What is quilling?
Quilling normally starts between the eighth week or as late as six months. During this time you will notice several changes in your hedgehog. One of these changes is the fact you are going to start to see lots of quills being lost. Now keep in mind that it is common for an adult hedgehog to occassionally loose a quill or two, but during quilling your hedgehog may loose a dozen quills or more in one sitting. If you look closely at your hedgehogs skin during this time you will notice lots of new quills poking through the skin, this is the cause for the other major change that takes place, attitude change. Due to these quills poking through your hedgehogs skin, his skin is going to become quite tender and sore. Your hedgehog may have never balled up before this time, and now he won't uncurl and hisses and pops constantly. It is also common for a hedgehog to not eat as much during this time as well. Don't be alarmed, hedgehogs normally go back to their previous attitudes after the quilling ends. But make sure that you still handle your hedgehog during this time as some hedgehogs who were not handled during quilling continued to be huffy afterwards.