Hi Baldwin hedghog
I can see where you and they are coming from, but I’m stilll not completely convinced it is a reliable indicator in the wild. Although, I had thought you were talking about the poos being bigger and not just longer. I think I have read something similar somewhere, but, not sure you can always equate what happens in the wild to what happens in captivity. In the wild, they wouldn’t necessarily have food right on their doorstep, be in a safe space, etc. Also there are other hogs around, to potentially confuse the picture. However, always open to new evidence. There is still so much to learn about wild hedgehogs, much of which I suspect we will never know for sure. Perhaps that is part of their attraction – that they retain an element of mystery.
Whether you are anticipating them or not, I always think the first sighting of a new hoglet arriving at the feeding area is magical.