If your hedgehog is anything like Falafel, then I bet that they are an active little pokey who loves running on the wheel and exploring, and you want to provide them with fun activities. Then you have come to the right place. And if you don’t have a pet hedgehog and you just want to see cute pictures of a hedgehog walking through a maze, you have also come to the right place.
After we made our maze, I learned that PVC pipe is terrible for the environment. It is full of additives that are dangerous both to the environment and human health, creates large amounts of waste, and is difficult to recycle, to name a few issues.
So, you can use PVC pipe as a base for your maze, but a more environmentally friendly alternative would be to use a form of polyethylene pipe, which is considered a more healthy and easily recyclable form of plastic pipe than PVC. (see article).
It is not always easy to find polyethylene pipe in large enough sizes for hedgehogs, but home depot carries a 4 inch wide 10 foot segment online.
So- what you need is:
- A length of pipe (ideally around 10 feet) at least 3-4 inches wide. (Most people suggest 4 inches wide because this is wide enough for a hedgehog to completely turn around inside of it. We chose a 3 inch pipe because Falafel loves to squeeze into tight spaces and we thought she would prefer it.)
- Several different pipe connectors of appropriate size for your pipe (I recommend 4 L shapes and 2 T shapes)
- A hacksaw
- Sander (optional)
You can easily find all of these supplies at most hardware stores.
To make the maze:
- cut the pipe into 1 foot long segments using the hacksaw
- sand the edges of the pipe (optional)
- place the 1 foot segment pipes into the connectors at chosen angles to build a maze!
- put treats periodically throughout the maze (also optional)
That will be one happy hedgehog! We learned quickly that when we put Falafel in the maze, she finds a cozy spot to sleep unless we leave openings periodically, so we usually set it up like this:
It’s more fun to watch that way too, because we get to see her peeking out every once in a while. She loves finding her wormies in there.
The maze comes apart easily for convenient storage.