This is the History of Reggie the Hedgehog’s Rescue and winter stay with us
26th October 2016 : A guest for the day!
This morning Mummy and Daddy rescued a young hedgehog,Mummy was on her way to work when she spotted a young Hedgehog on the side of the road and by the time they stopped and turned around it was in the middle of the road where it would have gotten run over.Mummy new it was too small so they scooped it up and popped it in the boot of the car and then Mummy had to go to work.
Daddy brought it home and popped it in a box with some hay and some cat biscuits and then left it to sleep all day in the shed.I don’t know if you can see it,it’s against the bottom edge of the box kinda in the middle….
I decided it investigate to see if it had seen my old friend Hedgehog Lucky Hogwarts but it was already sleeping.Anyway this little fellow is now at my Uncle Colin’s house he’s my sitter when mummy goes on holiday but he also looks after Hedgehogs till they are ready to be released.And he said that this fellow was underweight and wouldn’t have survived the winter and that it was hungry as it ate all the biscuits that daddy left in the box.it will stay with Uncle Colin for the winter now.So Mummy and daddy did the right thing in saving this fellow.It was very exciting having it as a tempory guest.Mummy always keeps some cat bisciuts for little emergancies like this so now we are on Hedgehog alert just incase she see’s more little ones that need taking in for the winter.
2nd November 2016 : Our Visitor is Back!
Hi everyone!Do you remember our Special Visitor last week?
Well he or she is back to stay.He/she wasn’t doing very well down uncle Colin’s,Sometimes it happens that way…sometimes they don’t like being kept in small spaces and then stop eating.So mummy and Dady decided to bring him/her home and made a couple of nests un the the garden shed and stuffed him in one and left lots of food and water under the shed for it.Well the next morning he bowls were nearly empty so they the left more last night and this morning it was empty again…so that is good news!
Now Daddy made a nest box for him/her to put in the greenhouse and mummy cleared out the greenhouse to make room for the nest box and she made a doorway in one of the panels for the hedgehog so it can go in and out as it pleases.As of now the Hedgehog is in the nest box with it next meal by the door so it can find its way outside.Mummy also left the nest under the shed in case it wants to go back there but the green house will be better if we get rain and to monitor when it goes in to hibernation.So we are feeding it up so it can hibernate as at the moment it is still a bit small.
Mummy was going to take some photo’s but it had some ticks on it so mummy and daddy had to remove them,it still has 2 near its face that they couldn’t get at so they left them and mum thought it was best to put it in the nest box after the manhandling and leave it alone.Our Garden is secure so it has the run of the garden to keep it safe,then come Spring if it survives the winter we will open up the garden so it can leave if it wants to.
Our hedgehog is almost the size of the small one in this photo so you can see why it needs a little help.
Did you know that Hedgehogs in the uk are endangered and if Humans don’t try to help they could be gone by 2020?
6th November 2016 : Hedgehoge UPDATE!
Hello Everyone one….Brrr its gone decidedly wintery here!We have Icey showers in the night even a bit of sleet!Even Reggie the Hedgehog is feeling the cold weather.Reggie this is what I have decided to call him/her short for Reggina if its a girl…hehehe.Anyway Reggie is eating well but it’s poops have changed colour because its purging itself to get ready for hibernation.
15th November 2016 : A little Reggie the Hedgehog Up Date
Day saw a little glimpse of the little fella in the garden over the weekend as he/she slipped under the shed to one of the feeding stations mum has for him/her and today mum boiled an egg for an extra treat for him/her to snack on so she chopped up half an put it in his/her food bowls so we will see if he.she likes it.mum check to see what else could be given and boiled eggs is a tasty treat for them that they can have and apparently raisins and chopped nuts to so she is going to try some of that to this week as well as the dry cat food,cat food in jelly and mealworms.Mum has done 3 feeding stations for the little fella so he can have a good nosy about.
