That is how I did it. My breeders that produce breeding quality hedgies have pedigrees with at least 4 generations, and most have 5, 6, or more. If I have less than 4 generations on the parents, then I consider the babies to be PET quality only.juggalicious said:
Knock on wood, I have not had any vet bills, YET. But, I totally agree, that breeding is expensive. So far, I have returned all profits, back into continuing to IMPROVE my own herd. Whether by purchasing better hedgies and retiring older ones, or through retaining a hedghog from my own litter. Keep in mind, that you must wait until the hedgie is 6 months old before you can ever start to breed the female. Thus, that's 6 months of supplies, time and effort, for a hedgie that can offer you nothing in return for those first 6 months.Nancy said:Yes, my first breeders came from other breeders. I've kept some babies but added more from other breeders. Yes, breeding can be expensive. Vet bills add up quickly especially when something goes wrong.