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I would think about a check for mange mites or dry skin due from the much drier indoors air in winter.
 

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Many piggies already carry mange mite eggs in their skin; these are normally kept in check by a healthy immune system, but they can crop up whenever a piggy is stressed or under the weather for some reason. They can also come in on the hay.

If it is mange mites, good quality ivermectin (not the low dosed pet shop stuff that is geared towards the prevention) will take care of the issue. An alternative issue can be fungal and in some cases, guinea pigs can be affected by dry air. Please do not treat on spec; you can easily make things worse instead of better.
 

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Thanks @Wiebke.

I'm trying to find a vet to see him.

We keep our hay outside and it's been colder than ten below Celcius for weeks. Can grange mites survive that?

If stress has caused it, how long would it take for them to show up? We adopted Mr. Lily on January 4th. He was a single before and now has Tyreese to content with :)

Thanks for any advice.
 
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