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Old 04-16-2018, 08:03 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi guys. I just took Mr. Prickles our of his cage to play, and noticed that there were 4 quills in his bedding (fleece). Two of these quills are small, and the other two are big. (Photos attached). They all have the little ball at the end, and the biggest of the four has a swatch of dead skin at the end of it.

He is nearly 11 months, and I know some hedgehogs quill again around a year, but he’s not quite there so I was a little concerned.
I am in a financial position where it would be hard to take him to the vet, I will if I noticed that he has mites, or anything bad happens, but I can’t really afford it, so I only want to go if absolutely necassary.

Sorry about the title it was supposed to be mites? Or quilling?
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Old 04-16-2018, 09:34 PM   #2 (permalink)
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From what I’ve read, if that ball is at the end of the quill then it’s from natural quilling and you shouldn’t worry. Just keep an eye out for him losing a bunch, in patches, or very dry skin. When I bathe Eggsy, I pop a couple of vitamin E capsules and squeeze the oil into the water. It’s supposed to help with dry skin and itchiness.
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Having the ball on the end of the quill does not rule out mites. If there is no ball then it is mites but they can have mites and still have the ball on the end of the quill.

It's normal for hedgehogs to lose a few quills here and there just like we lose hair. If he isn't scratching and it's only a few quills then I wouldn't worry.
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Old 04-19-2018, 11:54 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Update:
still losing one or two Quills a day, no sign of mites, I’m guessing he’s just quilling, just must be a little early (a month). Not too concerned, I will continue to check on him and look for any signs of mites
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