Spring is just around the corner and the hedgehogs are starting to make their presence felt.
After the first hedgehog came back from hibernation just under a week ago, two more hedgehogs appeared yesterday evening and during the night, having finished their hibernation.
For a short time two of the hedgehogs sat in feeder 2 and ate. You can tell the hedgehogs apart quite easily at the moment, as the ticks have already attached themselves to two of them in different places. So I can be quite sure that there are 3 different hedgehogs who can now fortify themselves at the feeding station after their long winter’s sleep.
And now something about the condition of the hedgehogs, before the cries for securing, feeding and so on get louder.
Yes, all the hedgehogs are hungry at the moment and they look emaciated. But this is perfectly normal after hibernation and is no reason to secure and feed the hedgehogs.
Securing the hedgehogs would cause them great stress, which I would like to spare them. Also, the number of ticks they are carrying around at the moment is not yet a problem.
I support the animals here with cat food and water, so that they have the opportunity to put on fat again after the long winter hibernation.
I keep an eye on the hedgehogs through the cameras at the feeding site and can intervene at any time if there are any recognisable health problems. At the moment, however, I see no reason for such intervention.