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Old 08-16-2013, 11:46 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I recently purchased 2 male hedgehogs, each 8 Weeks old, that the breeder said would live fine together. They aren't fighting and actually sleep with/on one another in the same spot in their hut. They eat, drink and play together. I've been reading that as they grow they will eventually kill each other. Is this true? Is there nothing that can be done to prevent it other than seperate cages? The breeder knew we would be housing them in the same cage.
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Old 08-16-2013, 11:51 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Selling two males, especially knowing they would be in the same cage makes me wonder how reputable this breeder is. Hedgehogs should never be housed together- the only pairs that occasionally work are two female who are sisters.


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I wouldn't take the chance. Better safe than sorry. It'd be safest to separate them.
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Old 08-16-2013, 11:54 PM   #4 (permalink)
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They may do okay for now, and really, there are pairs of boys that do fine together. It depends on the personalities, mostly. But it's usually more likely for boys to fight each other than pairs of girls, so it's usually recommended to be very cautious with introducing male hedgies to each other or housing them together. They may grow up and continue to be fine, or they may start to get hormonal as they get older and get territorial with each other - and there's always the chance that when the decide to fight is at night, when you're sleeping and can't intervene quickly.

Personally, I'd separate them - but I would also be very hesitant to house any two hedgehogs in one cage except in very special circumstances. It seems like more trouble than it's worth anyway - The cage needs to be double the size of a one-hedgehog cage (so 8 square feet would be most recommended...at the very least, six), two wheels, two sleeping places (or more), two sets of dishes, etc. So you're not saving any space or equipment money, for one thing. For another, having them in the same cage makes it more difficult to tell who's eating how much (so you can't keep track of appetite and amount of food eaten as a gauge for health issues), you can't tell who's having the green or bloody poops, etc. You could separate them after seeing worrisome signs in order to see who's the sick one...but that takes extra time. I just don't see the point, myself.
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The breeder we bought them from is the only legal breeder in arkansas and is sponsered by the arkansas fish and game. We assumed she knew what she was talking about but now it seems like she was just trying to get a sale. They both seem very passive but I don't know if that's because they're young or because they have passive personalities. What is a good way to know if one of them is dominant?
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It might just be that they're young and hormones haven't set in yet. I would keep an eye out for one chasing the other one around more, one hogging more of the food (if you can keep an eye on that) or the wheel (if you only have one right now), or any huffiness between the two. If one is constantly sleeping in a corner or someplace other than the sleeping area, the other might be kicking him out of the best sleeping place.
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I woke up to a strange squeaking noise coming from one of them. I'm assuming this isn't very good. One keeps trying to get under the other and its actually that one that's making the noise.
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