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Old 11-30-2012, 12:00 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I have a quick quilling question for some more experienced owners. I just recently adopted 2 new girls on the 20th of November and have them a dose of revolution upon bring them home. I also built them a larger C&C and have had them in a separately heated room from Penelope for quarantine reasons. They are sisters and have been housed together since birth. It has been a bit of a changed for them but they seem to be adjusting quite well. They both have great appetite a, and out on a mix of Innova, Chicken Soup, and Green pea and duck. They are active, and all around in good health.

When i spoke to the previous owner she aged them at about 2 years. However, today when I was cleaning their cage I noticed my one new girl Lily, had shed quite a few more quills then I was use to seeing. I counted them and there was 15 of them. Im wondering if this could be a possible quilling as I haven't seen any scratching, and upon applying the revolution I haven't seen quill loss until today. Also, I do have the pair of them liners, which I clean and rotate regularly. I know that at 2 years of age hedgehogs don't usually go through a quilling. I am hesitant to think it could be mites as her sister has no quill loss, and you would think that because they share a cage that if one of them has mites it would be affecting them both as sleep huddled together.

Lastly, the quills have the little ball on the end which I know to be a good sign that the quill may have fallen out naturally, but this doesn't ensure that she does not have mites. Sorry for such a long post but I wanted to contribute as much information as I could. Because I purchased Penelope when she was older I have never experienced a quilling and haven't a clue as to how many quills a hedgehog normally loses in a quilling. Any insight from some more experienced owners would be much appreciated!

I will also be giving my girls an Oatmeal bath tonight, and try to examine their quills and skin more Thoroughly.
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Old 11-30-2012, 10:44 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Its possible that the quill loss is due to the stress of moving to a new home. Stress can cause some quill drop for a bit. As long as they aren't scratching and their skin looks good I wouldn't worry about it to much, just keep an eye on them. Congratulations on the new additions!
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Thanks so much Nikki! I'd rather be safe than sorry. I am always a little over cautious when it comes to my Pets.
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No problem! Sorry I didn't see this earlier!
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