Baby Hedgehogs Growing Up-Watch Me Grow

Baby Hedgehogs Growing Up-Watch Me Grow

While Baby Hedgiest are adorable, They should not be handled.

Handling newborn infants or disturbing the nest is not recommended by Hamor Hollow since it may cause an irritated or disturbed mother hedgehog. Since a mother hedgehog may leave or murder her litter if her nest is threatened, it’s best to wait until the youngsters are at least 15 days old before touching them.

These infants came from unusual circumstances, such as rejected or fostered litters, as well as we were compelled to relocate them to a new nest. Fortunately, we were able to chronicle their improvement by taking advantage of the scenario!

WEEK ONE (DAYS 1-7)

Baby Hedgies New born

New Born

Baby Hedgies 10 Hours Old

10 Hours Old

 Baby Hedges 18 Hours old

Baby Hedges 18 Hours old

Baby Hedges 1 Day old

Baby Hedges 1 Day old

Baby Hedges 3 Day old

Baby Hedges 3 Day old

Baby Hedges 5 Day old

Baby Hedges 5 Day old

Baby Hedges 7 Day old

The infants are insignificant blobs that don’t accomplish anything. They resemble a swollen tongue before shrinking back into their quills. You may hear a small peep now as well as again, but you won’t see them leave the nest. Eyes are closed, ears are wrinkled, as well as facial features aren’t well defined.

Babies may have some bruising as well as may or may not be pigmented when they are born. Some newborns may darken as they get older, depending on their eventual hue. Quills may be bent.

WEEK TWO (DAYS 8-14)

Baby Hedges 9 Day old

Baby Hedges 9 Day old

Baby Hedges 11 Day old

Baby Hedges 11 Day old

Baby Hedges 14 Day old

Baby Hedges 14 Day old

Babies continue to grow as well as their quills harden, their facial characteristics mature, as well as those that will be standard or darker continue to develop pigment. The newborns’ eyes are still closed, as well as they are completely reliant on their mother for nutrition. Their tummies start to acquire peach fuzz-like hair.

Some of the infant quills will fall out as well as be replaced by a set of quills that are somewhat tougher as well as longer. The youngsters will stay in or near the nest, as well as you may be able to catch the mother out of the nest for a brief break at the end of the week.

Take care! If you want to intervene, the mother may still damage the chicks if she believes her nest is under danger at this age.

WEEK 3 (DAYS 15-21)

Baby Hedges 18 Day old

Baby Hedges 18 Day old

Baby Hedges 21 Day old

Baby Hedges 21 Day old

This is the week when the infants transform from small whining blobs to adorable lively little hedgehogs with personality! The newborns’ eyes gradually open between days 15 as well as 18, as well as they become intrigued as well as begin to explore their environment. Holding the infants during this week is normally safe, but keep an eye on mom to make sure she isn’t being overprotective!

You may start testing as well as anointing the newborns with crushed up cat food as well as other soft meals. Fur continues to grow, resulting in a warm belly coat. Teeth appear a few days after the eyes have opened. Baby quills continue to fall out as well as need to be replaced, while the pigment color changes as well as develops. It’s a wonderful time to introduce a little wheel or hamster ball now that the infants are more active (supervised play away from mom only, please).

WEEK 4(DAYS 22 – 28)

Baby Hedges 24 Day old

Baby Hedges 24 Day old

Baby Hedges 28 Day old

Baby Hedges 28 Day old

This is an excellent time to begin acclimating the newborns to being apart from their mother for an hour or two at a time. Mom will most likely begin weaning as well as spending extended amounts of time away from the nest since they have sharp teeth. Whole kibble as well as other crunchy meals may be introduced.

This is a week when newborns seem to be cutting a lot of quills, as well as they may be grumpy as a result. They continue to develop as well as expand, as well as their characteristics are beginning to resemble those of an adult hedgehog. It’s at this point when their daring personalities truly flourish!

WEEK 5 (DAYS 29 – 35)

Baby Hedges 31 Day old

Baby Hedges 31 Day old

Baby Hedges 32 Day old

Baby Hedges 32 Day old

The infants are maturing as well as becoming more self-reliant. They like discovering new things as well as experimenting with them. This is an excellent time to introduce new people, meals, as well as fragrances to the baby. The infants start quilling again, losing a few quills at a time as they mature into longer adult quills.

It’s normal for people to be moody, but it’s nothing to be concerned about. Please keep an eye on the male newborns for indications of sexual desire in their mother. As a baby becomes older, the chances of a male infant impregnating the mother rise. At 5 weeks, it’s unusual, but not unheard of, as well as at 7+ weeks, it’s a larger danger.

WEEK 6 (DAYS 36-42)

Baby Hedges 37 Day old

Baby Hedges 37 Day old

Baby Hedges 41 Day old

Baby Hedges 37 Day old

This is the earliest the babies will be able to leave the nest as well as find new homes. There’s no need to hurry this process since not all infants are weaned at this age. Allow the mother to keep them for another week or two if she wishes.

The infants are still quilling, as well as there may be some mood swings. When quilling, there is a chance that the color may change. Some newborns may go from solid to snowflake or the other way around.

To develop independence from mom, it’s a good idea to start keeping the chicks out of the nest as well as away from her for lengthy periods of time. If the male newborns are still with their mother, keep an eye out for signals of sexual attraction.

WEEK 7 (DAYS 43 – 49)

If the male kids haven’t totally left the nest by now, it’s time to take them out. Many male newborns are sexually developed as well as eager to procreate their mothers. When it comes to siblings, adolescent men may sometimes demonstrate overt dominance tendencies, but this is typically nothing to worry about.

Baby Hedges 46 Day old

Baby Hedges 46 Day old

Female babies may either stay with their mothers or be placed in a separate cage. If the females remain with the mother, keep an eye on your food intake, as the infants may begin to hoard the food, leading the mother to lose weight as well as become malnourished. Keep an eye out for indicators of postpartum depression in the mother.

WEEK 8(DAYS 50-56)

Baby Hedges 55 Day old

There isn’t much to say about week 8 except that you are one of the fortunate ones if you have your kid at this age. Enjoy your new baby as well as give him or her plenty of cuddles. Daily attention is essential for you as well as your hedgehog to get to know one another. Allow your hedgehog some alone time since newborns need a lot of sleep. Even in your hands or on your lap, your baby will fall asleep. Enjoy this moment since it is passing you by much too rapidly!

 

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