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Old 03-25-2011, 02:21 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So my boyfriend and i have had our little lady for about a month now... We arent 100% sure about how old she is... We are thinking about a year or so... What age are they normally at when they go through quilling? i only ask because we were playing with her today and when my boyfriend left he said his wrist was hurting and when he looked he said there was 2 of her quills in his arm... Should i be worried and get her to a vet, or is that a natural thing? Thank you for the help!!!
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Old 03-25-2011, 04:23 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Here's the response I got from Hedgehog Grove when I asked some questions about quilling. I cut and pasted it off of another thread. Thanks, Hedgehog Grove

These are all rough guides lines, each hedgehog can start a bit later -

1st quilling - 4 weeks of age
2nd quilling - 6 weeks of age
3rd quilling - 9weeks of age (This is also their adult color quilling)
4th quilling - 12 weeks of age (final)

Sometimes a hedgehog will quill again at 1 year of age but it is very dependent on the hedgehog.

She may or may not get grumpy when she goes through quilling again dependent the hedgehog but most do suffer some discomfort. Just think how it would feel for spikes piercing out of your skin. You can give her a warm Aveeno bath or a warm bath with oatmeal in a sock. This will help soothe her.
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Old 03-25-2011, 08:49 PM   #3 (permalink)
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But she is around a year and 4 months old... Could she be a "late bloomer"?
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Hedgies sometimes shed their quills like we do hair. really old ones get dropped off and one or two will grow back. A quilling is shedding of smaller quills and larger quills growing in at a higher volume. Some hedgehogs quill with only 2-5 quills a day... some shed 20. It's very Dependant on the hog. If you can see new quills growing in, then she is quilling, but if she's dropping a few here and there, I wouldn't be too alarmed unless she is itching excessively. In which case I'd get her to a vet to be tested for mites, then treated with revolution as a preventative.
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Old 03-26-2011, 05:23 PM   #5 (permalink)
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thank you for the help!! is it possible that it could have been some of her fur from her belly? also, can the quills break? if so is there anything we can do to strengthen them so it doesnt keep happening?
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I've never heard of a hedgehogs quill breakage being a problem. then again i've never heard of quills breaking off into the skin. If it's just a teeny tiny tip on the top of a quill that is getting into the skin (Causeing irritation and tiny pustules) then that's just your skin reacting to the quills. I notices if Napoleon is grimy and needs a bath, that my skin will be irritated from her after holding her. If she is clean then it doesn't happen. Maybe your hedgie needs a bath? I also don't know if there is a remedy for quills that are too soft, I know that if I take vitamin e, my nails get better. I wouldn't give her any though until a person with more experience comes along.
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thank you guys so much!! you guys are such a big help... we did give her a bath... and we checked her cage and there were no more quills.. and she isint itching at all!! thank goodness... i think it was just an accident... idk... but again, thank you sooo much!!
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