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A garden has several spots any hedgehog will find incredibly enticing to nest in; however, there are times when they’ll need a helping hand. It’s up to you, then, to build them the best home possible for hibernation.
Firstly, pick somewhere quiet and away from direct sunlight when choosing where to build the home. Next, ensure substantial shelter from wind and plenty of building space (under thick vegetation or behind a shed are great choices). And not to worry if you have pets because hedgehogs don’t seem to be too bothered by them when moving in.
Gather the following:
5. Finish the building process by placing the top back on your crate without nailing it down (you’ll have to clean it every year or two).
6. Place some bedding near the entrance, such as pet straw or dry leaves. The hedgehog will move this inside the home once ready.
7. Cover your crate with plastic sheets, leaves, grass cuttings, or soil for additional shelter and security.
The best time to start cleaning a hedgehog’s home is around March/April, or October. The hedgehog leaves home after many months of hibernation in March or April. On the other hand, October is when the hoglets (baby hedgehogs) will have been weaned, meaning you can clean before the hibernation period. To clean effectively, remove the bedding and douse the inside with boiling water to kill any parasites.
Please remember, however, that if you start cleaning and spot a hedgehog, replace the lid and don’t disturb it – doing so could result in a female hedgehog abandoning her hoglets. Fortunately, you can check if a hedgehog is present using several methods. One example is to leave a stick outside the home and see if it moves after some time has passed.
We hope this short guide has helped you in making your own hedgehog houses. If you would like to browse our tools and much more, please check out our extensive Garden Department.