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Old 08-28-2012, 07:37 PM   #41 (permalink)
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i mean unless he knows what hes doing and has the appropriate things needed then i guess it could be easy but i need my hedgies pedigree first and make sure theres no whs
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Old 08-28-2012, 07:40 PM   #42 (permalink)
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I think that most of the time, breeding goes fine and nothing happens to anyone, and everyone is healthy. But there IS the risk, so that's why I know I'm leery on the idea. He's probably just confident because of previous experience with breeding animals in general, but it never hurts to be cautious, IMO. Especially since after the babies, the female stands at the most risk, not the male. And as you said, it never hurts to try calling the breeder and asking!
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Old 08-28-2012, 09:29 PM   #43 (permalink)
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Breeding hedgehogs isn't like breeding other animals. Hedgehogs are notorious for being difficult when it comes to breeding, and confidence based on experience with breeding other animals would worry me personally.

I would also suggest discussing with him how you would split the costs - costs of any possible vet visits/emergencies, the cost of the additional supplies. The babies are born where the mother is, and when they're weaned, they'll need their own cages (and all the supplies that go along with cages). I would want to know who's going to be responsible for that. And, when it comes down to it - what if she dies? Will you be reimbursed somehow?

Where are the babies going to go? Are you going to be able to find homes for as many as 6-7 babies? (Litters can be as much as 9-12, though without having a second female that can foster, 7 would probably the most you can expect to survive.) You should have potential homes lined up ahead of time.

Whether she's a good choice to be bred depends on more than just having a clean pedigree. Body type, for one thing. Little things about the personality.

And, yes, because you own the female, you have the most to lose. It's not common, but not rare either. Mothers can die. Complications can happen. You always think it'll happen to someone else, not to you, but that's not realistic. The first time we bred, the female had a breach baby stuck inside of her for well over 6 hours. We had no way of knowing; we thought it was just a litter of one. Thankfully, she was able to get the breach baby out on her own, and it ended up being a healthy litter of three. If she hadn't gotten it out on her own, she could have died, or would have needed surgery to have it removed. That kind of thing doesn't happen a lot - but that's not the same as not happening at all.
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Old 08-28-2012, 11:44 PM   #44 (permalink)
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my two cents, if your worried about breeding your hedgehog cause something may go wrong, and the purpose you would breed your hedgehog for is so that your friend can make money, you shouldn't do it.

Making money is a bad a reason, especially because like Moxie said, you have the most to lose.
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Old 08-29-2012, 12:19 AM   #45 (permalink)
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i think you guys are right.. thats why im leaning more towards NO on breeding her. i just have a feeling hes in it for the money for personal reasons and i dont wanna risk my babies life but however whenever i can i would be interested in adopting another one in the future. come to think of it i do remember that my breeder said that it was hard to breed hedgies, i didnt ask why at the time but i should of. it made me curious though.
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I think that's a good decision. You can always get another hedgehog from a breeder - a female is better. She wouldn't be able to be housed with your current girl, but they could interact outside of their cages, supervised playtime, etc. Females usually get along well enough for that.

Hedgehogs are difficult because the mothers are very sensitive and can eat or hurt their babies because of any little bit of stress. The mortality rate of baby hedgehogs is very high. There are other reasons, like how breedings are less successful in the autumn/winter, but the high chance of mothers cannibalizing babies (compared to a lot of other species) and the smaller litters (compared to rodents) is the main reason why they're known to be hard to breed.
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Is it okay to breed a male if he's over 1 year old?
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As long as he has a strong, clean pedigree, yes. Males can't be "injured" per se by breeding young or old, just know that their libido/sperm count won't be as good when they're still babies or when they get older. 1 year old is totally fine.



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2nd year breeding my hedgehog who will turn two in september. Last years breeding was very successful with three healthy babies. She had them exactly at 34 days and was very active building a nest several days before. Today is her 34th day. She has been very sluggish and in the past week will only get up and move around if I get her up. It does not appear as though she has made a nest. Could this mean the pregnancy did not take, or could she be having a longer gestation the second time around? Thanks!
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It'd probably be better for you to post a new thread with your questions so the experienced breeders will see it. A couple things to think about though - what temperature is her cage? Is she getting enough light (12-14 hours, usually best to supplement with a lamp)? Is she eating & drinking normally? I would personally be very concerned if a potentially pregnant hedgehog were acting very lethargic & would schedule a vet appointment ASAP, or at least call your vet.
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