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sandra

Hedgehogs

Don't get me wrong love 'em. Also realise they are not doing so well in the UK so we do the best we can to help them along.
However....
Skid even slightly on hedgehog poo and you are on your butt ! One gardener now with ice pack on lower back and feeling annoyed.

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Essex Girl

Hedgehogs

Don't mind hedgehogs, it's the cats' poo that annoys me.

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Expat Badger

hodgehegs

ah no - they're so cute

i've actually only ever seen one, once. Can't be that many around...don't even think they are native here

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Expat Badger

mrs tiggy winkle

just been told you can buy them in the petshop here, but you won't see them out in the wild...there's something really wrong there....

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violet eyes

Hedgehogs

I'm sorry but why would anyone in their right mind want to kill a hedgehog. They have a hard enough time as it is. I do all I can to encourage them into my garden, they are not put on this earth to be treated with such cruelty.
Go and buy a chicken, they are cheap enough.

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sandra

Hedgehogs

VE
Sure Bolas was being facetious !

Expat
That is really scarey ! Buy them in a petshop - ludicrous.
We get a few late baby hogs every year not up to weight to hibernate which we take in, keep warm, feed until local sanctuary has space or the manpower to cope.
Apart from the fact they have to be the messiest little critters ever they can eat more than me !
Certainly not pet material !!

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violet eyes

hedgehogs

No, for the past 10 years we have hardly eaten any meat and if I did it wouldn't be a cheap one, only a free range one.

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Expat Badger

Hedgehogs

mad eh sandra? Buy a bunny if you want a pet!

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Kayb

Pet Shop Buys

ExPat, are you sure that it's english Tiggies in the pet shop? Surely they would have problems overwintering - they'd need to hibernate in a barn, or not be allowed to hibernate at all, poor little things. Do the Canadian porcupines hibernate?
Karen

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Expat Badger

tiggies

oh i have no idea Kay - i've not seen them myself. I asked a woman in the office if they have hedgehogs here and she said no, only in petshops!!

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sam from worthing

hedgehogs

in our next door neighbours garden, they have a huge "nest" there are 5 of them in total, mummy daddy and 3 hoglets.

all 5 of them seem to come to my garden to poo, along with said neighbours sodding cats.

daddy hog is massive, think of a rugby ball, and literally double it, mummy is about the same as a rugby ball, and the 3 hoglets are so adorable the tiniest is about the sixe of cricket ball and the largest the size of large grapefruit.

they drive our dog crazy at night times, but she is so protective over them, even though she has stubbed her nose on the spikes several times.

hedgehogs like there tummies tickled - the flea ridden little monster, with the weird looking legs and feets and the cute little pointy noses.

I like them they have kept down our snails and slugs this summer.

Now foxes.....I hate - well the ones that visit us anyway, they dig up my flowerbeds and dig ruddy great big holes in the lawn too.

wild animals as a hedgehog is, should not be sold as a pet, i feel the same about rabbits too.

sammy

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Linzechris

Hedgehogs

I like hedgehogs and think they are quite cute, but our old dog used to attack them when he saw one and would end up with the spikes embedded in his chin. He looked like desperate Dan! Many was the times I ended up taking a hedgehog to the vet poor thing.
I'm not so keen on foxes because although they are lovely looking creatures I keep chickens so they are not welcome.
We get quite a few badgers where we are, I don't mind them but the farmers hate them.
I just want to add that I would eat a hedgehog, although not if I had seen it alive first! (pretty stupid I know). After all you couldn't get more free range than that and I eat mostly free range meat.
As I've said I keep chickens and I eat chicken but would not be able to eat my own chickens.
Very hypocritical of me I know.
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sandra

Hedgehogs

They eat slugs - respect !

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Yummy

Wild life

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I'm not so keen on foxes because although they are lovely looking creatures I keep chickens so they are not welcome.
We get quite a few badgers where we are, I don't mind them but the farmers hate them.
I just want to add that I would eat a hedgehog, although not if I had seen it alive first! (pretty stupid I know). After all you couldn't get more free range than that and I eat mostly free range meat.
As I've said I keep chickens and I eat chicken but would not be able to eat my own chickens.
Very hypocritical of me I know.
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I tick all boxes above too Linzechris, I am sure that there will be a lot of people who say, if you keep chickens you should be able to eat them, but not us I am afraid....they all have a long and happy scratchy life.....even when they've stopped laying :0((

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lemonsqueaky

Hedgehogs

My hedgehogs do nary a thing. I have an extended family of slugs that live under the washing machine and I have to tiptoe in at night to make sure I don't squelsh one on it's way to the cat food. I even find them nestling in my face cloth. As my kitchen door is alway open I often the 'hogs tucking in as well.

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