As for intros, dont worry at all about the little boy and Dad. Boars do not fight any more than sows will, especially if you have a large enough cage. here's a thread on intros:
Rather than bottle feed you can try soaking a piece of cloth in the milk/supplement (whatever you are using) and allow him to suck on it to get the nutrition. That way you won't have to work about him aspirating any of the fluid into his lungs. If you do decide to use a syringe instead, make sure that you don't plunge it quickly into the mouth. You need to push the syringe plunger slowly and also allow time for him to swallow.we will bottle feed him as long as he needs it.
My experience has been if they are not related, then any healthy guinea pig will chase the deformed or sick one out of the herd so to speak. If they are related, I have not found this to be true. However, the cases I have had have all been female with the exception of two male siblings.The new guy is a male, so when he grows up we can put them together maybe? I'm just concerned that they might fight.
You can try him with the father when he is three weeks old but you might want to rub some bedding from the father's cage on him so that he doesn't smell like his mother.
As for the leg itself, I have had pigs here with leg issues ... two had their legs removed ... one before she came and another one after she returned to her caretaker. One had a dislocated shoulder and another one had a broken leg before I got him. I also have a rabbit who is missing a front leg. They all seem/seemed to be able to adjust to their handicap and lived normal lives. In fact, the one with the broken leg was recently adopted along with his brother. The family had searched at shelters and other rescues and decided that they only wanted them and they would take no substitutes. His leg will continue to be monitored by their own vet to make sure that no problems arise.
How is the little one and the mother doing today?
NO MILK! PERIOD.
There are various schools of thoughts on what to feed babies ... for instance, the Library of Veterinary Practice's Disease of Domestic Guinea Pigs, Second Edition, by V.C.G. Richardson, states on page 31 "the orphans can be reared on a suitable milk replacer fed through a dropper ....". However, the book was copyrighted in 2000 so the contents may not be up to speed with the current thought in caring for and treating guinea pigs. More information on what is currently deemed to be appropriate to feed babies may be found here: http://www.guinealynx.info/handfeeding.html#pups
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Not always true. Guinea pigs who are not related can still work it out. They still need to be able to work out their dominance issues.My experience has been if they are not related, then any healthy guinea pig will chase the deformed or sick one out of the herd so to speak. If they are related, I have not found this to be true. However, the cases I have had have all been female with the exception of two male siblings.
And Quesenberry and Carpenter still gives a dose for oral Cephalexin in their formulary, but we all know what a disaster that almost inevitably turns out to be.
Best to stick with what is safely known to work, considering this is not a crisis situation in which all other resorts have failed.
- You can quote me
-- Milk composition is toward the bottom.
It's fairly unusual for protein to be double the fat. I think. I am not a rehabber, and have never attempted to care for a failing true neonate.
However, I have a problem with the word "never". Best to stick with what is safely known to work, yes. But there are close to suitable replacements out there, used mainly by professional rehabbers and zoos (i.e., petsfart ain't gonna have 'em). If you know what you need and can get it, mother's milk does give neonates things they can't get from Critical Care.
I'm happy to report that the little guy is doing really well - we've named him Skippy because of his unique style of walking!!.
He's putting on lots of weight, is feeding well from his mom, and looks wonderful.
I'll keep you up to date.
Thanks for all of your kind messages and advice.