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Old 08-29-2012, 12:27 AM   #46 (permalink)
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Default Re: Breeding basics

I think that's a good decision. You can always get another hedgehog from a breeder - a female is better. She wouldn't be able to be housed with your current girl, but they could interact outside of their cages, supervised playtime, etc. Females usually get along well enough for that.

Hedgehogs are difficult because the mothers are very sensitive and can eat or hurt their babies because of any little bit of stress. The mortality rate of baby hedgehogs is very high. There are other reasons, like how breedings are less successful in the autumn/winter, but the high chance of mothers cannibalizing babies (compared to a lot of other species) and the smaller litters (compared to rodents) is the main reason why they're known to be hard to breed.
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