Guinea Pig Math Schimpf Style.

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skinnypigs1
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Post   » Sun Mar 10, 2013 8:57 pm


Rosabella!! She is super cute.

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eschimpf
SweetPea

Post   » Wed Mar 13, 2013 12:58 pm


After asking Momo, I decided on naming our new skinny girl...

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Quinc-Emma

Post   » Wed Mar 13, 2013 1:04 pm


So cute!

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eschimpf
SweetPea

Post   » Sun Mar 24, 2013 10:51 am


I know I'm probably going to get some slack from people here. It was hard to do but here is some updates.

As so of you know from Cavy Chat, Mizty is a wild pig. After trying to demolish Reko's cage during floor time and beating up Romeo, which resulted in a good scare to Aolani, I contacted Kat at the rescue. Trying to figure out what to do with Mitzy. I'd never seen such an aggressive sow before. Kat and I talked back and forth about Mitzy going to her. She has her personal sows she wanted to try with her and if that didn't work out she has the room to house her in a non pet store cage, something I don't.

The final decision was left to me and me alone. I contact my family, asked some friends and everyone agreed, I was not abandoning her, I was giving her a chance. I still feel like such an hypocrite giving her to Kat.

Wait there is more to this story, I let Kat take her in exchange for fostering two 12 (now 13) day old sows. Their mom stopped caring for them and their siblings (5 total). She also stopped eating and became very ill so Kat had to remove the mother from them.

Satu was 109gs when she came in. Just a wee thing. Her sister Thora isn't much better at 145gs.

The other part to them coming is that once they are big enough, I'll be trying each with Reko. So this is kinda like speed dating... very slowly. We are going this route because all the other females currently at the rescue are either too sick, too young, about to pop or part of her personal herd. This gives Kat a bit of a break (2 less mouths to hand feed and watch) and it gives me two girls to try with Reko in a while.

Here is a photo of them:
Thora (left) and Satu (right).
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Lynx
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Post   » Sun Mar 24, 2013 1:57 pm


They are awfully cute!

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tashab

Post   » Sun Mar 24, 2013 5:08 pm


They're very sweet! I hope one of them takes to Reko for you.

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eschimpf
SweetPea

Post   » Sun Mar 24, 2013 8:49 pm


Thanks! I agree they are so cute. I had them out for a while for floor time and my youngest ran around the grids. They followed him around the cage every time it was adorable!

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eschimpf
SweetPea

Post   » Wed Mar 27, 2013 3:34 pm


Ummm girls...

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Girls?

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Hi Thora! Umm Satu?

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Ah they you girls go. So are you ready to tell everyone how much weight you put on since coming here Saturday night?

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Satu: " I've put on 40gs!"

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Thora: "I too have put on 40gs and..."

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"It makes me sooo happy!"

Even if your getting a little chunky bum?

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Bugs Mom

Post   » Wed Mar 27, 2013 4:37 pm


These guys are just so cute!

Crazy4me

Post   » Wed Mar 27, 2013 7:01 pm


Just so adorable, so glad to hear they are doing well!

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Breadfan4

Post   » Wed Mar 27, 2013 8:45 pm


Awww!! Baby piggies are the best!

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GP_mum
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Post   » Wed Mar 27, 2013 10:05 pm


They are adorable fluff balls. Glad to know they're putting on weight.

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Amy0204
We miss our sweet Oreo

Post   » Thu Mar 28, 2013 11:53 am


They are cute! For what it's worth, I've got 2 sisters living with a neutered male (who happens to be their Dad although they were separated for at least a year before I neutered him). Except for a little posturing the first few days, the 3 of them have gotten along great and Levon (the male) has really come out of his shell and is much more willing to let me scritch him than he ever was before....although I suppose that could be due to the neutering and not due to the presence of the girls. Regardless, they are a very content trio. You might want to consider keeping both.

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poppycorn

Post   » Mon Apr 01, 2013 5:53 am


They are absolutely adorable!

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skinnypigs1
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Post   » Mon Apr 01, 2013 12:46 pm


They are very cute. How will you just keep one!

p.s. How is Mitzy getting along?

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Quinc-Emma

Post   » Wed Apr 03, 2013 2:53 pm


They are so adorable!

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eschimpf
SweetPea

Post   » Thu Apr 04, 2013 9:17 am


Satu and Thora having been putting on weight amazingly. I no long have to hand feed either of them. Yesterday Satu reached 222gs! I'm so proud of my little runt.

SP1: Mitzy is doing GREAT! The rescue put her with one of their sows and she took a good shine to her. They plan on trying her with their female herd to see if she will do fine with many sows. Guess she just needed pigs who didn't want to make love to her every 5 seconds. Still breaks my heart to not have her here but I am so happy she is happy there.

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shiny
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Post   » Thu Apr 04, 2013 9:34 am


Your guinea babies are gorgeous & you have done so well with them. How rewarding to see them grow & put on weight like that.

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eschimpf
SweetPea

Post   » Thu Apr 04, 2013 12:08 pm


Thank you, it is so rewarding! I have tried to think about who I'll keep because I don't have the room to make my cages bigger so I can only keep one sow. I've tossed around the idea of allowing Kat at the rescue adopt them together and trying some of their single sows with Reko but its still up in the air.

In other news, Mojo had a vet visit.
He was walking into things in his cage, which he has never done so it worried me. He will be 4 this summer and in my mind was still young but I've noticed him aging the last 6 months. Things like not eating all his pellets every day, though still maintaining his weight, sleeping more and drinking more.

The vet ran some tests and when we got to his eyes she pulled out her light. Sure enough he has the starts to cataracts. :( Which there isn't much to do about but its one more sign that Mojo is getting old. I always thought he would never age or grow old, at least not at this age. Husband reminded me that each pig ages differently and while some live to ripe old ages of 7+, others don't. I'm hoping this is just something he will live with for another 1000 years... wishful thinking I know.

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eschimpf
SweetPea

Post   » Sun Apr 07, 2013 9:59 pm


For years shipping KMS pellets to Canada make your wallet cry. Tonight I knew I had enough saved to at least try it out. Well turns out I had more then enough! I saved $125CND, thinking I'd maybe have enough for 20-30lbs. Turns out they have a pretty good deal with UPS. I'm getting 50lbs for just under $100 USD. with the conversion and the duty of $10 at the door it works out to be $2.20CND per pound, same as oxbow from my local (none pet selling) pet store.

I've been leaning more and more to getting some because of Romeo's calcium issues (very white pee but not sludge yet). Now I can get some much lower calcium pellets.

SkinnyPigs1: Really worth it at that price!.

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