New house now occupied
4th September 2022 at 11:37 pm #39650
Hi everyone I qm pretty new to all this. After discovering a hedgehog in my garden one night I was in love. So I started leaving dry food and water out and ever since he’s been back every night for both good and water. Now I have built him a house a rather large house as i didn’t know if he or she had a family as such. On night 2 of putting out the house bingo he/she has been in it every night since 3 in total. So I have also built a feeding station from a plastic storage box which is very close to the house I built him. He used to spend hours in the garden after eating but now he has his house, he comes out for food and water, a quick saunter and back in the box. Where I live has lots of owls. Do you think it’s a case of he has realised he is safe now so can finally rest and relax or maybe the owls?? But the owls have always had a strong presence here. The house and feeding station I have located under my bedroom window on slabs. I have purposely not put them on the lawn or near the fence for rear of cats or owls plus if he’s going to use it for hibernating I thought it would be warmer against the house wall.???7th September 2022 at 6:12 pm #39724
Great news that the hog likes the new house! Sounds like a definite seal of approval for your handiwork!
Hogs don’t have families, as in Mum and Dad and children. The Mother is solely responsible for raising the hoglets. The Father probably wouldn’t even know if any hoglets are his – hogs are fairly promiscuous and apparently some litters have even been known to have more than one Father! But there could be a family, as in Mum and hoglets – until the hoglets grow up and go it alone.
I can’t be sure, but one hog on its own using a house for maybe a few days at a time, sounds a bit like a male. Hopefully if he is a big adult hog, the owls will leave him alone. If the owls have always been there and there are still hogs around, it sounds as if the owls aren’t having much impact on them.
The cats shouldn’t bother the hogs – the main problem with them is that they tend to eat the hogs’ food. but a feeding box could help minimise that problem.
Ideally if you want the hog house to be used for nesting (either a birthing nest or a hibernating nest) it’s best not to have the feeding area or box too close to the hog house – because the food may attract predators.
The hog house will probably be ok next to your house, but hogs don’t need to be kept warm for hibernation. Their temperature needs to fall to a certain level for them to be able to reduce their metabolic rate, which is what happens when they hibernate. Ideally they need to build a well insulated nest so that their body temperature doesn’t fluctuate too much. That is best left to the hog – they are excellent at building hibernation nests. So clever!
If you want the hog to use the house for hibernation, the thing to do is to leave lots of suitable material nearby – i.e. don’t tidy up the leaves in your garden too much. (if you want to rake them off a lawn, then you could move them to in amongst the plants in borders). Hogs’ preferred materials are medium sized leaves, long grasses, etc. They are able to layer the leaves together a bit like tiles on a roof, but lots of layers – making a hibernation nest really well insulated. Long grasses help them weave everything together. They leave a small hog sized hole in the middle which they can curl up in.
Good luck and happy hog watching!
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