As you can see from the hedgehogs I am handling in the three pictures below, hedgehogs can be easily handled when they are relaxed! Here are a few of my best tips for handling hedgehogs:
1) After you wake your hedgehog up, give it a few minutes to fully wake up before handling. I am cranky if woken up from a dead sleep, and hedgehogs seem to feel the same way!
2) Scoop the hedgehog from underneath. If they don't feel like they can get firm footing, they will not relax very quickly.
3) Be confident! They smell your fear (or confidence). If you are nervous, put on some light gloves so that you can be confident.
4) Remember- the anticipation of getting prickled is generally way worse than any prickling you might get from your hedgehog so relax!