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Do You Buy Puppy/kitten Food to Feed Hedgehogs in Your Garden?

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πŸ¦” I buy little 35p tins of puppy food from Asda to feed the hedgehog who visits our garden most nights. Since joining LD I now get a lot of free samples from the mountain of pet food offers on here, obviously check the contents and google any queries before you put food out. I've done my research and this plus any crumbled dog/cat, dry biscuit foods are suitable, in a small crushed portion (egg cup full) as a supplement to the hedgehogs diet. They especially benefit at this time of year whilst they're busy building fat reserves for hibernation. Be careful not to overfeed them though as this isn't healthy and can be a great hinderance to them. Always wash the feeding bowl and your hands thoroughly as hedgehogs can carry diseases. Don't let that put you off though, watching our one, we call him/her 'pog', is something I very much look forward to in the evening. If you make a hole in the fencing around your garden, and if necessary get your neighbours to join in, you'd be suprised how quickly they arrive, to tempt them in spoil thema little, put a few dried mealworms out they can smell them from a street away! get loads of facts here if you want. πŸ¦” hedgehogstreet.org

ACES74
7 months ago
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AliceBell64468
AliceBell644687 months ago

Aww that is lovely that your are helping the hedgehogs, I have been reading a few things recently about them as the baby hedgehogs often don’t have enough food and water to make it through winter 😞

We leave a bowl of water at the bottom of the garden under the conifers for them, but haven’t left any food as we have two dogs and a cat and a lot of our neighbours have cats also so they would probably end up eating it!! My neighbour leaves steak and chicken scraps at the bottom of her garden for the foxes and I have seen our cat Murphy eating it before the foxes have had a chance to πŸ€¦πŸΌβ€β™€οΈxx

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ACES74
ACES74
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7 months ago

My little visitor only has accesss from one side of my garden because they have two dogs on the other. I had a problem with cats coming in for the food so had to get creative on the design of the hedgehog house so they couldn't get to it. If anyone sees a baby hedgehog without it's mother at this time of year, especially if it's out in the daylight, they should take it, or ring to get them collected by the nearest wildlife rescue centre, as the little fella is more than likely struggling to survive. My neighbour over the road sometimes gets foxes off the back field but they don't seem to venture over to our side, I'd love to see a fox in the garden that would be a dream! 🦊 x

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MumOfThree
MumOfThree7 months ago

No I don't because it would encourage rats 😞 the thought makes me feel a bit ill as much as I love hedgehogs.

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ACES74
ACES74
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7 months ago

It depends where you live I suppose, and it is important to keep things sanitary too to avoid attracting vermin. But I'm one of those people who loves seeing mice in the garden though, as long as they're not in my house!!! 🐭 x

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