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Old 12-10-2011, 02:41 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So, my mom's friend has a female hedgehog and My mom told her that i also have a hedgehog but he is a male.
This lady has supposedly bred hedgehogs before and has had many so she knows what she is doing. I dont know if its true.
Well she asked me if i wanted to breed them and she was explaining to me how the whole process would be. So she said that she would take my hedgehog to her house because the male needs to go in the females hedgehog cage because if she goes to his cage he is going to kill her?
And also wouldn't it be the same thing if my hedgehog goes into her cage, could she kill him?
Also i want to know the dangers for my hedgehog
Are there any risks for the male hedgehogs? im just worried cause i love him hedgie and wouldnt want him to die :[
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Old 12-10-2011, 03:17 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Do you have linage on both hedgehogs? I have done it both ways and no hogs have died yet.
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Old 12-10-2011, 03:18 PM   #3 (permalink)
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There is always a risk when you put two hedgehogs together. The female can fight the male and injure him or the male can injure the female. I have always put the female into the male's cage, not the other way around. Now before you breed your male to her female, do you have a pedigree on your hedgehog and does she have one on hers? if no to either of those then they should NOT be bred. Not all hedgehogs are breeding quality, and you cant tell by looking at them or by how they act. Even a vet can't say for sure unless you know the genetic background of your hedgehog and the other hedgehog to know for sure 100% sure that there is no Wobbly Hedgehog Syndrome in either hedgies background for at least 4 generations. WHS is a very very serious genetic illness that can skip generations but can be passed on to offspring. If you've never seen it before its a horrible progressive disease for which there is no cure. Breeding hedgehogs is a very serious matter and should only be done with breeding quality hedgehogs. Its a very very big responsibility.
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I agree. You need pedigrees on both sides in order to breed ethically.
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I've done it both ways without a problem. Depends on the hedgehog though.

Personally, I would never, and I mean NEVER let my hedgehog go to someones house for any reason unless I knew the person very well and know they are trustworthy and know how to care for them. You risk your hedgehog getting ill, mites or injury.
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