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Home Forums Champions’ chat A nursing mother? Reply To: A nursing mother?

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Hi Emma

Good to hear you have a hog there. It’s possible it’s a nursing mother, but not a certainty. At this time of year, when the nights are so short, some hogs do come out a bit earlier. But you’re right nursing mothers do sometimes come out during the day and have a break from the young ones.

The following is from BHPS FAQs which will give you an idea of some of the potential problems to look out for.

Are Hedgehogs meant to be out in the daylight?

Not usually no. Hedgehogs are nocturnal, which means they shouldn’t really be seen out in daylight hours. Some of the exceptions to this are pregnant females gathering nesting materials just before she gives birth, or a new ‘Mum’ taking a break from the nest to get food and water while her young sleep. Sometimes, when the nights are short, a hungry hedgehog may forage around dusk and dawn. However, these hedgehogs would move quickly with purpose. If a hedgehog is lethargic, lay out, has flies around it, is wobbly, or gives you any other cause for concern, please call us for advice ASAP on 01584 890 801.

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