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We have 5 hedgehogs which are in an enclosure and this morning we found one of them had given birth. There were 4 hedgehigs on one side of the room and one on the other trying to carry away her babies. One baby was eaten by one of the 4 hedgehogs but the other two were rescued and kept with who we think is the mother. She is in a makeshift shelter with the two surviving babies. One of the babies has a scratch on their back from being attacked. The mother keep holding the babies in her mouth and giving them small bitrs. She is very jittery and aggressive right now. The healthy one was seen suckling a bit but the other one is yet to suckle. We basically need any and all information on what to do now. This is very unexpected so we need help pls! It is also quite hot outside (35 C) do we need to move them? Thanks!
 

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Are they living outside? First off remove the other 4 hedgehogs. Hedgehogs are solitary animals and don't need friends. If you absolutely have to house hedgehogs together it should only be 2 females. Do not disturb mom and babies for 2 weeks! No peeking! Only feed and water her everyday. Please don't put her back in with the male as he will just keep impregnating the females which is very bad to their health. If the others were females too prepare for more babies. Separate them all into separate cages.
 

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As already stated you need to remove the other 4 hedgehogs and leave mom and babies where they are. Is there somewhere for her to hid in the pen? The best thing you can do once the other hedgehogs are removed is to leave mom alone and let her work things out herself. The more you are around the less likely she'll settle down and the more likely it is that she will abandon or kill the remaining babies.

What sex are the other 4? If you have been housing males and females together then it's very likely that all the females are pregnant and need to be in their own cages right away.
 

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The mother and her babies have been separated from the other hedgehogs. Is there any special food she needs to be fed while nursing the babies. Also is it OK for them to be kept outside where it is around 35 degrees Celsius during the day, while shaded. If not where should they be kept? Is there anything else that needs to be kept in their shelter? (They are desert hedgehogs). Please let me know if there is anything else I need to know.
 
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