American Fancy Rat & Mouse Association

This article is from the WSSF 2004 AFRMA Rat & Mouse Tales news-magazine.

Critter Critiques

Shepherd Shack® Review

By Karen Robbins

Shepherd Shack®
Shepherd Shacks from Shepherd Specialty Papers Photo from Shepherd Shack.

The folks at Newco Distributors told me about this product for mouse housing and gave me a few to try out on my mice. These are small tent-shaped houses made out of egg-carton type cardboard (unprinted, uncoated white book publisher-grade paper). They are only large enough for a single male show mouse, but for the smaller pet shop mice it would work for more than one animal. My mice loved them. Usually, cardboard houses get shredded quickly, but a few of my males actually didn’t really chew them for several weeks, they liked them that much. They worked out so well, that I actually bought a bunch for the mice. The price per Shack is reasonable which is important since they are cardboard and do eventually get chewed and made into a nest. My only suggestion is for Shepherd Specialty Papers to make them double size so they can be used for groups of females. This is a product that my mice can highly recommend and give it an enthusiastic squeak of approval.

This product is only sold through distributors, so call to find a supplier near you.

NOTE: Shepherd Shack® is made by Shepherd Specialty Papers, P. O. Box 64, Watertown, TN 37184, 1-800-382-5001, e-mail: Their web site is *

Updated April 17, 2014