Hedgehog Feeding Station

“If you build, it they will come” – not originally referring to hedgehogs, but I was hoping it would still hold true. Following my previous post about attempts to feed hedgehogs mainly ending with success at feeding neighbouring cats, I got some very helpful suggestions via Twitter. Probably the most helpful was from Paula who suggested I try out the instructions for building your own feeding station on Little Silver Hedgehog’s excellent blog (https://littlesilverhedgehog.wordpress.com/2016/06/20/build-a-hedgehog-feeding-station/)

The idea behind the feeding station is simple enough – provide a safe place for the hedgehog to eat with an entrance hole too small for the cats to get in. I’m not the most DIY-minded person, but thought I could just about manage this! So one plastic box, a pair of scissors, some sticky tape and a brick later, this was the result!

The Box

It may not be a build of great architectural beauty, but I was hoping the hedgehogs wouldn’t be too bothered by the aesthetics (or the choice of reading material I’d lined the bottom with). The catfood went at one end, but I also put a few mealworms near the entrance to try and tempt the hedgehogs to investigate further. The trail cam was set up and I just had to wait for morning to see if it worked.

In the morning I was really chuffed to find that the food had all been eaten – of course the question was – Who or What ate it? Trail cam footage first showed the usual cunning cat peering at the box and looking mildly annoyed that it couldn’t get to the food. Then at about 12:40 am the hedgehog appeared to view my handiwork for the first time.

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He or she was cautious at first, peering in and eating the mealworms I’d put near the entrance (or possibly eating the huge slug that had also found its way in)

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Then followed a few more nervous entries into the box until by 3am our hedgehog was striding in and going straight for the food. Clearly his or her confidence was such that by the morning all the food had gone.

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I am so pleased with this – it has way exceeded my expectations, especially for a first night trial. I’ve stocked up on catfood and hopefully this success will continue throughout the summer. The only slightly annoying thing is that my trail cam will only record 15 seconds at a time when in night-time mode, but I can live with that.

I can’t thank Little Silver Hedgehog enough for her excellent advice (do check out her blog for all things hedgehog related https://littlesilverhedgehog.wordpress.com/) and Paula on Twitter for pointing me in the right direction in the first place. Social media working at its best!

 

19 thoughts on “Hedgehog Feeding Station

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  2. My plastic box feeder (under the bed shape) has been in situ for 4 nights but our new resident hog( about 2 weeks) has not used it. He was feeding g every night from an open dish but with so many neighbourhood cats we had to look for an alternative. Any suggestions as to how to encourage him?

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    • Hi Maggie. My hedgehogs seem to have gone off the plastic box a bit too – maybe it’s the weather. They do go mad for dried mealworms – maybe you could try a few of those in the box? The cats won’t eat them at least!

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    • A little trail of mealworms worked for us, but make sure you put them out after the blackbirds and robins have gone to bed. We also found that we had to put more bricks and a chicane around the feeding station as found cats in box

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  3. Why have you put newspaper in there?? Just wondering, I know when I feed my hedgehogs I have loads of slugs there as well and its putting me off feeding the hogs because it is encouraging the slugs 😦

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    • Hi. I was pretty much copying everything that “Little Silver Hedgehog” did on her blog. She’d suggested lining with newspaper and it certainly made it much easier to clean out each morning. Just whip out the old paper and line it with fresh stuff. The hedgehogs didn’t seem to mind it and we don’t get too many slugs.

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  4. I feed hogs in a box just like yours and I have at least 4 different ones eating every night. I bought a cat weekend feeder and adapted it so it would work standing up and it dispenses over 5 days for when I am away and of course it’s ok if it rains. If you use a mixture of mealworms and dry cat food and trail it to the box, it should work. My hogs are really happy and barge in every time. Good luck

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  5. The local moggies used to streeeeeetch in and hook the bowl to the entrance, so I made an L- shaped tunnel out of odd pieces of wood, which has flummoxed them.

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