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...

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...

Hedgehogs As Gifts

Jun 21, 2013 by

Time Spent With Your Breeder The time you spend with your breeder is one of the most important parts of purchasing a hedgehog. An experienced and knowledgeable breeder will give new owners a great deal of handling and care advice. A good breeder’s handling demonstration, and the new owner’s practice with the hedgehog, are keys to the new owner’s success. Learning to handle a hedgehog is comparable to learning to ride a bike. Personal instruction and practice are much better than watching a video or reading a book, and will have significantly greater results. Presenting a Hedgehog as a Gift (Without the Actual Animal) Gift certificate – many breeders will create a gift certificate that can be redeemed by the recipient for a hedgehog. Cage – a wrapped cage and/or accessories can be a great surprise for the expectant hedgehog owner. Stuffed animal – cute stuffed animal hedgehogs are excellent temporary substitutions of the real thing! Mystery Ride – some hedgehog owners-to-be may enjoy the thrill of a mystery ride to pick up their new pet. Pets for Youth and Children There are many things to consider when purchasing a hedgehog as a gift for a child. We strongly encourage you to read our article Pets for Youth and Children before consider a hedgehog as a gift to this age group. Opportunity to Select a Hedgehog as a Pet Some hedgehog breeders have a...

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...

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...