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Home Forums Champions’ chat When should I stop leaving food out for Harriet during hibernation? Reply To: When should I stop leaving food out for Harriet during hibernation?


When hogs go into hibernation they don’t just stop and hibernate. They go through a period where they don’t eat for a few days but will then eat/drink. This can go on for a while. It’s also possible the hog will change it’s mind and not hibernate at all, which is fine, they don’t need to. During hibernation they can also get up and move nests several times
It is essential that when or if they do start to hibernate they are not disturbed. Every time they are disturbed they use up some of the fat reserves they need to both survive hibernation and rouse at the end of it.
If the food is going every few days it sounds like the hog – if it were rats or cats it would likely go every night.
You need to leave water all the time – even a hibernating hog may get up for a drink and personally I would leave some food ( dry )
Hope that helps