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Old 08-13-2013, 01:04 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Multiple hibernation attempts

Today my Chia attempted to hibernate for the 3rd time in several months. Her cage is heating using a CHE at 78 degrees. The first time she hibernated, I had her cage at 72 degrees. I've kept it significantly higher ever since. Is this a sign that she is sick? She seems perfectly fine each time she recovers from the attempt. I just don't know what to do.
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Old 08-13-2013, 01:25 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Oh no, poor Chia! I've never experienced a hibernation attempt (knock on wood) but I do have a few questions. What is her lighting schedule? Is her cage near any windows? Hopefully someone whose had a hedgie whose hibernated before will come along to help.
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Sometimes a good temperature is not good enough for an indivdual hedgehog. Try raising the temperature up 3 degrees. Hopefully that will work.
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Do you have a light schedule for her?
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Seconding Nikki's light schedule question. Also, are there any drafts that might be getting into her cage? When is she hibernating - at night, or during the day? Where do you find her when she's hibernating, has it been the same place each time? And are you positive the temperature's not fluctuating at all (such as going higher in the daytime, then back down to 78* at night)?
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Old 08-14-2013, 08:17 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I actually did not realize that they needed a light schedule. But she does get the daylight through the window during the day but I will try leaving the light on for 12 hours and see if that helps her out. Thanks guys!
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You can pick up a timer from most pet stores, hardware stores, and even gardening stores or drug stores near Christmas. They cost about $5-$15, and you can set them to automatically turn a light on for 12-14 hrs a day, ever day.

Hedgehogs are equatorial creatures, so they don't really have seasons and are used to 12 hours light, 12 hours dark every day. Having too much dark can trigger "Uh oh, it's winter!" instincts, just like getting too cold.
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