This is a great product, our three piggies seem to be delighted with outdoor life (it's much quieter out there than inside) I managed to put it together on my own so that says something about how easy it is to assemble!
The internal hutch is smaller than I had realised which makes it necessary to have the hutch door open at all times so they have enough space (obviously bar cleaning when I close them in the run) . Initially, I thought I would shut them in at night so they would be warmer but that felt cruel due to the internal space. Instead we have added extra hay filled hideys in their run so they have a choice of places to escape the wind.
Cleaning is really easy! I like that the plastic doesn't get stained by the urine like wood does. I've given up on sawdust as it is ruining the grass so have switched to fleece liners in the hutch.
Something worth considering if you have small children - you may need to take other measures to secure your guinea pigs. I can't let the kids outside on their own anymore incase one makes a poor decision to open a door. The run door can be easily rectified by using a padlock but there is not really a way of securing the turn handle at the back of the hutch (where hay net and bottle are). We didn't think about this until a week after we got the guinea pigs.
Overall we are happy with our purchase. The included cover is alright but the heavy duty one is fantastic quality. I am glad we bought it additionally. The bungee are really good quality too.
Looks good but there are gaps when the back door is closed.
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We have had our Eglu hutch and 6m run for about a month or so and we are very pleased with it. Assembly wasn't too bad - my 9-year-old daughter and husband did it together in around an hour - the run is extremely versatile in how you can use it and the hutch is well designed and easy to clean. Our guinea pigs seem very content too which is the important thing. The run/hutch are also easy to move around the garden. On minor downside is that the all-weather cover doesn't stop the rain coming in as it obviously isn't all-encompassing so using the current storms in the UK as an example = a run that is very wet around the edges. I have just purchased a second cover to try and mitigate against this. One other point - someone reviewing further down the thread was looking for suggestions for materials to use to insulate the hutch as Omlet no longer provide the insulating pads. I do have a suggestion - I occasionally buy my groceries from an organic/environmentally-friendly farm shop called Eversfield www.eversfieldorganic.co.uk; they deliver your purchases to you using pads of sheeps' wool along with ice packs. I now have several meteres of the sheeps' wool and it looks ideal to use to fill the gaps between the interior/exterior of the hutch and it is a natural and breathable material. So my suggestion would be to either order from Eversfield or try and source the sheeps' wool elsewhere. Eversfield are very good too by the way.
So much better than our previous wooden hutches which kept dying - not sure about longer term durablity yet, but this hutch is so much easier to maintain. Much better for the piggies being able to get out in the grass without us picking them up and watching them for safety. Its getting colder and I feel confident this is a much better option for our piggies and for me as it is simpler.
I chose the Eglu hutch for our 2 baby Guinea pigs as I wanted a fox proof hutch.
We’ve had the hutch over a month now and we’re very pleased with it. So easy to keep clean and easy to move around with 2 people carrying it. I was apprehensive about the cost but it will last for years and I love the fact that the guineas are able to move in and out of the run in the day and are safely locked up at night. The cover has been fantastic in the rain as it means they can still be outside eating grass. The 1 metre run is fine for 2 Guineas. It was a real pain to put together though!!
It was missing a pack of screws when it arrived, however the customer service team were great and sent another pack.
We have kept guinea pigs in a wooden run up until now and the weekend moan has always been the cleaning out of the hutch. Love the pets, hate the chores!!! The eglu is a revelation. It is expensive yes but as others have commented - you get what you pay for. I was dreading the 'build' but it actually took 2 of us only 20 minutes to get the house part together and then another hour or so for the run, the hardest part was that the run kept detaching from the lid but once it is finished it is perfectly stable. Cleaning now takes 15 minutes and actually we are using much less hay and sawdust so a saving there. The baby pigs love their new home and I am so sold I am now saving for the Omlet chicken run as well !
Very pleased with our new guinea pig hutch. We live in a hot country, so will wait and see how it performs in the hot summer (turns out you cannot buy the insulation pads that are shown in the video, and customer service don't have a solution to what to use as an alternative, which is disappointing). On the plus side, our run developed a fault in its first month and the customer service team were FANTASTIC - they have sent a replacement unit, no quibbling and have reported the fault to the manufacturing dept so that it can be fixed for future customers - Thanks Charlie! So, overall happy, just waiting to see how hot the house gets in the summer heat. If anyone has found a material to slot into the house cavity to help insulate in hot weather, please let me know!
Overall a pretty good product, solidly designed and built, and easy to keep clean. For Australian summer conditions, however, it needs better ventilation and measures to protect animals from high heat and humidity. In Sydney this summer the temperature has often been in the high 30s and into the 40s, together with humidity around 70 - 90 per cent, making it difficult for guinea pigs and people alike to stay cool. Summers in Sydney have always been quite hot and humid, but they seem to be getting even more so. So for a guinea pig the problem is not staying warm and surviving the cold, but avoiding hyperthermia (heat stroke) and dehydration. The ventilation slots on the inside surface of the walls are not adequate. Maybe some design changes are needed to give better ventilation that avoids the hutch heating up inside like an oven if exposed to direct sunlight for a lengthy period. We've positioned ours so it is mostly shaded, but that's still not ideal in keeping the inside temp cool enough. Maybe it needs a fabric shade screen that can be fitted to the outside of the hutch with a large gap (maybe 150mm)? Something like a tent fly sheet? Good luck.
Our 3 guinea pigs love their new hutch. They are very cosy and comfortable and it protects them from all the elements outside. Also, super easy to clean out!
so ive been looking for a guinea pig hutch for a while because im getting guinea pigs for the first time very soon and this one seems so good..its expensive but its not too much trouble to buy..i cant wait to buy it and put it together (with the help of my dad)