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We adopted a hedgie about a month ago and within a week she gave birth. We had no idea she was pregnant. Thankfully she was a great mother and took care of all the babies. She was eating and drinking fine but when I went in to check on them today I found her dead. So now I have five 3 week old babies. Their eyes are open and they are all very active. I just fed them for the first time (I followed the directions on this site).
Since they are three weeks old is their chance of survival any better?
I hand fed them with a syringe but should I try feeding them out of a small dish?

I am so devastated that my hedgie passed away and now so worried about the babies!
Any advice or anything I should know?

I have 2 albinos with ruby colored eyes and one of them seems to have wobbly hedgehog syndrome. Is it possible to tell at this age? He shakes and wobbles when he tries to stand
 

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I'm very sorry your hedgie died! :(

Yes, the babies have a great chance at that age. They will just need hand fed for a few more weeks, but I highly doubt there would be any fatalities if they all switch over to the new milk well. (Are you using KMR, goat's milk...?)

Deneen (hedgiepets) has great experience hand feeding and can help you with that. I'm sure she'll be along shortly to help you.

For the baby, no, you would not be seeing WHS at that age. WHS is a hereditary disease that usually starts showing around 2 years, sometimes earlier, sometimes later. It is a gradual process. It is possible the one baby is weaker, or that it is too cold. Make sure you keep the babies at least 76* F. They need kept very warm.

Good luck and sorry again about momma hedgie.
 

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I'm sorry for your hedgie & wish you the best for all the pups. I don't know much about breeding so cannot provide any advice past trying to PM some of the experienced breeders on here. Nancy's name comes immediately to mind but if you search through the breeding forums I'm sure you'll find others. You may also find some information about syringe feeding hoglets.
 

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I am feeding them a mix of goats milk and puppy formula. I am curious about how much they should be eating. They all ate but only a tiny bit each. I'm sure it doesn't taste as good as their mom's milk. They refused to eat more by turning away or balling up.
Two of them started self anointing after. It was so adorable.
Also, are they old enough to go potty on their own or do I need to help them?
 

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I'm so sorry about your momma hedgie. I had a mom die when babies were 3 weeks old also and the babies did great.

At 3 weeks, they can start eating on their own. Go to Petsmart and get some powdered Goat's milk or Puppy Esbilac. Goats milk is best. I think the farm stores also sell the powdered goats milk. Get powdered as it lasts the longest and you mix it up fresh each time.

Use a very low sided bowl or small saucer. Individually show the babies the dish and watch to see if they will drink from it.

If you cannot easily tell the babies apart, now is a good time to mark them and then you can record weights and who is eating on their own and who isn't. The little tubs of joined together paints for little children work great and are non toxic and will wash off easily. I mark all babies but one because the one that isn't marked is obvious.

Some babies are shaky on their feet a bit at that age but he might not be warm enough or not eating enough. WHS is unlikely.

You can also leave Royal Canin Baby cat in their cage. At 3 weeks some babies are starting to sample it. You can also dampen it with the goats milk or Esbilac.

Talk to Deneen (HedgiePets) about hand feeding. She is the best on the subject. :)
 

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Baby is wobbling probably because of being weak and cold. Put a heating pad on low under the tub you have babies in. Follow my directions/story about raising babies. They should grow up fine. At 3 weeks they are easier to raise. Please email me if I can help. [email protected]
 

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I just figured out you are 2 hours north of me. I have a mom who could foster the babies if you would like. email me!
 

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Sorry to hear of your loss
It is possible to survive at 3 weeks
My girls dad was orphaned at 2 weeks old and now he is healthy and strong and a great dad
 

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I have an update. They called me today. 4 of the 5 had died. They brought the surviving girl down to me. She is hopefully gonna be fostered by Macchiata.
 

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I hope the baby hedgehog does better than her littermates! I would looove to have baby hedgies, but know I would be heartbroken if something like this happened to me. I'll just enjoy everyone else's babies!
 

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Hedgiepets said:
I have an update. They called me today. 4 of the 5 had died. They brought the surviving girl down to me. She is hopefully gonna be fostered by Macchiata.
Sorry to hear this
 
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