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Home Forums Hedgehog signs and sightings Got a sighting…What now? Reply To: Got a sighting…What now?


Excellent news that you have a hedgehog. I was thrilled when I first had one visit. I had seven last year (all in the garden at the same time). This year I have five fully grown adults. I have a hedgehog highway through the garden. I have four dishes of water out – I have used the shallow plant saucers like someone has suggested. Hedgehogs mostly like to feed first and have a VERY long drink afterwards. In the day the birds like to use the dishes too but if you have cats you might not want to encourage that! We don’t feed our hogs from a saucer or a proper feeding station. We spread the food around over the patio and on a step quite close to our patio doors. We buy special hedgehog food (because they are spoilt) and a few CRUSHED natural peanuts, NOT whole ones, they can get stuck in their mouths. We do NOT feed them mealworms, you may still find this as a feeding suggestion on some sites but it is no longer recommended, as research has suggested that it can affect their bones. The hogs amble around the garden picking up all stuff for their natural diet, slugs etc and might return to the patio for some more food and of course another drink of water. I like to think their diet is varied and we are just assisting by giving them some additional hedgehog food. Anyway enjoy your visiting hedgehog and I hope you get more.