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Old 10-20-2015, 10:47 PM   #1 (permalink)
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My little guy seems to have a clump of quills coming off. He's 7 weeks old, is this normal for quilling or should I be worried?
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Old 10-20-2015, 11:11 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Being on my phone I can't see what your referring to, but with quilling you shouldn't notice any bald spots.
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Old 10-20-2015, 11:25 PM   #3 (permalink)
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That is not normal for quilling. He could have a bacterial or fungal infection or have mites or it could be something else. You need to take him to a vet to find out what it is and to have it treated.
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Old 10-20-2015, 11:38 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Okay I'll bring him to the vet this week. I was worried it was mites at first but he doesn't seem irritated. He doesn't scratch much, only a few times since I've picked him up.
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Ouch, that looks painful! I'm glad you're getting him to the vet! Hope it's something easy to treat!
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Ouch, that looks painful! I'm glad you're getting him to the vet! Hope it's something easy to treat!
That's what's strange about it, there's no redness under the scab. It's actually not even attached to his skin. There's a large quill growing out of his skin and that scab is stuck to it. There's no sign of irritation either, I can touch and pet the area and he doesn't react to it.
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Old 10-21-2015, 01:04 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Unfortunately with these guys, you can't gauge their comfort level. They will hide pain, discomfort and ailments as long as they possibly can.
This is a natural mechanism in prey animals. It's much easier to eat an animal that is slower or weaker for any reason.
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very interesting but makes sense. Hopefully a trip to the vet will clear things up. Really stinks because I've had this little guy for less than a week
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Looking at the picture again I can see scabs at the base of other quills as well. The sooner you can get him to a vet the better.
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Looking at the picture again I can see scabs at the base of other quills as well. The sooner you can get him to a vet the better.
Have an appointment for him tomorrow morning. I really hope everything is okay and treatable. Just brought him home this week
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