Six pigs in need of a home in Watertown, MA

Ledasmom

Post   » Sun Jul 01, 2007 10:45 pm


Heh, I just saw from mmeadow's email that the girls have been adopted, so I get the boys. I tell ya, it's a conspiracy to surround me with guys (one husband, two sons and one fifteen-year-old cat).

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PooksiedAnimals
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Post   » Tue Jul 03, 2007 9:34 am


So the others got adopted out? How did it go? Who got them? Very cool. I want details!

Ledasmom

Post   » Wed Jul 04, 2007 6:58 pm


We have the boys! That's one gorgeous TSW guy who's munching hay in his half of the cage, and one gorgeous red-and-white who's munching hay in the privacy of his shoebox in his half of the cage - the TSW is being just a bit of a butthead right now, but I'm hoping we can get them living together happily. Both very very cute boys.

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PooksiedAnimals
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Post   » Wed Jul 04, 2007 8:36 pm


Pictures! We need pics!

Oh - and if I know what happened with the girls, I will email the woman who first told me about them with an update.

Ledasmom

Post   » Thu Jul 05, 2007 9:40 am


My camera's wonky right now, but we did take pictures before the pigs were loaded up to go home. They are now called, as per the instructions of the Chief Guinea Pig Namer of the household (older son), Warrior (TSW) and Burglar (red and white).

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PooksiedAnimals
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Post   » Thu Jul 05, 2007 10:39 am


Ooh - manly, studly names!

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mmeadow
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Post   » Thu Jul 05, 2007 11:37 am


We were calling them Twitchy and Shy Guy; not exactly studly! We are sooo thrilled that they are getting a great new home with LedasMom and her crew.

Two of the girls are going home to the friends who adopted several of my previous foster babies. They will be girlfriends for Sheepie and Rhino, who are now called Fred and George (as in Weasley). The other two will stay with us, bringing our herd back to four. I was sorry to break up the Gang of Four, but each will have a buddy.

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PooksiedAnimals
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Post   » Thu Jul 05, 2007 1:17 pm


Sheep and Rhino! I was looking at their pictures from a pignic when they were babies. I bet they look nothing like they used to!

Thanks for the update.

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mmeadow
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Post   » Fri Jul 13, 2007 12:45 pm


Baby (the little red and white girl) is on pregnancy watch, based on weight gain. I have no idea of her age, so she might be just filling out, but she's looking a little bulgy rather than bigger all over.

6/16 806
6/27 835
6/29 846
7/10 905

Sh*t.

Ledasmom

Post   » Fri Jul 13, 2007 1:46 pm


Oh, shoot. I hope she's just growing and not pregnant (800 grams is on the small side for a pig, isn't it?).
The boys are doing great, eating nearly everything we give them. They have had three types of lettuce, a little chard, parsley, carrot, tomato, pepper (green and red), endive, green bean, summer squash and mint, and tried everything but the mint. They are getting more enthusiastic about their corn husk and hay, though Warrior (TSW guy) believes the best hay is the hay he steals from Burglar. They are still separated, though we have hopes.

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mmeadow
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Post   » Fri Jul 13, 2007 8:14 pm


@#$^$&%*!!

Whiskers' weight is suddenly surging:

6/29 856
7/10 904...moderate weight gain, but then:
7/13 976!!!!!!!!!

And Baby has gained more than an ounce since Tuesday, from 905 to 936. Both have been hitting the water bottle like it's going out of style. (Baby is a clanker, while Whiskers is the delicately sipping type.)

At least the other two girls are stable.

Ledasmom

Post   » Fri Jul 13, 2007 9:22 pm


Are Baby and Whiskers the two smaller girls (there were two smaller and two larger girls, weren't there? Or am I thinking of the wrong pigs?)? Are there any charts out there showing average weight gain for guinea pigs during pregnancy?
I'm still crossing my fingers that they're just young pigs who are having a growth spurt.

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mmeadow
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Post   » Fri Jul 13, 2007 11:51 pm


Yep, Baby and Whiskers are the two smaller ones. At 800+ grams they are too old for a growth spurt of this speed and magnitude. It's the acceleration of the weight gain curve that is the real clincher (I think). Although those flank bulges aren't big enough to be sure, I'll be surprised if they are not pregnant.

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mmeadow
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Post   » Sat Jul 14, 2007 11:48 am


Just to share my worries: No idea just how inbred they are--probably very.

No idea how old they are--the mamas could be +1 year. However, the original six included three who were ~1000 grams and three who were 800-900 grams. Maybe the small ones (including the mamas) are younger--I hope so,

Talishan
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Post   » Sat Jul 14, 2007 10:36 pm


If I had to guess (and this is truly a guess, we've not yet adopted or fostered a pregnant sow so I have no experience), Baby and Whiskers are under a year and you (and they) will be okay.

Here's hoping all is well, all are well, small litters, and all healthy.

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mmeadow
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Post   » Sat Jul 14, 2007 11:39 pm


Thanks for the good wishes!

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PooksiedAnimals
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Post   » Sun Jul 15, 2007 10:10 am


They are at least somewhat inbred. From the way it was described to me, they started out with two, of which one or both were pregnant, then had babies, then didn't pull the babies out in time, and at least some of the sows got pregnant and gave birth again. These guys, given that they seem young, must be of the 2nd generation. And given that the first set of mothers were bought pregnant, they were likely to have been inbred as well.

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mmeadow
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Post   » Sun Jul 15, 2007 11:44 am


I guess we'll never untangle the genetic mess! They are an exceptionally cute bunch--but of course I'm partial to teddies.

Baby and Whiskers are continuing to "burgeon"... Baby seems further along than Whiskers. We're going to Cape Cod in three weeks and will need some major pigsitting help, y'all!

Ledasmom

Post   » Sun Jul 15, 2007 11:58 am


I've seen the lot of them, and they are all cute as heck.
I'd offer to pigsit the pregnant girls, but I'm not sure the car ride out to here would be good for them at however far along they'd be in three weeks. If you're looking for pigsitting help for any of the others, though, I could help.

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mmeadow
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Post   » Sun Jul 15, 2007 2:24 pm


At the rate they are growing--especially Baby--they might pop before we go! A ride to Worcester (less than an hour from here on smooth roads) won't hurt a pregnant cavy, if you are really game for it. Newborn pigs are amazing and would especially thrill your kids. I'll keep posting because we need the moral support, and will have a few more cuties to rehome.

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