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Old 10-20-2010, 05:58 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Kashi is almost 6 months old now.

The past couple of days I have noticed that he is losing his quills. Today I picked up around 31 quills in his cage O_O

Could it be possible that he's quilling earlier than some hedgies, or could it perhaps be a seasonal thing?

I'm pretty sure it isn't mites his quills are growing back (I think) and there is nothing in his cage that could harbor mites.

Help? Just a little worried
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Old 10-20-2010, 06:41 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I don't think there's a set specific time for their quilling stages, I thought Hester was done with quilling and then a few weeks ago, she went through a phase, her house look like she had exploded, and she's 9 months old now.
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Old 10-20-2010, 06:44 PM   #3 (permalink)
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At 6 months he would be late quilling, not early. Normally their final quilling is somewhere around 3 months - 5 months but most common age is 3 months for it to start.
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At 6 months he would be late quilling, not early. Normally their final quilling is somewhere around 3 months - 5 months but most common age is 3 months for it to start.
Ohhh, okay, thanks Nancy ^-^ I don't know why but I thought that hedgies went through quilling at 6 weeks and then again at 9, but that's pretty much what you said so yeah
Kashi went through a long process of quilling around 6 weeks and it went on for a while, so I never though much of it... but yeah O_O I got so scared the other day finding so many quills He's never quilled this much before >_>
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Old 10-22-2010, 11:06 AM   #5 (permalink)
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My hedgie is about 2.5 months and there are quills everywhere! I try and be careful so they don't hit the floor because...ouch?
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They do go through a quilling at 5-6 weeks so when you got him, he was probably in that quilling. Now he is going through his adult quilling, just a little later than usual.
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They do go through a quilling at 5-6 weeks so when you got him, he was probably in that quilling. Now he is going through his adult quilling, just a little later than usual.
Late bloomer, I guess

I gave him an aveeno oatmeal bath today and put some flax seed oil in his food. Hopefully that eased the pain and will prevent him from getting dry skin ^-^
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Old 10-22-2010, 01:53 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I've had some that were still quilling at 6 months and older.

My Lexie was white as a baby and as she quilled, got banded quills and ended up a snowflake. Emma was the opposite. She was the darkest baby ever and she quilled to almost white.
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I've had some that were still quilling at 6 months and older.

My Lexie was white as a baby and as she quilled, got banded quills and ended up a snowflake. Emma was the opposite. She was the darkest baby ever and she quilled to almost white.
Just shows how unimportant coloring is when picking a hedgie baby

Nancy, when you get the time, please check my new post on crushing up kibble. I'm sure you know what I should do instead of my primitive method of crushing kibble >_>"
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Old 10-24-2010, 12:49 AM   #10 (permalink)
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It is surprising to me too to see how much color change occurs. When I got Sandra she had so many white quills and large pinto spots but now they have shrunk a lot and don't seem as prominent. I definitely see first hand now why everyone always says its best to wait to see the color Hope Kashi feels better I bet she loved that bath.
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