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Old 08-02-2014, 06:41 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi all!
My hedge Guinevere has been losing quills for a long time! She began quilling around the middle of June (pretty close to 10 months old) and still appears to be quilling!. How long does this usually last?Ive been doing my best to keep her comfortable.. but I know they've got to be bothering her! (Also, doesn't appear to be mites-am in the process of doing a maintenance treatment regardless)

Any thoughts?
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Old 08-02-2014, 06:59 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Does she have noticeable bald patches? How does her skin look? If she has bald patches and dry, flaky skin there might be something else going on.
You could try an oatmeal bath (get some oats and put them in a sock or something and swish it around until the water gets cloudy). That might make her a bit more comfortable.
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Old 08-02-2014, 09:27 PM   #3 (permalink)
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No, no bald patches or even too much noticeable discomfort. She does seem a little more grumpy when I pick her up, but we have been working a lot on her temperament since I got her in April. I've done a few oatmeal baths, but I just can't really tell if it helps and her skin isn't very flaky either, i've been trying to keep it moisturized. Any idea when this quilling might be over??
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Old 08-02-2014, 09:38 PM   #4 (permalink)
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When my kids were going through their first quilling they lost a fair bit of quills per day and were sensitive to being touched. They are actually going through a second quilling now, the loss of quills is less and so is the discomfort. I am lead to understand quilling is something that happens on and off through their lifetimes. Just be ready for times when she is extra grumpy or sensitive. Be ready with an alternative plan for bonding such as a pen to explore or a snuggle sack to cuddle in.
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