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Old 10-28-2014, 06:14 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So my hedgie gave birth two nights ago. So the babies are three days old by now. I'm still kinda shocked by this because I apparently bought her pregnant..
I know I can't disturb her for 2 weeks, but I'm so worried that she's going to eat or hurt the babies. I gave her Royal Canin mother and kitten food today and some mealworms, but she doesn't seem to be eating much.
She has nest material and lives under the blanket that's in her cages most of the time.
I hear some squeaks from the babies every now and then but I don't know if that indicates that they haven't been fed. This is my first litter ever and my hedgehog is a first time mom too.
Could anyone help me a little?
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Old 10-28-2014, 06:24 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Squeaks every now and then is fine and just means that someone can't reach mom. If they weren't being fed, they would be squeaking constantly.

Count the kibble you give mom so you know exactly how much she is eating. They usually don't eat much for a day or two following delivery but their food intake will increase after that.

Are you giving her the same food she was eating prior to birth? She needs to be on the same food but with small amounts of baby cat added in increasing amounts over the next week so as not to upset her stomach.

Have you removed her wheel?

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Old 10-28-2014, 08:06 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Ah! I will add some of her regular food right now, I thought she could do on only the mother and kitten kibble.
And the wheel is gone! I read something about the mother taking her babies on the wheel and running with them and that it could kill them.
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Old 10-30-2014, 05:25 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I'm sorry that I post again here, but I need to know one thing.
When is it okay (for mom and the babies) to pick them up and try to make them comfortable around people?
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As earlly as two weeks but it depends on how the mom is. Some moms will let u i personly wait til there 4 weeks till i touch them and hold them a little bit at a time so i dont stress her out there is a chance that if u pick them up to early That the mom could reject them or hurt them
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Old 10-30-2014, 08:59 PM   #6 (permalink)
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So two weeks.. because I saw a guy picking the babies up at only 1 week. But I think it's best to wait it out a little.
It's really hard for me to wait because I want to see how many babies there are and how they are all doing (and if there are no dead ones under the blanket, because I can't see them..)
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Most of the time, it's okay to start handling at 2 weeks but we have to go by the individual mom. If there was a dead one, usually you can smell it after a few days.
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Old 10-31-2014, 04:15 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I know it is tempting for you but DON'T PEEK or disturb the mom at all for at least 2 weeks. That may stress mom out and cause her to hurt the babies. Just give her her food and water, check her heat and lighting and let her be! Good luck to you!
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