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Home Forums Hedgehog signs and sightings Mapping TWO hedgehogs visiting my hog house Reply To: Mapping TWO hedgehogs visiting my hog house

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Hi SueMay

That’s a lovely story. First of all, as I understand it, you have to put the two hogs, seperately, on the Big Hedgehog Map. So first fill in the details for one on hog and then again for the other one. That’s certainly how it was last time I put any hogs on there.

The two hogs may or may not be Mother and offspring at this stage. If the little one is eating itself it’s likely it’s already weaned. After that they are pretty much left to get on by themselves, so that Mother can prepare for hibernation herself. But hoglets will sometimes like to be around other hogs, especially at feeding stations, where they often try to share bowls. The hogs are unlikely to share a hibernation nest, but don’t worry, hoglets are quite capable of building their own hibernation nests.

If the little one is really small, you will need to keep an eye on it. It needs to eventually weigh 450g to survive hibernation, but I imagine that it is slightly warmer in Cornwall so there is still a bit of time before it needs to be that weight, especially if it keeps coming for food. They are lovely to watch – very inquisitive little things.

Good luck with them and happy hog watching.