discovered hedgehog near coop

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by elaineinspain, May 19, 2017.

  1. elaineinspain

    elaineinspain Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This morning, while watering my veggies, I noticed a hedgehog carrying dry leaves in it's mouth and disappearing under a pile of wood pallets in the paddock next to my coop. What sort of experiences, if any, have chicken keepers had with hedgehogs?
     
  2. SueT

    SueT Overrun With Chickens

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    Where do you live that there are hedgehogs? I would think they could steal eggs, even snatch chicks....
     
  3. Hillaire

    Hillaire Chillin' With My Peeps

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    do you mean ground hog aka woodchuck? the most a woodchuck will do is dig near your chicken run or just in general in your yard....
     
  4. KikisGirls

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    one of these cute little things?
    hedgehog
     
  5. Labradors

    Labradors Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They eat slugs, snails, frogs and bird eggs. I should think a chicken egg would be rather large for a hedgehog.
     
  6. JaeG

    JaeG Overrun With Chickens

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  7. elaineinspain

    elaineinspain Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm in south east Spain. The farmers here have mixed opinions about them. Some say they're good to have around as they eat baby rats, and snails, some say for me to be careful as they are opportunists and if hungry would steal eggs or chicks from under the broody.
     
  8. elaineinspain

    elaineinspain Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Exactly this is what I am worried about. I'd better check round my coop again and make sure it is completely predator proof as I have 2 broodies in there sitting on eggs due to hatch in 2 days...
     
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  9. elaineinspain

    elaineinspain Chillin' With My Peeps

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  10. SueT

    SueT Overrun With Chickens

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    ah, I didn't get the name...Elaine-in-spain, okay. We don't have them here. Okay, I hope you have very good luck at keeping it out, let us know how it goes with your hatchings!
     

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