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My replacement hutch parts came today! New end panels and a new roof. Well the roof replacement seemed OK although there was an air gap under the felt. But one of the end panels (again) had tongue and groove not correctly assembled 😔😡.

Surely replacement parts for faulty parts should be inspected? 🤷🏻‍♀️

Anyway, long story short I am cancelling my Home and Roost order of the Chartwell 6ft double and going to Ryedale Pet Homes instead. The difference is phenomenal.
 

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I got my 6ft double Chartwell hutch from Scratch and Newton. When the hutch didn't turn up after the covers had, I phoned them up only to be told that my hutch had just been returned to them after it had literally fallen off the back of a lorry. The delivery company were worried it had been damaged so had returned it. The chap I spoke to couldn't have been more apologetic, sympathetic or helpful and I had another hutch delivered within 24 hours. I was well impressed.
 

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Piggyloves82 - when you say the difference is ‘phenomenal’ do you mean in build quality? I ask because In the spring we will be looking for a hutch (6ft at least) and was going to go with the Chartwell. My husband wanted the Coach House as it’s not as high and therefore less imposing in the garden. I don’t like the exposed ends on the lower level of the coach house. I hadn’t heard of Ryedale but they look to be very sturdy (from the website). They also do a 7ft version too!
 

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Piggyloves82 - when you say the difference is ‘phenomenal’ do you mean in build quality? I ask because In the spring we will be looking for a hutch (6ft at least) and was going to go with the Chartwell. My husband wanted the Coach House as it’s not as high and therefore less imposing in the garden. I don’t like the exposed ends on the lower level of the coach house. I hadn’t heard of Ryedale but they look to be very sturdy (from the website). They also do a 7ft version too!
The walls are 20mm thick, ALL AROUND. So the BACK of the hutch too. On the Chartwell, the side walls are 10mm, but the back panel is just plywood. I've never seen a flat packed hutch that does not only have a thin plywood back to it. It's no good a hutch just looking good from the front, with a cost cutting rear back panel. I don't want to rely on hutch covers to do what the hutch itself should be doing!

The Ryedale ones come ready built too. So none of those issues where holes and screws don't line up properly when you're putting a hutch together. He offers a plastic floor option instead of wood for easier cleaning, and wooden window shutters for winter time, a stand if you would like your hutch to be higher off the ground. From the pictures I've seen and his ability to change things to suit individual needs, I don't think you can go wrong! Yes, it's more expensive, my 6ft double from Chartwell was £230 and with thermal and rainproof covers that went up to £330. If I have the Ryedale 6ft double with the same floors, it will cost me £301, but I am opting for plastic floors and I do have to pay a delivery charge too. All in all for my pigs (and future pigs) I see it as an investment and money well spent on a quality product.

I'll post pics when I actually receive it to let you know how it goes. And yes, the 7ft hutches are fab! I was quite tempted by the single 7ft one 🤭. I would say just WhatsApp the guy if you have any questions (I clicked on the link on his website), he's quick to respond, can show you more pics, give you prices. Don't let your animals miss out on something that could be amazing!

Edit: if you want a lightweight hutch to be able to carry and move it easily, these hutches probably don't tick that box 😂😂
 

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It sounds like he can be really flexible. The fact that it comes assembled too is a huge bonus. My husband is good DIY wise, but had already complained that we’d be spending a lot of money on something that we would need to assemble! With that comes missing parts or parts not aligning properly. Plastic floors sound good too! I was going to line any hutch with a correx base (same as my c&c) to protect the wood. I used to used to use lino years ago but thought correx would work as I could give it 3 sides to stop wee running under it.
Photos would be great when you get it!
 

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It sounds like he can be really flexible. The fact that it comes assembled too is a huge bonus. My husband is good DIY wise, but had already complained that we’d be spending a lot of money on something that we would need to assemble! With that comes missing parts or parts not aligning properly. Plastic floors sound good too! I was going to line any hutch with a correx base (same as my c&c) to protect the wood. I used to used to use lino years ago but thought correx would work as I could give it 3 sides to stop wee running under it.
Photos would be great when you get it!
Have a look at this IMG-20200104-WA0037.jpgIMG-20200104-WA0036.jpg
These are the floor pics he sent me. Not sure if the 'kickboards' are included in the floor price yet. Also, he said with piggy hutches, he can add a side and bannister at the top of the stairs. I mean, how many shop bought hutches have that? I have always had to have my husband put wood at the top so they don't fall off the edge. And yes, I have used vinyl on their floors too in the past. Currently that is peeling up a bit at the front and wet smelly shavings and some poos are starting to get wedged in the gap. But a completely plastic floor sounds like it could be even better! 👍🏻
 

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It sounds like he can be really flexible. The fact that it comes assembled too is a huge bonus. My husband is good DIY wise, but had already complained that we’d be spending a lot of money on something that we would need to assemble! With that comes missing parts or parts not aligning properly. Plastic floors sound good too! I was going to line any hutch with a correx base (same as my c&c) to protect the wood. I used to used to use lino years ago but thought correx would work as I could give it 3 sides to stop wee running under it.
Photos would be great when you get it!
My husband always complains about building my hutches too. After opening up boxes with lots of parts and finding 3 of them damaged, he was not impressed. In fact annoyed is a better word for it. Which makes me 😬🙏🏻 to ask him for help the next time.
 

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Ooh I like the fact the sleeping part just has a little arch way too, not a huge cut out! The plastic floor also looks great. I will definitely look seriously at Ryedale.
 

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Ooh I like the fact the sleeping part just has a little arch way too, not a huge cut out! The plastic floor also looks great. I will definitely look seriously at Ryedale.
I like that there's a little step to stop hay coming out so much when they come out of their bed. And also that it's to the back wall of the hutch rather than at the cage front part. Should be more cosy less draughty. Might be a bit darker in that respect though
 

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Ooh I like the fact the sleeping part just has a little arch way too, not a huge cut out! The plastic floor also looks great. I will definitely look seriously at Ryedale.
If it's any plus, he takes a deposit upfront then balance on delivery. Maybe split it over two pay packets, rather than having to pay all up front with online orders 🤷🏻‍♀️
 

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Ooh I am convinced by this! I hadn’t noticed the little step into the bed area but as you say it’s another bonus! What’s his lead in time from order to delivery? How far before I need it should I order it? Won’t need it until the end of April.
 

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Ooh I am convinced by this! I hadn’t noticed the little step into the bed area but as you say it’s another bonus! What’s his lead in time from order to delivery? How far before I need it should I order it? Won’t need it until the end of April.
Well I'm just finalising my order with him over WhatsApp as we speak. Last night he was saying it should be ready this month. I'll let you know what he says when he finishes working my order out 😊
 

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Ooo I would love their rabbit shed with run. Maybe one day.
They are amazing. I've never seen anything like them, sizewise, build quality, solidness and strength. The attention to detail is fab, and seeing your dream hutch brought to life, well you can't put a price on that!
 
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