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#1 Paramorerokerr<33

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Posted 19 October 2011 - 02:22 AM

So I was walking past my hedge when I saw a piece of hollow tree a bit like a tunnel . If I baked it , padded it with reddish - brownish soya based ink paper for that home-y look would it be safe?. If you know any websites about trees please tell me so I can identify what type it is and whether it is safe for my hamster.

Edited by hamsterLOVER!, 20 October 2011 - 12:48 AM.





#2 MilkyFactory

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Posted 19 October 2011 - 02:41 AM

where did you see the the piece of tree? if it's infront of someone's yard you could always ask the person!
Seems like a good idea to use it if it's safe.

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Posted 19 October 2011 - 03:13 AM

sounds cool! There are some types of trees to watch out for. I believe Birch is not safe??

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Posted 20 October 2011 - 12:46 AM

sounds cool! There are some types of trees to watch out for. I believe Birch is not safe??


P.M me if this counts as spamming :( I was told white birch is safe plus I have no idea . I want my hamster to be safe but I also want him to have toys :pullinghair:

Edited by hamsterLOVER!, 22 October 2011 - 12:20 AM.


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Posted 20 October 2011 - 02:38 AM

hmmmm, let me research it real quick ;)

EDIT::
Ok So here's what i found:
Aspen is 100% safe!
Still not sure about white birch, I wouldn't try it though because of the hig oil content in the wood any bark.
Pine is safe, but may cause some minor respiritory problems.
cedar is NOT safe and it may kill your hamster.

Hope that helps!

Edited by GangstaGirl, 20 October 2011 - 02:44 AM.


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Posted 20 October 2011 - 02:49 AM

sorry sorry sorry, I'm breaking the double post rule. But I found some helpful info here on the site:

All softwood or coniferous trees contain phenols, which are considered bad for your hamsters health. So steer clear of all these trees:
Cedar
Pine
Cypress
Douglas - fir
Spruce
European Yew
Fir
Hemlock
Kaya
Larch
Redwood
Sugi
Araucaria

You can use any hardwoods:
Alder
Ash
Applewood
Aspen
Balsa
Basswood
Beech
Birch
Boxwood
Butternut
Cherry (what did you hear was bad about it?)
Chesnut
Coachwood
Cottonwood
Ebony
Elm
Eucaluptus
Hickory
Hornbeam
Magnolia
Mahogany
Maple
Oak
Pear
Poplar
Sandalwood
Sycamore
Walnut
Willow

Palmwood
Bamboo also

Some people would advise against popsicles because they splinter. You can use the wood of any fruit tree I think, I've not heard of crypte myrtle though - sorry.

How are you going to make them? Some people advise against small nails because the hamster could chew away the wood and expose the sharp point. Some people say non-toxic glues are still not safe.
I say either is okay as long as your hamster doesn't chew too much, that's just me though.

You could also use kiln dried pine, some places sell that apparently.



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