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Old 12-23-2012, 11:05 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Gender mix-up; should I still get him?

So it turns out the baby girl I reserved is actually a boy The breeder was playing with him today and figured out the mis-labeling. I am set to pick him up next Saturday but the breeder says I may reserve a girl from a new litter instead since I wanted a girl.

I can't really decide which way to go with this. Pros/cons to getting the little boy:

Pros:
I get my baby next week.
I can be 100% sure I have time to drive and pick him up (not sure what school/job will allow later on).
I get to have experience with a male hoglet.
I could name him Caspar I love that name.

Cons:
Can't really have the hogs out for playtime together since opposite gender
Travel may be a little more difficult with the opposite genders
Would have to deal with "boy time" messes (the boy time itself I don't care about)

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Old 12-23-2012, 11:16 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I have a boy and girl hedgie. I keep play time seperate cause they dont like each other. hedgies dont generally like other hedgies. the only time I have had to deal with boy time is when i am changing his bedding but other then that I have had not had a problem with it. I only have my male Sonic in my signiture because Im trying to find Lena Bean my female another home cause I dont have the amount of time I did before to give to her.
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Old 12-23-2012, 11:26 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I would, I mean gender shouldn't really matter right? When I got Dallas I didn't know if he was a gril or boy, I was just happy to have a hog. Boy time isnt that bad,some males are worse then others, I have 2 males and a female and i honsetly think it's a preference thing. I'd say go for it!
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Old 12-23-2012, 11:29 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Wait for the girl.

Pros:
no sperm messes
no issue letting your hogs socialize (well unless they fight but that's obvious)
no potential for accidental mating
travel won't be as nerve wracking
you can still name her Caspar


You're not really missing out on anything with the male hog experience in my opinion. The only differences I found with my specific hedgehogs over the years were that the male was more messy, pooped where he slept a lot, and there was always sperm stuck to his fur, and all over his bedding. From this experience I opted to only adopt females from then on, lol.
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Old 12-23-2012, 11:43 PM   #5 (permalink)
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IMO, it depends on your housing situation and how capable you are in keeping them separate at all times, and that no one else in your household may decide to put them together to let them "play".

We've had several different incidences lately, either accidentally forgetting to close the cages properly, to a non-escape proof cage with a ninja hog, to having a family member temporarily watch them while you clean cages, and not watching well enough and end up interacting.

Or, you may chose to get the male, then get the female spayed. Then you won't have to worry about accidental babies.
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I'd wait on the girl for reasons already mentioned.
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Old 12-23-2012, 11:47 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I have a boy, and if I ever get another, it will be a boy. Percy is spotless, a clean freak. he only poops and pees on his wheel which means for easy clean up. He cleans his own poopy boots. I know, yuck, but saves me in time on foot baths like I did when he was a baby. He is 7 months old and I've yet to see him do boy time, or even see anything in his cage that may look like it. As it's been mentioned, two girl's may not get along either, but you'd have to be careful not to have opposite gender's mate. I'm not sure what else to say as I'm loving having a little (ummm, big) boy.
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I'm not planning on getting another hedgie while I have Zannah but if I ever did, I think I would prefer them to be the same sex (just for reference humans are the only animals that truly have genders since gender and sex are different but I'm mostly particular on this since I'm a bio major and gets points off tests/assignments if I say gender when I mean sex, but anyway that's just me ). Even though they are perfectly fine alone, I still think it would be much easier on you to have two girls. Even if they don't interact I imagine it might be easier for you to be able to have them out together and stuff.
Personally, I'd say wait for a girl. How long will you have to wait for a little girl? That might make a difference too if you're as impatient as I am.
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Old 12-24-2012, 12:23 AM   #9 (permalink)
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I'd be waiting another two months to get the girl if I wait on her So she'd be going home in February. All the older babies are already reserved.

The breeder says the boy is really sweet. I'm going to go meet him on Saturday and will make a final decision. If I don't like him I will pick a girl from the litters while I am there I'd hate to wait so long but it wouldn't kill me.

oh science. You are correct about gender v. sex, sometimes I forget. I need to make sure I get that correct, it's important to nursing.
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Old 12-24-2012, 01:11 AM   #10 (permalink)
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would being housed near a male change Quinnlee's behavior at all?
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