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Old 05-29-2018, 06:59 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Pickles is roughly 7-8 weeks old. I realize last night he lost some quills. I came home from work and realized a bunch in his cage. I have posted a picture of some but there is even more. He seems healthy and I know they do quill around this age. I just wanted to make sure.


Ps ignore the mess of the cage by him. I just got home and haven’t cleaned his cage yet today.
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Old 05-29-2018, 08:36 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Yes, it is absolutely normal. Some hedgehogs will lose more quills than others during quilling. Just make sure that all of the quills have a little "ball" or "knob" at the end of them. This indicates healthy quilling.
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Actually the bulb doesn't always mean healthy quilling. Even quills dropped due to mites often have the bulb attached. The thing with the bulb is if they DON'T have the bulb then it is a definate sign of mites.

I do agree with autumnfox that this sounds like a normal quilling.
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How else would I be able to tell if it is mites?
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With mites they usually scratch a lot and have flaky skin. I believe your hedgehog is just going through a normal quilling.
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So this is totally normal looking?
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Old 05-30-2018, 11:45 PM   #7 (permalink)
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It looks pretty normal for a balled up hedgehog.
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