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Old 02-01-2014, 07:50 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I just rescued a male albino hedgehog from a family who couldn't keep him because he didn't get along with their other hedgies, and they only had one inclosure. He used to live with two three year old boys who handled him daily.
I wasn't given a time frame but I suspect he was handled before sundown or just at sundown, so the boys could have a proper bedtime.

I rescued him this Wednesday is is now Saturday. Yesterday he spent a couple hours napping in my arm before he wanted to get up and move around, he had also had some play pen time, so he could walk around without just being held. I notied at the end of the night one quill on the couch. He was in a kntted sweater that may have caught it.

The only info I have found on the loss of quills is in regards to quilling or mites only. I have not found any information on occasionally naturally shedding a quill. The quill seemed to have the root ball intact. He passed out in my hand yesterday on his side, where as before he would only sleep on me in a ball form, this indicates to me he is not stressed.
seriously just look at his little sleeping face. My hand is supporting him under that sweater.


My question: Do hedgies occasionally loose quills naturally or is it only when quilling or mites are present?
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He's such a cutie!

Yup, it is perfectly normal for a quill to drop occasionally. Some might drop one or two daily, some might drop less than that, but it's normal! It only gets worrisome when they start dropping more like 10+ a day, which can be from all sorts of things - dry skin, skin infection, mites, quilling, etc.
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Thanks so much! I feel a lot better just knowing they do fall out occasionally.
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Yeah they usually do it normally. Even out of quilling age hedgies lose a couple of quills every few months. Quills are made of dead skin cells/keratin like hair and nails so pushing them out every once in a while is normal
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What a sweetie!
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He's a cutie, good job on the rescue!

Yep, dropping a quill now in then is normal. It's also a good reason to do hedgehog laundry separate from your own. LOL

I save all Nara's quills that I find, I know one day she'll be gone. It's funny that you can tell the baby quills from the adult ones, the baby quills are thinner and lighter in color--at least for Nara.

You can get jewelry and pens and other items made with the quills. There was someone on here that made really cool pens.

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He's a cutie, good job on the rescue!

Yep, dropping a quill now in then is normal. It's also a good reason to do hedgehog laundry separate from your own. LOL

I save all Nara's quills that I find, I know one day she'll be gone. It's funny that you can tell the baby quills from the adult ones, the baby quills are thinner and lighter in color--at least for Nara.

You can get jewelry and pens and other items made with the quills. There was someone on here that made really cool pens.

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I'm curious about that quill-made pens and jewelry
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He's a cutie, good job on the rescue!

Yep, dropping a quill now in then is normal. It's also a good reason to do hedgehog laundry separate from your own. LOL

I save all Nara's quills that I find, I know one day she'll be gone. It's funny that you can tell the baby quills from the adult ones, the baby quills are thinner and lighter in color--at least for Nara.

You can get jewelry and pens and other items made with the quills. There was someone on here that made really cool pens.

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Thats so funny, I saved his quill jut for that reason. I think it might make a great addition to my art dolls. ^_^
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