Female badgers (sows) first produce eggs (ovulate) at around 13 – 14 months in the South West.
Males (boars) are sexually mature at around 12 – 15 months of age.
Once the fertilised eggs have attached to the womb, the pregrancy will last for about two months.
Typically, it is only the dominant (alpha) female that produces and rears cubs. However, it is quite common in
the South West for a second female to produce and rear cubs, but away from the main sett.
Sows produce between one and five cubs, three on average.
The cubs’ eyelids are fused (stuck together) for several weeks from birth.
Food shortage during lactation can result in cub deaths.