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Old 01-19-2010, 01:45 AM   #21 (permalink)
 
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I'm a little confused, do provide this 12-14 hours of heat/light in the day or the night? Or 24/7
Obviously, they are nocturnal and do not need light at night but when should the heat be provided? All day or all night or all the time? And always the same temp?
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Old 01-19-2010, 02:41 AM   #22 (permalink)
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The light is during the day, to help keep a consistent schedule. Few hedgies will come out when it is light. You can't have 12-14 hours of light 24/7, as 12-14 is not 24.
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A consistent light schedule is important too. This is as simple as keeping a light on during the day.
Heat needs to be 24/7, at a consistent temp.
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the cage should be kept at 73-78 F (23-25 C) constantly.


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Old 01-21-2010, 10:16 PM   #23 (permalink)
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Must you use a digital thermometer, or would the kind with mercury (lol dont know what its called) in it be okay?
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Old 01-21-2010, 10:19 PM   #24 (permalink)
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Most people prefer the digital ones but IMO either one is ok.
Digital ones are around $4 to $10 depending on features.
The old trusty mercury ones start at $1
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Old 01-22-2010, 03:33 AM   #25 (permalink)
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I believe it's just dyed alcohol nowadays. I prefer digital, but the old fashioned ones will work in a pinch.



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Old 01-31-2010, 10:41 PM   #26 (permalink)
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where is the best place to put the sensor of the thermostat, like how far away from the actual CHE fixture and such?
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Old 02-01-2010, 12:56 AM   #27 (permalink)
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I put the sensor near the ground in the back/middle of the cage. Somewhere at the level your hedgie will be, but where they can't get to it and make it appear to the sensor that is warmer than it actually is (by sitting next to it/sleeping on it).



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Old 02-17-2010, 09:21 PM   #28 (permalink)
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This is definitely extreeemmmely helpful.
I'm sure you know that. haha.
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That was a very informative post.

However, I still have a question. You mentioned that you should not use two pronged space heaters because they are not grounded. The only space heater that I have is two pronged, but is always supervised. Is this a problem? I really don't want to have to ask my dad for a different space heater because it isn't grounded.
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I think if the space heater was made non-grounded, it's not a problem. The problem was that if it was meant to be grounded, you shouldn't try and adapt it to something so it was only two prongs.



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