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11-15-2013 09:18 AM
Kalandra He may end up just being a small hedgehog, but at 125 g I bet he has a lot of growing still to do. I had a 7 week old who weighed almost 300 grams (grew up to be over 850) and I have a 4 year old adult who weighs 300 grams... Hedgehogs come in a wide range of sizes.

Lets see how that weight changes now. Hopefully you will see it increasing steadily.

Have you tried to offer canned food or soften kibble in his cage yet? If yes, keep trying. He'll come around.
11-15-2013 08:53 AM
Jenniferc21solidgold Sadly people let their dogs and cats go all the time, but I never expected a hedgie Maybe they got rid of him because he was sick who knows.. No breeders around me either. One good thing tho. I caught him eating some baby food off the plate on his own in his cage Now just gotta get him to eat other stuff. But slowly making progress... He doesn't look sickly, just small..
11-15-2013 02:58 AM
Gruff There's no truly accurate way to tell how old he is, especially going by weight. There's a lot of variations. Here's a thread that shows you hedgehogs, their age and their weight to show how much it can vary. https://www.hedgehogcentral.com/forum...ase-share.html

Having said that 125 grams is very small so either he's very young or he's very malnourished. I tend to think it's that he's young though. Maybe some of the breeders that have seen way more hedgehogs than I have can give you a good guess on the age.

Did you ask around or have any clue where he came from? He is more than likely a newly weaned baby, and as Kalandra mentioned, he's gorgeous. I can't imagine someone just tossing him.
11-14-2013 10:05 PM
Jenniferc21solidgold Ok we got a gram scale and he weighs 4 1/2 oz (125 grams) how old is he?
11-14-2013 03:15 PM
Jenniferc21solidgold Believe me my boyfriend and I feel like noahs ark sometimes we find the only animals! I managed to trick him into eating some baby food off the plate... But Geez!
11-14-2013 11:08 AM
Kalandra Looking at that face, I'm going to say yes he is young. I'd also say if you were closer, you could send him my way. He's adorable.

I'd syringe feed him at least 3 times a day. Offer him dry food in his cage and I'd even offer him softened food to see if he will start to eat that.

Get a gram scale (as mentioned by Gruff) and monitor his weight closely. I am willing to bet that you start to see some growth. To me he looks like he has a wee bit of growing still to do.

So I'm going to say this... how in the world did you find a hedgehog who looks to be young? Outside?? This time of year??? and!!! in the location you have listed????? He is lucky!
11-13-2013 07:38 PM
Gruff You can get a scale to measure in grams in the kitchen department of most stores (ie Walmart, Target etc). Also, make sure you have a digital thermometer IN the cage, you can't always rely on the thermostat. Things like bedding, cage placement, etc can change that by a few degrees thus putting him in hibernation danger. You also want almost no fluctuation in temperature and a digital thermometer in the cage will help with that.
11-13-2013 05:42 PM
Jenniferc21solidgold Where can I get a gram scale I was using the one I had that just weighs oz and lbs that I used for bottle baby kittens. I've attached his picture to this thread don't know if that helps you to see how old he might be.. I have the room at a constant heat its 75 just with a space heater, took the light away and also have the door closed to keep the heat in. I also have a heating pad in there as well that he seems to like laying on. How often would you give him the syringe feedings? He never puts up a fuss to eat the baby food so I am hoping he will make it. I barely ever find him rolled up in a ball anymore and seems rather friendly as i am able to scoop him right up as he usually lays sprawled out and doesn't prick anymore. Sorry I have so many questions I am completely new at this and wasn't expecting to find a hedgehog lol
11-13-2013 01:27 PM
Kalandra That is very tiny. Does your scale have grams on it? We typically weigh hedgehogs in grams due to the more precise measurement. If it does start weighing him daily to see if he is gaining weight.

I'd keep syringe feeding him. And monitoring his weight. If he doesn't start to gain, talk to your veterinarian again.
11-13-2013 01:23 PM
Lilysmommy I would guess it's more related to the URI or something. You may have to keep up consistently syringe-feeding him until you get done with the antibiotics, since those tend to upset their stomach & discourage them from eating on their own as well. Crushing the kibble up & mixing with the baby food (you may have to water it down a bit to make sure it'll go through the syringe) can help make sure he's getting enough nutrition, and may make it easier to transition him into eating kibble on his own once you're done with meds.

Try scattering kibble in bed with him as well (count so you can see if he actually ate any in the morning), and make sure the food bowl is close to his bed. I know I've already mentioned this, but make sure the room is dark enough and that the temperature is staying steady & warm enough at night too. Hopefully he'll settle in & try eating on his own soon.

As far as his weight, that is pretty small, but that may be a combination of being young & also having been outside - I'm sure he probably lost some weight from that ordeal. It'd difficult to tell age without really knowing it - he's likely young, but I can't see how a baby that's too young to eat on its own would manage to end up outside. So I'm sure he's at least old enough to be on his own.
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