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Old 11-14-2017, 09:19 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Exclamation HeLppp!!! Bought a Hedgie and it gave birth!!!

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I am need Help!! I purchased a Hedgie for my daughter. a week ago it gave birth!!!!!!! I DID NOT KNOW IT WAS PREGNANT!!! i don't know much about hedgehog, but been reseaching as much as i can to be able to care for them. Today i noticed the crate was really dirty after a week of it giving birth and noticed a few ants….. i cleaned crate without touching the babies. I KNOW I SHOULD DISTURB BUT EITHER I CLEANED OR ANTS WOULD GET BABIES. After cleaning it Hedgehod mom started caring babies around and act weird. I DNT WANT IT T KILL THEM what can i do to calm her down!!!
im so worried
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Old 11-14-2017, 10:14 PM   #2 (permalink)
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There isn't anything you can do now except leave her completely alone and keep everyone away from the cage. Don't make any more changes and don't clean the cage again. Mom is stressed right now so you need to keep her from being stressed again. You're going to have to figure out away to keep the ants out of the cage because you can't clean it again no matter how dirty it gets.
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If you take a picture of the settup, I might able to figure out a few ideas....
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I WILL leave her alone. I even covered her cage with a big blanket to she dnt see us walking around. Thabkx Nikki for the advice! And ZOZO I WILL take pictures. I ended up putting back dirty blanket to see if she would calm down.

Now, how do i notice if she is rejecting the one baby she was carring around?or if shes even being mean to others in the nest. Im even afraid of trying to look!!
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Please DON'T take pictures, there is nothing you can change in the cage right now and any different sights smells etc is just going to stress her more. I have no idea what good pictures would do right now since you can't change anything.

There is really no way to know what's happening in the nest but you can look for babies outside the nest when you go to feed her. The most important thing is to not do anything new or different.
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If you take a picture of the settup, I might able to figure out a few ideas....

Pictures aren't going to do anything. You can't change, add or move anything in the cage while the babies are there. Please be careful giving baby advice unless you have a lot of experience with moms and babies.
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Old 11-15-2017, 11:06 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Today I pulled the cover up to put food and water and she was very very defensive. So I just put the water quick and cover cage again. I did noticed one baby crying. mommy hedgie had kind of rearrange the cage her way. She was still acting CRAZY. she was trying to climb and kept on walking around and sniffing the one baby. I FELL SOOO BADDD I Told my daughter to let everything cover and not disturb her.

Nikki, if I continue to hear babies cry, should I just remove them from mommy n hand feed them until they can eat ?? I don't know about Hedgies, but I definitely don't want them to suffer I'm so heart broken!!!!

PLEASE GIVE ALL THE ADVICE YOU CAN

THANK You so much for the help and support
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Old 11-15-2017, 12:45 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Their best chance of survival is to stay with mom if at all possible. The chance of survival with hand raising babies only a week old is about 25%. As long as she isn't actively hurting them it's best to leave things alone. Did you have a cover on her cage before this all happened or is this new?

I know it's scary but you need to remain calm so mom calms down, they can feel our emotions and if you are stressed she will be stressed more. Right now you're doing every thing you can and you just need to let nature take it's course.
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Alright. Pictures and trying to change thing with minimal stress = no. Got it. But understandable if the mom's being very defensive with just change food.

But should she be kept covered 24/7? Because of the day and night time of thing?
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It depends on the cover. If it's blocking all light then one side of the cage should be left uncovered if possible but I would be very leery of even doing that right now.

Make sure you talk to mom softly before changing her food and water so she know you're there before moving the cover.
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