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05-08-2012 10:23 AM
Kalandra
Re: New Owner Help

Call me jealous, you have a local source for silkworms! There are plenty of people who have fed silkworms over the years, and many hedgehogs have preferred them over mealworms. I know of at least two who that were very sick and wouldn't eat anything, but did nibble on silkworms still. I'd use them, but they are inconvenient for me as I have to have them shipped in. Since I can easily raise the mealworms, I just use them.
05-08-2012 10:17 AM
LizardGirl
Re: New Owner Help

Not many people here feed or know about silk worms, so they might be hesitant just since they aren't popular. They ARE extremely nutritious and since you have a good source, go for it! I'd feed them if it wasn't so expensive to ship them in.



05-08-2012 07:15 AM
Mizzle92
Re: New Owner Help

Quote:
Originally Posted by hanhan27
Welcome to the forums! I bet you're so excited.

Just a few things to add...

Is there any particular reason you're going to feed silk worms over meal worms?


I am very excited. I have been wanting one for years, we just never really had the ideal place to have one. With my daughter living at home, and always having a house full of kids because of it, it was always way too noisy for one to feel safe, so I made a deal with my husband that when she moved out that we would build a room in the basement so I could have a quiet place. Our basement stays an almost constant 74 degrees year round (rare exceptions in the winter when its been just horribly cold for a few days), so I really wanted the space. She is moving out soon (fingers crossed lol).

The reason I am going with silk worms is their nutritional content and ease of keeping. In doing my research I found that silkworms are lower in fat, higher in calcium, and in protein. As well as other vitamins like B1, B2, and B3. They have soft bodies, so they are easier to digest. Plus I have a local source for them, and know how they are raised and kept. I don't trust any of the local pet places to provide safe insects. I like knowing where my own food comes from, so I tend to be that way with my animals.

As to the pool.. I can understand the warning. I don't trust any small animal to be out unattended. I had ferrets for years, I know how easily a little critter can find something to get into that they are not supposed to. They kind of trained me for being paranoid. It has come in handy though, baby proofing is now cake.

I want to thank you all again for your responses. I am learning a great deal from you guys. It is making me feel a lot less nervous about taking on the care of a little hedgie.
05-07-2012 11:06 PM
moxieberry
Re: New Owner Help

Quote:
Originally Posted by hanhan27
I don't understand why you're correcting me?
That wasn't meant as correcting, I was just pointing out that it comes in both forms. I wanted the OP to be aware of both options, since what you said could have been taken to mean that powder is the only kind. Sorry for the confusion. :]
05-07-2012 10:59 PM
hanhan27
Re: New Owner Help

Quote:
Originally Posted by moxieberry
It actually comes in both. The one you're talking about is the "bath treatment", but there's a liquid one that comes in a bottle. I actually use the non-adult aveeno oatmeal wash because the store I went to at the time was out of stock, and it works great - but the baby one would be ideal.

Powder form: http://www.aveeno.com/baby-care/soothing-bath-treatment
Liquid form: http://www.aveeno.com/baby-care/soothin ... reamy-wash

[Edit] This is the one I use: http://www.aveeno.com/skincare/products ... -body-wash
I don't understand why you're correcting me? I said to not use shampoo and that the stuff I use is a powder.
05-06-2012 06:13 PM
LarryT
Re: New Owner Help

Either one is OK I prefer the powder but I usually get the walmart brand it's a little cheaper
http://www.walmart.com/ip/Equate-Oatmea ... t/10320783
05-06-2012 06:04 PM
moxieberry
Re: New Owner Help

Quote:
Originally Posted by hanhan27
Also, the wash that moxieberry suggested is not shampoo. The oatmeal wash comes in a box with individual little bags inside (at least mine did). It's in powder form. Shampoo is very drying, so sticking with the colloidal oatmeal bath wash will be your best bet.
It actually comes in both. The one you're talking about is the "bath treatment", but there's a liquid one that comes in a bottle. I actually use the non-adult aveeno oatmeal wash because the store I went to at the time was out of stock, and it works great - but the baby one would be ideal.

Powder form: http://www.aveeno.com/baby-care/soothing-bath-treatment
Liquid form: http://www.aveeno.com/baby-care/soothin ... reamy-wash

[Edit] This is the one I use: http://www.aveeno.com/skincare/products ... -body-wash
05-06-2012 05:47 PM
hanhan27
Re: New Owner Help

Welcome to the forums! I bet you're so excited.

