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Old 10-26-2012, 05:49 PM   #1 (permalink)
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My little Prickles is about 25/26 weeks old and losing quills. It doesn't seem like he has any bald spots and he has not been itching or anything so I don't think it is mites but I am finding 10+ around where he is sleeping. I was thinking it could be dry skin but his ears are not ratty and I also put flax seed oil in his food every night. Does anyone have any idea why this could be happening?
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Old 10-26-2012, 06:34 PM   #2 (permalink)
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No idea, Auri has the same thing going on, too... she lost 70 quills yesterday, and just took 55 more out of her cage. No bald spots either, but shes only about 16/17 weeks old - so I don't know if it's quilling.

Do you see any new ones growing in? Looking for an answer, too! I hope you get one!
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Old 10-31-2012, 08:46 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Annabelle is 8 weeks old and losing a small amount of quills, i dont know if this means she is quilling or not? is there a way to know if she is? I want to make sure she is not sick or anything.
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All three sound like quilling to me - some hedgehogs go through a smaller 6 month quilling. Msredhead, is Auri itching a lot or does her skin look dry or different in any way? 4 months is a bit off for quilling time, but it could be either late/early quilling, or stress quilling from the babies, or something like that. If their skin looks normal and they're not itching excessively and not getting bald spots, it's probably nothing big. And Annabella, your little one's right at quilling age, so it's almost definitely that.
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Thanks for the response! I am so scared of messing up or missing something but itis good to know she is quilling.
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