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Old 11-18-2012, 12:15 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey guys, I was just wondering, is there such thing as adult quilling? Fiona will be 2 years old in February, so she is an adult. I noticed yesterday (only because I stepped on it!) that a quill had fallen out onto the floor after I let her run around. A few days later I noticed another, but only because I was looking hard. It's difficult because her quills are cream-colored, the same as her woodchips, which she loves to get all over the floor! Not sure if it matters, but the little ball (follicle) was at the end

I pushed her quills around while she was on my lap, and noticed a few small ones that seemed to be growing in. They're scattered here and there, and she doesnt have a bald spot. Again, only noticed because I was looking for it. I rubbed her up with a black shirt and did not see any signs of mites, and she has not been scratching excessively. Other than this, she seems perfectly fine (eating, drinking, playing, etc)

If it helps, she had (very successful) surgery last month to remove her uterus due to a tumor and endometriosis. Could it be a hormone thing? I know baby hedgies quill...do adults? Or is this normal quill loss?
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Old 11-18-2012, 12:30 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Sounds like normal quill loss. Hedgehogs will grow in new quills and shed them throughout their lives, the way we keep growing and shedding hair. A few quills a day is normal for an adult, so finding one every few days is definitely not something to be concerned about.
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It is very common for them to have a stress related quilling and the month ago time frame of her surgery this is most likely the stress from the surgery. I had one that got quite bald on her back from after surgery stress related quilling.
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Old 11-19-2012, 12:47 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I didn't know that hedgies could get endometriosis! I've had it for 30+ years. Those poor babies, to go through all that pain.
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Old 11-20-2012, 08:45 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I didn't know that hedgies could get endometriosis! I've had it for 30+ years. Those poor babies, to go through all that pain.
Yes, I had heard of it, but I never would've expected her to get it. But I have heard quite a few people who have had female hedgies with this. And yes, I could tell she was in tremendous pain. I felt so bad! =( But I got the surgery asap and she was my happy little hedgie by the next day =)
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