Suitable insects and meat

A good kibble is a nice basis, but of course variety is very important! That is why we recommend feeding meat and insects every day in addition to the kibble, but alternating as much as possible. Hedgehogs don’t need much of this besides kibble. Insects with a low fat content can be fed every day, insects with higher nutritional values ​​are better to feed once a week.

Insects

For insects, always make sure they have been bred for feed, to avoid feeding wild insects that can transmit parasites as much as possible. Insects bred for consumption are kept in conditions to minimize that chance. So never use insects that you find in the garden yourself.

House cricket adult

  • 69.2% moisture
  • 20.5% protein
  • 6.8% fat
  • 1.1% raw ash
  • 3.2% fiber
  • 407 mg/kg calcium
  • 2,950 mg/kg phosphorus
  • 0.4 mg/kg thiamine

House cricket nymph

  • 77.1% moisture
  • 15.4% protein
  • 3.3% fat
  • 1.1% raw ash
  • 2.2% fiber
  • 275 mg/kg calcium
  • 2.520 mg/kg phosphorus
  • 0.2mg/kg thiamine

Mealworm adult

  • 61.9% moisture
  • 18.7% protein
  • 13.4% fat
  • 0.9% raw ash
  • 2.5% fiber
  • 169 mg/kg calcium
  • 2,950 mg/kg phosphorus
  • 2.4 mg/kg thiamine

Morioworm larva

  • 57.9% moisture
  • 19.7% protein
  • 17.7% fat
  • 1.0% raw ash
  • 2.7% fiber
  • 177 mg/kg calcium
  • 2,370 mg/kg phosphorus

Wax moth larva

  • 58.5% moisture
  • 14.1% protein
  • 24.9% fat
  • 0.6% raw ash
  • 3.4% fiber
  • 243 mg/kg calcium
  • 1,950 mg/kg phosphorus

Silkworm larva

  • 82.7% moisture
  • 54% protein
  • 43% fat
  • 1.1% raw ash
  • 1.1% fiber
  • 177 mg/kg calcium
  • 2,370 mg/kg phosphorus

Butterworm larva

  • 60.2% moisture
  • 15.5% protein
  • 29.4% fat
  • 0.8% raw ash
  • 1.4% fiber
  • 125 mg/kg calcium
  • 2,250 mg/kg phosphorus

Turkestan cockroach nymph

  • 69.1% moisture
  • 19.0% protein
  • 10.0% fat
  • 1.2% raw ash
  • 2.2% fiber
  • 385 mg/kg calcium
  • 1,760 mg/kg phosphorus

Six-spotted cockroach nymph

  • 50.8% moisture
  • 18.8% protein
  • 26.8% fat
  • 1.2% raw ash
  • 1.0% fiber
  • 295 mg/kg calcium
  • 1,820 mg/kg phosphorus

Hissing cockroach nymph

  • 69.2% moisture
  • 19.5% protein
  • 6.3% fat
  • 4.0% raw ash
  • 2.6% fiber
  • 771 mg/kg calcium
  • 2,870 mg/kg phosphorus

Earthworm adult

  • 75.8% moisture
  • 12.2% protein
  • 2.6% fat
  • 24.2% raw ash
  • 5.0% fiber
  • 1.6:1 calcium-phosphorus ratio

Grasshopper adult

  • 68.3% moisture
  • 19.7% protein
  • 3.3% fat
  • 31.7% raw ash
  • 8.7% fiber
  • 0.18:1 calcium-phosphorus ratio

There are even more insects available from web shops and stores that are suitable for feeding, but we do not have any nutritional values ​​available.

Meat and prey animals

Hedgehogs are also allowed to eat meat and prey, but it depends a bit on what. Meat intended for human consumption is processed differently from meat intended for animal consumption. Meat for human consumption can be used, but must always be cooked first. Meat intended to be eaten by animals can be given raw. For meat for human consumption, avoid meat with spices and marinades. This can cause serious intestinal problems in the hedgehogs.

Examples of suitable meat & prey

  • Chicken
  • Minced meat
  • Lamb
  • Duck meat
  • Turkey meat
  • Fish
  • Beef
  • Pork
  • Boiled egg
  • Canned food for dogs/cats
  • KVV (ready-to-eat fresh meat)
  • BARF meat (raw meat intended for pet feeding, not supermarket meat)
  • Day-old chicks
  • Small rodents
  • Small reptiles