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    I have had hedgehogs around my garden for several years now. I cleaned out the garage last week and felt a bag of debris and plastic bags that was quite heavy.. I had seen what looked initially like rat droppings and a pile of sawdust from a chewed bag. On further inspection inside was a good sized hedgehog. At first I thought it was dead so we left the bag open and later I saw some breathing and spine movement. At darkness out it came. I threw the bag away as it was all shredded plastic.
    I have put a cardboard box in the garage with sawdust and hay in. No sign the next day of him being in there but since I have put a line of sawdust at the gap under the garage door and it’s definitely back in the garage. Also, there seemed to be disturbance in the box in the garage. I have left it’s good and drink area in the garden alongside the garage wall. Should I put a water bowl in the garage near the box?
    Any help to keep this hedgehog alive and happy in the garage will be greatly received.

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    Hi TommyO

    It sounds as if you might have had rats/mice there at some time as well – they are more likely to have shredded the bag. So it may have been rat droppings that you saw, as you initially thought. Hogs don’t tend to poo in their nest area, in my experience.

    It shouldn’t do any harm to put some water in the garage for the hog, although maybe not strictly necessary if there is already some just outside..

    Good luck to you and the hog.


    Hi all,

    I had a hedgehog come into my garden last Sunday in the morning frantically picking at the grass. I know a bit about hedgehogs but obviously not the ones found in the UK more the African types. So I assumed that is was a female building a nest to give birth. For the past few days I have only seen the one and set up a camera. I know they a solitary creatures but to my surprise this moring there were two of them. So I am guessing I was wrong, can someone please explain to me are they a mating pair maybe I have max a hedgehog hut but they have not moved in either Ihave tried placing food around but no takers.

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    Hi Leerat83

    I’ll reply to your other post about this.

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