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Home Forums Hedgehog signs and sightings Two new hedgehogs!!!! Reply To: Two new hedgehogs!!!!

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Hi correll17

I am really pleased for you that you have a second hedgehog visiting. Where there are one or two, there will usually be others around, so more might turn up as well. Hoglet season has begun now, so fingers crossed for some there.

There is just one word of caution. Please go easy on the mealworms, especially if there are hoglets around. I know it may seem counter-intuitive, but it has recently been realised that mealworms do not have a good ratio of Calcium to Phosphorous and can result in calcium being leached out of the bones. This is especially worrying for hoglets, which can apparently become addicted to mealworms and not want to eat anything else. Some of the hedgehog rescues are now advising not to feed mealworms at all. It sounds as if you are feeding some other good food, so they should be alright without mealworms.

Not sure how hedgehog friendly your garden is, but most of us could make improvements in that respect. Now they are visiting, they may welcome more wild patches in the garden to find wild food (what we feed them should only ever be supplementary), make nests etc. If you haven’t already seen it, there are some tips on the following:
Even something as simple as leaving the lawn a bit longer in patches. I recently tried this, and found that whereas the hogs used to make a beeline up and down the path, now they meander across the lawn.

Good luck with your, hopefully, growing, band of hedgehogs.