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    Published on 06-04-2010 05:49 PM
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    Written by Ann Salamon

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    Published on 05-28-2010 11:24 AM
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    Written by Antigone Means-Burleson

    When raising hedgehogs, sometimes it becomes necessary to hand feed the babies. Situations where hedgehog babies should be hand fed include mom neglecting or hurting the babies, or the mother becoming sick ...
    Published on 05-28-2010 11:22 AM
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    Written by Antigone Means-Burleson

    In the latter part of '99 and early part of '00 we noticed an interesting phenomena... a seemingly large number of runt hedgehogs. ...
    Published on 05-28-2010 11:19 AM
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    This is usually the point in time where it becomes safe to have first contact with the babies, but special care is still strongly required.

    Mother- At this point, the babies are getting big enough to put a big strain on the mother. Especially ...
    Published on 05-28-2010 11:06 AM
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    Written by Antigone Means-Burleson

    I have been fascinated with hedgehog nesting behavior ever since I saw a mom named Holly spend about an hour getting her nest "just ...
    Published on 05-28-2010 11:00 AM
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    During this time, it is VERY important to keep your mother hedgehog as calm and happy as possible.

    At 28 days from first day of breeding, Clean your hedgehogs' cage VERY well. Sterilize the cage itself, as well as any cage accessories. At ...
    Published on 05-28-2010 10:57 AM
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    Care of the early-mid pregnancy female hedgehog is pretty simple, and consists basically of supportive care and protective measures.

    Food should be plentiful, and as ...
    Published on 05-28-2010 10:54 AM
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    Your first step in setting up a breeding is to choose your mates. If you only have one male and one female, then this will be simple. However, if you have several quality breedable hedgehogs, then it can be more difficult. ...
    Published on 05-28-2010 10:50 AM
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    Once you have picked healthy eligible breeding stock, your next step is to determine when it those animals are going to be ready to breed. There are several aspects that need to be looked at with ...
    Published on 05-28-2010 10:40 AM
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    There has been much discussion in the hedgehog community of inbreeding and line breeding. Opinions have been widely varied, and quite heated. To understand inbreeding and line breeding, it is important to understand the differences between the two, and the history, motivations, and results.

    What is inbreeding and line breeding? Definitions for inbreeding, ...
    Published on 05-28-2010 10:37 AM
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    I would like to publicly state that there is NOTHING wrong with breeding for color. However, this doesn't mean that it is ok to look at ONLY the color of a hedgehog. Before you start breeding for color, you need to first ...
    Published on 05-28-2010 10:33 AM
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    There are several aspects to look at when considering purchasing breeding stock, whether you are a new breeder or an experienced one. While any male or female CAN be bred, not all SHOULD.

    Pedigree- ...
    Published on 05-28-2010 10:17 AM
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    The most efficient advertising for a beginning breeder is by word of mouth. This works both positively and negatively. What advertising you will get will depend heavily on how you present yourself to the hedgehog community. If you promote yourself well, ...
    Published on 05-28-2010 10:12 AM
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    As wonderful as hedgehog breeding can be, it is not always an enjoyable experience. There are many aspects of breeding that can be very heartbreaking, frustrating, or just plain infuriating.

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    Published on 05-28-2010 10:09 AM
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    Written by Antigone Means-Burleson

    Being a successful hedgehog breeder means wearing many hats. Simply putting two animals of breeding age together is the easiest part- it isn't just that simple. Here are some of the hats that you will need to learn to ...
    Published on 05-28-2010 10:05 AM
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    Written by Antigone Means-Burleson

    We have gotten a lot of questions from people about breeding hedgehogs, so I thought it might be helpful to put up a web page sharing some of our practices and experiences. We have been breeding African pygmy hedgehogs since summer of '96 and have had over 150 litters born here (as of 1/02). While it may seem like kind of a downer, ...
    Published on 05-28-2010 09:57 AM
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    I frequently get approached by individuals who have decided they want to breed hedgehogs. Some of them seem to have a pretty good grip on the facts of breeding, others are obviously speaking only from a whim, and have ...