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Old 02-28-2012, 06:48 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi everyone

I'm new on Hedgehog Central. My hedgehog, her name is Cara, gave birth to her litter of 4 on February 25th.
She seemed alright for the first two days but then I noticed that there would always be one hoglet outside the
nest box and that she sometimes likes to bury them in the wood shaving, is this normal behaviour for mummy
hogs?
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Old 02-29-2012, 01:15 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I don't know much on breeding, but when I picked up my muchkin, her brother was always away from the rest of the pack. I know my breeder believed he was the runt of the litter, and he was to stay with his mum for a bit longer. Hopefully someone with more experience will respond here for you
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Old 02-29-2012, 06:18 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I'm opting for a igloo instead of using a nest box, is this a good idea?
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Old 02-29-2012, 08:37 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Some babies are very active and wiggle away from the nest. Mom should go take baby back when it squeaks but if she is busy with the others, that might take a while. It may be a different baby each time you are seeing it, or it may be the same one. Sometimes if mom feels there is something wrong with the baby she will abandon it, but don't assume this to be what is happening. You can pick up the baby, make certain it is warm, and quickly set it back in the nest with mom. Don't do anything more than that.

Igloos are okay to use and many, probably most breeders do use them. The problem I found with an igloo is that babies can easily escape out the door as there is no raised barrier to stop them. Also, to check on things if it becomes necessary, to lift the igloo will destroy the nest.

I used a small bin that was approximately 10" x 12" and 8ish" high. I cut a 4" hole in the side up a ways from the bottom of the bin. This gave a barrier so that babies couldn't crawl out.
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Old 02-29-2012, 06:46 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I realize my mistake now, I think the babies crawl out because I've been using a shoe box cut all the to the bottom leaving no barrier. Should I redo my nest box? wouldn't want babies getting anymore.
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Old 02-29-2012, 07:11 PM   #6 (permalink)
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No, do not change or touch the nest box, or clean the cage, or mess with what she has in any way. It could cause her to kill or abandon the babies.
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Old 03-01-2012, 12:15 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Phew..that was close, good thing I read your reply before hand. I'm concerned with this one hoglet who doesn't seem to be nursing, all his/her other 3 siblings are nursing but he just likes to sleep close to his mum...should I be concerned?
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Old 03-01-2012, 08:23 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Does he seem to be the same size as the others? He may be nursing when you aren't looking and you shouldn't be looking very often or you could stress out mom.
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Old 03-01-2012, 09:51 AM   #9 (permalink)
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he (I presume) is the same size as the rest so I believe, as you said, he is nursing when I'm not looking. I peep into the hole of the nest after I change the water and food, I find him by the entrance sleeping.
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