Selection Of Your New Hedgehog

Jul 6, 2013 by

It is best to select a hedgehog that is between 6-12 weeks old. Young hedgehogs usually adapt to a new environment more easily than older animals. However, there are times when younger babies have a difficult time quilling and are more comfortable and social after the largest part of the quilling process is over. Hedgehogs over six months may still make good pets with extra precautions. All hedgehogs should be easy to handle at the time of purchase. Each hedgehog will have it’s own personality, and it is best to choose the hedgehog that is similar to what you are looking for in at pet. However, the personality you see at the time of purchase will change and develop over time, depending on how you handle your new pet. Most hedgehogs will be a little nervous when they are first handled by a strange person or when they first wake up, but they should calm down and relax within a minute or two. The hedgehog should come out of a ball fairly quickly. Huffing is OK because that is part of hedgehog nature and communication. The hedgehog should not click, jump or pop, because that means it is trying to defend itself and it is trying to threaten you. You should be able to physically examine your hedgehog to ensure good...

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...

Basic Breeding Information

May 24, 2013 by

Baby hedgehogs are called hoglets. Hedgehogs can produce litter sizes ranging from 1-9, with the average litter size being 3-4. The gestation or the amount of time from conception time until birth is typically 33-35 days. The average recommended breeding age is six months. Babies are born blind Babies are born with soft clear spines that turn brown in 2-3 days. Eyes open in 2-3 weeks Weaning occurs at average of 5-6 weeks but can take a little less or a little longer for babies to...