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Old 07-01-2020, 04:13 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Hedgehog wakes up early as 5:30 or 6pm?

Here is the light/dark schedule I'm doing:
630am lights on,
7pm lights off.
Hedgehog is active as early as 5:30, doesn't seem bothered by light. Do I need to adjust? Is something wrong?

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I have had my 1.5 y/o named Spork for only two days. The past two nights he woke up between 5:30-6:00pm and started wheeling, despite having his light still on!

It's also summertime, so we have longer hours of sunlight. I turn off his light by 7pm. The blinds are closed, but because of summer hours it's STILL light outside. Despite this, he is really active!

I just let him do his thing. He loves his wheel and I hear him all night long. By 4-5am, I think he goes to sleep because by 6am he is back in his fleece sack which he stays in all day.
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Old 07-03-2020, 11:28 AM   #2 (permalink)
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At 2 days in a new home, he is likely stress running. You may find that given time to settle into his new home, and new routine that he will settle down and start to get up at a more 'normal' time range and that his wheeling and activity levels will also drop. Some hedgehogs react to the stress of a new home, and routine by running. He may run hard and at odd times for a couple of weeks, or it could take months depending on how quickly he adjusts. Of course you may just have a hedgehog who is overly active and needs to burn that energy by running.
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At 2 days in a new home, he is likely stress running. You may find that given time to settle into his new home, and new routine that he will settle down and start to get up at a more 'normal' time range and that his wheeling and activity levels will also drop. Some hedgehogs react to the stress of a new home, and routine by running. He may run hard and at odd times for a couple of weeks, or it could take months depending on how quickly he adjusts. Of course you may just have a hedgehog who is overly active and needs to burn that energy by running.
Hi there, just thought I would give a little update:

Tonight I think he finally started adjusting to his new routine! I wasn't able to be there as I'm petsitting elsewhere, but my family members said he slept later than usual and woke up past 7pm, when his light turned off. Like clockwork! Started wheeling as usual right away

As with most things, I guess it takes time. Being a first-time hedgie parent makes everything feel soooo scary but I feel much better now that he is beginning to settle in.
Thank you for the advice!
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Happy to hear he is settling in. These little ones all react a little different when going home. Keep up the routine and I bet you continue to see signs that he is adjusting and starting to feel more comfortable with what has happened.


Don't hesitate to post things when you aren't certain if its something normal, or are confused by what is going on and are worried.
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