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Old 04-23-2019, 05:14 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I was wondering do you all feed your Hedgies only certain times of the day, a certain amount per day or just keep food always available for them?
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I feed my hedgehog a set amount of food per day - but I feed mostly wet cat food & premade commercial raw (and a variety of live insects, of course). In a separate bowl she pretty much always has kibbles leftover from her kibble days, but only around 6-8g (but she only tends eat on average half this, if a bit more). She's given a set-amount of food and gets fed at 9-10pm every day - when she's awake, so that her dinner is as fresh as possible. All her food is weighed; of her wet & raw foods, she consume ~35g per day, and gets insects on top of this. She is a super active hog, and that's what works for her.

I don't (personally) like the idea of free-feeding hedgehogs. As in; giving them an unlimited supply of food. Some of them will boredom eat, and eat it just because it's there. Especially a food like kibble that is often just so calorie dense, hedgehogs who are given free-reign to eat whatever they want always tend to be the ones we see who suffer obesity related issues.
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I do a set amount of 14g of biscuit, give it to her at 9-9:30pm depending on when I put her back) and then leave it there until 7pm when I go to get her.
She doesn't really eat it during the day though only sometimes and it mainly depends on how much she ate durning the night.
She has her insects given to her every night too with the biscuit
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A lot of this depends on the hedgehog and the situation. I have had several over the years, including one right now that I really wish I could get her to eat more. She is free fed with a very high fat/calorie food as she simply so active that she forgets to eat. I also have had some that I have had to cut their evening allotment down as the would eat until they were overly full and wouldn't exercise. Splitting their meal between evening and morning fixed that.
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It’s definitely up to your individual hedgehog. If he’s an extremely active hog, more food or a richer food would be good, but if he’s not all that active and still given access to excess food, he could become obese QUICK as these guys pack on the pounds extremely fast. I feed Christina when she wakes up at night- not a set time just when she’s ready!
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I feed Christina when she wakes up at night- not a set time just when she’s ready!
Holly wake up at 9pm pretty much every night (plus shes still out with me, at 9:30 I haven't put her back she pesters me because she wants her food. Thats the only reason mine is a set time !!

Oh also I was gonna mention that the 14g I give she doesn't eat it all which is why I'll leave it there all day without a problem.
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I free feed my hog. He has never had a problem with eating too much.
In fact, when I got him, he was under weight since he's a really active hog and the food couldn't keep up with the activity.
Luckily he doesn't forget to eat like Kalandra's.
I give him (still have to weigh) 220 kibble pieces, it was originally 240, but I got new kibble which I'm trying to work into his diet, and its a little bigger and more nutritious than the previous.

Then I give him an apple slice which I cut into cubes, and then his two mealworms on the kibble and apple. Once I week I had flaxeed oil onto the kibble, and I'm gonna give him a dubia roach every Sunday.

Im gonna weigh everything tomorrow.
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