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Old 06-11-2014, 02:30 AM   #1 (permalink)
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While I do have experience with hedgehogs they have always been healthy and come today me one at a time. Unfortunately this was not the case with the 2 hedgies I recently took in from an individual who is no longer able to care for them. Currently and in the past I have researched quite a bit on general hedgehog info to further my knowledge but I just hope for some advice/insight/opinions

What I know is that both were housed together for at least the last month, they are 14.5 weeks now. One male, one female. I obviously will start pregnancy watch immediately expecting to potentially find babies any time now. Is this correct?

I obviously separated them immediately. After putting them in cages I noticed they are trying to get out. I also noticed the female biting the previous owner quite a bit while I was there. I have not handled them much yet as I am trying not to overly stress them so I have not thoroughly looked at body condition but hope to do so tomorrow. Should I be handling the female at all at this point, considering she may be pregnant?
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Old 06-11-2014, 08:35 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Yup, definitely start pregnancy watch! Here's our sticky for emergency baby situations - https://www.hedgehogcentral.com/forum...by-advice.html There's a lot more information in the breeding forum, so read as many threads as you can & want. She'll need to be on pregnancy watch for 50 days from the day you took her away from the male, to be sure she's not. Do you have a hedgie-knowledgeable vet that you've used in the past? If so, let them know the situation, just in case she may need any kind of emergency vet care due to pregnancy.

I would guess it'd probably be fine to handle the female for now, as long as you're cautious when you go in to get her out, just in case of sudden babies. However, if a breeder contradicts me, definitely listen to them - I'm not a breeder, just been around here for a long time!

Thank you for taking these guys in. It sounds like they'll be much better off with you! Fingers crossed that the female's not pregnant after all so you don't have to deal with all of that.
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Babies have arrived! Yikesssss
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Old 07-05-2014, 09:24 PM   #4 (permalink)
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