What does it look like when a hedgehog is Quilling?

How do I know if my hedgehog is quilling?

Young hedgehogs are at the prime age for quilling. Look at the spines that have fallen out to see if they are smaller than most of the remaining quills and to see if they have a bulb shaped root on one tip. Another sign of quilling is that you can see new quills growing in to replace shed quills.

How long does quilling last for a hedgehog?

Most hedgehog enthusiasts will agree that the first stage of quilling occurs at 2-3 weeks and will last up through the first twelve weeks of life. The process will slow after the first 12 weeks but will continue off and on for the first six months.

Do hedgehogs sleep more when quilling?

As for quilling, its a painful process and can make some grumpy, I could see them sleeping more as it would be an escape. You can check his back and see if you can see new quills poking up through. Just make sure he’s eating and adjusting to his new home, and all will be well.

Is quilling painful for hedgehogs?

Quilling can be a painful process for the hedgehog. The holes left behind by the old quills are small, and the new quills, which are thicker, have to grow through the small holes. If the new quills have a coarse surface, then the hedgehog will experience pain during the quilling process.

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What should you do if your hedgehog is rolled into a ball?

It’s okay to scoop him or her up if she has rolled into a ball. Hold your hedgehog (try cradling your hedgie on one hand or forearm and placing the other hand gently over his or her back for security) or place him or her in your lap. Most will unroll fairly quickly if they feel safe and will begin exploring.