.
We use the same wheels, and as for the wobbliness, in our case, the 28 cm wheels are not wobbly at all. They are stable and absolutely quiet. However, the 33 cm version (we have one of them) is a different story. I don't know whether we got a "bad one" or whether all of them are this way. Anyway, our 33 cm wheel
is very wobbly
makes a lot of noise
requires a lot of strength to move
The last point doesn't seem to be a flaw but maybe just a question of size, maybe this size is just too big for a gerbil. These wheels might be better for rats. The gerbil can't just start running like in the 28 cm wheel, but has to jump up on the front to get it moving by using her entire weight. I can imagine that this might be unpleasant or even impossible for some gerbils, especially young or older gerbils. Our gerbil girl uses the wheel a lot, but she's also very athletic. I don't feel like buying the 33 cm version again, but I absolutely love the 28 cm wheels.