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Another mouth to feed.

Home Forums Hedgehog signs and sightings Another mouth to feed.

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    A few weeks ago I spotted one of my guests (on trail-cam footage) heading back to its winter quarters in one of my 3 hog-houses. I was a bit concerned that it seemed on the skinny side compared to my other fat friends foraging post-hibernation.

    A couple of weeks ago, I started to carefully investigate the hog-houses to see if there were still guests after quite some time when the straw indicators remained untriggered.

    The first two were uninhabited, so were given a good clean-out and just a handful of new-hay.

    The third, where my skinny friend had last been seen was occupied and she (I guess) showed signs of life.

    So carefully closed up and waiting and hoping, just a couple of checks to make sure all was still well.

    Last night the trail-cam was tasked elsewhere, but this morning the straw indicator across that hog-house had been triggered.

    I’m hoping she had been out, certainly not a lot left in the nearby feeding station :). (I know where the trail-cam will be tonight!)

    Now when I started feeding my visitors last year, they ate quite a lot of wet cat-food from tins, and they didn’t seem to like dried cat-food a lot.

    But as regular visitors appeared less and less, I stopped putting out wet food and the odd visitor would have a good nibble at the eye wateringly expensive Royal Canin Mother & Baby Cat dried food (ignoring other offerings 🙁 )

    Now, they seem reluctant to change back to tinned food Grrrrrr!

    (Well tough, when the packet’s empty they can eat tinned or slugs, their choice! 🙂 )

    Anyway, I’m so pleased that the skinny one seems to have made it through and hopefully become active,, even if the feed bill will go up. And I may get to clean out the third hog-house soon 🙁


    Yes,I didn’t think that feeding the odd – very odd – garden wildlife would lead to financial ruin either! I get through – no let’s reword that – they get through 1kg of encore cat biscuit a week, plus the odd shake of ‘l love hedgehogs’ muesli. Plus any wet food that my old lady cat loved last week – hence the repurchases – but won’t touch this week! I think they must all get together at the bottom of the garden and chew over their combined menu preferences for the coming week and then con me into providing same!

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