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Home Forums Champions’ chat Do you feed every night? Reply To: Do you feed every night?

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Hi Bushsnuffler

The thing about most hogs is that once they have got used to one sort of food, they aren’t too keen on changing it. So that often if you offer them a choice they are inclined to show a preference for what they’ve been used to. But if you need to change the food for some reason, they are likely to eat the new food eventually (possibly after refusing to eat it for a few days).

As far as I know, the jury is still out as to whether hog food – of which there are now quite a few varieties – are better for hogs than cat/dog food. Some people still seem to maintain that cat/dog food is better. So if you have found something the hog eats, and it’s one of cat/dog/hog food or cat/kitten biscuits, I would stick to it.

I’m wondering how far your feedng station is from where the hog appears from. If it’s close and you’re worried that it might not be foraging as well, you could try gradually moving it a bit further away, so that the hog has more of a chance to forage on the way to or from the feeding station. It does, though, seem unlikely that the hog would not be looking for other food as well. Do you mean that the hog only makes one visit to the feeding station? In which case it seems likely it is also going elsewhere. Many hogs will make multiple visits to a feeding station in one night, usually with fairly decent gaps of time between visits.

Maybe you need another camera in a different part of the garden to see what the hog is up to! i.e. possibly it’s leaving your garden at some stage.