Badger Babies | An Ultimate Guide About Badger Cubs

In this article, we will provide you with a comprehensive overview of badger babies. We will take a start from their birth to their early age and finally to their adult age. You will get to know in detail about the different phases of their life like how they reach the age of maturity and learn various survival techniques from their mothers.

Badger Babies - Badger Cubs
A badger baby sleeping.

How Are badger babies Born?

Badgers are usually known as Solitary animals but they have to come together when the breeding season comes. Male and female badgers mate together in the late summer season. There is no restriction in terms of mating. They could mate with multiple partners. When the female becomes pregnant, the embryo started to grow until January.

They might delay the development of the embryo if the female becomes pregnant earlier for bringing the birth of the ‘Cub’ in the right season. It is called “delayed implantation”. The peak month of the Badger’s birth is February. It typically takes 7 months from egg implantation to baby delivery.

What are badger babies called?

Newly born babies are called ‘cubs’. Female badger gives birth to 3-5 babies at a time in its burrow. Initially, the babies are blind and have a very thin but fine coating of fur around them for their protection. At this stage, they wholly rely on their mothers. They only open their eyes when they are at least 4 weeks old.

What size are baby badgers?

At the time of birth, the baby badger has just 4 ounce weight and is almost 12 cm in length. Badgers usually grow for almost one full year until they reach their full size. The growth of the badgers also highly depends upon the surrounding environment, the diet they take, and the overall level of health throughout one year.

How do female badgers protect their babies?

Newly born baby badgers are highly sensitive in the first few weeks. Few of them might die to weather as well as sett’s condition. Female badgers do a lot of things for the protection of their babies like they go for the hunt but return very quickly. The mother keeps a very close eye on the entrance of the sett and keeps them underground at the minimum possible sign of danger.  

They also change the dens occasionally during the initial days of birth for extra safety. Female badgers only take one cub at a time for displacement. Baby badgers started chewing even before the opening of their eyes. A 4-month-old baby badger hunt with his mother but a 6-month-old badger could easily go on a hunting expedition alone.

How do female badgers protect their babies?
A badger mother with its cub.

When do baby badgers come out?

Being nocturnal animals, they remain inside the den for most of the time until they become familiar with the outer environment slowly and steadily. They properly come out in April when they become at least 10 weeks old and learn various survival as well as hunting techniques.

Learning phase of baby badgers

At the early stage of life, they learn most of the basic things like hunting, digging, communication, and predation from their mothers.  They learn these things in the first 6 months of their life for their utmost survival in the wilderness.

Badger babies after reaching maturity

Badgers reach the adult age after almost one year. At this age, they can procreate and have learned all the skills of survival in the wilderness. They start their own life away from their mother. They hunt food, dig dens and learn various survival techniques on their own.

Why are badgers so adaptable?

Till reaching the age of maturity, the badger babies must know all the necessary techniques for survival in the wilderness. The mothers of the badgers teach them to depend only on their instincts. This attribute proves highly helpful for their long-term existence. They are also trained to live in various kinds of weather like harsh, nominal, rainy, summer, winter, etc. In this way, they could adapt themselves to every kind of outer environment.

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A badger mom and kit at their den.

Why do badgers give birth in winter?

The best answer about the badger’s ecology was given by the long-term research at the Wytham woods near oxford. According to this study, the badgers don’t hibernate in the winter and spend most of their time in their dens. Secondly, they also want their babies to come out on the ground in April or May. At this time, the cubs could collect invertebrate food as much as possible and get enough fats for their first winter.

Frequently asked questions

It varies for both male and female badgers. For instance, the female badgers could mate at just the age of 4 months old but on the other hand, male badgers need to reach the age of at least 2 years old for mating purposes.

If you find a badger cub alone then first of all observe it from a distance for at least 24 hours and check if it is healthy enough and if its eyes are open or not. If you are fully sure that there is no adult badger in the surrounding, then put dog food near the cub and check it after 24 hours. Don’t try to handle or touch the cub as they could bite you and only handle it by taking all the precautionary measures only if the cub is in a state of emergency.

Badgers could not be taken in captivity like domestic pets. They should only stay in wildlife centers for a maximum of 6 months of their life. They must be carefully handled and note down the exact location from where you have found them and returned them to the exact same place.


Badger babies pass through various phases of life and learn different techniques of survival from their mothers in the early months of their life. Based on this learning, they adapt themselves to various kinds of the outer atmosphere. Despite doing all these things, they still have a very short span of life. The average age of the badgers in the wilderness is almost 4 to 5 years old.

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Izzy Foxx

Izzy is an experienced ranch worker who has a passion for exploring nature and getting up close to wildlife. With her connections to various animal organizations, Izzy is well-versed in animal care and rehabilitation.

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