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Old 10-22-2013, 09:44 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi i have a young 300gram underweight wild hedgehog that I am having trouble getting to eat.
I have offered chicken dog food, dried catfood, fresh cooked chicken and egg. He/she has eaten a small amount but I am worried that it is not enough to sustain. As far as I can tell they do not have any other health problems and does seem quite lively.
Nightime the container they are housed in is covered to make sure it is really dark. Water is offered and hay for bedding and house to hide in.
Anyone got any suggestions of anything else to temp with.
I intend to get some dried mealworms this weekend to try and thought I may also offer live earthworms.
Any help gratefully appreciated
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Old 10-22-2013, 10:43 AM   #2 (permalink)
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There's a number of European hedgehog rescues in England - I would see if you can call one of them for advice and/or take the hedgehog to them. This forum is for pet African hedgehogs, which are pretty different. The usual suggestion for pet hedgehogs not eating is to syringe-feed them, but I'm not sure if that's the next best thing to try with a wild one or not, so it'd be best to ask someone with experience! Good luck with the little one, and I'm glad you're trying to help it!
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Old 10-23-2013, 12:46 AM   #3 (permalink)
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since it's wild, you should offer food items that is more of natural animal matter. raw eggs, snails, small frogs, pinky mice, lizards and even small non-venomous snakes. crickets, feeder roaches and lots of live mealworms may also be welcome prey.
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