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Broken bones

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    There seems to be a number of cases of hedgehogs with broken legs throughout the U.K. We found two last year, both had broken bones in their back legs – the vet said there was no sign of blood or trauma so it doesn’t look like they were attacked or had caught their legs anywhere, the bones were just broken. Could this be a result of being overfed with mealworms? I have heard this can cause brittle bone syndrome in hedgehogs. Both hogs were nursed back to health and released to the wild where they were found, I don’t know if they made it through the winter.

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    Hi crumblepenny

    It’s hard to say, for sure, but the link between mealworms and brittle bone disease (due to the inbalance of phosphorous and calcium) is becoming more known about. As well, to a lesser extent sunflower hearts, other than in a mixed, balanced feed. Really nice to hear the two hogs recovered enough to be released again.

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