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Old 11-20-2012, 02:55 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Unhappy Quilling, or stress?

I just have a quick question, do hedgehog quill more than once? I've been noticing the last couple of weeks that Dini has been losing some quills, not nearly as many as when he was quilling, but enough that it caught my attention. I just had him out literally five minutes ago. Normal routine, "Ahhh! Oh, it's just Mom, okay. Where did she put me this time? I see a sock... Mine now." Then he decided to have some... "Boy time", and I didn't want to deal with that on my bed. So he's back in his cage and eating like normal, but in the 10-15 minutes he was out, he dropped a quill.

I'd guess that in the last two weeks, I've seen 7-10 quills either in his cage, or come off when he's having play time. He's 7 and a half months old, is this normal? Potential stress? Ideas would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!
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Old 11-20-2012, 03:30 AM   #2 (permalink)
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If it's only one or two a day it's normal for any time of life. Hedgehogs shed and regrow quills all their lives like we shed and regrow hair. But, yes, some hedgehogs will have another more mild quilling period sometime in the later half of their first year, and some will have it around the year mark as well.
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Old 11-20-2012, 11:49 AM   #3 (permalink)
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If it's only one or two a day it's normal for any time of life. Hedgehogs shed and regrow quills all their lives like we shed and regrow hair. But, yes, some hedgehogs will have another more mild quilling period sometime in the later half of their first year, and some will have it around the year mark as well.
Thank you! I hoped so, and that I was worried over nothing. But since he finished quilling, he hasn't dropped any that I had noticed, so I was worried.

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