Last year (2016-2017 winter) I put the hedgehog food out every day and caught them on camera feeding every night. I thought the same would happen this year so I have put the food out every night but it has been eaten by a local cat and blackbirds. I couldn’t take the risk with these youngsters coming out of hibernation and there was no food.
I have still got to check they are ticks I might be wrong but can’t imagine what else they could be. One is worse than the other.