Re: help with a new hedgie mum
If mom is taking good care of the baby, you won't hear much squeaking and unless you are around all the time, you might not hear a thing.
What does it smell like? Dead is just about impossible to miss. It could be just a dirty cage smell.
At 17 days, you can take a peak in the nest and start handling babies. If mom comes out to eat or get a treat, take a look. Start slow by only having a peak at first. The next night, pick up baby for a few seconds. If mom is okay, then increase the time you hold the baby.
Good luck. I hope the wee one is okay and mom is just being a good mom and keeping him/her well fed.
* * * Nancy * * *
Retired from breeding
Rescue contact for both the Hedgehog Welfare Society and the IHA
Rescued over 70 (and counting) hedgehogs needing a new home