I'm having the same issue. My hedgie will not use his wheel. I've been trying everything to make him learn how to use it but nothing seems to be working. I don't know if there is a trick to make him learn how to use it. If there is any suggestions to help me teach my hedgie how to use the wheel that would be greatly appreciated.
I am not sure if this will work with hedgehogs, but it has worked with hamsters in the past.
1. Plop Hedgie in the wheel.
2. Very, very slowly turn it.
3. Your hedgehog should move one paw forward.
4. Slowly turn it again until she moves another paw forward.
5. Eventually she should start walking on her own and realize how much fun it is!
Don't force it, though.
Another thought I just had would be to plop your hedgehog in the wheel, and dangle a mealworm in front of her face, so that she walks forward. Give her the mealworm after a few seconds, this is just to teach her that the wheel moves.
Theo has yet to use his wheel except for laying in it as well. ð He does however LOVE his clear hard plastic Critter Ball. He can roam around outside or in the house safely without getting lost or into trouble!
My Giz had a flying saucer at first that she did not like at all for about a week (it took her some time to get used to it). Then she started running on it, but at that point, I had gotten a Carolina storm wheel (and stepped on the saucer after cleaning it ).
I think (as long as the wheel is wide and big enough) she will get curious and start going. Unless this has been happening for a while (and she doesn't run around her cage) I wouldn't be super worried unless she's showing signs of illness.