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Old 12-06-2011, 12:28 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Quill loss. Is Hedwig ok??

Ok so I think it's necessary to start out by saying that I am prone to unnecessary paranoia. But anyway. Hedwig seems to be losing a lot of Quills. Like a lot. Unfortunately I cant say if this has ever happened before because I just recently switched to fleece instead of bedding and obviously it's much easier to notice now. I don't see a concentrated area of baldness but her quills do look like they might be a little thin all over. Most noticeable when she's in a ball. I have three other hedgies. One of whom is her daughter who is sharing a cage (could be responsible for some of the quills in the cage and shes young enough to be quilling). But the other two cages seem to be quill free mostly. So if she has mites they don't? Yet. Anyway eating drinking acting normal and I don't see an excess of scratching? I gave her a bath today. Obv shouldn't have if she's gonna need a vet visit soon to check for mites but it was really necessary. The quills in the cage look like Normal sheds (I think!)

Anyway I'll shut up. Any input?? Thanks!!
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Old 12-06-2011, 11:51 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Our female was losing quills, and she lived with her daughter. They were inseperable, and used to play together all time time, the daughter used to follow her mam around the enclosure, and they would sleep every night snuggled up together looking sooo cute.

We couldn't work out why the mam was experiencing quill loss, so one night I did an all-nighter and sat watching the enclosure to see what was happening, ie if she was scratching or just naturally shedding.

What I saw shocked me, the baby hog (say 6 months) would jump on her mams back, and bite her quills out, either snapping them or pulling them out. I was heartbroken, and it really came out of the blue as they're so cuddly together in the evening when we have them out, and got on fine when we were watching them.

I'm saying this is the reason for the loss, but it could be worth staying up a bit later than usual one night to watch them

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