Re: just lookin for an answer.
The wheel is removed about 5-7 days before the female is due, so that when the babies are born, she isn't distracted from caring for them, and they can't be injured by her carrying them in her mouth while wheeling. For the rest of her pregnancy there's no reason a female shouldn't have a wheel.
USDA licensed breeder in Port Orchard, WA.
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