21st November : Reggie Update
We had our first named winter storm over the weekend we had so much wind and rain that Mummy was so worried about Reggie the Hedgehog so she end going out to the greenhouse to put some extra food down in case the little fella didn’t want to go outside to the other feeding stations but Reggie did go and brave all that rain.we had a cold dry day yesterday and then in the evening more rain moved in it did get better for awhile this afternoon but that rain is back everything is sopping wet except for under the shed and under the BBQ where the other 2 feeding Stations are.I think both Reggie and Me are both fed up with the rain!And Reggie doesn’t like Boiled eggs.We tried him/her on some and it was left,so next we will try some raisins.
29th November 2016 : Reggie the Hedgehog Up Date
Hello everyone!I just thought I would give you all an Update on Reggie the Hedgehog…..Would you believe Mummy and Daddy saw Reggie last night?Yup they saw him out of the back bedroom window having a nose about and then Run to the shed.Reggie scooted underneath to its food bowl to chow down.And the Reggie work mummy up about 3.30am rattling the side gate to grandma’s.Reggie isn’t allowed in there as grandma has a pond and we don’t want Reggie to end up in there so the gate is blocked of each night.Anyway cause Reggie woke mummy up she popped her head out of the window with a torch and she saw Reggie scuttling off down to the BBQ,so she got to see Reggie twice.Mummy says Reggie looks in good condition,still a bit on the small side but then Reggie is young and it takes a long time for Hedgehogs to put on weight.
Reggie Definitely only like pate style cat and dog foods but duck seems to be the favourite so mummy mashes a tray of that up and splits it in to 2 bowls mixed with duck and turkey kibble and meal worms an she added a couple of raisins one in the greenhouse where Reggie’s next box is with a bowl of water and one under the shed with a dish of water and then as an extra treat a small dish of mealworms under the BBQ.the next morning all that is left is a couple bits of the kibble in each bowl with everything else gone.
We did have a little problem with a cat coming in for a few days,it was trying to go for Reggie’s food but mum put up some extra chicken wire fencing and that seems to have stopped the cat.The next project is to seen if the front garden can be Reggie proofed at night to give Reggie some extra roaming space till the spring…..we will let you know if that can be done.Sorry no photos of Reggie as it was to dark and mum forgot to grab her phone too
17th December 2016 : Now for a little Reggie the Hedgehog Update!
Well last week Reggie slept in one night but then woke up the next night and has been chowing down ever since till last night.Reggie also like raisins.Last night he slept in so we will see if he/she wakes up tonight to chow down or if he/she decides to sleep in again.Don’t worry we will keep you posted on that!
18th December 2016 : Now for a Reggie update
Reggie has slept in for the last 2 nights and Mummy was a bit afriad that Reggie had wandered off as the side gate wasn’t shut properly on Friday night,so Mummy checked the nest box in the green house and had a moment panic she found it empty…so she checked under the shed carefully pulling out the nesting material she left under there and she gently felt Reggie’s spines so she carefully stuffed back the stuff she pulled out back around Reggie and put a bit extra as well.So panic over Reggie has Hibernated for a bit so its time for just the kibble to be left out with a bowl of water in case Reggie wakes up hungry.
19th December 2016 : Reggie Update
Anyway just so you know Reggie must have woke up for short quick snack last night as some of the food under the shed was gone today so fresh food..just the kibble he/she likes and some meal worms and a bowl of water have been put under the shed as that will keep for a few days if Reggie naps for a while!
31st December 2016 : Reggie Update
Reggie has been all week after waking up for Christmas for a couple of days to have a few snacks before bedding down again.He/she is no longer in the Greenhouse he/she has moved back under the shed where he has a big nest to keep him/her warm and dry and dry snacks and water in case he/she wakes up again!
8th January 2017 : First Update for the New Year
Just a little update on Reggie the Hedgehog for you!Reggie has been fully asleep since Christmas Day!Reggie moved back to the nest site under the shed and mummy stuffed some extra nesting materials under the shed for extra warmth.So Reggie has now been asleep for two weeks.Mummy will continue to check the food and water bowls daily so we will know when Reggie wakes up again.
22nd March 2017 : Reggie The Hedgehog Up Date!
