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« on: March 14, 2012 09:06:02 AM »

Hello-

For many years I lived in a 300 sq foot apartment. Since most things I owned were visible all the time (no storage), I came to believe that everything should be both useful and fun to look at. I still go by that philosophy even though I'm in a slightly larger place now.

So when I started thinking of adopting a hedgehog, I also started thinking of a cool-lookin' hedgie-home. I love Lord of the Rings (my home wifi network is named The Shire), so I thought I'd build a hobbit-ish home.

Hedgehogs are tricky pets for several reasons, but in particular they need a large wheel and they need to be kept at 75-80 degrees. So I had to fit in a wheel and a heat lamp.

Now, I get nervous about leaving a crock-pot on when I go out for the day. So a 24-hour heat lamp is definitely making me nervous. Especially when it's hanging above polar-fleece (which I'm using instead of litter).  So I've ordered a flame-retardant spray (safe for pets) online. I also have a thermostat connected to the heat lamp, so it should turn off if it gets too hot. Hopefully that will prevent disaster.

The house itself is plexiglass. My boyfriend bought a HUGE sheet of plexiglass, then bent the sides up (with a mini blowtorch!). Then glued on either end. All the fixin's are velcro'd on the outside. This way the little guy can't get into trouble eating the moss etc (it's all outside his container). And all the stuff can be removed should I want to clean it (or redecorate). Velcro was the boyfriend's idea, brilliant!

There's a lamp attached to the outside on the far end, so I can see inside in the evening. The tree on the corner hides a messy seam (handy!). The plexiglass broke in half and had to be glued back together, but the crack is fairly well hidden (you can see it on the "brick" wall).

The roof has a hinge on it, so it can be lifted up and then hooked to the shelf above (to keep it open).

The lamp looks very close to the moss roof and the wheel. But incredibly, they are hardly even warm!

I'm on a list to adopt a hedgehog, just waiting for him to be a little older. I'm excited! I hope he likes his new place. I'm sure I'll have to make some modifications, we'll see how it goes.

If you have a hedgehog and have suggestions for me, please let me know! And thanks for reading! Now the photos  Smiley

















April 9th Addendum:
I've adopted a hoglet! His name is Quillbur. He's a snowflake variety. He's loving the hobbit home, yay!















Thanks for reading the post  Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: March 14, 2012 09:15:48 AM »

wowee!  what an amazing amount of detail!  this rocks  Grin
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« Reply #2 on: March 14, 2012 09:40:07 AM »

That is so awesome!  What a lucky hedgehog!
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« Reply #3 on: March 14, 2012 09:46:40 AM »

Ok, so that has got to be one of the coolest things I've ever seen! 

You did an amazing job.  I wish my whole house looked like that. Tongue
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« Reply #4 on: March 14, 2012 10:08:25 AM »

This is amazing!! I want to live there. It looks so cozy Smiley.
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« Reply #5 on: March 14, 2012 10:24:27 AM »

I want to live there Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: March 14, 2012 10:24:55 AM »

Sooo...my piggies can come visit him in his gorgeous cottage, yes? Wink lol

For reals, that is gorgeous, he is such a lucky little hedgehog to have such a wonderful home. Wow, just, wow, it's really fantastic.
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« Reply #7 on: March 14, 2012 11:13:49 AM »

You are super brave to adopt a hedgehog!
Post some pics! Cheesy
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« Reply #8 on: March 14, 2012 11:17:35 AM »

What an awesome habitat for your new baby to come home to!! He/she is going to feel so welcomed and loved! I know nothing about hedgehogs except that you and your bf are going to make fantastic Hedgy parents!!

Sorry, gonna have to hit "This Rocks"!! Too creative and unique not to! Cheesy
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« Reply #9 on: March 14, 2012 11:31:55 AM »

Amazing! I'm definitely sharing this with my friend who has a hedgie Smiley
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« Reply #10 on: March 14, 2012 11:40:07 AM »

This is just straight up awesome!  Cheesy
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« Reply #11 on: March 14, 2012 11:41:23 AM »

This is just perfect! I love it and if I were little enough, I'd move right in.
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« Reply #12 on: March 14, 2012 06:16:32 PM »

Can I live there?? I clean up after myself and make really delicious pies...
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« Reply #13 on: March 14, 2012 07:13:29 PM »

First I want to say Congrats on becoming a Hedgie momma! They are GREAT pets! (& my favorite animal) Sounds like your going to be a great "mom"!
The house looks great! I love that you made it functional & beautiful!! Good job!!
 I have a few questions/ideas for you also though, so I think I will PM you as to not take over the thread!
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« Reply #14 on: March 15, 2012 04:59:15 AM »

