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Can you keep a wild baby hedgehog as a pet?

Can you keep a wild baby hedgehog as a pet?

The answer is a resounding no! It is important to remember that hedgehogs are wild animals, which belong within their own complex ecosystem where they can be given the opportunity to thrive.

Where can I get a free hedgehog?

The hedgehog should be released in a house or sack of hay, not straw, which should be put in a sheltered place, under a hedge or bush or by your shed. It will come out in its own time (once you have stopped watching) and go on its way!

What do you do with an abandoned baby hedgehog?

Keep the hedgehog somewhere warm and quiet indoors, offer them a small amount of suitable food and water, and contact your nearest wildlife rehabilitator as soon as possible. It’s often faster to take an animal to a wildlife rehabilitator yourself, as our officers may be out of the area attending other calls.

How much does a pygmy hedgehog cost?

between $100 to $300
How Much Does a Hedgehog Cost? The average cost to buy a hedgehog can run between $100 to $300. The cost will depend on the age of the hedgehog, how friendly they are, and their coloring. The cheapest hedgehogs will be either salt and pepper or cinnamon and “pinto” hedgies will be in the mid-price range.

Do pygmy hedgehogs need a heat lamp?

Hedgehogs generally need to be kept warmer than room temperature. Therefore, they often need a heat lamp or some other device to keep them warm. Because your pet will rely on this device to stay healthy, it is vital that you purchase the right product.

How big is an 8 week old hedgehog?

In captivity hoglets put on weight much more quickly than in the wild. Weight guides given are for wild hedgehogs, hand reared hedgehogs can weigh 500 or 600gms at 8 weeks.

How do you hand feed a baby hedgehog?

The best advice regarding how to feed a baby hedgehog is to gently squeeze the formula out and never squeeze too much, too fast. It is meant to drip out just like it would from the nipple. Also, once a day, give them 4-5 drops of multi-vitamin with one feeding.

Should I bury a dead hedgehog?

If you are in any doubt at all contact your vet or your local hedgehog rescue. Once you are confident, you can either: Bury it on your own property. Contact the local vet, who may be able to get it cremated for you.

Should you put a hedgehog back where you found it?

Hedgehogs should always be released where they were found whenever possible. In unusual cases that this is not possible you should research your site carefully. Choose places where there are likely to be hedgehogs already (no evidence that wild ones will ostracise the released animals).

Can baby hedgehogs survive without Mom?

How long do juvenile hedgehogs stay with their mum? Hedgehog mums will feed their babies for up to eight weeks and then will leave them to fend for themselves. If the nest is disturbed during these first few weeks, then the mum may abandon or eat her babies, so you really do need to leave them well alone.

How cold is too cold for hedgehogs?

Furthermore, hedgehogs are vulnerable to frostbite, even freezing, if their body temperature drops below 4C (39F); this is a significant danger if the temperature inside their nest falls below 1C (34F) and they may leave nests during very cold weather to avoid freezing to death.

Do hedgehogs need a litter box?

Clumping kitty litter should be avoided because it can stick to the delicate areas of your hedgehog. Some people prefer dust-free litter but it is not absolutely necessary.

At what age can you handle baby hedgehogs?

15 days old
Baby hedgies are cute but shouldn’t be handled Since a mother hedgehog that thinks its nest is in danger may abandon or kill off the litter it’s advised to wait until babies are at least 15 days old before handling.

What do 4 week old hedgehogs eat?

A baby hedgehog will begin to eat solid food at 3-4 weeks old. Hoglets require all of the vitamins, fats, and minerals found in cow’s milk. They should not be fed with cow’s formula since it will kill them. A goat’s milk and colostrum is wonderful and nutritious food that just has to be used carefully.

Can hedgehogs use hamster balls?

Hamster balls can be dangerous when used by a hedgehog. They have small air slits that a hedgehog’s nail or toe can get caught in which can cause painful injuries. Hedgehogs also tend to defecate and urinate while running.

Are hedgehogs deaf?

According to Louisiana State University, hedgehogs have a hearing frequency range between 250 and 45,000 Hz. They can’t hear low-pitched sounds as well as humans can, who can hear down to 64 Hz, but it’s much higher than the human range of 23,000 Hz.

Are there any African pygmy hedgehogs in New York?

We are a small breeder of African Pygmy Hedgehogs bringing smiles to faces and adding to the well being of Hedgehogs! We are located in the Upstate NY area, and sell to families looking for amazing pet hedgehogs to love! We breed for temperament and health, first and foremost, like other reputable breeders. Our hedgehogs are raised in a very fri…

Are African pygmy hedgehogs easy to take care of?

Before you Buy: African Pygmy Hedgehogs are easy to care for, but they also have special requirements, including frequent handling to keep them tame and well socialized. There is much to learn and consider before adding a hedgehog pet to your life.

How difficult is it to hand raise baby hedgehogs?

Remember that hand raising baby hedgehogs is very difficult, and if you try and meet with tragedy, remember that you gave them much more of a chance than they would have had without you.

Why choose a hedgehog from hedgequarters?

Here at HedgeQuarters we strive to produce Healthy, Happy, Colorful, Quality Hedgehogs. We have a number of different colors to choose from that varry from litter to litter. They are family raised and handled daily. We only have a few hedgehogs so that each of them can have lots of TLC everyday.