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Whats the best way to reintroduce after a illness bout?

TheLottiediarys

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Hi guys
I'm wondering what's the best way to reintroduce my girl Aurora to her Husband and two female mates after she's been away for 2 weeks due to illness.

Aurora got a bit skinny and had funny greasy looking hair so i was quite worried, mainly that it would be ringworm but she's got a clean bill of health so I'm looking at reintroducing her to the herd.

Does she need to be Introduced in a new environment and if it goes well does the cage the group was in need to have all fresh bedding put down or would that not matter so much? This might sound weird but would the bedding smelling of the group cause territorial issues or does that not really happen for groups of mixed sexes?
I just changed everyone's bedding yesterday's so apart from a few areas under hidys its very clean,
What if I mixed their bedding together?
What sort of behaviour should I be looking out for?
Is it better to let them meet or should I place her in a smaller enclosed area for a few days next to them?

I know they've lived together for over a year been she's been away from them for 2 weeks, so how should I view this introduction?
 

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Hi guys
I'm wondering what's the best way to reintroduce my girl Aurora to her Husband and two female mates after she's been away for 2 weeks due to illness.

Aurora got a bit skinny and had funny greasy looking hair so i was quite worried, mainly that it would be ringworm but she's got a clean bill of health so I'm looking at reintroducing her to the herd.

Does she need to be Introduced in a new environment and if it goes well does the cage the group was in need to have all fresh bedding put down or would that not matter so much? This might sound weird but would the bedding smelling of the group cause territorial issues or does that not really happen for groups of mixed sexes?
I just changed everyone's bedding yesterday's so apart from a few areas under hidys its very clean,
What if I mixed their bedding together?
What sort of behaviour should I be looking out for?
Is it better to let them meet or should I place her in a smaller enclosed area for a few days next to them?

I know they've lived together for over a year been she's been away from them for 2 weeks, so how should I view this introduction?
Please re-introduce on neutral ground indoors or on the lawn and see how it goes.
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