Thank you all so much for taking the time to leave such kind comments! I worked for many hours on this project and I really appreciate your support  Smiley  Craftster community is so wonderful.
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« Reply #15 on: March 15, 2012 06:31:17 AM »

It's gorgeous, but how big is it? from the photos it doesn't really look big enough for an active hedgehog. Ideally they need an area about the same size as an indoor rabbit cage.
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« Reply #16 on: March 15, 2012 04:56:05 PM »

WOW wow wowowowow!  Any hedgie would be proud to call this home! We used to have a little blonde prickly girl.  She got loose in the garden after an afternoon of outdoor cage run - I always figured she was probably happier free, but we sure enjoyed her company while she was with us. Hedgehogs rule!
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« Reply #17 on: March 15, 2012 06:11:29 PM »

Showed this to my hedgie-owning friend. She loves it Smiley
She also said you should consider a water dish instead of the bottle (cause they can get their tongues wrapped around the ball and get cut quite badly) And making sure you have a good-sized litter box (about 6"x12")
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« Reply #18 on: March 17, 2012 03:01:40 AM »

ahhh, this is so cool it hurts!  Tongue
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« Reply #19 on: March 17, 2012 08:26:49 AM »

this is so awesome! wanna adopt me!
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« Reply #20 on: March 17, 2012 11:06:41 PM »

This is fantastic! I really love that you chose LOTR, too. Smiley Now, you realize, you should probably give him/her a propper Hobbit name  Grin

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« Reply #21 on: March 18, 2012 06:42:20 AM »

That is the most awesome critter cage ever. When I had guinea pigs I made them a cardboard house and this put mine to shame.
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« Reply #22 on: March 18, 2012 06:59:48 AM »

Oh my goodness! I love it! So cute!
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« Reply #24 on: March 20, 2012 05:07:23 AM »

Definitely the cutest hedgehog house I've ever seen.  I hope you update us when the little guy comes home!
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« Reply #25 on: March 29, 2012 07:49:35 PM »

And making sure you have a good-sized litter box (about 6"x12")
i didnt realize you could train a hedgie to use the litter box... not sure why i never thought of it considering they pick a corner.
i have had a hedgie for about 2 years now. if you take the little guy out to play, having a smaller home should be okay. my little guy likes to dig in the corn cob i have lining his cage and you will need to trim the little claws if you plan on keeping fleece. my biggest concern is the heating lamp and a plexiglass home. my little guy has a regular (not creatve or cool at all) cage and even then he can get hot. i have never had to have a lamp on him as the room temp in the house is fine for him. in fact he has gotten too hot at times and i have had to put a frozen liter bottle of water to cool his area.
they love mealworms  Grin

the home you made is super cute! my little guy would be more than jealous!
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« Reply #27 on: April 10, 2012 12:05:48 PM »

Omg I absolutely love this!!! It looks great and you did such a great job of considering how to still make it safe for your little critter. awesome
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« Reply #28 on: April 12, 2012 01:56:41 PM »

This is simply wonderful. I love it!! and your hedgie is adorable!
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« Reply #29 on: April 16, 2012 05:42:15 AM »

That is so cool! I especially love that it is a home for your friend!
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« Reply #30 on: April 20, 2012 12:17:00 AM »

This is the best hoglet house on earth! You are a genius!!
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« Reply #31 on: April 20, 2012 01:11:28 PM »

That is awesome! Congratulations on the new addition, and good for you for adopting Smiley
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« Reply #32 on: April 27, 2012 09:48:19 AM »

Sooo Cute!!! I want a Hedgehog but can't in California...Stupid California.
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« Reply #33 on: May 06, 2012 06:27:45 PM »

This habitat is amazing, and Quillbur is probably the most amazing hedgehog name ever.
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« Reply #34 on: May 12, 2012 03:01:18 PM »

Well, now I am in so much trouble with my four hedgie girls. Your hedgie (a boy?) is so beautiful also!  I love hedgehogs so much and this is the most beautiful place for one.
They do need occasional baths and having their nails cut. Some hedgies don't mind. I don't personally know one, but...I will not offer advice but please ask if you have any questions. Are you on the hedgie loops?  Again, so great!  
You will want to add a thermometer inside so you know how warm it is. Most hedgies need between 75 - 80 degrees but not higher and usually can be lower. He will need a place to hide in the dark when he wants to.
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