Seen two hedgehogs, query over hibernation
Anna33 Posts: 310
I've seen two hedgehogs in my garden! Which is totally amazing, as I only cut a hedgehog hole in our wire fence a week ago. We border a stream (ditch?) on that side, and since moving here last December I've often thought that despite being quite tatty, our boundary looked impenetrable for land-based wildlife, in case any happened to be wandering along that way. Turns out, if you build it, they will come!
Anyway, excitement aside, I now seem to be visited by two hedgehogs, both look like they are this year's litter, so I'm trying to feed them up ready for winter. I think they might just about be big enough to get through. They must be thinking about hibernation soon, and I wanted to buy a hedgehog house.
I always though hedgehogs were solitary animals, but these two seem to be travelling together. My query is around hibernation - will they be likely to hibernate together, or will they hibernate separately?
I was hoping that if I buy a hedgehog house with a fairly large internal chamber, they might hibernate together*, but is that likely?
*if they decide to use it, of course...
If you have a look at the BHPS website they have lots of information, also if you have a local rescue they often have hedgehog houses for sale. Don't be tempted by one of those "basket weave" igloo shaped types.
Congratulations on attracting hedgehogs to your garden, it just goes to show that Hedgehog Highways do work ! 🦔🦔
On the question of hibernating together I would say yes. Last year I had two unrelated baby hogs brought into my garden by their mother's, and left.
After a month ( when the undergrowth had died back enough for me to see) I realised they were both using the same den ( an upturned wide bulb planter, up on two bricks, with no holes) even though there was a perfectly good wooden hog house there too.🙄 So as long as you find a quiet corner, maybe under a hedge or behind plants next to a fence, like mine, they should be fine.
One tip, don't put food in or near the house, as that may encourage rats. Keep food and water out in the open.
This is the house hubby bought me, it has been used, but took a year.😁
Bear in mind that they may still use it during the day in the warmer seasons for sleeping
There's good suppliers of specific food for them too, if you haven't got any, although some of the kitten food is fine - chicken etc. Bear in mind the things that are really dangerous for them - bread, milk and mealworms, but I expect you already know that.
There's a good thread for all things hog on the forum too. I can't find it just now but I'm sure @AnniD will point you in the right direction
I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
Also a link to the British Hedgehog Preservation Society for anyone who's interested
Most local rescues have Facebook as well.