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Old 07-03-2013, 09:02 PM   #451 (permalink)
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I would be worried about an escape. Some hogs won't think of climbing for months or years then decided it time to escape. My thought is its better to be safe than sorry when it comes to hedgies escaping. Its easier to put a lid on now than try to find them after they escape and possibly get hurt. I can't count how many times we here "my hedgehog has no interest at all in climbing", then a few months later they're posting that their hedgehog has escape and they need help finding them.
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Old 08-18-2013, 12:49 PM   #452 (permalink)
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Hey guys new to the site, I have been a hedge hog owner years ago, and just recently gotten 2 hedgies, male and female. well about a month after we got them the girl went crazy so we moved her to her own place just in case. Well we are now owners of 6 hedgies. the babies are doing great, they are almost 4 weeks old, anyway, back to the topic. I built a C&C cage, so far I hate it. couple of questions. the clips they come with get in the way of the plastic tray thing. (it is chloroplast, but am not sure how to spell it properly), so they teeter totter. The male is not liking it right now, he keeps trying to stick his head through the squares, so what plastic are you guys putting around I still want it somewhat visible thru there. The girl apparently is a digger as the fleece liner is wadded up all over the cage, question there is how do I keep her from moving the liner around? I am not sure if wrapping the liner will be enough. any help would be great.
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Old 08-18-2013, 01:30 PM   #453 (permalink)
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You might get more views and responses if you make your own thread to ask your questions on.

For C&C cages, most people do use coroplast. Personally, I only used the clips that came with the cubes for the top - I just used zip-ties for the rest of the cage (and reinforced the top with zip-ties as well). How high up the sides does the coroplast go? It should go up 8-10" in order to keep a hedgie from climbing or getting their head caught in the squares. Size of the squares is another concern - the ones making up the walls of the cage should have 9 squares, so they're small enough to avoid hedgie getting stuck. The male trying to get his head through makes me think maybe they're the ones with only 6 squares?

I would inquire on the breeding forum as far as the female's cage - even if the babies are 4 weeks old, she could still potentially attack and hurt them if the cage is messed with too much. So it'd be best to get opinions from a breeder on that. If she's in a C&C cage though, you might need to do careful modifications as a temporary solution until you wean & separate the babies in the next week or two - if they climb or try to explore, they can get through the C&C cubes pretty easily. But like I said, best to ask a breeder about the risks of that and what to do exactly. Once you do separate the babies, it'd probably be best to put them in something like Sterilite tubs until you get things set up for them or rehome them - cheap & more secure than most other cages (though Nancy has mentioned she had a baby boy climb out of a sterilite tub with nothing to climb on!).
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Old 08-28-2013, 10:05 AM   #454 (permalink)
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Hi everyone! I'm new to the forum and a soon to be new hedgie owner. I've had rats for a long time and thankfully, I think, a lot of my items will transfer over well. I have an extra SCN (single CritterNation) cage that I'm planning on modifying for my new little guy. They have a 36"x24" footprint, which seems as if it would be really nice and roomy. I wanted to share my plan and see what everyone thought.

I'll be picking up Coroplast today or tomorrow. I was excited to find a place that sells the 8'x4 sheets, nearby, for only $15. They will also cut the sheets in half for me, to make them easier to get home in the back of the truck. So, my plan is to use the coroplast to make a tray with sides to prevent climbing up the wires.

Initially I'm just going to make it one level and use the top shelf for storage. I may work on using the coroplast to build a second level and enclosed ramp in the future.

I already make and use fleece liners for my rats, so that will be easy. I'm considering making them in such a way that they will open so that I could insert a sheet of coroplast inside to make it more challenging to burrow underneath. Does this sound like a good idea?

I also thought I would make something similar to the Cavy Bistro Kitchen. I could then have the wheel in this area with bedding. I'm not sure if I should use bedding in this area or just put a potty under the wheel and use fleece there too. Also unsure of whether it would be best to put food and water in the kitchen or just outside. Any thoughts there would be appreciated. I have the feeling though that it will just depend on my specific critter and how he uses the space.

I currently only have Silent Spinners. So, I'm going to use tape on the little slits until I can get a bucket wheel. Would that be OK?

The only area I'm really unsure about is heating/light. The cage will be in our office/pet room which stays quite warm on it's own. I can use a space heater set to the correct temperature to come on if it gets chilly in there for some reason. But do I need lights on a timer. If I'm going to do that is it better to just get a timer and hook some sort of heat light to it to kill two birds with one stone. Just not sure how to go about this, so suggestions on the most cost effective way to go would be much appreciated!!

Anything else I'm not thinking of??

Thanks so much in advance! I'm delighted to have found such a great forum.
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Oh duh, I found the thread on Heating for Dum...er Simplified! LOL
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Here's our 1st cage, which has dramatically changed after getting two more hedgehogs. And our chubby Malcolm wouldn't climb back up to his upper cage with the food and water once he got to the bottom cage.
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So I'm picking up my new hedgie in about a week. FIRST one ever and I'm SO excited I've spent hours on HHC learning as much as I can and I just have a few questions. I'm using fleece liners, I have bought 3 or 4 different ones to use at different times and measured them out to my cage so I can double them up. Is this enough or should I add something in the middle? The breeder I'm buying from uses water bottles but I've read a lot of mixed reviews so I think I'm going to offer bowl and bottle to see which my baby prefers.. Also I'm getting my cloroplast this week, how high up on the edges should I get it? Last but not least, I was wondering if anyone has bought from Millermeade farms and if so if what they can tell me about them. I've read a lot on their website and they seem reputable but I'm not sure... Thanks so much!! I'm posting pictures of my cage below so feel free to give advice, anything is welcome!! Note that I do not have my wheel yet my parents ordered me the carolina storm bucket wheel for Christmas also I do have a 150 watt CHE with a repti temp 500r that will turn on the lamp if it's too cold it's just not shown here.
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Usually 8-10" of coroplast is recommended, if I remember correctly. Sounds like you're all set for your new baby! The cage looks great. The only thing I can think of is that you may end up wanting a smaller igloo - hedgehogs tend to like tighter spaces to sleep in and a smaller igloo would take up less space as well. It looks like you have the largest size, giant or something like that? A step down to the large would probably be just fine, I think it's the size most people use.
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