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Old 01-03-2012, 07:37 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey, I know that you're supposed to take the wheel out before the momma hedgie gives birth, but when is a good time to put it back? Do you wait until the babies are weaned? Or when? Also, when is it safe to clean the cage?
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When babies are weaned for both giving her the wheel and cleaning the cage.
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Perfect, thanks so much!
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Old 01-19-2012, 02:05 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I know this might be a bit controversial, but I have never taken the wheel out, because my girls have not carried the babies in the wheel. On the other hand, I have not had any cannibalizations either.
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That's fine if you want to do that, but its usually best to remove the wheel to prevent any chance of a baby being hurt or neglected. Better safe than sorry because by the time you realise it's a problem with a mom it could be to late.
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That's fine if you want to do that, but its usually best to remove the wheel to prevent any chance of a baby being hurt or neglected. Better safe than sorry because by the time you realise it's a problem with a mom it could be to late.
You have a point there. However, for the hedgie mom, what a life..sitting in the nest, nursing all day, tending the babies, and then no release for the pent-up energy when she gets out of the box. The wheel is certainly a risk, but somehow I feel that the mom might get frustrated with no exercise and present a different risk. Ok, I am not a hedgehg dam, so of course I cannot know, but wild hedghogs apparently roam far and wide, and I have noticed my girls going to the wheel quite soon after the birth. I have not noticed the moms neglecting the hoglets because of the wheel -rather it seems to be down-time for them. They have been very good mothers and seem to know very well when to nurse, which is at few hours' intervals, so they do not have to be with the hoglets all the time.
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I guess I would just rather take a chance on having a bored mom, rather than a dead or hurt baby.
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I would also think another good reason for taking the wheel away be so that the energy she would spend running on the wheel is spent on making milk and maintaining her own body condition while rearing babies. And also so that she does spend more time nursing, instead of being distracted by a wheel.
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