Just a few things to add...

Is there any particular reason you're going to feed silk worms over meal worms?

I also recommend cuticle/nail scissors. Cuticle scissors are smaller and work amazingly well for those tiny nails. I had so many more issues during nail clipping time with pet nails clippers AND human nail clippers than I do with the cuticle scissors.

Also, the wash that moxieberry suggested is not shampoo. The oatmeal wash comes in a box with individual little bags inside (at least mine did). It's in powder form. Shampoo is very drying, so sticking with the colloidal oatmeal bath wash will be your best bet.

As for good hedgie bags, I buy mine through Sweet Tea Scraps. If you go to etsy.com and search for that name under shops, you'll find it. The shop owner is very good at what she does and if you like her shop name on facebook, she posts links for sales quite often. Pricing is fantastic as well.

I personally really like feeding my hedgehog Blue Buffalo. She has two kinds of BB in her food mix and she loves them both. I use BB Basics Turkey & Potato (30% protein, 12% fat, first two ingredients are deboned turkey and turkey meal) and BB Indoor Health Chicken & Brown Rice (32% protein, 15% fat, first two ingredients are deboned chicken and chicken meal).

Using a plastic swimming pool for a playpen is fine, but make sure you are always there supervising. Hedgies can find ways to get over 16" sides! The only time it's okay to leave your hog unsupervised is if they are in a hedgie-proofed room, and even then it's not a great idea.

Keep us updated on your progress! I recommend posting pictures once you have your cage set-up ready to go. You can get some really great feedback and advice about things you would never think twice about.
05-06-2012 05:04 AM
moxieberry
Re: New Owner Help

The liners you'll probably go through quickly in the beginning, then you'll start needing to change them less often. Babies are messy, haha. Currently I change Archimedes' once a week (he's a little over 6 months) but when he was a baby it was more like every other day.

The food I always recommend is Chicken Soup for the Cat Lover's Soul - but, unfortunately, there's a major (voluntary, precautionary) recall going on with the Chicken Soup brand of pet foods right now, so it's going to be scarce in a lot of areas for the time being. So, that being said, Natural Balance GP&D has been high on my list for a while. I got a small sample a few months back, which Archimedes enjoyed, but I never actually added that to his mix. A lot of people recommend that one, though, as well as Innova reduced fat. For the Blue Buffalo, I don't know off the top of my head which versions of it are the best choice, but if I remember correctly, it's the Blue Buffalo Wilderness that's too high in fat. It's a good idea to have a mix of at least two - this recall being a prime example of why - though you'll want to introduce one gradually first and get him transitioned fully to that before adding a second one. Basically any of the ones you listed would be a good choice, beyond that it's personal preference - though if you're planning to use two, the Natural Balance might be a good choice for one of them just because it isn't chicken-based.

I make all my hedgie bags myself. If you have basic know-how with a sewing machine, they're really easy to make, and it's a lot cheaper compared to buying them from etsy. There's a how-to guide for those in the housing/accessories area of the forum (under DIY stuff). There are also some forum members who sell them.

And belatedly, welcome to the forum! We love it when new owners do so much research and preparation in advance.
05-06-2012 04:42 AM
Mizzle92
Re: New Owner Help

Yeah I have several liners now. I bought one set on etsy months ago, but liked the idea so much that I have made 5 more sets for each section of the cage. I can imagine you go through them quickly and need to have a lot of extras. The shampoo works out well because that is what I use for myself. I need to get the nail clippers though. Do you have a source for good hedgie bags? I don't have those yet... and yeah the wheel came with the tray.

As to food... is there a kind that you guys like best? Some brands I have seen recommended are Innova reduced fat, Natural Balance Green Pea and Duck, and By Nature Organics Chicken, these with the Blue Buffalo are about the only ones I can get local (don't mind driving a couple of hours though if its better for him).

I want to thank you guys for your replies. I went to a pet store (private not a chain) and asked questions when I first was looking into getting a hedgie (almost a year ago), and they seriously lack education on the care of the little critters. Since then I have been collecting information from the net (this site being a major portion of it). I still feel very nervous though. I want to be a good hedgie keeper. Your responses are very much appreciated. Thank you.
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