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Old 12-23-2014, 02:13 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi! So I bought my hedgehog, Ellie, on December 1 and she was supposedly 12 weeks old. At about 11pm on the 16th I picked up her igloo to take her over to a friends and found 4 babies! A huge surprise to me! She had rejected one and I decided to try and care for her myself. I have been feeding the baby goats milk formula every 3 hours. Today they are all one week old. Since I didn't know she was pregnant I didn't clean her cage in advance. I was wondering if in about a week or so I can move Ellie and her 3 babies over to a new cage with clean fleece? Also I was wondering if the rejected baby survives could it be placed with the other hoglets once I separate the genders? She is considerably smaller than the other babies. She weighs 0.3 oz and looks about half the size of her brothers and sister but has a healthy appetite and has been going to the bathroom regularly after each meal. My last question is about the nest- when I went to pick her up before I knew she had given birth I completely destroyed her nest (which was a large igloo and fleece strips). I was wondering what I should do to make her comfortable under a new nest because right now she is just under a large fleece strip and doesn't seem as comfortable with that as she would be in the igloo. Can I move the babies to the igloo once they are old enough to be touched? Thank you for any and all advice!
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Old 12-23-2014, 12:03 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Do not move mom & babies. Unfortunately you're all probably stuck with the messy cage until the babies are weaned. Doing a complete cage clean can very easily cause mom to injure or eat the babies, even once the babies are 3-5 weeks old. This person tried at 5 weeks & mom still freaked out - https://www.hedgehogcentral.com/forum...g-hostile.html

For now, leave her alone until one of the experienced breeders is able to get on & help. Nancy & Nikki are the best. If you have a day or two go by with no answer, you could try PMing one of them to see if they can answer your questions. Sometimes threads get missed in the crowd & for the most part, we try to leave breeding/baby questions for the experienced people. Good luck with the babies, especially the one you're handraising. Not an easy job!
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Old 12-24-2014, 12:37 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Leave everything in the cage just as it is. Don't change anything. If there is a wheel in there then you need to take it out but leave everything the same. The cage will get stinky but you won't be able to change the fleece or move the mom or babies until the babies are weaned at around 6 weeks. Once the babies are weaned you can try putting the hand raised one with the others of the same sex depending on how that one is doing.
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Old 12-24-2014, 01:38 AM   #4 (permalink)
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As for your hand fed baby i would use this you have to get it over the conter and a drug store dont need a prescription and chamomile tea to help reduce bloating i started with 5 regected babies two have survived but are much more smaller then normal mother fed babies there is a chance that if the mom requjected it that there is some thing wrong with it so there maybe a chance that it will not survive. Another thing i do is mix puppy milk formula in with everything it word very well for the ones that we're requjected after a week i will keep checking back in case you have questions i have hand fed 4 litters in two yrs. good luck
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