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Old 11-01-2012, 10:37 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I am worried about silver, she is eating much less and looks like she has lost some weight. Could this just be her slowing down for the winter? I keep her cage at LEAST 72 degrees and she always has food and water. She has been eating 1/2 tbsp or less a day. Ant feedback would be amazing.
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Old 11-01-2012, 10:39 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Sounds like she needs a warmer cage.
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Old 11-01-2012, 10:41 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I was going to say the same thing but I am so new at this that I didn't want to put my 2 cents in when someone more qualified would know better than me. Maybe trying to go into hybernation mode. I know I have read on here that some hedgehogs require a higher temp than others. You don't want to cook them out or anything but warmer then the typical 72 or 73 temp.
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Thanks. Bandit is fine in that temp so I just figured they were both ok
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Also, how much light are they getting? If they arent getting 12-14 hours of light, you might want to add some more - it keeps their sleep schedules correct, and with winter coming, there's less daylight, so that could also be a reason!
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Old 11-01-2012, 02:35 PM   #6 (permalink)
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They get the same amount of light every day. So I got a warmer lamp. Hopefully that helps!!
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What do you mean they get the same amount of light every day? Do you mean both hedgies get the same or that they get the same number of hours of light every day? How many hours do they get and is it just daylight or do you turn a light on for them? Exactly what temp do you keep the cage at?
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Old 11-01-2012, 03:04 PM   #8 (permalink)
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They get light from approx 930am - like 10 pm every day in a room that has the thermostat at 72 plus I have a heat lamp on each cage that has a 100 watt basking light on it. At night, I have a 50 watt black nocturnal lamp.
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I'd highly recommend ditching both of the bulbs and getting a CHE bulb for each cage, either 100 or 150 watts. They don't emit light at all, which means you'd have to use a lamp or something else to give light, but that way you're not having to switch bulbs for day/night, and there's no light being emitted at night - all of the night lamps I've seen sold for reptiles do emit some kind of light, and 50 watts isn't high at all. Using 100 watts for day and 50 watts for night could definitely be keeping them too cool at night, especially if your house gets colder (I know mine does, at least). I would try raising both cages to 73-75 degrees and see how they do. Your boy may be fine for now, but a majority of hedgehogs seem to be most comfortable around 75, so he may be more active and comfortable if it's higher too, even if he's not seeming to be as affected as your girl. If he seems more off with a warmer temp, he could be one of the rare hogs that likes it cooler, but it's worth a try.
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Old 11-02-2012, 10:20 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Thank you I will for sure try that!
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