How to Build a Hedgehog Box

Written by bryan clark
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During the winter, hedgehogs like to hide away from the cold weather in a toasty pile of leaves or another protected spot. Hedgehogs begin to hibernate around December, the best time to put out a hedgehog box. The boxes are expensive to buy but cheap and simple to make. Hedgehogs will enjoy having a warm place to stay for the winter and, for females, have their babies in spring. A hedgehog box allows hedgehogs to hibernate safely without being disturbed by other animals. When spring comes around, you can give them a plate of canned cat food.

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Things you need

  • 6-inch by ¾-inch untreated wood
  • Jigsaw
  • Nails
  • Hammer
  • Strong wooden box or crate
  • Drill
  • Piping about 15 inches long and 1/2-inch in diameter
  • Roofing felt
  • Dry leaves or straw

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  1. 1

    Cut the wood into four equal pieces lengthwise with the saw. Nail the pieces together lengthwise. Leave the opening at about 4 inches square.

  2. 2

    Saw a 4-inch by 6-inch hole near the base of the box.

  3. 3

    Make a hole in the back end of the box, close to the top, big enough for the pipe to fit through, using the drill.

  4. 4

    Insert the pipe in the hole. Make sure the pipe angles down coming out of the box to drain excess moisture.

  5. 5

    Fasten two pieces of ¾-inch wood, long enough to cover the length of the box, to the bottom of the box. Nail them on from the inside.

  6. 6

    Saw one end of the tunnel so it's angled enough to touch the ground when attached to the box.

  7. 7

    Nail the tunnel on from the interior of the box.

  8. 8

    Attach the roofing felt to the box to keep the hedgehogs warm and the weather out.

  9. 9

    Put dry leaves or straw in the box until it's filled around two-thirds full.

  10. 10

    Place the house in an undisturbed spot.

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