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Old 08-09-2011, 11:20 PM   #1 (permalink)
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My friend in KY texted me about a sad case today - a science teacher bought a hedgehog because he thought it would be "fun" for the elementary school students. Decided he didn't want it because it was "boring". *SIGH* So, this hedgie needs to be rescued. If it's a boy we are for sure going to take it, but I was wondering what you do if you have a boy and a girl at the same time to keep the girl from going into heat. How far apart do they have to be? I have NO interest in breeding. If it's a girl and you guys say it is really complicated to have two genders in the same house, you may be seeing us on the rescue board in the near future... They'll be in separate cages of course, but what are the unique problems you face raising a boy in a girl in the same household? Thanks!
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For me it didn't really change anything much. The only thing is since I'm the one that gets them out I had to clear a little extra time each night so they could come out separately. Otherwise I set up a blocked off area for one to play and I hold the other
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Old 08-09-2011, 11:28 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Yeah, we have a small animal play pen and a baby pool so we have two separate play spaces. I am thinking the only thing we'll have to spend more money on is food (as is we're spending like 12 dollars every three months so no big whoop there) and possibly vet bills. I'm just concerned about if I keep them in the same room the girl will go into heat.
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Old 08-09-2011, 11:32 PM   #4 (permalink)
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If I understand correctly, hedgehogs don't go into heat. They can breed anytime as long as both partners cooperate. But, like pheramones and stuff? I don't know that much about breeding.
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I have 14 hedgies, both boys and girls, all in the same room. The only thing I do is I have the males on one side of the room and the females on the other side.
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Just make sure the cages are escape proof
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there isn't much problems except for the vet bill
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Being in the same room or caged above, below or beside the opposite sex doesn't matter. As long as they aren't in physical contact such as out for playtime at the same time.

My hedgies have always been in stacking cage condos and at one point in time I did have a condo that was just girls, but because rescues/rehomes were always coming and going, I would have had to be constantly shifting them around to keep boys in separate cage units from the girls.
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Old 08-10-2011, 09:04 AM   #9 (permalink)
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I have a girl and a boy hedgie about 5 feet away from eahother and i have no problems. You shouldn't be worried about it, unless the cages are right next to eachother.
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