All hedgehogs go through a process called quilling. This is when their baby quills fall out and the adult quills fill in. Think of it as you would a baby teething.
At what age do hedgehogs stop quilling?
Around six to eight weeks they lose their soft baby quills to gain stronger ones. They usually quill again around four to six months, but don’t be surprised if it happens a little past their first year.
Do adult hedgehogs shed quills?
Throughout their lifetime, about 90% of a hedgehog’s quills will be replaced. If owners do not know this, they may be shocked by the amount of quills shed. Adult hedgehogs shouldn’t lose large amounts at one time.
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.
Why do adult hedgehogs lose quills?
The most common causes for a hedgehog losing quills are mites, poor diet, and stress. If you suspect that one of these is the cause for a loss of quills you should take your hedgehog to the vet.
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.
Do hedgehogs itch when quilling?
Since hedgehogs have naturally dry skin and tend to itch and scratch on occasion, don’t stress over the first signs of an itchy hedgehog. When a younger hedgehog is quilling they tend to scratch often due to the discomfort of the new quills breaking through their skin.
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.
How often do hedgehogs self anoint?
In one study, indications of self-anointing were observed in more than 11% of all observations. First-year, independent young self-anointed more than adults, and male hedgehogs had more indications of self-anointing than females.
What kind of paper is used in quilling?
What type of paper is used for paper quilling? Paper quilling is done with text weight paper, which is heavier than printer paper but much lighter than card stock. Cardstock does not work well for quilling since it tends to bend instead of roll.
Do hedgehogs Quill at 6 months?
Young hedgehogs will shed their quills starting at about 2-6 months of age. During “quilling” your hedgehog may roll into a ball for long periods of time. It may hiss and exhibit a poor appetite. It is acceptable to handle your hedgehog during “quilling”, just be careful and patient.
Do hedgehog’s quills change color?
Hedgehog spines or quills can range in color from an almost black band to a very pale peach color in the banding. The spines may be banded or solid white. Hedgehogs may actually change color variations as they mature and get older.
Do hedgehogs go through puberty?
Puberty: Males: 8 months to 1 year. Female: 8-9 months. On average, European hedgehogs reach sexual maturity between 9-11 months of age.
Do hedgehogs have feeling in their quills?
Other notes on hedgehog quills
Some hedgehog’s quills can simply feel a bit more awful than others’ to touch. – Always pet the hedgehog from head to tail – in the direction the quills. Like petting a dog’s fur, petting backwards feels much more rough, both on your hands and on your pet!
Do hedgehogs play with toys?
Hedgehog Toys & Accessories
Hedgehogs are active, playful creatures that love to be entertained with toys. They’ll also entertain you with all their wild, fun activity!