Help Hedgehog Hibernate - Checklist
Does the Hedgehog Need Help from Humans?
The following are important clues as to whether the hedgehog needs help hibernating:
A weight less than 300 grams just before the onset of winter.
- Excessive daytime activity.
- Lateral position.
- Low body temperature.
- Walking around in the snow.
- To help the hedgehog, you can do a lot without interfering too much:
Offer food. Hedgehogs like to eat dog or cat food, ground beef, nuts, boiled egg, fruit and porridge.
- Dry sleeping place. Hedgehogs can find shelter in a box or under a mortar trough. Isolated dry leaves, a bunch of rice or hay.
- Size of the entry hole eight-by-eight inches, so that the hedgehog can get in and out alone.
- Check if the hedgehog accepts the help.
- Only if it's obviously not enough
- Four square meters of space are the minimum.
- Soil temperature for babies and sick animals is 16 degrees, and for healthy animals, colder. Optimal is a weather-protected place outside.
- Fencing from 40-centimeter high boards. No wire mesh!
- Wooden box for sleeping.
- Hay, leaves or newspaper as bedding.
- Remove parasites such as ticks and fleas. Ask veterinarian for suitable flea spray.
- At temperatures below five degrees, the healthy hedgehog sleeps its deserved hibernation. Just let it sleep.
- Consult the veterinarian for the least signs of illness. Diarrhea, refusal to feed or signs of paralysis can be fatal.
- Clean enclosures regularly. Keep quiet so as not to wake the hedgehog.
- Avoid noise near the hedgehog. High pitched tones scare him.
- Weigh once a week. Below 300 grams, the ambient temperature is increased slightly so that the hedgehog eats again.
- For watch times, offer the hedgehog pieces of wood, lawns or leather gloves to play with.
- Recover healthy hedgehogs in spring. A permanent stance is prohibited.
- Give more live food before the release. But no earthworms and snails.
- Hedgehogs should only hibernate in humans in an emergency
The few hedgehogs found by humans really need help. One should therefore proceed in a prudent manner and in case of doubt always talk to a veterinarian. Even a hedgehog station is a good contact.
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