Six pigs in need of a home in Watertown, MA

BostonPigLover

Post   » Thu Jun 07, 2007 8:40 pm


I've walked home from there before, it's not a bad walk.

I would prefer if I get them that they not go to the MSPCA, only because the shelter always has several Guinea Pigs up for adoption at a time and I don't think they would keep the group together.

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mmeadow
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Post   » Thu Jun 07, 2007 9:41 pm


There is a fairly decent chance that my partner can scoop them up Saturday morning (although I haven't asked him!) but ... then what?
We have "only" two right now, but we're pretty burnt out from 4 piggy deaths in the past 15 months, 2 of them after months of intensive daily hands-on nursing. Last weekend we went away without piggies! for nearly two whole days! It was the first time in ages that we could simply rely on a friend to refill water bottles and throw in veggies rather than bringing along bags of Critical Care, carriers, etc.

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PooksiedAnimals
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Post   » Fri Jun 08, 2007 8:19 am


Well, it sounded like Ledasmom was serious about taking the bulk of girls, or the pair of boys, if someone can take care of them until July. Is there anyone else who would commit to taking them on a permanent basis?

At the pignic, anything can happen. We've had pigs adopted there before.

Ledasmom

Post   » Fri Jun 08, 2007 8:42 am


Yes, I'll take the four girls - or, if someone else is wild about the girls, I'll take the two boys, but I can't take both - there's been mild rumblings here since a certain other member of the household figured out just what size cage we're talking about, so six piggies are not in the cards for right now.
The problem is that I can't take them until July 1. We're flying out to Nebraska next Friday and coming back late on the 31st, and I don't want to chance a petsitter with new pigs, without knowing about possible health problems and so forth.

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mmeadow
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Post   » Fri Jun 08, 2007 10:18 am


John (my partner) is able to dash out there Saturday morning when the store opens. With extremely creative car packing, and if no fights break out, I can probably bring them all the the pignic.

Ledasmom, we can keep the girls until you get back.

The one thing we might have trouble with--quarantining. We are not over-gifted with space in our apartment. However, if they've been living with a family, and isolated at Petno, perhaps this isn't much of an issue?

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PooksiedAnimals
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Post   » Fri Jun 08, 2007 10:38 am


It sounded like they were in good condition. I wouldn't be surprised if they have mites, since its so common, but beyond that, I'd think they'd be free of anything contagious or life-threatening.

BostonPigLover

Post   » Fri Jun 08, 2007 10:55 am


Mmeadow let me know if you need anything.

Do you need any extra grids? I can bring some to the pignic to help out. Or anything else, let me know.

Ledasmom

Post   » Fri Jun 08, 2007 10:56 am


Mmeadow, thanks! And thanks to everyone who's been helping with these guys. If there's any medical problems with the girls, please keep track of expenses and I'll reimburse when we pick them up.
Is the pignic this weekend? I might come by, just to see what it's like.

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PooksiedAnimals
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Post   » Fri Jun 08, 2007 11:13 am


Pignic is this weekend, as long as the weather holds.

Time to start chanting again, people. It looks good so far, but we need Saturday's rain to push through quickly, and not stall out.

Ledasmom

Post   » Fri Jun 08, 2007 3:41 pm


It had better not rain Sunday. I'll be gone next Sunday. Guess I'll start chanting.

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Post   » Fri Jun 08, 2007 5:58 pm


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Don't know if that will help or not. Hope so. ;-)

This won't be a popular suggestion, but Mmeadow, we have used some of the largest Sterilite bins (30 gallon and up) for at least part of quarantine time (2-3 weeks) before, in a real pinch. As long as they're kept scrupulously clean, they do just fine for a short period of time. The advantage to them for this purpose is one of their usual disadvantages -- poor air circulation. If you get a pig with an incipient URI, it stays confined to that bin.

Not fun for pig or human, but it does help address the isolation/airborne part of quarantine if you just don't have a separate room, while you can do the rest (handwashing, shirt changing etc.) yourself.

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mmeadow
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Post   » Sat Jun 09, 2007 10:37 pm


A quick report from John and Ruth, who went to Petco today and talked to the assistant manager, but didn't see any of the pigs. There are now "9 or 10" of them--3 or 4 babies born this morning. They won't release any until they are checked by their vet. One of the pigs has ringworm. More of the sows might be pregnant. They won't release the babies until they are three weeks old and weaned.

