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Old 06-10-2014, 01:03 AM   #1 (permalink)
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The title says it all. I have two female albino hedgehogs who are housed together. They seem to be doing a breeding pair would do. sqeeking,one is chasing the other around the cage, the one is refusing thother. Etc. what should I do?
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Separate them, as soon as possible. It sounds like the one doing the chasing is bullying the other. It isn't going to be long before someone gets scratched, spiked, or bitten, and it isn't worth letting them get hurt. Hedgehogs shouldn't be housed together, and certainly without an extra set up in case of emergency. I'd shift one hedgehog, even if it has to be into a temporary tub or something?
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It sounds as though they are fighting, and so they should be separated. If you house females together, then you must always watch for any signs of fighting happening, and then separate them.
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I agree- I would separate them. I have two females that have separate cages. I also have to make sure they aren't in close contact as one will try to bite the smaller one when she gets too close.
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I would have to agree here. This does sound like bullying. I've only heard of housing to females together when they have grown up together from the same litter and even then you have to be aware of any changes occurring as they can always get to be a little to close for each others comfort. It could be a hormonal change, an age change, or simply one wanting her own space but whatever the case may be I would separate them first and foremost to avoid any possible injuries that may occur.
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