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    I got a house and I have a wild Mr Prickles in there already! Yay! Only problem is the house is exposed to the sun until about 10am then it’s in the shade. Is this a major problem?


    Well done on having a visitor so quickly
    I am not an expert but it would probably be better if it is in the shade.
    Please leave out shallow bowls of water 24 hours a day. If they are too deep there is potential for a hoglet to drown.
    Happy hog time!

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    Hi MrPrickles

    Brilliant that a hog has already moved in, but simbo65 is right, hog houses are better placed in the shade, but if it has to be in the sun at least only until 10 a.m. is slightly better than later in the day, when it’s hotter. But still not ideal, especially if we get another very hot spell.

    If someone is already in residence, you can’t move it, but maybe you could put something over the top, maybe some brushwood, that sort of thing. Or even if you had something like an outside table, which might keep the sun off it. But you would have to do it very carefully so as not to disturb the occupant – especially as, at this time of year, it’s possible it might be a female about to produce a family. (females can desert their young if disturbed when they are very small) Once you are certain that it’s empty, I would be inclined to move it to somewhere underneath some bushes where there is more shade.

    As simbo65 says, don’t forget the water. Large, shallow plant saucers are ideal. The wider the better – hogs are very good at tipping water containers over – but not so deep that a hoglet could get trapped in it.

    Good luck. I hope all goes well with the hog.


    I’ve got a dish of water out for it. Saw the little devil last night, it had a good feed in the feeding station and then out for a long drink before wandering off for its nightly rounds. I’m going to make a shade thing at the weekend. Trouble is the hogs are in the front garden and there are no plants there. Crazy hogs! But there’s wild grounds very close.

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    Hi MrPrickles

    Yes, they can be a bit perverse. They sometimes decide to spend the day in one of my feed boxes, here, which similar to yours is in the sun part of the day. Of course it doesn’t matter, when they’re meant to only be in there at night! Bare boards, so not very inviting, but that doesn’t seem to put them off, especially in the Summer. But I have a small table which I can quite easily stretegically place, if I find one is there – they have only ever stayed a day or two in that sort of situation.

    Maybe you could think about planting a few small bushes in your front garden to make it more hog friendly?

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