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12-12-2019 05:30 PM
corinamarina We do have a timer, the lamp just doesn’t work correctly with it... It shuts of automatically but we have to turn it on manually 🙂
12-10-2019 05:49 PM
Originally Posted by corinamarina View Post
unfortunately it doesn’t come on automatically but we usually turn it on between 7-9am and it goes off at 8:30pm) so she’s back to her ‘normal’ schedule 🙂
Use a time it will save you worrying about turning it on and off. And it will be the same time every day.
12-10-2019 05:11 PM
corinamarina Thank you for the answers everyone!

I have added a light to her cage (unfortunately it doesn’t come on automatically but we usually turn it on between 7-9am and it goes off at 8:30pm) so she’s back to her ‘normal’ schedule 🙂
12-05-2019 01:07 PM
Mecki The OP is in the UK, so that means their shortest day is less than 8 hours. And their winter skies are overcast/cloudy 72% of the time -- so even less sun.

So... yeah... I would think it pretty important in that location to have artificial lighting for hedgehogs to prevent hibernation attempts.
12-03-2019 12:46 PM
Askeptosaurus I've found natural light is mostly a problem when the days are getting shorter as that's one of their cues to hibernate. If the days are getting longer that's less of a problem.
11-14-2019 08:54 AM
Aj.t However, I will say that from personal experience, none of my hedgehogs have reacted adversely to a natural light schedule. It’s safe to assume that they’ll get a good even amount of light/dark in their natural habitat daily, but APH have been bred in captivity so long that I feel it’s also safe to assume they can easily adjust to a natural light setup. I’m neither recommending nor discrediting the idea of using an artificial light setup, but I’ve found it to be pretty unnecessary in my specific situation.
11-12-2019 07:44 PM
nikki Spiky_Floof, natural light is not enough for a hedgehog. They are native to areas around the equator that receive about 12 hours of light and 12 hours of darkness a day year round. They will try to hibernate if they don't get enough day light. All pet hedgehogs, regardless of the time of year, or amount of natural light they receive, need to have about 12 hours of bright light a day. Relying on natural light is a good way to end up with a hibernating hedgehog.
11-12-2019 05:23 PM
Spiky_Floof<3 It seems like it could just be her adjusting to the new lighting outside. As long as she has natural light, and maybe the light in the room she is in on for the right time, she should be fine.
11-12-2019 05:42 AM
corinamarina I have thought about that... Makes sense. I’ll look into buying a lamp for her cage asap, thank you!
11-11-2019 08:39 PM
SquirtleSquirt Do you have a lighting schedule? Hedgehogs require 12 hours of light and 12 hours of darkness. Sunlight is not a sufficient light source. Not getting proper light amount could also result in hibernation.
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