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Is this normal??

Home Forums Hedgehog signs and sightings Is this normal??

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    Hog noticed in back garden ( small 6x7m patio garden late last yr.) was living under a bin in the drain away right next to kitchen wall under the window and next to garden gate.
    Built it a house which again lives under window.
    Hog moved straight in and hibernated there.
    Dissappeared i think about march but now reappeared and living back in house.
    Made a feeding uses every night..
    Thing is we are noisey allways in garden , but hog still comes out wanders past us say 1-2m away, stuffs it face, has a drink and either goes back home or ambles off around garage though a maze of crap behind garage into the back gardens behind us..
    Are they normally this social??

    I wish i could post a pic of where hog house is..u would be amazed it lives there,!


    Ps is there a way of telling if boy or girl without close inspection??

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    Hi Simon

    If you are feeding the hog and are around in the area, you are in effect, training the hog to ignore human activity. It isn’t ideal, because humans are predators and it may have the effect of making the hog less wary of other predators as well. Some hogs would probably stay away, or visit when you aren’t around, but others aren’t so fussy.

    Re. telling male from female. I recently wrote some information on another post, which I’ll copy here. I won’t give the link because it was amongst quite a lot of other things.

    Male or female from post 4th April 2020 :

    You can’t reliably tell male from female by size. Some females are bigger than some males.

    Males have a ‘blob’ roughly mid abdomen, which can sometimes look a bit like a fifth appendage. They sometimes conveniently scratch in front of cameras. So if one scratches and there’s a ‘blob’ there roughly mid abdomen it’s a male. If one is particularly furry underneath you can’t always see for certain. You can also sometimes see underneath them on video, especially if they get up on their legs a bit.

    You might get the opportunity to tell from their behaviour. The males circle the females during ‘courtship’ whilst the female is within the ‘circle’ and turns round and round, huffing as she goes, so that her face is roughly facing his and he is unable to get to the rear of her. This circling and huffing can continue for hours. It sometimes makes you wonder how they ever manage to produce any hoglets with all the time they waste circling!

    You might have seen some of this behaviour on Alanfrew’s videos. Some of the females there are youngsters and so not behaving in the way a more mature female would.

    Mature females often start the circling process with a pitter patter of their feet (sometimes described as looking a bit like jig) and tend to go backwards. They huff at the same time, usually in time to the jigging. You can often hear the huffing from a fair way off and that is the sound people often used to hear before ever seeing any hogs, and wonder what what on earth it was.

    The males tend to be more aggressive and roll each other up if they meet. They don’t normally roll up a female except very rarely, seemingly by mistake. The females might on occasion nudge males or other females, but not usually anywhere near as roughly as the males will.

    The males tend to return from hibernation earlier than the females, so that you might find that all those around so far are males.

    Hope that helps.
    Happy hog watching.

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