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Old 01-19-2017, 03:40 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Quick question,

I have noticed that my lil Quilliam has had pretty flakey and dry skin. I gave him an oatmeal bath a few days ago and ordered a new food with better oil in it to help. I was wondering how long I should wait before giving him another Oatmeal bath...I hear that the more baths he gets the worse it can actually become? His cage is away from any drafts if that might cause any problems.

I just want to get some opinions because he is starting to flake again and it just concerns me.

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Old 01-20-2017, 10:46 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I wouldn't do more than once a week for oatmeal baths. If it's winter where you are, often the air can be dryer than normal due to heating & such, so you could also try running a humidifier in the room where his cage is & see if that helps.
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Good idea! I have one but can't say I know anything about them ?

The humidifier is in my unfinished laundry room, if I move it what kind of settings would I put it on and what would it do to the room as a whole? Is there a certian humidity we consider the best for hedgehogs??
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Looking at the average humidity percentages for inland Nigeria, where hedgehogs were exported from, personally I'd aim for between 30-40%. If I remember correctly, you don't want to go much over 50% in the room or you can risk the room being too humid & causing issues like mold. You can get combo temperature/humidity gauges cheap at Walmart if the thermometer you use for your hedgehog doesn't measure humidity too. You may have to experiment with settings a little to see what would work best. You can place it closer to your hedgehog's enclosure & make sure that the vent for the mist is pointed out into the room (rather than towards a wall, any furniture, etc.).

(Humidity info, if you're curious - https://weather-and-climate.com/aver...e,Kano,Nigeria and http://www.weatheronline.co.uk/weath...=RLF&LEVEL=150 )
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Thanks! I went out and bought a humidifier, I havent really noticed a major change in % levels. Maybe from about 27 to 30...just a 3% change. Any tips for me to make a bigger impact? I have a mid sized vicks warm mist humidifier. I put it on the floor next to his cage (ferret nation) I just feel like I am doing something wrong :/
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Is it running all the time? Does it have different levels (low, high, or a rising scale, etc.)? I usually had to have mine on the higher output level & filled it morning & night so it would make a difference. I think it had a 1 gallon tank, if I remember correctly.
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