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How many houses.???

Home Forums Hedgehog signs and sightings How many houses.???

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    Hi guys! So in about August time we spotted a hedgehog In our garden. I bought a hedgehog house & put food & out every night. The hedgehog would visit every night – sometimes the hedgehog would stay all day in the house. I bought a camera and have now seen that the hedgehog has 3 young hoglets with it! I am wondering if I can encourage them all to hang out / hibernat3 in my garden. If so do I need separate boxes as I think they are all squeezing in one or have made a makeshift camp in my very large lavender & rosemary bush. They have easy acces out of my garden if they want 5o explore but I’d like to make them a safe happy place to come back to. Any suggestions?


    That is good news Sarahgoodie. What you have to understand now is that in a short space of time, mother will abandon the three juveniles and they will have to fend for themselves. She may well leave your garden altogether, perhaps until next spring. Another house would be great, but there is no guarantee that even the young ones will stay. Keep feeding and watering and see how it pans out. They are wild animals and are more likely to do what they want.



    Aww William, that makes me sad as ridiculous as it seems! They just bring so much joy & interest to my garden……… but then I guess the fact that they are free spirits makes us feel all the more special when they visit! I think I might get another house just in case they don’t find anywhere nicer to go haha!


    Hi Sarah, you have it in one. I get the same feeling, of all the gardens around they choose mine to hang out. Some stay in the houses during the daylight hours, and others go back to where they came from. At the moment I have 5 juveniles coming in for food and one adult. Have three cameras out keeping track of their movements.

    When winter comes I get a sigh of relief and sadness. Relief that I have a couple of months off, and sadness that I wont be seeing them. But it is our human trait, in the main we are compassionate and caring. But then I cant wait until spring and start all over again.


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