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Old 08-16-2011, 08:19 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Would anyone be interested in helping me to put together a how-to book for hedgehog care?

The situation is this: I have been commissioned to write a how-to guide on anything I want, and I chose hedgehog care. There are two parts to the commission, the written portion of the book which details the steps and information about how to care for a hedgehog, while the second portion of the commission deals with having pictures to demonstrate each section of the book, for example one thing I want to cover is how to bathe a hedgehog; so I would need pictures of supplies needed and then a few pictures of a hedgie getting a bath and being dried off.

Though I have a hedgie herd of my own, I just don't have the variety of pictures needed for the project and was wondering if anyone here at HHC would mind sharing some of their photos with me? The written portion of the book is "easy" meaning I can write prolifically with a minimal amount of effort, but tracking down and/or taking all of the photos myself would be the hard part.

Below is the "table of contents" for the book:

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Introduction

Chapter One: Hedgehog Identification
How to identify different species of hedgehog
How to tell if your hedgehog is a boy or a girl

Chapter Two: Hedgehog Housing (Indoors, Outdoors)
How to house your hedgehog part one: European Hedgehogs
How to house your hedgehog part two: African Hedgehogs
How to build an outdoor home for a European Hedgehog
How to build an indoor cage for any type of hedgehog
How to line your hedgehog’s cage
How to make a bonding pouch for your hedgehog
How to heat your hedgehog’s cage safely

Chapter Three: How to Feed a Hedgehog (Intro to hedgehog diets)
How to create an ideal hedgehog diet
How to select treats for your hedgehog
How to farm insects for your hedgehog
How to give your hedgehog water: bottle or bowl?

Chapter Four:
Hedgercise: Hedgehogs Need Exercise Too (Dangers of obesity in hedgehogs)
How to select a commercially-made hedgehog wheel
How to build your own hedgehog wheel
How to encourage your hedgehog to swim
How to encourage exercise by foraging

Chapter Five: Keeping Your Hedgehog Healthy (touch on housing/heat/lighting)
How to spot common health problems
How to treat common hedgehog ailments
How to know when to see a vet
How to syringe feed a hedgehog
How to trim a hedgehog’s nails safely
How to bathe a hedgehog

Chapter Six: Hedgehog Breeding Basics (Before you start breeding)
How to select hedgehogs for your breeding program
Hedgehog mating and gestation tips
What to do when the babies arrive
How to wean baby hedgehogs
What to do if the mother hedgehog rejects her babies
How to find good homes for your baby hedgehogs

Chapter Seven: Why Do They Do That? Hedgehog Behavior Tips (Annointing, Quilling, etc)
How to bond with your hedgehog
How to discourage aggressive behavior
How to potty train your hedgehog

Appendix: Hedgehog Information & Links
This is a I-will-get-paid-for-it project, so I understand if someone would be unwilling to share their photos without being compensated for them. And I guess the same would go for any information that could be used to discuss the topics mentioned above. Just in the interest of honesty and full disclosure I wanted to let you all know that I will be getting paid for the end result (the book).

The funds from this project will be going toward establishing my hedgie emergency fund, purchasing supplies for my emergency kit for my boys, and fixing my vehicle so I have a way to get to and from wherever I need to go, for example to the vet in the case of an emergency.

If you are okay with what I will be doing with the photos and information, please let me know either here in this topic or via PM so I can send you my e-mail address so you can send pictures to me via email (the bigger the better ^_^).

Thank you for taking the time to read this monster post!
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Old 08-16-2011, 08:25 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Wow! That sounds like fun! I will give you some pictures, but let me take them first!
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I would be interested in supporting it as I am working on gathering data on hedgehog diets and its a large project and I am still hammering out the site and survey.

I would make sure the wording is in a manner which presents it not so much as fact. While we do know some facts about hedgehogs a lot is still speculation and should be worded in a way which presents itself in that manner (In my opinion) as that is how I'm going about this diet project is gathering information and opinions from many people to develop a better understanding of what is best and practiced and what is not.

Pictures I have tons of and I could ask my room mate who has a professional camera and was trained for camera work to assist me with anything you might need when possible.

I think its a wonderful undertaking and am excited to hear about it ^.^

In regards to the photos and info just credit those who contributed and that's should be sufficient for most
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You can use any of my pics from my site or my facebook.
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I am not to sure what pictures you would like to use, so I will send you my photobucket pictures I have of my babies, Hedgie and Norah. Hope you find somthing you want to use!
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I know Norah has a bath picture so you can use that!
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Default Re: Help with putting together a how-to guide for hedgehogs?

Thank you everyone! It will be fun to see what kinds of pictures you all have of your hedgies doing various fun and hedgie-like things ^_^

I intend to put a disclaimer into the introductory text at the beginning of each chapter that explains that the information that will follow is only based on the best information available at the present time and is not to be taken as fact or in place of the advice of an animal expert or veterinarian.

Photos can be credited of course, just let me know what name you would like to have placed with the picture (your real name, HHC username, etc) and I will add it to the photos I use.

I'll be putting this together next week since I have that week off from school
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If you use mine that is, Just use my username and my hedgehogs names. This could be also a great way to avertise the website and get people to fall in love with the 'quills of joy'!
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I don't know if this here will help but I use magnets to hold down Terra's fleece in her pin.
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I didn't see if you were going to discuss quilling in there or not. Also maybe some of the sounds they make too could be discussed. Sorry I don't have any pics to share besides ones where they look cute lol. Good luck and I hope you will share the finished product with us or atleast tell us where we can find it!
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I think that a section in the book about spaying and neutering would be helpful. My vet said that spaying has health benefits for females but neutering is not required for males. More explanation on those subjects would be helpful, as I have a hard time finding helpful information about it.
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