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After three months without piggies, I'm planning on getting two new additions over the weekend.

I am not able to house them indoors so I really need a decent hutch to last over the winter and plenty of room for the piggies!

I have heard from many people that the bluebell hideaway from P@H is good. However I'm still undecided...
I feel like for what it is its a little overpriced. The latches are a little flimsy but my dad would easily be able to change them on assembly.
I was wondering if anyone on here has or has had this hutch?

http://www.petsathome.com/shop/en/pets/bluebell-hideaway-(in-store)#pr-header-back-to-top-link

I've been around a few shops this afternoon and I'm honestly struggling to find a hutch I'm 100% satisfied with.

Thank you in advance! :)
 
I Have the bluebell. It is certainly not overpriced one little bit!
Nice amount of space and very durable. The scratch and Newton hutch covers are better quality than pets at home, from amazon.
We also have vinyl flooring on the wood so it lasts longer.
 
I actually have this cage! It used to house 2 guinea pigs but we had to make it into 2 separate floors following a fight. I think it is a good hutch, nothing special, but it might need a little home diy done to it. However I also feel like it is a little overpriced, but I guess it would depend on your budget/own opinions. If you could build one yourself that would be much better!
The latches are OK for me personally, but a change to a more secure lock shouldn't be a problem. I find the biggest problem is that the wood is getting quite damp from piggy pee and is beginning to go soft in their pee corners. I also find that the floor piece doesn't always fit 100%, I have one cage floor that is fine and other that is slightly off. I think the gaps between the steps are a little too large, so I intend to put some extra grip in there for them. I've kept a maximum of 2 pigs in these before, and that's a great size for them. One pig can always get away from the other by going up/downstairs. The roofs are very good but may need some extra help if it's very rainy/wet. Tarpaulin over the top and back of the cage helps a lot.

Overall I'd say it's an OK hutch but I would definable look at other options first!
 
I Have the bluebell. It is certainly not overpriced one little bit!
Nice amount of space and very durable. The scratch and Newton hutch covers are better quality than pets at home, from amazon.
We also have vinyl flooring on the wood so it lasts longer.

Thank you so much for your reply. I was really unsure about the latches but I think my dad will still replace these if I got it. The vinyl flooring sounds like a brilliant idea!
 
Overall I'd say it's an OK hutch but I would definable look at other options first!

Thanks for your reply! I know what you mean, when I saw it set up today I was a little worried about the floor fitting. Its a good point that they can get away from each other easily if they get grumpy. I think simple things like the latches and sorting the flooring could make the hutch quite durable! I'm just so fussy when it comes to getting the right environment for them. :lol:
 
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Hi, I have the Bluebell Hutch and I really like it. The only bad things are top level base is very flimsy and wood is very thin but that's all you can expect with a 3rd hand hutch! I think this hutch is the best though! http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/4FT-LARGE...pplies_Small_Animals&var=&hash=item3ccb796026
**** 4/5 stars

I like that hutch! Again I would need to add more latches but that wouldn't be a problem. I like the fact the top floor isn't wooden.
 
Thanks, the hutch is brill, I am going to buy it soon as it so much better and cheaper than the pets@home one!
 
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Thanks, the hutch is brill, I am going to buy it soon as it so much better and cheaper than the pets@home one!
It's a brill hutch but I found it slightly too small. Not much space but it's perfect for baby pigs. If I could go back in time I would definitely get the bluebell hideaway even though that one is still a great hutch. Pigs love to run around and there isn't much space in the ebay one. My opinion but it's still a lovely hutch.
 
Thanks, the hutch is brill, I am going to buy it soon as it so much better and cheaper than the pets@home one!
When I first brought my pigs home I didn't know how my dog would react. She didn't like them. We sat out and literally 1 second later she had opened the doors and got into the lower level of the hutch. Luckily the pigs weren't hurt as we got her out before then. My dad added 4 more bolts. The hutch also needs a coat of paint to add protection. The hutch cover is poor quality. It's so thin! Not ideal for outdoor use.
The scratch and newton hutches are great though. Could you not go for the bluebell hideaway and add Lino tiles and a good hutch cover?
 
Can't praise this hutch enough to be honest, easy to assemble, I had four girls in mine with attached run and they loved it. I suggest putting carpet on the ramp also lino on the floors as it will help a lot with cleanliness. I also suggest getting the cover to match it too!
 
Thank you for your replies! Yeah the floor space issue is one that is worrying me a lot. The bluebell seems a bit bigger than the ones I've seen on eBay. My dad would be able to make me a good cover for the bluebell. Carpet on the ramp is a brilliant idea along with the Lino tiles on the floor!
 
Remember the amount of levels does not count in floor space whatsoever.

Very true! I've decided I'm going to go for the Bluebell. I'm a bit out of practice with hutches! Didn't realise how much space you get for the money with this hutch. I plan to add carpet to the ramp and lino tiles to the floor. I'll post pictures once its set up!
Fingers crossed my two new girls will love it.


Thanks for everyone's feedback!
 
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