Report on Exercise Wheels
This is report is actually a
collection of several reputable companies who manufactured the wheels special
for chinchilla. These wheels are totally different from the normal one. They
does not have cross bar.
In Singapore, I know someone
who can custom made the wheel for me but he charged quite a high rate. To
everyone who want to order the wheel for me, you have to wait as my supplier
stop producing it anymore. Im still sourcing out for other suppliers. For 12
inches, the wheel cost about S$100+. For a bigger one, the wheel cost about
S$200+. I admitted it is rather expensive but it is a good buy if you does not
want your chinchilla to be hurt in any ways.
Wheels are very good for
chinchillas that are at least five months old, and for chinchillas that are not
wheels are available for chinchillas. Be sure to find at least a 12"
diameter wheel (w/o center bar) or 15"(w/ center bar) for their safety. Many
are made of wire mesh, but the best are solid metal runners.
These wheels are often referred to as exercise drums. Always secure them
to the cage, you'd be surprised at how fast they can run!
that have ball bearings are preferred. Some wheels can be attached to the side
of the cage. This makes it easier for the chin to easily hop in and out of the
wheel. It is generally recommended to remove the wheels when there are baby
chinchillas in the cage so they do not get caught in or hurt by the wheel. As
they grow in size, introduce the wheel so they become used to it while they are
young. You can teach an old chinchilla new tricks, but they learn better when
they are young and have a lot of energy.
will update the special report if I find any interesting running wheels on the
net or other countries. I will then put it on the web for you all to see and
whether you want to purchase it or not. This report is not for printing purposes
or other reasons. This is strictly for your reading purpose and for your
Safe wheeling fun for
chinchillas & other critters
Chinchilla Go Round has a 14 inch diameter, the perfect size for chins,
as well as Richardson's ground squirrels and other similarly sized pets.
Designed with your pet's
safety in mind, the Chinchilla Go Round has a solid "back wall"
which eliminates the need for cross braces, preventing the possibility of injury
to your pet's legs or head.
The wide mounting bracket
offers secure attachment to your pet's cage for stable, high-speed running -
important with these active critters. In addition, the sturdy construction and
1/2" x 1/2" mesh stainless steel running surface helps assure the
safest possible wheel.
Made with a sealed precision
bearing, this wheel provides completely quiet exercise for your special pet. The
all-metal construction of the Chinchilla Go Round means this wheel is
easy to clean, resists chewing and will provide your pet many years of safe
Saucer Exercise Wheels
We have developed a wonderful
exercise wheel. It went through 10 months of prototype development
and testing. I invented this wheel to provide a safe exercise outlet for
chinchillas and other small animals. Wheels with slats, bars, cross
members, spokes, open wire mesh or screen often result in serious injury to the
animals. Feet, legs or heads may be trapped or snared, sometimes requiring
amputation or resulting in death of the animals. Since rodents are
nocturnal, most injury will occur at night. If a foot becomes trapped, the
animal may chew it off to escape. This wheel has no openings, slats or
sharp edges where injury can occur. And it also really works well
The wheel will fit through a
cage door 9" x 12" or 10" x 10". While only 14 inches
in diameter, the running path has an effective diameter equivalent to a 24 inch
diameter drum type wheel. The greater effective diameter allows animals to
use longer strides and run faster than ever before.
respiratory health, cardiovascular conditioning, disease resistance and a lot of
enjoyment. We really have some well-muscled and firm chinchillas!
Chins of Steel!!! The standard wheel is 14 inches in diameter and handles
animals from 4 ounces up to 2 1/2 pounds.
Track Record: The moms
run throughout pregnancy and most continue to run up until a few minutes before
delivery. So far, all the moms who have been running on the Flying Saucer
have had successful births of very healthy kits. Statistically, we realize
this success rate will not go on indefinitely but it is a good start. On
Sept. 25, one mom (1 lb 13 oz) gave birth to a male kit weighing 2 1/2
ounces (71 gm). The kit now weighs 7 1/3 oz. at 21days.
Use patterns: Adults
and weanlings often share or alternate using the wheel. While one is
running, the other may jump over the runner and land in the center of the wheel.
