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Old 07-27-2014, 11:46 PM   #51 (permalink)
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Just popping in here with a quick question: at what as do you guys suggest retiring a female from your breeding program? Would you vary this depending on if the girl was bred every 8-12 months instead of every 6?

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Old 07-27-2014, 11:50 PM   #52 (permalink)
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Most girls retire on their own by age 3 if not sooner.
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Old 07-27-2014, 11:53 PM   #53 (permalink)
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I assume you mean they go through hedgie menopause and -cant- breed anymore at that age?

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Old 07-27-2014, 11:55 PM   #54 (permalink)
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Yeah, can't or don't want to.
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Old 08-05-2014, 04:30 PM   #55 (permalink)
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Thanks for the info. I'm not interested in breeding, but I adopted a "retired" female. I was surprised that she was retired at only 9 month old. But now I see that she probably had 1 litter. Maybe she wasn't good breeding stock? Who knows. We're just keeping each other company while she enjoys her retirement.
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Old 09-19-2014, 08:40 AM   #56 (permalink)
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my male and female hedgehog is in the one house together,,,my 2 hedgehogs is 5months old its is ok for my pair hedgehog?
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my male and female hedgehog is in the one house together,,,my 2 hedgehogs is 5months old its is ok for my pair hedgehog?
Are you saying they live together? If so, NO that's not ok.
Even if you were trying to breed it's still not ok. the female is too young.

How long have they been together? I would assume she could be pregnant already.

Jeeze, Hopefully they aren't brother and sister
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Can the female be 5 months old ?
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Old 12-16-2014, 10:12 PM   #59 (permalink)
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They are physically capable of becoming pregnant at 6 weeks old. So it could happen at 5 months old, but it's better to wait. Keep in mind they're babies until 6 months old. You want to give them time to mature before putting them through such a stressful experience.
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Old 06-09-2015, 03:51 PM   #60 (permalink)
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So, I understand why you don't breed a female for the first time after the age of one because her pelvis(?) will have fused by then. However; why is it okay to breed after the age of one if she was already bred before then? Like, what is it that happens (or perhaps doesn't happen) when she's bred before the age of one that will make it okay after that age?
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