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Hedgehog question

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infoman Fri 27-Mar-20 10:45:13

Hedgehog has been seen wandering around the garden approx 3pm.
Is this unusual?
Could I leave any canned cat/dog food out for it.
Also I would like to know if its the same one,could I put a SMALL amount of flour on its back.So I know its the same one.
Any help most wellcome.

silverlining48 Fri 27-Mar-20 11:28:17

How lovely to have a hedgehog in your garden, they are quite rare these days. There was an article about hedgehogs in the telegraph on Saturday, but that may not help you.
Otherwise google info, think cat food was recommended and not sure about the flour....
It must be hungry now, having over wintered.

SalsaQueen Fri 27-Mar-20 12:12:58

Yes, leave it some food, and water in a saucer. We get a couple of hedgehogs in the garden, but I haven't seen them recently. I bought some hedgehog food (pellets) from Amazon.

MiniMoon Fri 27-Mar-20 13:03:12

You can feed a hedgehog with cat or dog food as long as it isn't fish based. They will also eat cat or dog biscuits if you crush them up. My DD had a whole family of hedgehogs in her garden last Autumn and bought hedgehog food from the pet shop. Remember to leave a shallow bow of water for it too.

Grammaretto Fri 27-Mar-20 14:20:45

We made a shelter for the food and water where other animals couldn't get at it easily. 2 bricks either side with a roof of a plank of wood. Somebody ate the cat food, but not sure who? wink
How lovely for your DD MiniMoon

ValerieF Fri 27-Mar-20 18:01:08

I was told that any hedgehogs wandering around in daytime are probably ill. I would still leave cat or dog food out though. I fed one for weeks despite being told it must be ill by the hedgehog rescue society. Eventually it disappeared. Like to think it got up and lived a long happy life but....

bikergran Fri 27-Mar-20 18:11:27

Two Hedgehogs in my dd garden last week, both pretty much together, dd had them last year not sure if they are the same ones, they cant half move when they want to, they have a luxury home at the bottom of then garden with lost of twigs, leaf mould a dish for water.

bikergran Fri 27-Mar-20 18:12:21

Dd managed to capture them before they run off (after they had eaten the cats food) smile

infoman Sat 28-Mar-20 11:42:22

When I mentioned flour,drop a little over its back.
So I could track it and make sure it was not the same one.

BradfordLass73 Sun 29-Mar-20 04:59:09

Hedgehogs are nocturnal creatures so if one is out during the day, it may be sick. Please be careful as they can spread disease.

BlueBelle Sun 29-Mar-20 07:40:54

My friend is on the lucky list and has had a resident hedgehog for many years (not sure how long they live so maybe it’s now a son or daughter) but she has a plastic box with a hole cut in the side for its shelter she puts food and water out every night and says she always looks the next morning for his calling card and worries if she goes a morning or two without seeing it she adores him or her and I think she is so lucky nothing visits my garden except neighbourhood cats who also leave their calling card