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...

Gender Differences

May 27, 2013 by

Physical Gender Differences Male hedgehogs are called boars. Their penis is retracted within a penile sheath that is located in the mid-abdominal region of the hedgehog. The external portion of the sheath most closely resembles a belly button. The testicles are located in the abdomen and are generally not seen. Female hedgehogs are called sows, and their vulva and anus are very close in proximity to each other.  They have five pairs of mammae or teats. Male and female hedgehogs should be housed separately from the time of weaning and should only be allowed contact for breeding purposes.  Hedgehogs can breed as early as eight weeks.  Breeding at this age can be very dangerous for the female and is highly discouraged by most breeders. Male hedgehogs can get bedding or other material inside their penile sheath.  You will need to check this area daily to make sure there is no blockage or irritation.  Most irritations can be freed during a normal bath, but if a problem persists, a trip to the veterinarian may be necessary. There are no odor differences between males and females. Neither males nor females mark their scent. Females do not have obvious menstrual cycles. Gender Differences in Temperament  We at Millermeade Farms along with a majority of hedgehog owners and breeders do not believe that there are major temperament differences between males and females. Female hedgehog’s cohabitate better, than their...

Our Breeding Program

May 23, 2013 by

Life Expectancy We do our very, very best to produce happy hedgehogs that exceed the average life expectancy.  Most breeders and enthusiast agree that the average pet life expectancy is approximately three years.  When hedgehogs were first introduced into the pet industry hedgehogs were reported to live 8-10 years.  Hedgehog owners, breeders, and enthusiasts all would love to determine what has caused an overall drastic decrease in pet longevity and how to ensure that each hedgehog lives to its full life expectancy potential. Factors Involved in Longevity Breeding and Genetics – please refer to our plan for more information on this topic. Diet – at the time of this writing no long-term scientific studies have been published related to hedgehog nutrition research. Recommendations from owners, breeders, enthusiasts and experts vary widely with little scientific evidence to nutritional hypothesis for the best captive-bred hedgehog diet. Water – this is especially important with babies but water consumption can greatly impact overall animal’s health. Temperature – it has been our experience that hedgehogs can survive at cooler temperatures but are more prone to problems.  Hedgehogs seem to thrive at 75 °F to 80 °F. Bedding- some bedding can cause impaction if eaten and respiratory stress due to phenols. Exercise – lack of exercise can lead to obesity but excessive exercise can also lead to increase in metabolism and excess free radical formation/damage. Freak accidents or illnesses. Promptness...