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I’m really sorry, but due to the quirks of my memory, I can only remember that we had the discussion about gut evecuation. I can’t even be sure what the result was, just that I have a feeling someone knew about it. I don’t recall seeing it myself. At other times of year, as Jan Marie suggests, it can be a worrying sign. However, if you have lots of hogs visiting it’s very difficult to know which one is doing which poo, so there isn’t always much you can do about it.
I think, at this time of year it’s very likely that some, if not all the hogs from any one particular garden, have gone to hibernate. It’s always worrying, not knowing, but that’s part of what we hoglovers have to cope with. Certainly most of the hogs from here have disappeared and I am left with this year’s hoglets of various ages. I have found in the past that the hoglets are usually last to disappear.
I think it’s a good idea to leave, at least some, food out all winter. I know the cats can be a problem. I had one hog who didn’t hibernate last year and had both cats and a rat to contend with. Unfortunately, they never seemed to turn up together! Luckily I managed to, eventually, outwit the cats and found the hog very intelligently managed the obstacle course with ease.
Normally, it’s a case of just waiting and hoping that the hogs all return safe and well in the Spring.