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Old 12-30-2011, 08:09 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I play with Harly for a couple of hours every night --actually, she roams for an hour and cuddles for an hour. Afterwards there are generally two or three quills left on me, stuck to me, in some fashion or another. The quills have the little ball thing at the tip, whether this matters or not I do not know. I was told that she had already went through quilling, so I am wondering if having a few quills on me is normal and how long I can expect for it to happen?

Harly is 7 weeks old and a few days.
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Old 12-30-2011, 08:11 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Hedgies will go through quilling more than once - I think I remember that the last one is around 12 weeks? Someone that knows more about that can answer that better, but I don't think you should worry.
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Old 12-30-2011, 08:36 PM   #3 (permalink)
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That's cool. I think I am going to take Mary Harly Poppins to the vet next week instead of waiting to February. I'd rather just get a full checkup done and out of the way before going on too long. I may change my mind depending on she's acting next week, but we'll see.

It's just a little worrisome seeing little quills left on you after you put up the little one.
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Old 12-30-2011, 10:23 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Quillings happen at around 6, 9, and 12 weeks, with the 9 weeks being the most significant one - that's why you won't be able to know a hedgehog's final color until after 9 weeks, because they can completely change at that point. Sounds like yours is between week 6 and 9, so a few stray quills is normal. There will be a lot more on you and around the cage during week 9, so think of this as preparation for what's coming!
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Old 12-30-2011, 10:56 PM   #5 (permalink)
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They drop quills like we shed hairs. It's normal to find two or three quills around. My hedgie is 18 months old and done with quilling, but I find them here and there everyday. The worst is when there's one stuck in the carpet and you step on it, lol.
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Old 12-31-2011, 07:22 AM   #6 (permalink)
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'ppreciate da responses. I'll let Mary Poppins know she'll live, which she probably already knew. I gave her three pieces of Green Pea and Duck cat food kibble last night, and she annointed on herself, so when I add it as part of her regular dinner she should be happy \
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