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Post by Rowan on Sat 18 Mar 2017, 5:51 pm

One of my girls is having fur loss on her face, I assume from barbering. Problem is I don't know who's doing it... I never see them groom each other, as I assume they do that in their nest for the most part. So I don't know if she's doing it to herself or if it's one of the others.

Should I just separate her and see if her fur comes back? How long would that take? I know with bullies you wanna separate the bully instead of the victim but I don't know if that applies here since it's barbering and as far as I know it's not the same motive.

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Post by CallaLily on Sun 19 Mar 2017, 9:04 am

The trick with barbering is to give them tons to do, so that maybe they'll be too busy to over groom. I don't think there's any need to separate unless there's actual bleeding/injuries. If the skin in these over groomed areas looks healthy, I would just stick with trying to distract them.

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