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Hedgehogs

Discussion in 'General chit chat' started by MOO, Dec 26, 2008.

  1. MOO

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    Today Steve found a hedgehog wandering in his garden. I said it should be hibernating. I look on the RSPCA website. He has put it a box, which we fill with hay and put in my shed until the spring. He fed it first. I think this is the right thing to do but if anyone has any advice we would be glad to hear it :up:
     
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    Dont give it milk to start with and you dont want to touch it with your hands because you get human smell on it or something like that.

    feed it wet cat/dog food but dont think it needs it if it's in hibernation.

    It should be okay in the box but give it a bowl of water.
     
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    old towel or blanket in box it will be fine tina
     
  4. MOO

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    Thanks mate, will put water and a few crushed up cat biscuits too, RSPCA say crushed dog or cat biscuits are good, like you say it shouldn't want food. Steve thinks it might die because it's dopey, I said it's just sleepy because it woke up from hibernating, I reckon it will go back to sleep.
     
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    not sure if thats good james because of the human smell thingy.

    I'm really not sure when where or what i heard but I have Just heard that for some reason human smell is a bad thing.
    Could be cobblers but if its true having human smell around it isnt doing anyone any favours.
    I'd try to keep it as wild as possible
     
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    im just saying it mate as we found one last year,thats what we done next thing it woke up and went its own way,the other thing is there covered with fleas so bin the towel or blanket
     
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    Ok James thanks. I will put it in a shed at the bottom of the garden but will leave some access out so if it decides to up and off it can. If it remains in the box I hope to let it go back into Steves garden eventually, we will see how it goes.
     
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    Yup thats okay then but I do know i heard something about human smell and im trying to think what the hell it was:rolleyes:
     
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    Hi Tina can't say I know much about hedgehogs but had a read up about them....As they can't find much food in the winter insects mainly they sleep between Nov and April this drops their metabolism rate so they use less energy ...they do wake sometimes in between these months.They like to sleep somewhere dry and warm you can make a nest with grass and leaves with a upside down box over them with a cut out door so they can leave and come back if they wish ......hope this helps don't know how much of this is right I haven't been a hedgehog myself :)
     
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    sounds sensible margaret
     
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    We are not sure whether it is still alive, it's curled up in the box but could just be asleep. We have packed it out with hay and paper and cut a doorway in the front. It is in the shed at the bottom of the garden so it will be quiet and peaceful. I have put some cat biscuits and water in a bowl outside the door of the box in case it turns mild and wakes up. I will check on it weekly and see how it's doing. Steve thinks it may be dead but like Margaret said it slows right down and it's hard to tell if it's breathing or not. Only time will tell, we have done all we can. If it survives we have decided to put it in my garden as I have a big compost heap and a woodpile and plenty of space for it to settle. I have had hedgehogs in my garden for many years so they seem to like it there.
     
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    :up: Sounds good to me thats all you can do it will look like its curled up in a ball and like you say it will be sleeping see what happens in April :)
     
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    i wish i could sleep till summer
     
  14. MOO

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    Me too, drop off in November, wake up April, sounds good to me :D
     
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    lol :D I know the feeling.
     
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    well why dont we find a warm cardboard box and all cuddle up together,how much would we save on gas and lecy eh
     
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    Just get a warm hat :)

    what is it like %90 of heat loss is from the head:confused:

    Well I have this windproof fancy wolly hat thing and i know it keeps me warm.
    I could happily knock the heaters out with this thing on me:D

    (i normally do anyway dont like a hot room)
     
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    Today I find the bowl of cat biscuits has been eaten, I peep in the box and hedgy still appears to be asleep (or dead). There are no nibbled bits or poos so I do not suspect rats or mice. There are several cats that appear in my garden during the day, they often sleep in my greenhouse. As the shed where hedgy is, is at the bottom of the garden next to the greenhouse one of the cats is my prime suspect :D
     
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    :confused: I guess thats the trouble when trying to put food out for someone in perticular who eats it who knows?
     
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    could be steve:eek::D:up:
     

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