Milk? Mealworms? No!

A number of people have commented on the photos of young hoglets drinking milk. This is NOT milk – at least not cows’ milk.

Hedgehogs are lactose intolerant, meaning that if they drink cows’ milk, they will suffer severe tummy upsets and it can be fatal!

Hoglets drink their mother’s milk which is lactose free. A replacement for this is in the photos also lactose free but also with the nutrients a little hoglet needs to grow.

Only leave fresh water for hedgehogs, in a shallow dish, and with some stones to prevent hoglets from drowning and to weigh it down – hedgehogs like to tip things over!

Another no-no is mealworms. These have been shown to strip calcium out of their bones causing at best deformities and worst broken limbs. Peanuts and sunflower hearts cause a similar reaction. Unfortunately hedgehogs love mealworms but in this case even “a little of what you like doesn’t do you good!”

No milk! No mealworms! No excuses!

Please Help Me

Please Help Me

Please Help Me – I was found wandering around alone. I had been following my Mum and I got lost. Hoggies Respite were called and now I am feeling better. They are looking after me, feeding me and making sure that I grow up to go back to the wild again when I can fend for myself.

Please Donate using our Donate Button, to help this little hedgehog survive.

Three little orphans

*Note: This is not Milk, it’s a hoglet formula. Hedgehogs can die from drinking milk*

We had two mothers who came in unable to look after themselves.  Despite our efforts to save them, they died.  However, their offspring have survived.  We are nursing these poor little orphans and hopefully they will be released to the wild when the time is right.

These three need four hour feeds initially and then as they get older the feeds are more spaced apart.  It is thanks to our Volunteer who works tirelessly with our orphans that these three are looking so good.

Mama Mama

This is Mama Mama, who came to us a couple of weeks ago, her little ones are now approximately 3 weeks old.  She was poorly and unable to stay where she was in the wild.  We rescued Mama Mama, gave her a nice hutch to bring her babies up in.  She has water and food and they are all doing well.



This is the first release this year which we are pleased to report.  All of the hedgehogs featured above, came into us at the end of last year with various problems that needed to be resolved.

Throughout the winter we have nursed them back to health and now they are back out in the wild where they should be.

This is what Hoggies Respite is all about.  Rescue, rehabilitate and release.  It takes a lot of money to provide food, medication and care for these creatures.  Please help us by donating via our link here



Matilda here is getting used to settling down in hay in preparation for going back out into the wild. She’s one of the many here that have been recuperating with Hoggies Respite over the winter, and now the weather is acceptable, it’s time to say “bon voyage”.

We’ll be visiting regularly to ensure Matilda is settling in to her home and keeping well. Hopefully little Matildas might appear!

Matilda in her hay nest

Hello, my name is Henry, I have been very poorly over the winter months.  I am now feeling much better and it will soon be time for me to be released back into the wild.  I am getting quite excited about this.

My friends are just coming out of hibernation, so look out for them.  If you see them out during the day, and moving very slowly, they probably need some help.  Call Hoggies Respite who will give you some advice on what to do.

Spare a thought for hedgehogs coming out of a deep sleep, leave some water in your garden where we can reach it easily.  Leave us a little poultry cat food, or hog biscuits.




Happy Christmas

Hello, I am known as Mauri, I would just like to say a Happy Christmas from all the Hedgehogs being cared for at Hoggies Respite.  Please help us all by donating or purchasing from our Amazon Wishlist.

Don’t forget to leave us some food and water out in your garden over this winter.

I am Mama T this is my story

Hello, I was hurt in the middle of a field, with a big gash in my back.  I was very lucky, Hoggies Respite found me.  They took me in and helped me, my wound started to heal.  I was very worried I knew I was about to have babies and I did not know what would happen now.

Hoggies Respite recognised that I was pregnant, they gave me a nice hutch with lots of hay and an area where I could exercise or hide in the back if I wanted to.

They left me quietly and I had three babies.  They left me to care for them, they made sure there was water and food all the time.  I looked after my babies and now they are grown.

Its too cold for us to go back home at the moment, my babies and I are loose in a big garden, till the spring.  We have lots of nest boxes to choose from, and they all contain hay.  There is food and water out every day for us.  We are very happy and looking forward to going back home in the Spring.

This is what Hoggies Respite is all about.  Rescue, rehabilitate and release.  It takes a lot of money to provide food, medication and care for these creatures.  Please help us by donating via our link on the ‘About’ page of this web site.