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Old 09-01-2014, 01:29 PM   #1 (permalink)
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How old does my hedgie have to be to breed? I look forward to breeding but I need a mentor (since it will be my first time). Also (if my hedgie is old enough, she is 3 months and 6 days) would anyone be able to provide a male hedgehog?
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Old 09-01-2014, 01:44 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Your female has to be at least 5-6 months before you breed her, so she's 6 months before the delivery. She can't be older than 1 year for her first delivery.

Do you have a pedigree for your female? You should not breed her otherwise - you need to check her genetic background for any genetic issues that could be passed on to her babies. The same thing is required with the male. If you breed without having the pedigrees, it's irresponsible and not supported at HHC.

Honestly, if she's your first hedgehog, it would be much better to wait and enjoy her as a pet. Breeding hedgehogs takes knowledge of hedgehog behavior, lots of research into normal and unusual behaviors of pregnant and nursing females, you need up to $1000 available for emergency vet visits in case she needs an emergency c-section (and if you're not prepared, you could potentially lose her and all of the babies). That's great that you're looking into a mentor though. There's a lot to learn about breeding, even if you only want to have one or two litters. I would take things slow, do lots of reading, find a mentor and talk to them, etc. And though it sounds bad, read the horror stories. Not every hedgehog pregnancy ends badly, but you can't assume nothing bad will happen and it's best to be prepared. You should also check to see if you have any responsible, ethical breeders in your area that may have and be willing to provide a foster mom if your hedgehog rejects her babies. Hand-raising is very difficult and often unsuccessful.

I know I'm being a bit of a wet blanket, but IMO, breeding is something that should be done only with plenty of preparation, research, and knowledge of hedgehogs. If you do decide to go ahead though, I wish you and your hedgehog luck with the litter. If you do run into trouble, please don't be afraid to post questions. Even if we don't support irresponsible breeding, our first concern is always for the hedgehogs and we'll help if there's a problem. But please, for your hedgehog's sake, give serious consideration to just enjoying her as a pet. There's plenty of time to get into breeding hedgehogs further down the line if you stay completely in love with these guys. New owners that are just getting the hang of the needs, behavior, and body language of hedgehogs are not great candidates for breeding. It'll be better for everyone if you wait a couple years or so.
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Your female has to be at least 5-6 months before you breed her, so she's 6 months before the delivery. She can't be older than 1 year for her first delivery.

Do you have a pedigree for your female? You should not breed her otherwise - you need to check her genetic background for any genetic issues that could be passed on to her babies. The same thing is required with the male. If you breed without having the pedigrees, it's irresponsible and not supported at HHC.

Honestly, if she's your first hedgehog, it would be much better to wait and enjoy her as a pet. Breeding hedgehogs takes knowledge of hedgehog behavior, lots of research into normal and unusual behaviors of pregnant and nursing females, you need up to $1000 available for emergency vet visits in case she needs an emergency c-section (and if you're not prepared, you could potentially lose her and all of the babies). That's great that you're looking into a mentor though. There's a lot to learn about breeding, even if you only want to have one or two litters. I would take things slow, do lots of reading, find a mentor and talk to them, etc. And though it sounds bad, read the horror stories. Not every hedgehog pregnancy ends badly, but you can't assume nothing bad will happen and it's best to be prepared. You should also check to see if you have any responsible, ethical breeders in your area that may have and be willing to provide a foster mom if your hedgehog rejects her babies. Hand-raising is very difficult and often unsuccessful.

I know I'm being a bit of a wet blanket, but IMO, breeding is something that should be done only with plenty of preparation, research, and knowledge of hedgehogs. If you do decide to go ahead though, I wish you and your hedgehog luck with the litter. If you do run into trouble, please don't be afraid to post questions. Even if we don't support irresponsible breeding, our first concern is always for the hedgehogs and we'll help if there's a problem. But please, for your hedgehog's sake, give serious consideration to just enjoying her as a pet. There's plenty of time to get into breeding hedgehogs further down the line if you stay completely in love with these guys. New owners that are just getting the hang of the needs, behavior, and body language of hedgehogs are not great candidates for breeding. It'll be better for everyone if you wait a couple years or so.
How do I obtain A pedigree?
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You'd need to get it from her breeder, as far as I know. Now that I remember, I have serious questions about the breeder you got her from. She was sent home with you way too young, at only 4 weeks. If the breeder sent the food home with you as well, they also don't feed their hedgehogs a good food at all. I would be very hesitant to trust the breeder you got her from for anything, and would seriously suggest not breeding her.
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You'd need to get it from her breeder, as far as I know. Now that I remember, I have serious questions about the breeder you got her from. She was sent home with you way too young, at only 4 weeks. If the breeder sent the food home with you as well, they also don't feed their hedgehogs a good food at all. I would be very hesitant to trust the breeder you got her from for anything, and would seriously suggest not breeding her.
My breeder did not send food with her. I ONLY feed Clementine cat food with 33% protein. And I did in fact check with my breeder. None of her previous (or present) hedgehogs have WHS or any other disease.
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The ingredients are as much of a concern as the protein percentage. And you still need a pedigree in order to breed responsibly - I wouldn't take the word of a breeder who sends a baby home at 4 weeks. A responsible, ethical breeder who has someone looking to breed one of their babies will make sure that person has the actual pedigree so they can check it for themselves. If the breeder doesn't have it or won't give it to you (unless their reason is because they don't want you breeding her), then that's a concern.

Can I ask why you're so determined to breed your hedgehog when you've only had her for two months?
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My breeder did not send food with her. I ONLY feed Clementine cat food with 33% protein. And I did in fact check with my breeder. None of her previous (or present) hedgehogs have WHS or any other disease.
It doesn't just need to be her hogs with a healthy background. That's why you need a pedigree. You need to check back 4 but preferably 5 generations back.
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You need to have a 5 generation pedigree, free from WHS. Check with the Registry to make certain the lines are clear and that will include the male you breed her with.
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WHS can skip a few generations so just because her present and past hedgehogs do not/did not have it doesn't mean that there isn't WHS in their background. Unless you know their ancestors, back as far as great-great-great grandparents didn't have it then you are not being a responsible breeder or owner.
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The ingredients are as much of a concern as the protein percentage. And you still need a pedigree in order to breed responsibly - I wouldn't take the word of a breeder who sends a baby home at 4 weeks. A responsible, ethical breeder who has someone looking to breed one of their babies will make sure that person has the actual pedigree so they can check it for themselves. If the breeder doesn't have it or won't give it to you (unless their reason is because they don't want you breeding her), then that's a concern.

Can I ask why you're so determined to breed your hedgehog when you've only had her for two months?
I'm not determined? I am just excited for Clementine.
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