Hedgehogs

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flounder

Hedgehogs

Post by flounder » Thu Jun 20, 2013 10:16 pm

A few pictures taken tonight of two camera shy hogs foraging under the bird feeder. I think the light colour one is a male after nooky, haven't seen that one before. The other has been a regular for a couple of years.
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Dim

Re: Hedgehogs

Post by Dim » Fri Jun 21, 2013 5:29 am

I work in a small garden that I landscaped from scratch 2 years ago ...

2 years ago, a small hedgehog made his home beneath the garden shed ... I saw him earlier this week for the 1st time since the 2 years , and he has grown considerably.

The residents of the house (it's a shared home), say that he hedgehog comes out at night, crawls beneath the garden gate and goes on a meander through the village, then returns later. One of the girls says that a few evenings ago, the hedgehog returned with a dead bird

just wondering if it is a good idea to feed the hedgehog? .... (especially during winter), or do the hibernate/sleep throughout? ....

kata

Re: Hedgehogs

Post by kata » Fri Jun 21, 2013 7:13 am

Wiki,

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hedgehog

Great shots Flounder!

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flounder

Re: Hedgehogs

Post by flounder » Fri Jun 21, 2013 8:53 am

Dim wrote:I work in a small garden that I landscaped from scratch 2 years ago ...

2 years ago, a small hedgehog made his home beneath the garden shed ... I saw him earlier this week for the 1st time since the 2 years , and he has grown considerably.

The residents of the house (it's a shared home), say that he hedgehog comes out at night, crawls beneath the garden gate and goes on a meander through the village, then returns later. One of the girls says that a few evenings ago, the hedgehog returned with a dead bird

just wondering if it is a good idea to feed the hedgehog? .... (especially during winter), or do the hibernate/sleep throughout? ....
They hibernate through winter. I/we (the wife) puts out food in the Autumn just to give them a boost for the winter months. They eat anything!

otorongo
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Re: Hedgehogs

Post by otorongo » Fri Jun 21, 2013 10:16 am

Awesome, I've never seen a hedgehog in London.

Personally I wouldn't feed them, they're wild animals and they're supposed to feed themselves, but creating a quasi-natural habitat / shelter for them would be a good idea, kind of like feeding the birds vs planting shrubs that give them food and shelter, the latter is more natural and low-maintenance.

allangreenbean

Re: Hedgehogs

Post by allangreenbean » Fri Jun 21, 2013 12:04 pm

I'd love to get a hedgehog back in my garden. Since I lost the last one the slugs have run rampant. I've even built a large twig pile at the end of the garden to attract them in.

flounder

Re: Hedgehogs

Post by flounder » Fri Jun 21, 2013 12:22 pm

A lot of the problems associated with hedgehogs, are peoples gardens are too manicured and tidy.....I don't suffer with that :oops:

GoggleboxUK

Re: Hedgehogs

Post by GoggleboxUK » Fri Jun 21, 2013 4:23 pm

I love hedgepigs, wish I had some here to kill off the slugstards.

kata

Re: Hedgehogs

Post by kata » Fri Jun 21, 2013 4:27 pm

Hedgepigs.... :lol:

I had one in my garden a few years back.

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miketropic

Re: Hedgehogs

Post by miketropic » Fri Jun 21, 2013 10:23 pm

ally amazing to see them wild like that. here in the US they sell them in pet shops for children and here very tame and fun to play with...wish I had somthing like that but all I end up with is moles and snakes

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Re: Hedgehogs

Post by daz h » Wed Jul 03, 2013 7:48 am

used to have a couple living under our shed , used to feed it the occasional bit of cat food - they love it but boy are they noisy eaters .
havent seen it all this year though

kracker

Re: Hedgehogs

Post by kracker » Wed Sep 25, 2013 4:25 pm

A couple of weeks ago driving the family down a country road i came across one ,it was big one walking across the road too late to stop i veered the car over the top of it i passed right under the car and out the back whilst the wife had her eyes closed she said please tell me you didn't hit it i said no in the rear view it toddled off to the other side :o

kata

Re: Hedgehogs

Post by kata » Wed Sep 25, 2013 7:45 pm

I can't decide who was luckier, you (wife beating a tattoo on ya) or hoggy that escaped... :lol: :lol:

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