Appointments At The Shop

Dec 3, 2013 by

Regular Appointment Times 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.  We are willing to make exceptions for customers who have time restrains. Weekday appointments are typically scheduled for 12:00PM.  We do have some flexibility with appointment times, but both  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 does 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...

Deposits and Visits

Nov 11, 2013 by

I am ready to purchase my hedgehog. What’s next? The first step is to choose an available hedgehog and make an appointment to meet him/her. We are open Monday through Saturday. A $10.00 deposit reserves your favorite and an appointment time for you to come to our shop. Our Available Babies and our Products page have a list of all the things we sell to get you off to a great start with your pet! How long should I plan on being at our appointment? This will depend on several factors. First, how much time you spend preparing for your hedgehog and how well you understand your hedgehog’s needs. Sometimes this part is very quick but other times this part can last 45 minutes depending on the amount of questions. We believe the best time to answer questions is BEFORE you take your hedgehog home. Once you are introduced to your hedgehog, this could also take 45 minutes if you want to look at several hedgehogs and choose your favorite by learning different personalities. At this time we will also spend a great deal of time helping you feel confident handling this unique pet. Finally, the check out process can take anywhere from 15 minutes to a half hour or more depending on how long it takes you to make decisions and if there are other people making the same decisions at the same time. We suggest NOT...

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...

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. We have attended the Midwest Reptile Show in Indianapolis, Indiana, since July 1998 and we do our best to continue to attend that show. Check our Upcoming Events link to be sure we will be at the upcoming show. 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. For best hedgehog availability come at the beginning of the show. 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...

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...