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Old 02-27-2012, 09:00 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default How likely is it that these hogs are expecting?

I've just agreed to take in an "oops" litter from a friend. This friend is a bit of an "its just an animal" person and decided to breed her hog with no research. Somehow all went smoothly and she now has 3 baby hoglets she can't home, so they're coming to live here.
Problem is, she was told by her vet that she had three girls. Upon me checking them over, I've discovered she has two girls and a boy, who were all in together up until now. The hoglets are aprox. 10 weeks old.

Now, I'm thinking its very likely that the two girlies are expecting, but would like some other opinions.They don't LOOK pregnant, but I know a lot of females don't show until very late in the pregnancy. Obviously I will be treating them as pregnant for the first few weeks, but any idea on the chances? And what health problems could these guys get (besides the obvious stunting) being bred so early?

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Old 02-27-2012, 11:11 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Hedgehogs can breed as early as 8 weeks old, but its not healthy, it can cause issues. The IDEAL ages to breed are between 6 - 12 months.

To assume their pregnant is a bit of a long shot, but I suppose it's possible. Keep an eye on them give it 40 days from the last time they were with the male to tell, you can tell sometimes because their tummys get hard and feel lumpy... lol im not describing that right. Sometimes their nipples come out more too.
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Old 02-28-2012, 07:01 AM   #3 (permalink)
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It's not to far of a long shot I would assume they are to be safe I have had a 5.5 week old male try to mount mommy I got him in time and seperated him but most breeders have had a opps with a young male coming to early
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At 10 weeks it is very possible one or both are pregnant. It is good that you are treating them as pregnant and do so for the next 55 days from the date you removed them from the male. Although gestation is usually 35-37 days, there have been cases of it going as much as 55 and one or both may have gotten pregnant the day you removed the male.

Being pregnant too young is hard on their growing bodies. Not only are they themselves still growing but the developing babies are taking resources from their bodies that the moms need to grow. Make sure they are getting a good quality diet. You can talk with your vet about whether vitamins or supplements would be a good idea.

Sometimes young moms have a more difficult time delivering so have prepared where your local emergency vets are located, their hours, and contact information.

Many young girls have babies too young and do just fine so be aware there could be problems because of their age, but don't stress out over it.
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I would also crush a tums in their food for calcium exp because of their age. What are they feeding on?
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Old 03-02-2012, 11:03 AM   #6 (permalink)
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what is a TUMS?
They are currently on Whiskas (from the breeder) but have a small amount of my food (Royal Canon lite/babycat,Applaws, James Wellbelovd and a few others) mixed in. One of the girls is nesting and has put on 30g since Tuesday, the other has only put on 5g. The one who has put on 30g does not want to be picked up and wants to be left alone, and her belly is swollen although I can't actually feel anything. They've had a small amount of chicken for their protein levels and a little egg white, but im trying not to introduce too many foods at once. Im assuming the one who has put on 30g is pregnant as thats a huge amount of weight for 2 days (I weighed tthem Thursday night).
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Old 03-02-2012, 12:59 PM   #7 (permalink)
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The same baby has just been weighed and has put on 7g in less than 24 hours, making her 209g in total. Her belly almost feels...squidgy, but hard, if that makes sense? If my experience of breeding and showing guineapigs and hamsters is anything to go by I would say she "feels" pregnant.
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