4th April 2022 at 1:12 pm #36366
we recently bought a house with a wild hedgehog in the garden, his name is Sonic.
A few days ago he moved into the hedgehog house we got for him. We were actually having a conversation about where to move it to attract him then opened the lid and he was already there! We hadn’t seen him since before hibernation so he must have hibernated elsewhere. We bought a camera so that next time we put the food in the house, we could wait until he goes out so we don’t disturb him.
The day the camera arrived we waited until about 11pm to be sure he’d be out of the house to set up the cam and put his food in there (we put it in the house or else the neighborhood cats eat it). But unfortunately Sonic was having a lie-in and was in there 🙁 so he left. He didn’t go far and was watching us from just a few inches away from the house, and chomping some of the food. But since then he hasn’t been sleeping in the house, although he is coming back for the food and leaving again.
I’d really like him to start using the house again so he is safe and warm. Any tips to attract him back? I’m still putting the food in the house. Should I add some extra straw or would it be best to leave it how he left it?
I am very disappointed with myself that we disturbed him twice when we were trying not to do that at all 🙁 I really hope he comes back.
Thanks everyone.4th April 2022 at 7:12 pm #36381
Don’t worry too much – sometimes hogs do decide to temporarily take up residence in a food box and it can’t be helped if you inadvertently disturb them. Normally in those cases they don’t seem to mind to much, I find. Hogs will sometimes spend the day in a food box, but I’ve found they normally only stay for a day or two – almost as if they had had a night on the tiles, got caught out by daylight so decided to bed down where they were!
But if you want Sonic to take up residence longer term in a house, you really need a separate hog house to the feeding box. If Sonic is a female it’s best not to have the food too close to where she might make a birthing nest. If Sonic is a male, they don’t always stay long term (other than hibernation), but move around to different places – in the Summer sometimes settling down in some undergrowth or the bottom of a hedge.
But if you want to encourage a hog to nest it’s best to put a small amount of bedding into the house (medium sized leaves, long grasses, etc.) but make sure there is more material nearby. Males may not use much bedding in the Summer. But some hogs won’t use a box until it ‘becomes part of the furniture’ – sometimes as long as a couple of years. So the fact that Sonic has gone into a box already might mean he would be likely to use another one.
You might need to get another hog house! But, it’s great that Sonic is returning regularly for food – knows he’s on to a good thing! You might already, but it’s a good idea to leave water available for hogs all day every day. You never know when a dehydrated hog might turn up needing a drink.
Good luck and happy hog watching.
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