Welcome to the third part of our hedgehog’s story. We are preparing his hedgehog home in case he decides to hibernate there, we purchased some rabbit straw bedding material from Fetch (Ocado’s online pet supermarket) and put a good amount in there to keep him warm. To be honest he is so cute that I’d get him a duvet if I could!
The other thing we did was to make him a covered dining area – we wanted it to have a small door so that only he could get to his food rather than any local cats (including our own). Later we added a tray across the top as the slats in the box we used let water in. Here he is in his dining hall having a good nosh up. Alas, it doesn’t seem to be fox-proof – we were surprised to hear a noise outside one evening and to see a large dog fox just there – he’d knocked the hall over to get at the food, even a heavy block of wood doesn’t seem to bother him and I have been woken by a loud crash many a night when he goes for the hedgehog leftovers.
Thanks, I’m off now! He usually comes back several times a night to snack. Interestingly he seems to know when we’ve put food out and turns up at the same time each evening for his dinner. There’s a bowl of water there for him too – important when providing dry food. We have seen him drink from it – and his mum too when she’s round.
Here’s a view of his hedgehog home showing just how messy he is with his food. Often when watching him in his dining hall we often see him standing in his dinner plate whilst eating.
This was a bit of a surprise – I opened the box one evening to pop some food in there for him and I could see a dark shape in the straw – looks like he had decided to have a little snooze in there, maybe just trying it for size. He hasn’t decided to hibernate just yet, being an autumn juvenile he is probably trying to put on as much weight as possible. There’s no knowing whether he’ll choose our hedgehog box as his hibernation place, he obviously is going between several gardens as we can see areas under the fences where he has a path marked out. We must remember if we have any fences repaired or replaced to keep these areas open – as mentioned earlier the reason why the hedgehog population is dwindling is the way we have fenced in so many of our gardens. After all, they are HEDGEhogs – a reminder of how our boundaries once were hedges rather than fences, a much more wildlife-friendly construct.