Reggie The Hedgehog Up Date!
|THIS IS NOT REGGIE BUT A SAMPLE PHOTO OF A WILD HEDGEHOG!|
Well remember the little fella that Mum and Dad rescued?Well we fed him/her and gave him/her a few nest options which Reggie decided under the shed was the perfect spot to nest under.We also fed Reggie until Christmas Day as after that Reggie decided to hibernate for the rest of the winter.
Mummy continued to leave dry cat food and meal worms and fresh water under the shed for him/her in case Reggie woke up.
Well the last couple of weeks we began hearing about Hedgehog sightings on the internet and in the local town….but no sign of Reggie….But yesterday mummy checked the food and water bowls….and guess what? Some of the cat biscuits and all the meal worms were gone and the water bowl had been disturbed too!
And when mummy brought the bowls in to clean and refill she saw little hedgehog paw prints on the side of the bowl.Mum was hoping she wasn’t wrong and that Reggie had woken up.So with that hope she refilled the bowls with fresh food and water…..only this time she put wet cat food with some cat biscuits and meal worms on top and put them under the shed!
Well the good News is Reggie has definitely woken up….The bowl was practically empty when mummy checked it this afternoon…..so the bowls have been refilled and put back under the shed.The down side is its gone like winter again…..we had a big hail storm and it turned everything white and there is snow on the moors!What a time for Reggie to wake up!Still we shall keep feeding him/her because Hedgehogs can lose almost half their body weight when they hibernate.So for the next few weeks we will fatten Reggie up before opening up the back garden so that he/she has a good start.Then Reggie can explore the front garden as well and then leave or stay if he or she wants too,But for now we will give you regular updates and mummy said she will try to get a photo if she can.But we think at the moment Reggie is just chowing down on the food we are giving and then going back to sleep as He/She must be pretty weak from Hibernating…..so watch out for more Up Dates!
24th March 2017 : Now for another Reggie the Hedgehog Up Date:
Reggie hasn’t gone back to sleep which we are very thankful for because it really wouldn’t be good for Reggie to do that.He has been chowing down and eating everything mummy has been putting out for him.She has been gradually increasing the amount that she has been putting in his bowl each day.Here is today offering for Reggie…
This week she decide to buy some Hedgehog kibble to use instead of the cat kibble as Reggie wasn’t eating it all as she thought it might be difficult to get his / her little mouth around them.the first night she tried them with food Reggie left them behind so last night Mummy broke them up in to smaller pieces this morning Reggie’s bowl was completely empty so mummy will keep breaking them up for Reggie.So tonight’s dinner is Cesar classic pate doggy food in chicken and turkey with broken up hedgehog kibble and some meal worms on top with a nice drink of fresh water….hope he / she likes the menu tonight!
6th April 2017 : Reggie the Hedgehog and the Update…..
So Reggie has been chowing down now for almost 2 weeks on this…
And the weather has improved greatly.The forecast for the weekend is very good nice and warm during the day but just a little chilly in the evenings but not winter like weather so today we are opening up the back garden to the front so that Reggie can explore a bigger area and leave the garden and come back as he or she wants too….and Mummy has left Reggie’s dinner under the shed and will continue to so long as Reggie wants it.We have been told that as long as we keep feeding Reggie with such a nice nest site that Reggie will most likely stay except if Reggie is a boy then he might wander off for while to mate and then come back and if Reggie is a girl well then we might get babies living here too until its time to go off .
Any way we will let you know what happens
4th June Reggie Up Date:
Well what a week to start we will have an update on Reggie the Hedgehog…..
As you know I was at uncle Colin’s the sitters while mummy was away but he was also coming to our house to feed Reggie as well everyday.Well a couple of Days before mummy came home he stopped eating his food but a new hedgehog was seen coming to uncle Colin’s for some chow.When Mummy came home she continued to put food down for Reggie but still it wasn’t touched so she pulled out the nest from under the shed……it was empty….Reggie has gone looking for some girlfriends so we know now Reggie is a boy!Mummy has put fresh bedding under the shed in case he decides to come back but for now We wish Reggie good luck in his new adventures after his good safe start in life.
