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This little chap is currently sitting out by the kitchen door tucking into a bowl of cat food. Its very unusual to see them out in the day time, and to give you an idea how tiny it is, the bowl is 12cms (less than 5 inches) across. We know they hibernate under our shed, and we think they might have bred there this year too.

I shall put cat food out now I know it is around, as there is no way it is big enough to survive hibernation without a good food supply and putting on a mass of weight and growth, but would be hugely grateful for any other advice you might have to help increase its chances of being around next Spring.

Posted at 8th Nov 2009 - 12:41PM   Posted by Zoe   Baby hedgehogs Comments: 10

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Frances's Avatar Zoe, wish I knew how to advise you about winterizing that little chap. The picture's wonderful, love the circle shapes, one concave, one rather prickly and convex.

Surely, some other folks around here will know what's called for. xo

Posted by: Frances on 8th Nov 2009 at 01:17PM

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Fairy Nuff's Avatar Isn't he lovely.
Try asking Wandering Gecko for some advice if she does'nt know she'll know someone who does.

Posted by: Fairy Nuff on 8th Nov 2009 at 01:26PM

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Westerwitch's Avatar I got a young hedgehog through last winter by feeding him cat food and I also bought a special hedgehog mix to make sure he/she got all the right nutrients - but my hedgehog was bigger than yours. Hedgehogs won't necessarily hibernate all winter - they will come out when it is milder . . . so if you are prepared to feed all winter long then you may be able to get him through. Alot depends on how heavy he is. Wildlife Aid and Tiggwinkles both take in and over winter undersized hedeghogs and personally I think he is too small to survive. Might be worth giving them a call and asking their advice.

Posted by: Westerwitch on 8th Nov 2009 at 01:30PM

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Well I spoke to an animal hospital, and they say I should interfere as he is so small, and bring it in.

What they have suggested is I put in in a box with food and water, and wrap a towel around a hot water bottle, and place the hedgehog in there, and then tomorrow, I can drive over to them and they will hand raise him until he is big/fit enough to be released again.

Posted by: Zoe on 8th Nov 2009 at 03:22PM

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Woozle1967's Avatar I agree with WW here - we had a small hedgehog here 3 years ago and took him to our local wildlife hospital, which has a Tiggywinkles centre there too. They said he wouldn't have survived and kept him to feed him up. He had some ticks on him which were also making him weak, so needed to be removed. In the Spring, they release them to a local strawberry farm where they are put to work on the slugs and pests population - farmer and hedgehogs both very happy with the arrangement!Wink

Posted by: Woozle1967 on 8th Nov 2009 at 03:26PM

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Preseli Mags's Avatar Teeny hedgehog - adorable. He sounds as if he's in safe hands, lucky chap.

Posted by: Preseli Mags on 8th Nov 2009 at 05:02PM

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Hedgehog is still happy in his box, busy munching.

Posted by: Zoe on 8th Nov 2009 at 06:46PM

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Westerwitch's Avatar Well done to you for taking him in. excellent sign he is eating it means he isn't stressed. The ones I used to look after at the Merrist Wood Wildlife Centre settled in well and put on weight quickly and were released in the Spring . . .

Posted by: Westerwitch on 8th Nov 2009 at 06:57PM

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Faith's Avatar Cute - bet picking him up wasnt easy!

Posted by: Faith on 9th Nov 2009 at 08:32AM

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You are right there Faith! I put my gardening gloves on Rolling Eyes

Posted by: Zoe on 9th Nov 2009 at 10:11AM

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