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To feed or not to feed, that is the question

Home Forums Carers / rescuing a hedgehog To feed or not to feed, that is the question

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    This is the first winter that we have had hogs lodging in the hadmade houses we put out and I’m not sure exactly what happens

    I found the first one in April and have been putting food/water out ever since
    The second one moved into the house about 2 months ago and has been fed since

    The hog in the front garden seems to be sleeping a lot although I have a feeling it may be under weight – should I disturb it and weigh it?

    The hog in the back garden seems to be a bit of a pig and just eats everything put out – If I stop putting food out, will it finally go to bed?!

    Very confused


    When they are ready to hibernate they will, regardless of food availability.

    They often wake up and go looking for a snack though, especially if the weather is mild (though they are sometimes out in the snow).

    Once they have stopped visiting the feeding stations regularly, I stop leaving out wet cat food, but leave a dish of dried food.

    This can be left for a couple of weeks without deteriorating or freezing.

    It’s also important that wildlife has safe access to unfrozen drinking water throughout the winter.

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