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Old 01-13-2010, 07:07 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello Everyone,

I think I remember reading somewhere once that some hedgies will go through another quilling at one year. Wilbur has lost around 15-25 quills each day for the past 3 days. They have the little ball attached to the end. I am pretty sure he doesn't have mites anyways.

I am hoping that someone can tell me this is normal? Wilbur is almost one year old. I got him March 23 last year and the breeder told me he was 7 weeks old.

Also, he has been pretty cranky and has started to burrow under his liners which is something he never used to do. I think he likes the cold plastic tray against his body?

If this is the one year quilling, how long does it typically last? Does anyone know why some hedgies go through this additional quilling?

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Old 01-13-2010, 08:49 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I've only read about a 1-year quilling, so I can't help too much there other than knowing that if he's itchy or starting to show less dense or balding areas, then it's something other than quilling.

As for burrowing under the liner. I'm very familiar with that phenomenon. It seems silly to me, but hedgies appear to think it's a great idea. Just make sure his bowls are off to the side so there's less of a chance that he'll knock them over when burrowing.
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Old 01-13-2010, 09:51 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks for the reply smhufflepuff.

So far he doesn't seem itchy and he does not have any bald spots. I still can't help worrying

I don't get the whole burrowing under the liner thing. Hedgies and their strange ideas! Morning time is always interesting to see where Wilbur ended up!
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Old 01-14-2010, 07:24 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Does anyone else have any input or experience with this?
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My hedgie is currently going through something similar, however she and I went to the vet and the vet didn't know anything- he said they do this all their lives. He's an idiot.

You may want to have your pal checked for mites- it could also be a fungal infection of the skin ( I read about that here)...

As all other members of the forum will tell you, it's best to see a vet just in case.
All changes in behavior and appearance could be signs of something more.

I will keep you posted on Stellas progress. She was given Revolution today. If this doesn't fix the problem we may have the same issue.
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Old 01-19-2010, 05:34 PM   #6 (permalink)
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An update:

Wilbur's quill loss has slowed down and judging by the amount of little quills starting to poke up through his skin, he is definitely going through a "one year quilling." Poor little guy

He is getting oatmeal baths to help soften his skin to make it easier for the new quills to come in.
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Old 01-19-2010, 06:40 PM   #7 (permalink)
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My lad started losing 20/30 quills daily and when I asked about it I was told it was due to the weather! When it continued I had him treated for mites. This should be your first concern. When it continued he was tested for fungus and that was negative. Now I have ordered vitamins for him. If this doesn't work I need to go to a really special vet
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Stella too is quilling... she's got quills coming in everywhere and she is not happy about it.

I guess we just have the lucky ones who get to enjoy quilling ONE more time
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My hedgie Charley went through a similar 1 year quilling. I freaked out because he was dropping quills like crazy but I never saw any bald spots or dry skin, just loads of quills, and then these new points coming in...

I tried a little flax seed oil in his bath but we both hated it b/c it smelled bad. Tried Vitamin E instead (which has no smell) will better success, just a little in the bath water helped soften his skin and help the new quills come in.

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The flax seed oil capsules I use has no smell. Flax seed oil can go rancid very quickly. If it is the actual oil, it need to be refrigerated and if not used up within a few days, it needs to be frozen. The capsules, once punctured must be used and not saved for another day.
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