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Old 04-09-2019, 10:33 AM   #1 (permalink)
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So winter is starting and I need to keep the temperature up to 22C (I live in South Africa, Gauteng). How do you keep your hedgehog warm during Winter?

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Old 04-09-2019, 12:13 PM   #2 (permalink)
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CHE set up - CHE stands for Ceramic Heat Emitter. This is the best way to keep the whole cage warm as it warms the air. You need a ceramic holder (this will depend on the type of enclosure you have) a ceramic heat emitter this should produce heat only and no light, you'll also need a pulse thermostat to control the temperature so it goes on when the prob picks up its dropped below set temperature.
And a thermometer if you dont have one already.

There is a heat mat option, but its not recommended to use, as it only heats the floor which isnt really ideal for them, and theres a risk of it burning the hedgehog.
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Old 04-09-2019, 05:22 PM   #3 (permalink)
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It can be a tricky balance. My house can be funny when the seasons change - sometimes even with my heat lamps I have to move the cage upstairs or back downstairs if one space is too hot/cold. Since it's spring here we just turned on our air conditioning, and the normal space I keep the cage in gets freezing and won't go up past 18C even with two heat lamps and clipped on blankets for insulation around the cage! so I just have to move the whole thing upstairs.

Another factor to keep in mind, too, is the size of the room. It's going to be much easier to maintain the right temperature in a smaller space, especially with less vents, which can be closed or covered if necessary. Use the heat lamps, and try insulating around the cage with blankets if necessary (keeping them well away from the heat lamps of course).

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