Hedgehog Free

I am now officially hedgehog free image All my overwinterers have been released. No hogs in my sheds, caravan or house. spent the today and yesterday scrubbing caravan to get rid of the smell of hog! My house is a renovation project and the caravan, whilst old and dated, is my refuge away from the chaos and mess in the house. Its clean, comfortable, quiet and there are no pets or wild animals. I love the hoggies but they are hard work, especially when they need bottle feeding or are sick and need medicating.  .............. I wonder how long it will last image

 

 

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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 43,806

    Congratulations HHare - a job well done - have a glass of something to celebrate image

    No-one knows if you've done your housework, but everyone knows if you've done your gardening !
  • flowering roseflowering rose Posts: 1,632

    I think you have done a good job,well done! wish I could see some where I am ,have not seen any for years .image

  • ClaringtonClarington Posts: 4,892

    Well done Hartly!

  • Victoria SpongeVictoria Sponge WearsidePosts: 2,409

    Yes! Good on you hartleyhare imageimage

  • I'd love to host a hog in the garden, to deal with the slugs, but where do I get one?  I live in a small town, not far from a riverbank; even if one did visit, it would just wander away down the hill again.  So what can I do to be hog-attractive? 

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 43,806

    Hedgehogs don't actually eat a lot of slugs and they're not terribly good for them as they can harbour lungworms, but they do eat lots of weevils and beetles and wireworms amongst other things.  Hedgehogs actually cover quite a large area in their nocturnal wanderings, but if there are hedgehogs in your area and they can get into your garden, and your garden has a shallow bowl of fresh water and some hedgehog food put out every evening they'll find it image

    If you want them to stay longer you can make sure there are areas of thick undergrowth and leaf litter for them to sleep in during the day and log piles or hedgehog houses for them to hibernate in.  

    Oh, and don't be in a rush to tidy up the garden in the autumn after the leaves have fallen - if we rake up all the leaves what are the hedgehogs going to build their nests with? 

    No-one knows if you've done your housework, but everyone knows if you've done your gardening !
  • Thanks, dove, but won't leaving out dishes of food just/also attract rats?  I know there's a crowd of them round our way, and frankly don't want to encourage them.  What's the best hedgehog food, anyway?  Cat food?  I have a small pool already.

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 43,806

    If you have rats then I wouldn't put food out until you know that you have hedgehogs that visit - ours seem to have quite a routine - we can almost set out clocks by them - and we can put food out just half an hour before they turn up.

    We mix proprietary hedgehog biscuits from the GC with chopped peanuts, sunflower seeds, raisins, dried mealworms and broken up banana chips.  Some people use meat-flavoured GoCat or meat variety tinned cat food.  

    No-one knows if you've done your housework, but everyone knows if you've done your gardening !
  • Thanks again.  But I've never seen a hedgehog in the area; I'd need to import one from somewhere.

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 43,806

    Sometimes Hedgehog rescue organisations need to rehome hogs - google for your nearest one and offer your garden - they'll come and check your garden out to see if it's suitable image

    No-one knows if you've done your housework, but everyone knows if you've done your gardening !
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