In reply to Rose Marsh:
I have been using Go-cat 'Tender & Crunchy' and it seems they don't like the tender bits just the crunchy!!!
Will go back to the standard Go-cat as that seems to go best.
Just had a sneeky peek in the hog house and can see one hedgehog on the edge of the nest.There may even be 2 in there but will not disturb them to find out!
It's not always easy to hug a hedgehog.
But that doesn't mean you shouldn't.
In reply to madpenguin:
Hi MP, that's a great invention! Well done to you! That's brilliant!
In reply to Jason:
I'm afaid I can't take the credit for the 'invention' ,that was doggie's idea!!!
I just changed to a clear box so I could see the hedgehogs!
Have not seen my hoggies for a couple of days but the food is all being eaten and the nest in the hog house seems to be occupied.
Will they 'hibernate' in the nest in the box? Will it be warm enough in there?
I moved the bowls of dried mealworms and of water to the middle of the walkway as only the cats have drunk the water.
How can I tell if there's a hog under the pile of leaves I made for them?
I envy the results of your dedication, mp!
In reply to KarinHolloway:
I am hoping they will hibernate in there this year.In previous years the box has only been used for sleeping during the rest of the year and not in the winter.I don't think it has to be warm as such as if so they would not hibernate,it has to be dry and safe more than anything.
Very difficult to see if a hog is in the nest without actually disturbing it,I know one was in mine because it was sleeping on the edge and could see it!
Just a couple of photos below of the box and nest,I shall attempt video as well!
The box did let in the rain so I have added a gravel tray to cover the whole box and it now stays lovely and dry.
Would just like to mention that the hedgehogs originally came to me and once I knew they visited I started to feed them.When I put the first hog house in the garden I was delighted to see it used the first day.
I think the single most important thing you can do to help hedgehogs is to allow them access into gardens,a hole in the wall,a gap ynder the fence or gate,access into your neighbours garden etc.
The more places they can go the better for them.
Here are the video links.
They just show where the hog house and feeding staion are in the garden
The hog house at the moment looks a bit exposed but the shrub next to it should grow to hide it a bit.The shrub was cut back hard this year so the new patio could be laid.
It is all right next to the house and back door but that does not seem to trouble them!
Still working on the video links!!!
Have added the links and hope they work!
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