The runner will usually jump off as the other chin slides down and begins
running. They trade back and forth. They run in either direction, change
direction while on the wheel and learn to start, stop, mount and dismount the
wheel with great expertise. Some seem to enjoy the thrill of suddenly
stopping and then riding the saucer around.
We recommend removing the
wheels just prior to an expected delivery date because the adults can generate
very high wheel speeds. If a kit is exploring and an adult starts up the
wheel, the kit could get thrown and injured. Our 2 1/2 oz. male kit was making
good progress 'wheeling' at 1 day old when mom jumped on. He landed on a
towel and was OK after an unexpected aerial experience! We removed the
Right now, we do not have a
specific recommendation about when to reintroduce a wheel to mom and kit/s.
At the point in time when the kits have good jumping skills and good
coordination, then reintroduction is reasonable, Age: most likely when the kits
are from 6 weeks to 2 months.
Simple, clean, strong construction using the metal spinning process. The
dish is axle-mounted on two pressed, flanged ball bearings on 2- inch centers
for greater stability and durability. Dishes are constructed of
galvanized steel or aluminum. A standard 3/8 inch diameter bent metal cage
hanger bracket, attachment devices and hex wrench are included.
Saucer Exercise Wheel Parts and Assembly
Standard mounting hardware: Three U-bolts,
plates and nuts. Also shown are two metal collars with hex wrench to
position and retain the wheel on the wheel axle.
Installation: Place the wall
bracket in the cage. Slide the wheel onto the wheel axle and hold the
assembly against the cage side wall to be sure you have enough clearance from
the adjacent wall. Two inches is fine. Select and mark the proper
position, remove the wheel and attach the wall bracket to the side wall of the
cage. Ideal positions for the U bolts are shown above. It may be
necessary to drill 1/4" holes in the cage sidewall if the wall is solid.
The U-bolts fit through most cage wire. Mount the wall bracket so the
horizontal leg is two or more inches above the cage bottom. If the
horizontal leg is too close to the cage bottom, paws or toes may be pinched or injured when another chin is bouncing on the wheel.
Collar positions: To
determine the correct collar positions, first slip the lower collar onto the
axle. Next slip on the wheel. Then slip on the upper collar.
Position and tighten the upper collar with the hex wrench so it is flush with
the upper end of the axle. (See picture right) Next, use the lower
collar to slide the wheel up against the upper collar. Tighten the lower
collar in this position. Picture below. That's it! Just add
Braun's Small Animal Wheels
Leo Braun makes, in my
opinion, the best wheels for Chinchillas. His wheels have no axles and are made
from powder coated metal so not even the most determined destructo rodent could
destroy them. They come in either free standing or bar hanging versions,
15" wheels are best for Chinchillas and the 12" version would be great
for Jirds with no way for them to damage that beautiful tail.
As you would expect a wheel of this quality comes at a price - $99. Leo Braun was going to stop making the wheels and the people at Chinworld persuaded him to do one more run and then another. They are still selling them - the shipping to the UK is a small fortune and costs almost as much as the wheel. If you want any more information on this go to the Google newsgroup search and do a search on the words "Leo Braun"
Here is a review from the Rat and Mouse gazette.
I recently ordered a 15" wheel from Chinworld. They charged $45 to ship it US postal service rather than UPS and it turned up in about a fortnight but I got stiffed for over £20 in VAT and import duty by customs. This meant that I paid nearly £120 for the wheel (been putting all my change in a demijohn for a couple of years to pay for it) so I was really hoping that the little petals appreciated it.
first impression was that it was a beautifully made bit of kit and absolutely
enormous. I had to take the roof off the cage to get it in! The photos above
give some idea of it's size - the fluffballs did at least seem interested in
what I had leant against the side of their cage!!
has a sturdy, completely enclosed bearing mechanism that runs completely
silently and it affixes to the side of the cage with 3 wing nuts. There is so
little friction that if one of the chins sits in it any movement causes it to
swing higher and higher from side to side until they start to look quite green -
So my overall conclusion is that it is a brilliant investment and worth every penny. Both chinchillas love running on it already and get themselves really out of breath which is great aerobic conditioning. They do have plenty of room in their cage and get let out fairly regularly, but I have no doubt that it will improve their general fitness and state of health no end.