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Old 09-01-2014, 04:52 AM United Kingdom
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I think I rather keep without a wheel as I can't pay shipping and my parents won't either and I don't have enough money to invest in an expensive wheel, and it will probably keep that way for the next few years so there isn't much point. I really do get worried they will get bored without a wheel, they will get an hour of playtime a day and have plenty of shelves, other toys, a hammock and I think I am going to make a swing (a shelf hanging down on springs) for them but I'm still worried.
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Old 09-01-2014, 04:31 PM United Kingdom
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They'll be Ok without a wheel. I imported one, but it doesn't fit in Henry's current cage without a lot of shelf rearrangement (will in his new one, though), so for now it's just a toy for playtime (as it's attached to the outside of the cage). Just make sure they have plenty of chew toys.

Chins are expensive anyway, though, so it might be worth saving up for a wheel. Maybe you could look for other people in the UK who want one, and see if arranging to do a joint order would work out cheaper, splitting shipping and customs costs (I might consider it, wouldn't mind another wheel, though that'd probably be Christmas rather than right now, even if I don't get more chinnies I could always sell it). Or, if you find a private seller, they might not mind marking the package as a gift, so you avoid customs at least.

You could also maybe get a playpen - I use mine so Henry can have more playtime, without me having to supervise quite as closely (do still keep an eye on him, though).
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Old 10-25-2014, 10:49 AM United States
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i agree. if you cant get a proper wheel, dont get one at all. your chins wont get bored. one of my cages doesnt have a wheel and they are just fine.

it sounds like you have other things in the cage to keep them occupied. but the swing on a spring concerns me a little...?
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Old 11-03-2014, 06:10 PM United States
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I had a plastic wheel with my first chin many many years ago, I learned fast that aside from ingesting plastic, they also destroy the wheel. 15$ for a wheel that lasts one month before it is busted is more expensive than 80$ for one that lasts 20+years.

I'd go with none over a bad one as mentioned above by others. Esp if you have a large cage, just make lots of room to bounce around (mine love jumping from ledge to ledge ect). Slowly save up money you get hear and there and keep an eye on your local classifieds for a used one.
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