The hedgehog is one of the oldest inhabitants in our geographic latitudes and at the same time also the most popular wild animals. As cute as he looks, he immediately wins the hearts of children and adults. Finding the prickly friend in your own garden is a blessing to many of us. Sometimes, however, you can also help yourself by making the garden more friendly. And how does it work? Very easily!
The small sweets like especially near-natural gardens, where they can find a safe hiding place and sufficient food. Bushes, piles of wood and piles, garden houses and old, unused objects become very quickly a shelter for the hedgehog. However, you can also leave some in the garden to make your search easier. It would be best if you build a so-called Igelburg for the animals. This is used not only as a sleeping place during the day but also for the long winter sleep as well as a nest for the hedgehog babies in the summer. Such a dwelling is quite easy to arrange. It is important that this is in a quiet corner in the garden, where dogs and cats have hardly any access. The Igelburg must not be too damp. Therefore, it would be useful to place a drainage layer of gravel and sand underneath. Straw and foliage are perfect as a soft, cuddly filling for the hedgehog house. Normally, the animal itself collects everything necessary for its habitation.
Hedgehogs in the garden – a great experience for the whole family
Food and water are the two other very important aspects that you should consider when you have a hedgehog in the garden. Attention! Hedgehogs are carnivores. It is a widespread error that hedgehogs eat fruit. Never do it! The perfect diet for a hedgehog consists of snails, beetles, insect larvae, earthworms and spiders.
Aas and small vertebrates are naturally also on its menu. If a hedgehog is malnourished, hurt, or orphaned for some reason, and you should take care of it for a while, then give it mainly cat food from a can, mixed with oatmeal and boiled egg.
Everyone loves the little prickly friend
And please, very important! Absolutely no milk! Hedgehogs do not tolerate milk! They get heavy diarrhea and can even die from it.
No matter how sweet and peaceful the hedgehogs are, they still live wild animals. That is why hedgehogs are protected by the Federal Nature Conservation Act. So if you have carried a hedgehog to your home, you should let it live in the wild after your recovery and winter sleep.
You can find more useful information about the garden, the appropriate feeding and other conditions here ,
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