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I just adopted a new little hedghog. She is still quite young, about 4 months old. I have tried to hold her with out a towel and when I do she pokes me really hard and I start to bleed. Everything I read said that they shouldn't be that sharp they should be rounded. Have I read wrong? Should they be that sharp? Could I be handling her wrong cause I just set her in my hand I don't squeeze or anything. She still is not used to me. I am right now trying to make her trust me. Does anyone have any good ways to make her trust me and not ball up. She really is nice she takes treats out from my hand but I just can't touch her. Please any advice would be great.

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Are you bleeding every time you handle your hedgehog? If you are, you are definately handling her wrong.
I've only ever bled once from quills, and it was when my brat first came to me, and was NEVER socialized and curled in a ball around my fingers.

The proper way to pick up a hedgehog is to slide your fingers under their belly (with both hands, one on each side of the body), where they have soft fur. Lift your hedgehog, and then offer support by moving one of your hands under the hedgehogs bottom. So you have one hand under the belly, and one hand under the rump.

It's important to socialize you hedgehog everyday, to get used to you, and soon you guys will be great buddies.
You might want to reconsider feeding her by hand, it can lead to nipping in some hedgehogs.
A small plastic spoon is a very good idea, I usually use a plastic spoon to offer baby food as treats.
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