Business Hours

Jun 17, 2013 by

Business Hours We understand many of our customers travel several hours to come to the shop and we’re honored for you to make the drive. Our average customer travels three hours to purchase their pet so we do our best to accommodate travelers.  Saturdays are typically our busiest day but we can almost always accommodate everyone. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday are our most popular weekdays.  We set aside Tuesday and Thursday for errands. Weekday appointments are typically scheduled for 12:00PM.  We do have some flexibility with appointment times, but Gail has five children so appointments after school and evening appointments are extremely challenging. Saturday appointments are scheduled from 10:00AM to 2:00 PM at two hour intervals.  Saturday appointment times may change according to sport and activity schedules for the children.  Gail her best to keep appointment times as consistent as possible to eliminate confusion. Bribery works if no other appointment times are an option! For weekday appointments after 2PM, evening and Sunday appointments there is an extra $30 so we can get carry out food for the family.  The kids don’t mind mommy working during their time if special food is involved!  I don’t mind if I don’t have to cook!!  The bribery must be paid prior to a visit because we alter our family time for special appointments.  Unfortunately, we’ve had people fail to follow through on their commitment too many times and the...

What Happens During Your Appointment?...

Jun 17, 2013 by

The first thing we will do when you come is that we will give you an orientation to the nature of hedgehogs and how their uniqueness is important in the way you handle your new pet. We do have a chairs but be prepared to sit on the floor to handle the hedgehog babies for the most fun! Baby hedgehogs are not afraid of falling and for the safety and comfort of both hedgehogs and humans we sit on the floor while playing with the babies. When you reserve a specific hedgehog with a deposit you will have the opportunity to handle that baby and at least two other baby before making your final purchase decision. When you do not have a deposit on a specific baby we cannot guarantee specific animal availability or have advance notice of exactly which babies will be available at the time of your purchase. We will work with you and give you handling tips and instructions to help you feel confident and capable of handling your new pet. Preparing for your visit by reading our information guides will help us focus on your questions when you get here. Some of the topics we will discuss include but are not limited to: Hedgehog senses and how their senses play a part in the way they like to be handled How to pick up and hold your hedgehog How to...

Learning About & Meeting Hedgehogs Before You Buy...

Jun 17, 2013 by

Choosing the Right Pet Choosing the right pet for you and your family is something we take very seriously. Treating our customers the way we would want to be treated is very important to us and we want all of our customers to know we care about each new pet placement. We hope that you research hedgehogs as pets and understand their needs and what to expect from them before making your purchase. It is hard to understand the prickliness of a hedgehog without actually holding one. Meeting a little critter in person before your purchase is definitely recommended if at all possible before actually making a purchase. We often have requests for people to come and “check-out” our animals before putting down a deposit or making a purchase and we are more than happy to accommodate those requests. Hedgehogs are still considered exotic pets and are relatively hard to find. Local zoos, animal educators, nature museums or children’s museums might be options to visit one locally if traveling to us is not an option. Again, we welcome pre-purchase visits. In return, we ask that you respect our time, energy, and talents with your visit. When you visit we will treat you just like a purchasing customer and do our best to answer all of your questions, allow you to handle our babies, and share our passion with you. You must schedule An Educational...

Breeding & Production Potential Recommendation...

Jun 17, 2013 by

Millermeade Farms carefully selects our animal for our breeding program. When we are aware that an animal is being selected as a breeder, we will help our customers identify animals that we believe are ideal for a breeding program. Some of the things we look for when we choose our breeders we look for animals who: Come from a mother who nurses her babies well without complications or baby growth delays. Come from a large litter and from a male who has a good reproduction history. Have nice confirmation and balanced body...

Substitutions & Changes

Jun 17, 2013 by

Millermeade Farms promises to do our best to help you select the perfect pet for you and/or your family. Reserving a hedgehog in advance ensures that you have at least one hedgehog to choose from that has the physical characteristics you have in mind for your new pet. We understand that there are times when a hedgehog and potential owner may not be the best match. When you reserve a specific baby online you may select from other babies of equal age and price if they are available. Many times we keep siblings of babies listed online, as our own breeding stock and our customers are welcome to choose between siblings or other babies not already reserved. We will have at least one “back-up” baby available in the Premier Plan at time of pick-up just in case the original match doesn’t meet buyer expectations. The babies in the Discount Plan are very limited in selection. We cannot guarantee availability of a discount “back-up” baby with the Discount Plan but we are likely to have a “back-up” baby in the Premier Plan. Participants in the Discount Plan are welcome to “upgrade” to the Premier Plan depending on...

Holding Reserved Babies Ready To Go To New Homes...

Jun 17, 2013 by

We hold our babies for two weeks after the date of deposit or anticipated ready-to-go date” if deposit is made prior to weaning with no additional charge. The later of the two dates applies. There are several reasons we believe it is important to get babies into new homes as soon as possible Babies are cuter than adolescent hedgehogs. It is often seen that people see younger babies and wish that they were taking home a younger, smaller pet. The longer we hold a baby past the weaned and ready to go date the fewer options for substitutions are available. We have limited space available and keeping babies into “adolescents” presents housing challenges for us. The longer we hold babies the more cost we incur as a breeder. We do our best to keep our prices low and our price is set at the care and upkeep of a baby. We try to be fair and consistent and have the same policy for everyone! We are happy to care for a hedgehog longer than two weeks for $2.00 per day. The care and upkeep charge will be required to be paid in ADVANCE for hedgehogs not picked up within two weeks of the determined target pick-up date. If after 2 weeks the hedgehog still has not been picked up, the hedgehog will be marked as available and the deposit will be retained. If we...

