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Old 03-12-2016, 05:41 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Help! 4wk Baby hedgehog red and bruised!!

My hedgehog gave birth to a single male and he is 4 weeks old, she's been a great mum but today the little guy has cuts and bruising on his leg and back leg! I'm not sure what to do as 4 weeks is to young for separate, I've added another bed the mother to go to if she is feeling cramped. Is there anything else I can do!
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Old 03-12-2016, 11:20 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I don't know anything about babies and have no experience so I cant help you i'm sorry
I noticed you've been waiting for an answer and I hope you get one soon. Maybe you should call you're vet or an experienced breeder in the area?
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I've never bred hedgehogs, but I breed African Soft Fur rats and I've seen similar injuries on young'ns who have gotten caught up in the wheel, while the larger rat(s) were running. Is it possible something along those lines happened to this little sweetheart?

I try to keep the wheels and certain other toys out of the enclosures when there are babies, but some of my ASFs go totally crazy if an enclosure is too sparse. When I think about my little man's zeal for his wheel, I imagine that wheel issue could be a similar challenge with hedgehogs.
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Old 03-13-2016, 12:40 AM   #4 (permalink)
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If it's the mom hurting him, you might want to take him out and handraise him.

I don't know anything about this but try reading this.

https://www.hedgehogcentral.com/handfeed.shtml

Hope a breeder get to your post and help you.
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Yes, take everything out that he could potentially get hurt on. I usually pretty much empty the cage when having babies. Maybe you are handling him too much for the mommas comfort? For a while I'd stay away, or remember to always was you hands before you handle him, bc maybe she is smelling the scent of another pet on him when you put him back.
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Have you been handling the baby, cleaned the cage or changed anything in the cage? Try to leave mom completely alone for a couple of days, don't change anything and don't handle the baby. Usually when moms hurt the babies when they're this old something has set them up and stressed them out.
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Old 03-15-2016, 08:31 AM   #7 (permalink)
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ive handled the baby a minute at a time (kepping them near the cage and not wearing anything perfumed) at the same time since he was 2 weeks old

mother was brilliant, she was just happy in the corner eating her treats; was never stressed or defensive and ive never taken him away infront of her
she's in her own room which i only go on to change her food and water;

had to bring the little guy to the exotic vets to get his wounds taken care of and was told to seperate them as she i liable to do it again...
i have him on supervised feeding with her in the morning and twice in the evening ( she rolls over and lets him feed happily. and he is already eating wax worms/mealworms and i syringe feed him inbetween

at 4 weeks of age will i have to help him poo (rub his belly)
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ive also a bowl of kitten formula/goats milk in his tub and wet kitten food/and crushed dry kitten biscuits left out 24/7 for him
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At 4 weeks you shouldn't have to help him defecate he should be able to do it himself.
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thanks nikki!
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