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Habits (Dry observations, slightly less anecdotal)

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    Our Penthouse suite, a box on four pillars with rolled carpet tile tunnel up to entrance, has so far been occupied every other day, thus:

    Day 1,3,5,7,9 (today).
    It’s like clockwork and I am fairly certain that the same hog visits each time (without taking blood samples :p)

    From this behaviour, I conclude the “up-to one mile per night” roaming is a one-way journey between separate destinations rather than circular.
    The previous hog behaved similarly.
    Have you noticed similar behaviour?

    Out of five random observations on feeding: Upon exiting the ‘penthouse’ Boss Hogg eats a certain amount of crushed cat biscuits, rests for at least an hour (food coma?) then exits the garden.
    The morning it returns, about 36 hours later, more food is eaten than above. A significant amount of food is consumed on return despite the hog having hunted for several hours and presumably eaten.
    Conclusion here is that if you start feeding these creatures you need to continue to have food ready even if hogs are away for days as they may be relying on it at the end of a tiring journey.

    Lastly, the three hogs I’ve witnessed, one at a time, consecutively, and about twenty times in total, prioritise eating over drinking straight after they rise in the evening.
    Drinking occurs after and not always immediately.
    I thought that was interesting considering the dryness of biscuits.


    Hi Phileuas

    It depends where you are in relation to where the hog is currently using as a day nest. The hog may take a circuitous route and return to it’s current nest site in a night. Male hogs, in particular, can change nests fairly often so may decide to nest elsewhere. It sounds as if you are on a current route for the hedgehog and it’s just making use of your hog house if it finds itself there when it’s near sleep time.

    What we feed should be supplementary to what the hog can find in the wild. So ideally all hog lovers would try to make their gardens as hog friendly as possible so that the hogs can find some natural food there. You are likely on some sort of circuit, but if the hog didn’t find food there, it would likely move on but come back another time/day to check whether some had appeared.

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