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Old 08-16-2011, 09:30 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Should I start with 1, 2 or 3 hedgehogs?

I'm thinking about getting hedgehogs, eventually. I know how to care for them, and I can afford to keep them, vet bills, etc. But, should I start with 1, 2 or 3? I wouldn't want more then 3, because that's all the space I have for cages. Since I'd have them shipped to Ontario, it's cheaper to do 3 all at once, then to get them 1 at a time. Airfare is about $200, and each hedgehog will be around $250. So if I got 3 at once, it'd be around $1000. I'm thinking about getting 2 at once, then adding a third if I want later. But I need opinions . I won't be breeding btw.
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Old 08-16-2011, 09:35 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Have you ever had hedgehogs? If no I would start with just one, they are not for everyone and lots get rehomed. If you have had hogs before and can afford three i'd say go for it.
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I suggest you start with 1 and own him or her for a while to see if you even like owning a hedgehog before you get another.

Why don't you buy one in Ontario? There are lots of breeders here.
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Old 08-16-2011, 09:48 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Because of the colours I want and WHS guarantee. I haven't owned a hedgehog but friends of mine have them so I'm familiar with them.
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I am no where near as knowledgeable as either Nancy or Larry when it comes to hedgehogs, but I too agree you should start with one and see how it goes. Having a friend who owns one and interacting with that hedgehog and owning one is far different.

For one thing each hedgehog will have different personalities and you'll have to adapt handling styles for all three of them and their personalities.

Keep in mind multiple hedgehogs could get sick or fall ill if they all get sick or more then one that's going to pile up a vet bill very quickly which you may not be ready to afford.

Nancy brought up a good point about the breeders in Ontario she's very knowledgeable and knows experienced and quality breeders who breed for health.

What concerns me is its obvious your getting up to three hedgehogs from one breeder and you want certain colours which BTW they can change sometimes at their adult quilling. It concerns me that this breeder would happen to have 3 very health hedgehogs with the colour you want all at once.

The WHS guarantee doesn't mean that much, even some backyard and less reputable breeders slap that on there. Are you getting lineage(s) on these hedgehogs to prove they haven't had any WHS in at least 3 generations? I know that's more for breeders but to avoid dealing with the situation of a WHS hedgie its wise to look that way.

Also you already have everything else ready for up to 3 hedgehogs including heating and all the cage needs and a hedgie safe wheel for each?

I don't want to discourage you but even one hedgehog is quiet a bit of responsibility and while its enriching and wonderful it is not for everyone and I think it'd be best to start with one for a few months. Trying off the bat to handle two of three could be very difficult for instance.

Lets say you get 3:

One is very sweet and a cuddle bug

One is very grumpy and messy and prefers to be left alone and always hisses and pops

One is a biter and just likes to go at your fingers

Now imagine having to handle each of those individual hedgehogs differently. Hedgehogs are individuals and a lot of patience and time. I am glad I have my two girls in my life, yet it isn't something anyone can do.

By no means am I trying to make you feel bad, just trying to help with how things can be, cause rarely do things turn out like we want them to.
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Default Re: Should I start with 1, 2 or 3 hedgehogs?

It's definitely best to start out with one. Not only does your hedgehog have to adapt to a new environment, but you have to adjust to having it around. Playing with a friend's hedgehog, or spending a good amount of time with it, is nowhere near the same as owning one. And, with only one hedgehog, you get to spend more time with that one and form an even stronger bond. I think that's the way to go
Not only that, but I do recommend you search for a hedgehog in your area. It's much better to meet it first and see if it's personality meshes well with yours. There are lots of breeders in Ontario, and I'm sure one of them has the color you want. I'm sure the breeders know what they're doing when it comes to color, even if there is no WHS guarantee.
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Old 08-17-2011, 12:31 AM   #7 (permalink)
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I would also suggest starting with only one. I got Zoé 4 months after I got Clémentine and it worked out really well, it gave me time to bond with Clémentine, to learn how to take care of a hedgie and to get into a care routine. Hedgies are a lot of work and I think I would have been overwhelmed with 2 new hedgies at the same time. Also, it was really nice to have Clémentine to spend some time with when I was discouraged after I had a rough night trying to bond with Zoé. I think trying to bond with 2 new hedgies at the same time would have been too discouraging for me
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Old 08-17-2011, 10:35 AM   #8 (permalink)
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I suggest that you read this thread:

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Old 08-17-2011, 10:53 AM   #9 (permalink)
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I'd suggest one at a time also. I got my first hedgehog and then got my second almost a year later. It worked out really well for me because I got a lot of hands on experience and felt so much more confident when I got the second. It gave me time to really know about the specific hedgehog too, worked out good too because I had Loken totally hand tamed (may not happen with all) by the time I got Sandra so I didn't have to worry about trying to do that with two at the same time. It could be done but would have been harder in my opinion.

I had the same feeling though as you did where I just knew I was going to want another one so what I did was go ahead and get the stacked model of the cage I wanted and used it for storage until the time came for me to get my second one later down the road That way I was sure I wanted another one and had I changed my mind it was at no loss cause I could use it as storage.
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Old 08-17-2011, 09:07 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I've looked at breeders in Ontario but there are hardly any that give a guarantee against WHS. If the hedgehog doesn't come with a WHS guarantee I might as well buy from a petshop. You know? The only breeder that has the colour I want (that I can find) is Hedgehog Grove. But I'm not gunna bother with that since they never email back

I know colors can change btw. For bonding if I start with 2 hedgehogs that are both females can't they be out at the same time? They will most likely be from the same litter as well. They could both be on my lap in separate bags or wandering on my bed. It'd be a "neutral" area.
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