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Old 02-16-2019, 05:07 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Total newbie here and I've had my hog for just over a week. Breeder said he had started quilling a few days before I got him and that I should not touch him on the quills for awhile. I've been holding him daily but he takes a while before he opens up and then he lumbers off my hands. If I tried to pet him, I would bet that he'd just ball up.

I have seen very few fallen quills anywhere but his quills on him seemed more ... criss-crossed and "messy" on his back when I first got him.

Is he really quilling? How can I tell if he's still sore? I couldn't get a straight answer as to how long quilling lasts. I've probably seen less than a dozen fallen quills in the week+ I've had him. I expected much more.
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Old 02-16-2019, 09:41 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Hey there! How old is your little guy? Full quilling usually starts at 3-6 weeks old and can last until they’re about 12 weeks, but can be off and on for the first 6 months. When Christina was quilling, I picked up *virtually* every dropped quill every day just to gauge how much she’s dropping, and once it plateaued, she was fine.
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Hi Aj, he's 11 weeks old now. I've been hoping to be able to blame quilling on why he hasn't seemed to make much progress.

Every day I'll hold him in my open hands (suffering through the spikey quills) and wait for him to unball. He finally does and may sit awhile, only half-uncurled, deciding what to do. Then he walks off of my hands. If I try to have him walk from hand to hand, he either curls back up (ouch) or scurries off my hands.

This from a hedgehog that was described as "extremely social. He almost never goes into a ball and lets us grab him without warning and hardly reacts... social,active"
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It sounds like him and Ms Hedguilera would get along pretty well lol. I admit that I definitely relied too heavily on the breeder personality description; you just can never fully tell how they’re going to react to different environments. Christina was said to be ‘very sweet, curious, and docile’... yeah, NOPE. She’s a diva for sure! She’s curious alright, but has never been the let’s hang out on your hands and let you pet my belly kind of girl. By the age, it sounds like Mecki could very well still be losing some quills, so keep up with the minimal contact bonding, and he should warm up 🙂 and if you haven’t already, try treating him with one specific type of treat while you’re with him. For example, I have a small jar of mixed kibbles for treats to spread around her house every now and again, but she only gets mealworms when she’s with me. It’ll get them to associate you with something tasty they have to be a part of in order to receive. Does that make sense? It did in my head at least haha.
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Begging forgiveness but I cann't stop myself. How do you know when they are done quilling ? ........ when they stop falling out!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Begging forgiveness but I cann't stop myself. How do you know when they are done quilling ? ........ when they stop falling out!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
LOL! Yes, I realize that is the obvious... however, as I explained, and being new, the breeder told me he had just started quilling, yet in the 10 days or so that I've had him, I've only seen about (or less than) a dozen quills total on his fleece bedding. I don't know if he actually is quilling or ever was quilling since I've had him.

The body of my first post in this thread explains in more detail.
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Begging forgiveness but I cann't stop myself. How do you know when they are done quilling ? ........ when they stop falling out!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
LOL! Yes, I realize that is the obvious... however, as I explained, and being new, the breeder told me he had just started quilling, yet in the 10 days or so that I've had him, I've only seen about (or less than) a dozen quills total on his fleece bedding. I don't know if he actually is quilling or ever was quilling since I've had him. [IMG class=inlineimg]/forums/images/smilies/confused.gif[/IMG]
Have you seen new quills come in? My hedgehog just started quilling a couple days ago and I can see new quills growing in.
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@Aj, thanks. I'll feel less guilty about just holding him in the bonding bag. I gave him some meal worms once which he gobbled up. Then a few days later, I tried giving him some while he was on my lap but he totally ignored them. Then I put him in his exercise pen with the worms and he still ignored them...(sigh) Maybe he's not so food motivated.
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Have you seen new quills come in? My hedgehog just started quilling a couple days ago and I can see new quills growing in.
I haven't seen or noticed. His quills seem thick to me. This is him the day after I got him when he supposedly had started quilling a few days prior.

Have you seen many fallen quills (loose on the ground)?
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I can’t tell based on that picture. With my hedgehog, I can see tiny sharp bumps in between his quills which is what I assume are the new ones coming in. They are really hard to see though and I’ve only really saw them in the morning when I wake him up (his quills are out because he’s grumpy.) If we wasn’t quilling, there wouldn’t be any quills though so I guess that he is quilling? I’ve never heard of anything like this before so I wouldn’t know.
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