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Old 11-25-2018, 03:22 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Sisters sharing a bin for the rest of their lives?

Greetings fellow spike boll frens.

I recently picked up two 2minth old hedgehog sisters and was wondering if i can house them in the same bins for the rest of their lives.

I have two 30”x15” bins connected to each other via PVC Pipes with one area being full of fleece, hides, caves, and the food+water bowls, and the other area having paper substrate where their wheel, toys, and tunnels.

I noticed that even with two separate hides, they sleep snuggled up together side by side. When it comes to the wheek however, they start huffing and puffing (sharp exhales) about who goes on the wheel or who uses the tunnel. I discipline them from such behavior by making a sudden noise, blowing at their face, and if they still dont stop, i give their snouts a little nudge to the left or right.

Ive tried looking online and all it said was two sisters CAN be housed together but i cant find an example of it in pictures. In the future, i would also like to breed the females with a friend of mine’s male. Would it be a problem if both sisters are together when they give birth?
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Old 11-26-2018, 03:22 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Two sisters living together can be okay, as long as they get on togeher, you can still monitor that they are both eating, and that one isnt bullying the othervaway from food, some use two seperate bowels for their foods and watch them having cameras to keep an eye on then because of them sleeing. Also would need two wheels as and a few more tunnels so that they can both use them at the sae time other wise you can get a serious fight, also then if one starts buullying the other to not eat and not use the wheel, then she will get ill.

Most people would say a complete no to this because it makes it hard to track whos eating what, and as you only have one wheel that you expect them share, this wont work well and can cause the to fight.

I would just get a separate cage and only share play times with each other if they do get one.

Someone who knows about breeding should answer your last queation.
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I did so so much research before I bread my little girl who is now pregnant and just from her behaviour pregnant I'd say definitely don't let them stay together if bred. She's so aggressive when I go near her cage and she never ever fussed before. I rhink they need their own privacy to nest and every bit of research I had said to house then alone in a quote area. Some new research though has suggested some females raised in captivity can actually want a cage mate than solitary as have always been around other hedgeys yet it depends on the Individual as some still have very strong solitary instincts. My girl enjoys playtime in the play pen with others but living alone so she has the best of both worlds I'd that helps? In regards to food if that's now worried you just place there bowls separate and feed at a set time and observe and place each hedgey by their one bowl and monitor weight. X
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Sometimes two sisters can live together but they can suddenly decide one day they want to be alone and start fighting. If you do keep them together you need a double sized cage, the recommended for one hedgehog is 6-8 square feet double that, two of everything like dishes, hides, wheels, litter boxes etc. Even then you don't know if they will suddenly decide one night while your sleeping that that they don't like the other one anymore and start fighting.

As for breeding, do you have a 5 generation pedigree for your girls showing that their lines are WHS free? Do you have the same for the male? Breeding hedgehogs without knowing they are WHS for at least 5 generations is irresponsible. Just because your hedgehog and the male are healthy doesn't mean they aren't carriers. There is no way to test for this. Females must be alone when pregnant and after giving birth.
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