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I'm guessing fungal infection. She shouldn't be losing quills to the point of developing bald spots. When my little girl was having problems, I could always see new quills growing in; they just weren't enough to make up for the number of ones falling out. I definitely have sympathy for you and your little one's situation.

I'd start with the belief that this IS a problem (ie, is not a part of normal quilling) and bring her to a vet and have her checked for mites and fungal infections. Depending on how that goes, you'll know what the next steps are.

Other things that could be playing a role are nutritional and hormonal concerns. How & what is she eating?
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