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Abandoned House

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    Approx one month ago I put a hog house in a quiet spot in the garden. Within about a week my little hog visitor had taken to using the house. I was v excited and noticed each morning as more brambles etc were being taken in. I never disturbed it – it was all at a distance.
    However, in this last ten day or so the hog has stopped using it even though it continues to visit the garden every night.
    Shall I move the house to a different spot to try and encourage the hog to use it once again – or maybe to attract a different hog?

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    Hi NiamhsNan

    No I wouldn’t move the hog house. It’s obviously in a good place if it’s already been used. If you are absolutely certain that it has been vacated, I would clean it out so that a new hog or even the same one can start from scratch. So give it a good clean with boiling water so that any parasite eggs which might have got into the cracks, are killed. Once it’s nice and dry again, put about a handful of nesting material in to give any hogs the right idea and leave lots of other nesting material nearby – medium sized leaves, long grasses, etc. You never know, another hog may already be considering it for a prospective nest!

    Hogs do tend to move nests now and then, that way they can minimise external parasites, so it’s a good thing really.

    Fingers crossed for another tenant.

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