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Just out of hibernation

Home Forums Hedgehog signs and sightings Just out of hibernation

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    During the winter my gardens has been relandscaped . I put the hedgehog house in an area not to be disturbed and it wasn’t. I as pretty sure a hog was in there. In the last couple of weeks my dog has become very interested in the house again after leaving it alone all winter. Yesterday was alerted to furious barking to find her confronting a sleepy hog at the entrance/exit of the house. I pulled her off and sent her inside – no more garden off lead for her! The hog was later seen on camera nosying around the feeding station so seemed unharmed by the encounter. It is a bit small though so have left food out.

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    Hi PamSue

    How lovely seeing the sleepy hedgehog post hibernation! And lucky that you left the hog house in an undisturbed place. Sounds very sensible to keep your dog on the lead. Hopefully your dog didn’t actually bite the hog, but if a dog does actually bite a hog, it’s best to get the hog checked over by a hog carer/rehabilitator, as dog bites (which can be very difficult to see on a hog) can lead to nasty infections.

    Hopefully the hog remained unscathed and is fit and well. After hibernation, it’s so lovely hearing a hog snuffling around again! Lucky you – no hogs back, here, yet. I hope the little hog has a successful season.

    Good luck and happy hog watching.


    The dog got the worst of it. I think she tried to pat it and got spiked. She is still curious but giving it a wider berth. Caught the hog on camera an hour later and then popping in and out of the house and feeding station over the following two nights certainly looking non the worse for the encounter. Has not emerged over the last two though so maybe gone back into the house for a bit more shuteye!


    Any ideas please. My garden landscape is now finished and I relocated the hedgehog house back to being behind the shed. It was empty – the resident leaving in March. I got the builders to create two hedgehog holes and put the feeding station by the holes. I am pleased to say lots of hedgehog sightings since then. Since daylight is lasting here until 10pm little problems with having my predator dog out at the same time as the hedgehog.She knows it is around though but so far it has been OK keeping them separate. But as the nights draw in from July I need to be a bit more proactive. I can fence off the hole, feeding station and house quite easily so keeping the predator dog who wants to kill the hog away but I am having difficulty finding a garden railing fencing solution that has 13 cm gap underneath to allow the hog through but will stop the dog from getting to the hog house. So many ideas please!

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