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I can confirm hedgies can be a bit weird re: nest sites. I bought a lovely Hoghouse, placed it under a bush, dry grass already inside, so all that was needed was to move in – no effort required. A few weeks back a likely pregnant hoggy turns up and spends about 7-8 hours (up to about 10am) tearing up my lawn to drag grass to a nest she’s decided to make by the back fence under some tarp. Now I know she’s aware of the luxurious hoghouse as she checked it out the night before, but nope, prefers to make her own under some tarp.
Good news is a few weeks later a giant hedgehog I call the Megahog has moved in to the Hoghouse. He can barely squeeze himself in he is so big, but he seems to like it and he and the lady hog have had some huffing action around the feeding station so there’s plenty of hoggy action taking place at the moment where I am.
Besides Mamahog (pregnant femaile) and Megahog (giant male) I’ve seen Discohog (runs about and heavy white markings via nightvision so might be marked by neighbours dunno) and an as yet unnamed one who might be female with a white dot on her forehead. So yeah hoggies seem to be doing ok in my neighbourhood which is nice.