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Home Forums Hedgehog signs and sightings Hedgehog not hibernating Reply To: Hedgehog not hibernating


It’s absolutely fine. Hogs don’t need to hibernate and it is his/her choice not to. Some hogs hibernate even when there is food around.
Don’t stop feeding now in the hope he’ll hibernate. They have to go through a detox process prior to hibernation and he’s not done that obviously.

Some people are saying that by feeding them we are changing their natural behaviour, and to an extent we are, however as they are under such threat then as it doesn’t harm them I don’t see an issue. As I said earlier the hog will make it’s own mind up as to whether it comes for the food or hibernates.

I feed all winter but only 1 of mine has elected to remain active, and then only part of the time
I also have lots of what were autumn juveniles being overwintered and a number of them are quite determined to hibernate, while others don’t.

So effectively what I’m saying is that your hog will decide if it want’s to hibernate regardless of you putting food down.
It sounds like you’re doing well for him, well done