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Old 11-17-2014, 01:04 AM   #71 (permalink)
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Has anyone housed 2 hedgies together that have different personalities? I have a 2 year old very grumpy / loner. My husband recently brought home a little one who is definitely a cuddler / explorer. The little one has desperately been trying to cuddle up to the older one. She wants to be right next to her all the time. The grumpy one is tolerant, but not happy about it, she will hiss at the newer one once, and then let her sleep within an inch or so of her, but won't let her touch her. They each have their own everything, so they don't fight over food or wheels, but we are thinking of just housing them separately. But then will the new cuddler will be lonely in a cage by herself? In the mean time we are keeping a very close eye on them to see how they interact. I was actually hoping a prickly friend would warm my grumpy girl up a little.
I wouldn't. Hedgehogs don't crave company like other animals. Putting them together might cause stress and injury. Hedgehogs generally only can be housed together if they are raised together.
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Old 01-22-2015, 10:00 PM   #72 (permalink)
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Hello,

I just bought my first hedgehog(s). I wanted two, but only planned on getting one because of the fighting that can go on between them.

The breeder told me that as long as they are babies when housed together, then will grow up without problems, and said that introducing a new male to an already established adult male habitat will cause problems.

So, I bought two baby males that were living together at the breeders and are living together now. There has been no problems between them but I'm now finding myself concerned because everything I'm reading says "NEVER house males together"

Thoughts?
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Hello,

I just bought my first hedgehog(s). I wanted two, but only planned on getting one because of the fighting that can go on between them.

The breeder told me that as long as they are babies when housed together, then will grow up without problems, and said that introducing a new male to an already established adult male habitat will cause problems.

So, I bought two baby males that were living together at the breeders and are living together now. There has been no problems between them but I'm now finding myself concerned because everything I'm reading says "NEVER house males together"

Thoughts?
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Old 10-03-2015, 09:20 AM   #74 (permalink)
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So, I bought two baby males that were living together at the breeders and are living together now. There has been no problems between them but I'm now finding myself concerned because everything I'm reading says "NEVER house males together"
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Housing males together is commonly done in Germany and as long as you respect certain rules it might work.

But with males you really have to see reason in case it does not work and let them live separately so you always need to have a plan b. With brothers it is often easier, but even that is no guarantee for it to work forever. As soon as they have grown older they may develop territorial behavior which might lead to quarreling.
Some really experienced co-housing keepers even say it is mostly about their individual characters and whether they like each other; more than about anything else (age, relatedness, former living conditions and such).
The probability does rise with their cage's size, though.

It is possible for it to work. There are also bigger male co-housing cases (concerning up to four or five hedgies living together) here that work fantastically and it's not that rare. But all those keepers have a plan about what to do as soon as it stops working and they know what to look for.
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Old 10-11-2015, 08:10 PM   #75 (permalink)
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I have a 3 year old female hedgehog and a possible opportunity to adopt a baby in a month or two- I've heard of older females taking in and caring for babies, and I really feel like Buffy could use a companion, not because I think she's lonely (I know hedgehogs are solitary!) but because I used to have her with me all day and I haven't had time for that lately, so I worry that she's bored and could use some more interaction. Is this a valid concern or am I just being paranoid mommy? Would it be a good idea to bring Buffy over and let her hang out with a few different babies and see if they get along, or will they need enough of an adjustment period that that wouldn't matter? ;; I'm just not sure what to do haha- I feel like introducing another hog could either perk her up significantly or really piss her off P:
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Old 10-11-2015, 09:27 PM   #76 (permalink)
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Most likely just piss her off. She isn't lonely for another hedgehog friend.
It's unlikely that a breeder would allow them to play before hand. Illnesses can be passed and if they don't get along who pays for damage?
If you have limited time to handle your current hedgehog you would have the same amount of time to devote to two.
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Agreed. It doesn't sound like a good idea at all for you to get a second hedgehog now. If you wanted them housed together, you would need a minimum of an 8 square foot cage, bigger is better, two of everything, and there would still be the possibility of them not getting along & injuring each other. If you feel she's bored, you'd be better off finding more things for her to do in her cage such as a dig box, a sand box (there have been a couple threads going on about this if you check out...probably the Cage Accessories forum? or use the search function), and some foraging toys or hide treats & food around her cage.

Like Twobytwo said, two hedgehogs means twice the amount of time you need to spend with them, so that's not going to solve any problems for you. Better to just try and spend as much time with Buffy as you can.
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