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He can get them from the aspen shavings. Mites can be carried in wood shavings/pellets, which is why many people prefer not to use them if there's no other reason (such as breeders having to keep pregnant females/mothers&babies on them because of cleaning purposes).
The scratching /could/ be from quilling, but it could just as easily be from mites or dryness caused by the shavings. And if either of those are the case, the best thing to do is to get rid of the shavings, as soon as possible. You want to eliminate what could be a possible cause, and see if it helps.
 
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