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Is “Hedgie” OK?

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    Hi, I posted for the first time 3 weeks ago and spoke of “Hedgie”, after he introduced himself at my back door. He began hibernating 1 November and I checked the food daily and didn’t notice any had been eaten for quite a while, but now it seems food is being eaten every two or three days. What I would like to know, is this normal? Or is there something wrong and what could I do to help the little chap?
    As, I think, I said before I don’t think he’s hibernating in my garden, so at this time of year just how far will he travel to get to the food? Or do I have more than one?
    I’ve quite taken to him, as I have all the other animals and birds that come to my garden to feed and do whatever they wish. It’s an absolute pleasure to do “my bit” and do the best I can for them. So can anyone please help with my question?


    You could well have more than one hedgehog visiting or it could be that the original hedgie hasn’t hibernated and has just been eating elsewhere for a while, someone else could possibly have been feeding it. Also do you know for sure the food isn’t being eaten by something else? There are a few possibilities, maybe get a wildlife camera set up and you may be able to work out which hog it is

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    Hi Stephen

    As Bushsnuffler says, it’s possible that you had more than one hog visiting. But it’s also possible that he decided not to hibernate after all, or even that he came out of hibernation for a short while. Then there’s the possibility of cats, or rats eating the food. Cats tend to lick the bowl clean, whereas hogs aren’t so likely to.

    It’s also possible he is hibernating somewhere nearby. Becoming fond of wild animals gives us a lot of worry, as well as a lot of pleasure. Hibernation time is always worrying – not all of the hogs will survive, but all we can do is hope for the best and look forward to seeing a hog or few in the Spring. Every hog that returns from hibernation is a joy to see.

    I would keep leaving some food out as long as it’s being taken, in the hope it is a hog eating it. And water all the time, of course.

    It’s lovely that you have other wildlife visiting your garden too.

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