I wanted to devise a way to find out exactly how Spike’s hedgehog food is received compared to the usual food items I offer. After a bit of head scratching, sketching, sawing and hammering the ‘Hog Buffet Bar‘ was born!
The shiny new Hog Buffet Bar!
The Hog Buffet Bar was made out of a few scraps of timber from around the garden and 4 small stainless steel bowls I purchased for 80p each at a local discount store. I’ll add a full ‘How To’ guide about how to make your own Hog Buffet Bar as soon as I have time.
Since the 16th of September I’ve been providing the following food in separate bowls – Spike’s Dry, Kibbled Peanuts, Spike’s Semi Moist and Sunflower Seeds.
I’ve also set up two cameras overlooking the area. One is an HD webcam and is streaming live images across the internet via my my website and the other is a 700TVL mini camera with built in IR nightvision. The 700TVL cam is connected to I-Catcher Console motion detection software so I can monitor exactly what visits the Hog Buffet Bar, what time it visits and how long it stays.
On the first couple of nights I used a chicken based cat food rather than kibbled peanuts but the local cats scoffed this down within the first half hour each night so I quickly substituted it for kibbled peanuts.
So, what did the hedgehogs make of the food selection? Well, over the past eight nights hedgehogs have visited the Hog Buffet Bar a total of 47 times. It’s difficult to be sure exactly how many hedgehogs are visiting as I try to keep my distance. (I have no intention at this stage to stress them out by picking them up to weigh them or painting ID marks on them but I will be keeping a close eye to make sure they all look a decent weight. I also have my Hog Weigh Station of course with built in scales!). Of the 47 visits, one ate a small portion of sunflower hearts and then moved on to the Spike’s Semi Moist. Two hog visits started with kibbled peanuts……and then moved on to Spike’s Semi Moist (can you see a bit of a pattern developing here?!). Four hog visits were Spike’s Dry food but that may be because the Spike’s Semi Moist had all been eaten during previous visits! And the remaining 40 visits? You guessed it – all Spike’s Semi Moist!!
There were three or four visits from the local feral cat and interestingly it went for the Spike’s Dry food every time. The foxes didn’t visit at all during this period and there were one or two extra hedgehog visitors that just had a sniff and carried on their way.
So, is the Spike’s range of hedgehog food a hit in the Gadgetman garden?
I think you can already guess the answer to that question! It would appear that its been a massive hit with my local hedgehogs. I had no idea how irresistible the hogs would find it. They look healthy, they’re visiting as often as ever and by the amount they are eating they must be putting on weight too!
Has my skepticism disappeared? Totally? Will I be using Spike’s Hedgehog Food in the future? Definitely. Would I recommend it to others? Without a doubt!
But don’t just take my word for it, check out these videos…