I think the issue with mealworms and to a lesser degree sunflower hearts is something that has only recently come to light but its to do with the very high levels of phosphorous which can result in bone development problems and vets and carers are seeing more and more hedgehogs with this. Left unnoticed these hedgehogs don’t stand a chance of leading a normal life.
I used to feed mealworms because the hedgehogs love them but they don’t know whats bad for them sometimes so now i just feed cat biscuits.
I understand hedgehogs get used to being fed and once you start feeding they’ll most likely head straight to it and by the sounds of it they’ve got used to you and hang around waiting for food. I believe their sense of smell is incredible so they probably smell you coming
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