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PostPosted: Wed Jul 14, 2010 10:24 pm    Post subject: hedgehog wanted Reply with quote

I am fighting a losing battle with slugs and snails so if you find a young hedgehog which needs a new home Rolling Eyes and is sure of a good diet let me know
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 15, 2010 8:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was also on the look out for one... the farmer across the field said he had found one in his barn/shed, but as it was still young, we will wait before he relocates...

Anyone have first hand experience with hedghogs in the garden?

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 15, 2010 2:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

hedgehogs are protected species; i suspect lifting one out of its natural habitat, or keeping one in any sort of captivity, may be illegal.
if you can tempt one in, and don't prevent it from leaving, i'd say it's a different ballgame.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 16, 2010 11:09 pm    Post subject: nobbling hedgehogs Reply with quote

We have a hedgehog lives just outside our garden but is a regular visitor. We even have removable bricks in the walls both sides so he has a good passage through. He sometimes calls when we are sitting quietly in the patio at night. We're thinking of placing a 'winter home' in an appropriate part of our jungle this autumn to see if he might be enticed to over-winter but can't convince ourselves it's right for him.

Medieval is totally right in his comment. Hedgehogs are protected wild animals and you need to know what you are doing. One thing don't EVER give them cow's milk no matter what you hear elsewhere. They like it, particularly the fat content, but it will give them the runs. In fact you should be very careful about feeding them at all. By the way they eat almost NO slugs or snails. For that you need song thrushes and starlings.

See this site http://www.thehedgehog.co.uk/diet.htm

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