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I have noticed that our hedgehog has been loosing alot of quills, this has been goign on for over three weeks. she is 7-8 months old.. we have checked for mites she doesnt show any symptoms of having them. also she is growing new quills in the place of the ones that have fallen out. we are just concerned, if anyone has and thoughts or information it would be greatly appreciated. is this common quilling>?
 

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It's probably a normal quilling. How many quills are being lost a night? You might want to switch her over to cloth liners if she isn't on them already so that you can count them and keep track. Quillbert used to lose 20-35 a night depending on where he was in his quilling cycle. If the root bulbs are intact and there aren't any bald patches then it's probably normal.
 

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The root bulb intact means absolutely nothing. Being there does not means she doesn't have mites but if it wasn't there, that would be a pretty good sign of mites. Bald patches don't happen overnight and can take weeks, even months to appear depending on how severe the infestation is.

7-8 months is not normal quilling age. Does she scratch? As there been a stressful situation for her in the past month such as vet visit, cage change, car trip etc? If so, it could be a stress related quilling. New quills growing back in is a good sign but doesn't rule out mites. Keep an eye on her which obviously you are doing. :)
 

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Nancy said:
The root bulb intact means absolutely nothing. Being there does not means she doesn't have mites but if it wasn't there, that would be a pretty good sign of mites.
Thanks for clearing this up Nancy :) !
I think most people just assume if the root bulb is intact it can't be mites.
 
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