The Ever So Silent Carolina Storm Express Wheel.

I’ve had the Carolina Storm Express Wheel (originally created for use of Hedgehogs) for a few months now and so I can tell you why you should not buy any other wheel but this one. (He also makes the Carolina Storm Bucket Wheel).

So, firstly I have to get this out.

#1 Reason this exercise wheel is awesome? It’s made in North Carolina. Let’s just put that out there. Coming from a Native North Carolinian – well ….if it was made in NC it has to be good. *wink*

#2 It is a QUIET wheel. The fans aren’t pulling your leg. This is the most silent wheel I have ever had. I have had Comfort Wheel, Silent Spinner, Wodent Wheel, and the Flying Saucer disc wheels. None of those are really quiet. All of these have broken from being flimsy. All of them were overpriced. ALL of them are a pain in the butt to clean!!! Which leads me to #3 & #4 …

#3 It is easy to clean. EASY.

#4 It is STURDY. I mean you have to try to break this thing on purpose and even then it might take a hammer. It’s made from a bucket and pvc piping and a roller blade wheel. Seriously! (I’m sure there is more to it but as a DIY junkie to another – that deserves major props for inventiveness.

#5 This wheel is adjustable. It has holes in the stand to adjust height and angle. Genius!

#6 It is pretty! (Or cool if you are a dude) There are several colors to choose from. I ordered the purple though now I’m kind of annoyed with myself because the color kind has worn on me (completely my own fault and a trivial issue) and I regret not ordering the Teal which was my original choice. The good news is I plan on ordering another because I am eventually replacing my wheels with all CSE Wheels! He also makes the Bucket Wheel which from what I understand the only difference is it’s wider for running space and it looks slightly different as it’s a different type of bucket used. The CSE is slimmer in comparison. So that is something to consider. I like the CSE for it taking up a little less space in the cage however, the Bucket wheel is probably a really great choice for a wider, chunkier Syrian. Really, I’m sure any ham would appreciate more running width. But for those trying to save space the CSE is probably what you want to go with.

#7 Larry, the maker, is a nice guy. And if you head over to his Facebook you can see all his adorable Hedgies and other adorable creatures and the absolute devotion and TLC he gives them all.

How nice is it to get a best quality product and also supporting not some corporation but home business? A business that actually cares for small animals?

Here is a video of my NEW (super new) hammy Mocha Dune running on his CSE!

If you type in the wheel in Youttube you will find a few other reviews on it. And if you are ready to order this is his website. You can also order from his Etsy account!

http://www.carolinastormhedgehogs.com/storm-bucket-wheel.html

 

Have a Very Hammy Christmas!

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Bob is not doing well. He’s old and he’s losing strength in his legs. But he is such a survivor! He keeps on trucking. Keeps himself well groomed despite it all. And still drags about the cage (took the wheel out) doing activities very slowly. He is blind now I think. He’s still keeping that robust appetite. It’s pretty much a thing where I could expect to find him crossed over to Rainbow Bridge tomorrow or a couple months from now but I cannot imagine it will be much longer. I just hope it won’t be before Christmas if it has to be soon. He’s my heart ham. I just cannot imagine him gone.

Weeks ago Patch passed. I have yet to do his memorial post. I just couldn’t do another one at the time. I’ve been going through some other personal things and that on top of it was just not priority since it seemed just another somber thing to tack to the life list. I will in time post one for him. Just not right now. He did, however, pass peacefully from his old age. He was curled up as if sleeping.

Gabriel and Bob have a very spoiled Christmas this year. Wicker balls, hay tunnels, Foraging and Sun Salads, Millet Spray and Fox Millet. And Wheat Grass which I just set up and put by the window so it will begin to grow!

I went ahead and gave Bob a couple of his presents – the wicker ball and the hay tunnel. I wanted him to enjoy them now just in case.

Because Bob has been slowing down drastically I’ve been giving him much more fruit and vegetables than normal to ensure his hydration. He gets greens everyday. Either fresh uncooked collards, kale, mustard greens, parsley, cilantro, baby spinach, turnip greens, brussel sprout, or broccoli. A carrot as a non-green sometimes. And at a separate time of the day either a small slice of Strawberry, or Kiwi, or a cranberry, blueberry, or apple slice. And then I give him some sort of soft protein. A pinch of plain scrambled egg, or baked chicken usually. A portion of egg shell as well when I boil an egg. I’ve not resorted to baby food or anything yet since he has no issues with chewing. In fact he chews a lot more than ever before on his hay mat and wood bendy bridges and loo rolls because it’s one of the few activities he can still manage to busy himself.

Gabriel in his older age has become even less skittish. He still doesn’t appreciate being handled much. Clicks and does this vibrating thing when he is picked up. A Chinese Hamster sort of thing I imagine. But comes up plenty to beg for his veggie treats. Or he’ll run about his cage in a pattern. Through every tunnel and in and out of every shelter, across every bridge, up his drift wood and then back to his paws on the window of his Tamburino staring with those big mousy eyeballs at me. He is so adorable. I feel like he and I have this very strong mutual understanding and respect thing going on.

I cannot believe I am down to two hammys. Two rodents. I will have two more gerbils but I want to build a much better topper. Wood framed and much better meshing with a nice door and plexiglass shields around the bottom sides to prevent a mess. I am also interested in possibly using plexiglass and sealants and such to make my own “tank” for the bottom. A custom shape and size. Being that in American we cannot purchase a “gerbilarium” like they have overseas I will have to just improvise. It will be a fun project for the future!

Hope you all have Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year!!

I’ve been terrible at responding or keeping up with things here but I’ve just been a bit buried under issues. But hopefully this will turn around!