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I have one in my garden whoopie

Home Forums Hedgehog signs and sightings I have one in my garden whoopie

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    Last night Hands worth in Sheffield it was collecting leafs.

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    Nic

    That’s brilliant, Reyna. Hopefully it’s making a nest with the leaves for baby hogs.

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    Hi Nic
    How long can the breeding season go on? As people are seeing hoglets I thought that was it. Are mummies still having babies now?

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    Nic

    Hi simbo65

    Yes, mummies are probably having babies and hogs are certainly taking part in the usual courtship ‘dances’. They can go on breeding all Summer and as long as the males are around. (Here the males tend to disappear in September.) That’s why there are often small autumn hoglets around, which need help for overwintering.

    It’s thought that if they have one litter, they probably won’t have another, although some may if the first one was early enough. But, if a litter fails for some reason or the pregnancy just doesn’t work out, or they don’t become pregnant, they will probably try again. They are not thought to be the best of breeders and by no means all of the courtship ‘dances’ will result in mating, let alone hoglets. Then there is apparently a fairly high mortality rate among the young ‘urchins’ (which is what the tiny babies are called – presumably because their white spines are reminiscent of sea urchins) That means that any hoglets that survive to become independent are extra special!

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    Thank you.
    I have so much to learn but am getting to grips with it.
    We haven’t caught any females on our trail camera…just boys who are sometimes getting into little fights. We were a bit late putting the camera out the other night and heard a lot of rustling in the undergrowth and then 2 hoggies appeared in a real battle. It was 10.15 so I think one was MR Greedy. It’s the first time I have seen them in the flesh. Then one of them headed for the shelter of the hedgehog
    house but the other one followed him and they carried on inside the house. We couldn’t see them but could hear them! We have been putting more food out and it seems as if the later hogs are also getting some now.
    Thanks again for sharing your knowledge. Much appreciated.

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