27th July We have a new Visitor to our Garden!
Remember when we had Reggie the Hedgehog staying with us over the winter and Spring?And remember while mummy was away on her holidays uncle Colin the sitter was coming up to feed Reggie and then Reggie went off to pastures new and to look for the ladies a couple of days before mummy came home?
Well for the past for days a Hedgehog has been visiting our garden ,mummy and daddy have found its poops on the patio and under our carport up the side of our house so mummy has been leaving hedgehog biscuits/Kibble and meal worms and plenty of water on the patio under our garden furniture.
We don’t know if its Reggie or if its a new hedgehog or if this visitor is nesting under the shed where Reggie was staying but mum did put fresh bedding under the shed just in case Reggie came back.So we are hoping this new Visitor will decide to make its home with us!Any way we will keep you up dated on this new visitor!
This is what a wild European Hedgehog looks like,as they are nocturnal its difficult to get photos so we borrowed this one from the interwebs.
28th July: Do you want to see our Hedgehog Visitor?
Well finally Mummy was able to get a photo of a Hedgehog!Last night at around 9.30pm Mummy went down to the kitchen to do my bedtime salad and she looked out the window and thought she saw something near the bowls for the hedgehog.It was still fairly light but not light enough to get photo’s with out the flash.The photos aren’t great as these were done on her phone and she didn’t want to disturb the little fellow who was chowing down….
she got a little closer…
We have a few more on the other camera but we want to save those for Sunday selfies…..Yes this little fellow is going to be our Guest star for Sunday selfies!
30th July:Hedgehog Cutie Sunday Selfies
This week I decided to have a guest do Sunday Selfies instead of me….Remember our visitor Hedgehog that has been coming to dine out in our garden?Well mummy managed to get some photo’s so here they are
Well these were taken Thursday night some slugs decide to tag along for some chow too.But then some thing strange happened on Friday lunch time this cutie decided to come for lunch down the garden path it came and Daddy shouted for mummy to fix it some lunch…..it looks like it has been sleeping in the front garden and then heading down the back for some snacks
Now this is not normal for a hedgehog to be out in the day time so our visitor became a guest of our back garden just like Reggie did because mummy thought there was something wrong.So after its lunch mummy popped it under the shed so it could go back to sleep and at 9.30pm it was a wake wanting dinner so dinner it had and a little wander around the back garden before going to sleep again.Mummy also managed to get a little video at lunch time on Friday too….
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UqPiAtfre-o click on the link if you have trouble viewing this video.
Anyway mummy kept a look out to see if the hedgehog would wake up looking for food and at 12 noon there it was looking for food so mummy fed it again and then spoke to my uncle Colin and he said it needed looking at so mummy took the hedgehog to the local wild life vet,looks like it has parasites that needs treating so it can gain weight and not starve.So it will either go to uncle Colin’s for a couple of weeks before being released back in our garden if it needs further treatments or it will come back straight to us again to be released in to our care.So this little cutie needs some POTP from you all.We don’t know if its a boy or a girl but it is a juvenile and it came to the right place in its hour of need!
7th September:Look who’s Back!
Remember back in July we had a new young hedgehog turn up in our garden?And remember it had to go to the vets as it was coming out in the day to look for food?
Well after his trip to the vets he went to stay with Uncle Colin (my sitter) and Aunty Annie for rehabilitation.Its taken all this time to get it well ,with lots of injections for heart worm and lots of TLC from them.In that time we found out the he’s a boy and he nearly came home a couple of weeks ago but they found he was losing weight again so he needed another round on injections.Anyway Mummy collected him on Sunday and he was 501 grams which was double what he was,
but he did lose a bit during that week so we were asked to put him in our greenhouse nest box and only let him have the run of the back garden and to bring him back to be weighed yesterday.The good news is his weight is stable….in fact he’s gained a bit as he’s now 529 grams so he was put back in the greenhouse nest box.
