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StrawberryJamrozy



Joined: 19 May 2010
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 26, 10 11:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Wow, Penny that is really inspiring. That's such a wonderful thing you do.

How do you care for them, though?
How do you find them? Do you go out of your way to find them, or do they just wander into your garden/path?
Do you just release them back into woodlands, meadows, etc?

Bodrighy



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PostPosted: Thu Aug 26, 10 11:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

I haven't seen one for years, don't know if they are rare down here or just more secretive.

Pete

StrawberryJamrozy



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PostPosted: Thu Aug 26, 10 11:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

I must admit that I haven't seen any, since we moved into this house last December. The last one I saw was the one I mentioned earlier, in our old house.

If I weren't so scared of them, I'd love to do something like Penny does.

Tavascarow



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PostPosted: Thu Aug 26, 10 11:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Bodrighy wrote:
I haven't seen one for years, don't know if they are rare down here or just more secretive.

Pete
My theory is where you have a high badger population you will have a low hedgehog population.
Rolling up in a ball is a fine defence against cats, dogs & foxes but IMHO a complete waste of time against a badgers front claws.
Saying that we have a high badger population here & I haven't seen a hedgehog in nearly thirty years, but last year a sow gave birth in my next door neighbours shed & now they are about a lot but I don't know how the ones that venture farther afield have done.

Penny Outskirts



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PostPosted: Thu Aug 26, 10 11:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

H87Jamrozy wrote:
How do you care for them, though?
How do you find them? Do you go out of your way to find them, or do they just wander into your garden/path?
Do you just release them back into woodlands, meadows, etc?


They just wonder around where we are, the dog usually sniffs them out. I just release them back as near to where I find them as I can. Unless of course it happens to be one I've given to one of my poor long suffering friends. I have a habit of ...um .. offloading them

Quite a few people on here do it, it's nothing very special

ETA - they probably do wonder what on earth is happening to them but I meant wander!

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StrawberryJamrozy



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PostPosted: Thu Aug 26, 10 11:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Penny wrote:
They just wonder around where we are, the dog usually sniffs them out. I just release them back as near to where I find them as I can. Unless of course it happens to be one I've given to one of my poor long suffering friends. I have a habit of ...um .. offloading them

Quite a few people on here do it, it's nothing very special


I think it's simply marvellous! Such a kind, loving thing to do.

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Duckhead



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PostPosted: Thu Aug 26, 10 12:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Or you could also keep them in and around the veggies. Fence off the veg plot, create lots of hedge and places to hide and live along the fence.
Hey presto, a smelly, spikey, bundle of fun, eating all the slugs and suchlike.

2steps



Joined: 05 Sep 2005
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 26, 10 12:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

I think their really sweet but I haven't seen one since we moved up here.
There is a guy here who breeds the pet ones, see him sometimes in the pet shop in Cleethorpes. Cute but expensive

StrawberryJamrozy



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PostPosted: Thu Aug 26, 10 12:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

I know, I was looking on the net after I read the post, £150 for one!!
I don't see how something not much bigger than a guinea pig could cost nearly 5 times the price.
People are money grabbers

linz71



Joined: 30 Jun 2008
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Location: N.E.Lincolnshire
PostPosted: Fri Aug 27, 10 5:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

My Aunt was had one with no spiines once. That was strange site, a bald hedgehog.

2steps wrote:
I think their really sweet but I haven't seen one since we moved up here.
There is a guy here who breeds the pet ones, see him sometimes in the pet shop in Cleethorpes. Cute but expensive


Breeds pet hedgehogs!
I thought you just had to hope to be lucky to have a personal slug killer in your garden. How much is expensive?

Cobnut



Joined: 29 Aug 2008
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Location: North Herefordshire
PostPosted: Fri Aug 27, 10 7:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Penny wrote:

...Quite a few people on here do it...


When I lived in suburbia I over-wintered underweight hedgies too. I absolutely love them but have only seem 3 [2 dead, one alive] in the 4+ years Iíve been up here

BelindaC



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PostPosted: Sat Aug 28, 10 6:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

We see one in our garden from time to time (a long garden, 1930s semi with a very old hedge on one side). I think it lives in the hedge. It does seem to keep the slugs down!

2steps



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PostPosted: Sat Aug 28, 10 7:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

linz71 wrote:

2steps wrote:
I think their really sweet but I haven't seen one since we moved up here.
There is a guy here who breeds the pet ones, see him sometimes in the pet shop in Cleethorpes. Cute but expensive


Breeds pet hedgehogs!
I thought you just had to hope to be lucky to have a personal slug killer in your garden. How much is expensive?


£150 Not sure if they are different to our wild ones as they are smaller and a lighter colour. He keeps them inside in those big indoor rabbit cages

MoJo



Joined: 12 Sep 2007
Posts: 19
Location: Yorkshire
PostPosted: Tue Aug 31, 10 6:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

We have hedgehogs - wild, i hasten to add. This year we were treated to seeing a mum with her 6 babies.

Cobnut



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Location: North Herefordshire
PostPosted: Tue Aug 31, 10 7:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

2steps wrote:
£150 Not sure if they are different to our wild ones as they are smaller and a lighter colour. He keeps them inside in those big indoor rabbit cages


If my memory serves me right the pale hedgehogs that people keep as pets are an African variety. They seem more popular in the USA though, and if you put "hedgehog" into YouTube, most are those.

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