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Hello, this morning I found one of a pair of male guinea's hung from his hay rack. He had stuck his head into the hay rack and from what could be seen has got his bottom tooth stuck under a rung and had died attached to the rack. It was a horrible shock, I have used a hay rack for many years with no problems but after seeing what has happened I can see how they could be dangerous. I feel very responsible as I had put the hay rack in their cage and he was such a sweet guinea pig of 4years old and his brother is now left alone. Just wanted to warn other people to think about what is in the cage and if it could be a danger. I have now thrown away the rack.
 

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Oh god I'm so so sorry. Thank you for putting out a warning, I don't use hay racks myself luckily as I heard of a similar story a while ago.
 

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Hello, thank you. It is just the normal black wire hay rack. I got it from my local pet shop and will go today to get the make. He had eaten a lot of the hay and some was down the bottom, instead of eating it from the front he had put his head down into the rack and had become attached to it near the top.
 

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Oh god I'm so so sorry. Thank you for putting out a warning, I don't use hay racks myself luckily as I heard of a similar story a while ago.
Hello, so it has happened before? , I feel so bad. I can now see how it could happen.
 

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Poor little guy! Theres nothing you could have done; accidents happen. However this will make people think twice about using hay racks!
 

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Yes I can't remember if I saw it on here or if it was on the other forum I am on, I think it was more that they got their head stuck though and did not involve the teeth.

I think the main reason I removed mine at first was becauase my Gertie used to leap in the top and get stuck as she was slightly overweight.
 

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Hello, so it has happened before? , I feel so bad. I can now see how it could happen.
There was a photo on facebook of a piggy stuck inside a hay ball a few days ago too. Thankfully the pig survived. I am going to have to seriously re-think the hay balls that I have. They are pretty big and the boys can take their heads in and out of them but I am unsure now.
 

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Thank you for the warning at your sad time - so sorry to hear this :(
Could you post a photo of your hay rack please?
Hello, if you go on Pets At Home website and type in guinea hay rack it is that one but I got it from a local pet shop.
 

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Yes I can't remember if I saw it on here or if it was on the other forum I am on, I think it was more that they got their head stuck though and did not involve the teeth.

I think the main reason I removed mine at first was becauase my Gertie used to leap in the top and get stuck as she was slightly overweight.
It's a good thing you did remove it.
 

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There was a photo on facebook of a piggy stuck inside a hay ball a few days ago too. Thankfully the pig survived. I am going to have to seriously re-think the hay balls that I have. They are pretty big and the boys can take their heads in and out of them but I am unsure now.
Hello, I think anything attached to the cage or hanging could be a risk, I have used hay racks for 12 years or so but one death in this way is enough for me to never use them again.
 

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Oh gosh thats like the one mine have... kind of want to run home from work and remove it from their cage right now!
Thank you for sharing Crunchy, hugs :(
 

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Oh gosh thats like the one mine have... kind of want to run home from work and remove it from their cage right now!
Thank you for sharing Crunchy, hugs :(
Hello, thank you, I would remove it . mine was low down on cage but he still managed to get stuck, I think it was one of those freak accident things but just to be aware it could happen because I never even thought it could.
 

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I know there was a warning about fleecy hay bags too recently but I think with those it depends on the size of the holes. I know all of mine can get in and out of the holes easily thankfully but some are made with holes that are way too small.
 
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