He’s yet to start venturing in the back garden,as he hasn’t felt safe enough to leave the greenhouse to explore.We know this as he is only pooping in one corner of the green house and not in the garden…..hehehe so mummy has to clean up after him every couple of days or so.Who knew hedgehog poop was so stinky!Anyway he will be kept to the back garden until he is coming out to explore the garden and then as soon as we get a nice stretch of weather we will then open up the front garden for him to explore and he can decide to stay or leave.But as the weather is turning colder at night now….yes its definitely Autumnal here, there is a good chance he may want to stay and nest for the winter which is fine by us.
As you can see from the photos mummy took on Sunday He face was a bit swollen from all his injections but yesterday the swelling had reduced by half and was definitely looking much better.So he will be left in his box now to get used to his home again with mum leaving his food in the green house.
So we decided to call him Mickey after my old pal Mr Mick who crossed the rainbow bridge a while ago,So wish Mickey so good luck that he continues to do well.
24th Spetember : Now we have a major Update on Mickey the Hedgehog…..
Well the day before we came home from our little Vacation Mickey went walk about so mummy still left some dry food and meal worms down in the greenhouse every night in case he came back.She also cleaned out his nest box and put some fresh hay in side in case he decided to come back…..
Well Tuesday night after going walk about for a week he came by for a visit and a snack so mummy left him a full dinner of his wet cat food and dry food and meal worms on Wednesday night but it rained really heavy that night so he didn’t come by,but she still left him his full dinner Thursday night…..and yes he came by and mummy thought he had moved back in to the nest box but she wasn’t sure.So Friday night she set up my webcam under the carport where he comes down to the green house to see if he was just stopping by for dinner or if he had moved back in….well she had the angle set up wrong and didn’t catch any thing on camera but he was still eating the dinner that mummy left for him and he was leaving us a present of poop and pee mail in thanks.Last night mummy reset the angle of the web came and this time she got it right if he went past he would get filmed no matter what time he went past.
So mummy checked the footage of the web cam and no Mickey but he ate his dinner last night and left double poop and and pee mail in thanks…..So you know what that means don’t you?Yes Mickey has moved back in to the green house and we are very happy about that!Of course he may go walk about from time to time but that’s OK too
Now on to the Hedgehog Planing!So mummy has been trying to get Mickey on the web came but once he moved back in to the greenhouse it doesn’t look like he’s been going up the front garden much at all so she made a little weather box for the web cam to protect it from the elements so she could see if Mickey is even going out of the greenhouse.So here is the view,but in night vision it will look different ,so keep your paws crossed Mickey shows himself tonight!
Click here for the Direct Youtube link if you have problems viewing30th September: Mickey the Hedgehog webcam results!
Hi everyone,hope you’re all having a great weekend!We’re have lots of wet and windy weather for the weekend here so I’m guessing we won’t be doing much except for lazing around but that’s okay. Anyway we thought you would like to see the results of the Hogcam the mummy set up for Thursday night….well it rained and rained and well it rained,the Hogcam did get a bit of wet on it but not enough to stop it but the rain did cause a bit of distortion but we did get something on Mickey so here’s the video clips……..
This first one is just to show the rain interference but we caught a snail on camera!This was at 9.30pm
If you look at the black square that is Mickey’s personal door in and out of the greenhouse,his food bowls set up just in front of the door way about 10 inches inside so you can just make him out having some dinner.This was at about 3am.
Got a bit of moisture on the camera here but you can still just see Mickey’s eyes moving about,This was at about 5am, he’s having some more snacks we think in these next 2 videos.
Direct Youtube Link click hereIn this Video Mickey comes right to the door he pops his head out looks up at the rain and turns around and goes back in…..he really doesn’t like the rain!This is was filmed just before 6am and is the clearest shot we got of him.
So that was it Mickey didn’t come out of the greenhouse at all and who can blame him with all that rain.Mummy didn’t reset the camera last night as she needed to dry it out a bit but tonight she’s going to try and set it up inside the greenhouse so it will stay dry as we are forecast to have lots of rain and wind over the next couple of nights again so this way we will have a clearer view of Mickey.