Hedgehogs On The Road

Jun 17, 2013 by

Some of our customers choose to meet us when we are on the road as a matter of convenience. Check our Upcoming Events link to see if we have any road events planned. You can check out our Available Animals page to see a preview will be available for pre-purchase or at the show. We do our best to give you the time and attention you deserve when you come to pick up your hedgehog. However, the very nature of the show does prevent us from giving you the same handling and buying experience you would receive at our farm. Also, if you wish to purchase a cage package or specific accessories you will want to reserve those items as well. We have limited space available and it is not possible to take our full inventory line to the...

Availability

Jun 17, 2013 by

General Information New hedgehog babies are born at Millermeade Farms every week and other babies are available for purchase every week. We can almost always accommodate general baby requests with at least two weeks notice. Specific color requests are much harder to guarantee availability as it is often a “surprise” what colors will be produced. Our Premium Plan babies are the first available babies listed. These babies can be reserved or chosen up to several weeks before they are ready to go to their new homes. Hedgehogs may be moved to the Discount Plan for a variety of reasons including but not limited to: Minor physical imperfection A hedgehog that is eight weeks of age and has not sold through our Premium Plan A hedgehog that is a little more shy or nervous than we like to see in our Premium Plan. Color Requests We personally enjoy having a variety of colors in our herd and it has been challenging and fun for us to produce various colors. We do not however, enjoy trying to determine the true name of each color and trying to describe that color to others. One important fact to remember when choosing a color is that babies may change their color as they mature. This is especially true with the snowflake pattern and white varieties. Hedgehog Central at www.hedgehogcentral.com has an amazing color guide. We are happy to accommodate broad requests such as standard or...

Off To A Great Start

Jun 17, 2013 by

Our Best Effort to Produce Quality Pets We do everything possible to produce quality animals that are destined to become wonderful pets. We use quality food, caging, and bedding as well as use our human resources to provide quality care. Our diverse bloodlines come from across the country and we keep detailed records of our animals that can be traced back many generations. We visually inspect every animal and we give you every opportunity to inspect your new pet as well. Excellent Pet Potential All of our hedgehog babies have excellent pet potential. However, babies in the Discount Plan may need additional time and attention and some are best suited for experienced hedgehog handlers. When we meet our customers we spend time teaching handling tips and techniques so that babies will adjust to their new homes with as smooth of transition as possible. The handling skills we teach will help a shy hedgehog become more comfortable and social and an outgoing hedgehog continue to remain friendly after it goes to a new home. We offer post sales support by welcoming return visits for handling advice or nail trimming. I can also review video footage of you handling your hedgehog and give advice electronically if a return visit isn’t possible. Age When Ready For New Homes Almost all of our babies are weaned from their mothers at five to seven weeks of age. Most babies are ready...

A Flash Back To My College Years Of Writing Papers...

Jun 15, 2013 by

It is late at night on a Saturday evening and I am in my recliner working on articles for this blog.  I’ve been pouring through my files (files in the cloud these days) and I happened to come across one of my college papers.  The research paper that I wrote many years ago, was written mostly on paper instead of this 13″ little Mac that is sitting on my lap now.  Back then, I still wasn’t very confident on my very, very first Windows computer in 1996/1997 so most of my organization was many piles on the floor with a lot of hand notes.   After all, I don’t think I had ever used the internet but once in my college career.  Two of my friends got email and I thought they were SO COOL!  They didn’t have very many friends to email though because few of us had even thought of having our own dial up.   My research included going to the Med School Library at the University of Cincinnati.  I would look up articles on the fancy computer there and it would direct me to the periodical I needed so I could go and copy the article at the copy machine.  That itself cost me a small fortune as I had no less than three reams of paper when I was done.  I just had to be sure I knew what...

FAQ

Jun 11, 2013 by

Answers to most of our frequently asked questions can be found on our website under the tab“Hedgehog Info.” Our most popular link is our Available Animals page. Please feel free to explore our website – there is a lot of useful information there as well 😉 Here is a list of our most popular FAQs: About Our Babies Decision Making Purchasing Options Appointments Pricing Products Shipping and On the Road Health Care At...

Health Guarantee

Jun 11, 2013 by

At Millermeade Farms we do our very best to produce the highest quality animals possible.  We pledge that to the best of our knowledge all the animals we sell are free from any known health problems. Should we have any concerns we will point them out prior to the animal going home.  It is not uncommon for small problems to develop such as a nip from a cage-mate, a quilling related complication, or even an injury to develop unexpectedly.  If you have concerns with the animal you are about to purchase, please express your concerns to us and do not purchase the animal.  We would rather not make a sale than sell an animal that doesn’t meet our quality standards. Both our reputation and customer satisfaction are important to us and so we are happy to offer the following health guarantee. We are USDA licensed and one of the requirements is to have routine visits by our veterinarian. We can provide heath papers from our veterinarian for an additional $60.00. Hedgehog longevity has many contributing factors including but not limited but are not limited too: Breeding & Genetics Diet Water Temperature Bedding Exercise Accidents Illnesses Promptness and Quality of Veterinary Care Stress Breeding Some of these factors are related to care, others to the risk of owning a living being, and others are related to breeding and genetics.  The factors covered in our health...

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