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Old 02-24-2014, 05:41 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Uhm hi guys. So my hoglets are now 3 weeks and 4 days. Ive read here that they start eating solid food from mom on their 4th week. The thing is they dont come out of their cave or nest so im worried that mom might not be able to teach them to eat solid food. Im worried about this because mom used to let her babies go out of their nest not too long ago but she doesnt let them leve again, she's been keeping them inside the cave or nest for about 3 to 4 days now. I dont know what to do coz if they grow their teeth then they will hurt their mom when drinking milk and i dont know when is mom planning on teaching them to eat solid food. Please help. Thanks
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Old 02-24-2014, 01:05 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I'm betting they are coming out when you aren't around, as in during the night. When you have them out for socialization you can offer them some tiny pieces of kitten kibble. At this age, some will be interested, others won't.

When their teeth are coming in, mom will let them know if they bite her.
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Old 02-25-2014, 08:58 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Oh i see. Yeah maybe they come out when im sleeping :3
Thank you very much.
Just a question tho, will their mom hurt them? Coz in cats they pat the heads of their kitten, wildly, but they dont usually leave any scars. How bout in hedgehogs? I mean of course most commonly coz i know hedgehogs are case to case basis.
I just dont want to see them hurt coz they are so cuuuuttte! :3
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Old 02-25-2014, 09:12 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Read the thread by Natashya in the breeding forum from yesterday. It has been known to happen that momma can hurt the babies when weaning. Keep on alert, and good for you to know to ask this question.
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Old 02-25-2014, 01:50 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I have had moms who are too aggressive with babies and leave scabs from carrying them around, when that happens I foster the litter out to a less aggressive mom. I have also had babies end up with broken limbs, I presume from mom stepping on them. Babies are never really safe from cannibalism or rejection, but the likelihood that they will do that after two weeks is very rare. You can't really prevent any of these things, just look out for them and treat them afterwards.
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Old 02-26-2014, 05:51 AM   #6 (permalink)
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My mom is not agressive at all but i would still be in the look out. Now i have another question. One baby already eats, but the other doesnt yet, i know coz ive tried giving them both, the one ate but the other doesnt. Now my question is can isolate the one who nows eat from his mom and leave the other or should i wait for the other one to learn how to eat and isolate them at the same time?
Thanks or all the help
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