7th October : Mickey the Hedgehog Update
Ok now on to the business of Mickey’s Update!Mummy set up the Webcam in the Greenhouse and got lots of footage so we will just show you some of it just so you can see what Mickey gets up to when he stays in the greenhouse….
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=73UmOvL8JLkNow Mickey does this little circuit all night long with a little exploring around the green house to leave a poop and a pee mail for mummy to clear up….
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fDEqp6uj1HUSeem Mickey also likes to scratch a lot so I’m guessing he has a flea or 2…
Then on Monday morning at around 4.45am mum caught this little snippit of Mickey deciding to go for a little walk about cause the weather had dried up you can see him checking to see if its dry on raining and then off he goes…
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3pLMRyTRO8oMickey only went off for a short walk about and came back the next night for his dinner….how ever we also got this on the webcam……
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lGjQm6fGshkyes you saw right its a young rat….not a baby but not a fully grown adult either.Mum knew we had an extra guest but first thought it was a mouse because the droppings were so small,and it was leaving a little hoard of kibble under the shelving which she cleaned up every day but then the droppings got bigger and you can see this cheeky guy is going for the wet cat food and a few days of dinning out at the Hotel Speedy and its grown to big to be a mouse…..mum said she draws the line at rats so this fellow had to go!So she cleared out under the shed Reggie the old hedgehogs nest site and some other stuff out of the greenhouse and Dad did a lot of crashing about and did try to catch it but failed how ever since Mickey went walk about for 24 hours there has been no sign of the rat…no droppings and mum hasn’t had to leave so much food for Mickey either because no uninvited guests have been visiting….so paws crossed Mummy and Daddy have scared it off…..keep all your paws crossed other wise mummy will have to get a trap for it!
15th October : Mickey Update
Just a little update on Mickey the Hedgehog.Mummy was a little worried about him as he was doing funny poops…green sticky snotty poops which is a sign something is not right except for just before they hibernate then they do this type of poop to purge themselves in prep for their winter sleep and its to early for that.So mum kept Mickey in the back garden for a few days and checked him over.She ended up removing around 10 tics….big ones from his body….nasty horrible things!And then kept an eye on his poops….they improved and went back to normal so that is why he was digging and scratching him self in the webcam videos as she couldn’t see any fleas on him.So Mickey is back to coming and going as he pleases so hopefully that was the problem….keep you paws crossed for him…..oh and the unwanted guest rat well it hasn’t been back either so all is good at my place!
5th November Update:
Mickey our little wild Hedgehog we think is living under our shed because mummy put some fresh bedding under there and it has moved.She leaves a little bowl of kibble and meal worms just a few cause to many is bad for them under there and then leave his main dinner in the greenhouse with a bowl of water and all that is left is a few crumbs or an odd piece of kibble and what water he doesn’t drink.with the weather getting colder mummy will increase his dinner portion a bit to make sure he has enough to eat because natural food will get harder for him to find now and we want to keep his weight up for his big winter sleep.
26th November Update:
A little update on Mickey he had a snooze for a couple of nights but chowed down Friday night ,so he is definitely getting ready for his winter snooze and we will check later to see if he had his dinner last night.
Mickey the Hedgehog is still doing his thing of sleeping a couple of nights and then chowing down for a couple of nights so he’s still not quite ready for his winter sleep but it won’t be long now!
New Years Eve Update:
Mickey the Hedgehog is still feeding most days apart from missing a day here and there but for the last couple of weeks he hasn’t missed a day.we thought he would have gone to sleep by now but no he’s happy chowing down every night and we are cool with that.
7th January Update:
Now for an Up date on Mickey the Hedgehog.The lats few weeks has has been sleeping through one night and then waking up and chowing down on his dinner till the week before Christmas then he chowed down for about 2 weeks and then went to sleep for 4 nights then he woke up and chowed down for 2 nights and has been a sleep for the last 2 nights.Mummy needs to check his bowl today to see if he woke up again but for now it looks like Mickey has finally started his long winter sleep and we won’t know anything till the spring.In the mean time mummy will continue with leaving dry food for him and water in case he wakes up again but we will keep you in formed on Mickey’s snooze