They had just one other pig out front, a somewhat listless looking boar for sale for $39.99 or so.

Ledasmom

Post   » Sun Jun 10, 2007 12:40 am


Oh, my. Nothing's ever simple, is it? Are they all likely to have ringworm if one of them does?
Maybe this is a silly question, but why wouldn't they release the babies with their mother? I mean, as long as they're with their mother it wouldn't matter that they're not weaned, would it? Or am I overthinking this?

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PooksiedAnimals
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Post   » Sun Jun 10, 2007 7:17 am


Bugger. No wonder she was so anxious to get rid of them. I had been told they had been kept in separate cages.

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Critter Connecti
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Post   » Sun Jun 10, 2007 9:55 am


See if the store will release to a rescue. I haven't responded until now because we are strapped for space. Adoptions and donations slow down during the summer. I do have two "local emergency" cages that are open. The thought of a mom and babies as well as possible pregnant females sitting in a petstore bugs me (or any pigs for that matter).

If anyone can transport to Connecticut I will help.

Ledasmom

Post   » Sun Jun 10, 2007 11:07 am


If there's any way to get them out today, I can transport, or in the evening any day this week (I don't have a car during the day right at the moment). I'll be at the Boston pignic today, assuming the weather doesn't turn again, so please keep me up-to-date on what's going on.
I can still take the girls once we get back from vacation, but I can't commit to taking the girls and all the offspring - that's just too many pigs for us right now. I kinda feel like I'm abandoning them, though.

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mmeadow
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Post   » Fri Jun 15, 2007 2:10 pm


Petco just called me. We are going there tomorrow to pick up the "two boys and four girls". Since the mom with babies isn't available, I assume it's really three girls. Although they were recently seen by the Petco vet, they don't know if the other girls are pregnant. (Manager: "They're pretty big!") The vet says the boy does not have ringworm. Maybe it's scabbed-over bites? Supposedly "one male can't be kept with the other" although they used to be bonded pre-surrender? Maybe they squabbled because of stress and lack of space. Unclear whether they will eventually release the babies. I will update tomorrow. Any help is welcome.

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mmeadow
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Post   » Sat Jun 16, 2007 12:49 pm


We got them. It's two boys and four girls, all adorable. Three tsws and three red-and-whites. All are part teddy in coat. Three seem somewhat older than the other three, suggesting they all come from the same backbred mother? All four sows are old enough to be pregnant. Two of them look possibly pregnant, but no one is far along enough for me to be sure.

No one seems in bad shape. Some had long nails, others didn't. No one is underfed, but all are scarfing down lettuce ASAP. Most seem to have mites to some degree, based on degree of shedding, thin hair, and annoyance when petted. Worst by far is one shy boy, who has a healing scab on his back and fairly thin hair. There are several notched ears.

That's all for now--heading off to a baby shower until tonight, when we will measure out the ivermectin for everyone and try to post pics.

(We got a only glimpse of the new mom at Petco. She was unrelated to this group, very young with three eagerly nursing babes nearly her size. They hadn't determined what to do with her yet.)

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PooksiedAnimals
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Post   » Sun Jun 17, 2007 7:37 am


Oh, good. I am glad it wasn't this batch of pigs that had had the pregnant one.

Yes, a mother was back-bred at some point. Did I fail to mention that before? Person started out with 2. One or both were pregnant, gave birth, and they failed to remove the boars in time. Others became pregnant and at one point, the original owner had 13 pigs. She managed to get them down to th 6 she had, and supposedly had them properly separated, and in time (I was told this had all happened a year ago). So - if I was told the truth, the sows should not be pregnant, unless someone screwed up somewhere along the way (which, of course, is a more-than-real possibility).

I had been told that one of the two original pigs was a skinny - so that should certainly account for the partial teddy coat.

Glad you could get them out, and they're in decent shape.

Ledasmom

Post   » Sun Jul 01, 2007 2:53 pm


Mmeadow - I'm so happy to hear that you got them! How are they doing? When do you want me to take the girls? Anytime after today is fine (we just got back at three this morning and were somewhat sleep-deprived already due to two weeks of camping).

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