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Home Forums Hedgehog signs and sightings First time hoglet sighting Reply To: First time hoglet sighting


Hi Deeb74,

Just catching up with your posts and I assume you have some good advise from BHPS that has helped.
Its worth mentioning that hoglets will feed off mum for between 4 and 6 weeks typically, so wont be on solid food if only about 2.5 weeks – but age is difficult to determine I know from sight alone.
It sounds more like one of her curious babies has followed her out of the nest. Maybe she only has one – but that would be unusual, more likely 3 or 4 to a litter, with the loss of one or two fairly common early on.
My advise would be to leave mum and babies well alone for a couple more weeks – the risk of disturbing them could have consequences if they are still relying on her, and you don’t want to take that responsibility on, I can tell you. She will reappear for food and bring her babies once they are more confident and shortly after that she will leave them to fend for themselves. tough in hoglet World I know!
your supplies will undoubtedly be welcome to her and family – but she will likely abandon her young if you disturb her.
Hog males don’t hang around to raise young, so he’s unlikely to be the father necessarily – any male hanging around will probably be hoping for some romance if there is a female around.
Its tough leaving things be when you are unsure and wanting to do the right thing to help – but unless you see signs of distress its often better to leave alone.