So very bad week. Probably the worst time to check out a local shelter, I know. I went to put my app in to foster special needs piggies and saw the cutest baby boy piggy and I adopted him. Now I'm worried that he is younger than they thought he is. They *said* he was 5 weeks (they had him for 7 days) but tonight I noticed that he still has an ambilical stump. So my question is how long does it take a piggies stump to heal up and fall off? Hes eating great. He loves the orchard grass, alfalfa pellets, and veggies. The cage is babyproofed and hes loving the fleece.
- Contributor in 2018
If he still has an umbilical cord, he has been removed from his mom too soon. Even if he is eating on his own you may want to supplement with hand feeding:
This is day 2 since I adopted him. Anyone have any guesses on how old he is? I know with human babies the ambilical stump comes off around 7-10 days. I did a complete exam of him last night and that was when I found the tiny hard dry lump in the middle of his tummy. Its dried up but has not fallen off yet. I know he is more than 15 days old because the shelter said his surender date was 7-7-2011. At least thats what is says on the adoption paper.
My boys decided to call him Raichu. They are absolutely obsessed with pokemon. Heres a pic of him...
- Supporter 2004-2019
He is so cute even his poops are tiny and I find that adorable! At least I know hes pooping a TON and they are perfectly formed. I'm thinking about walking down to my vets and having them weigh him on their scale but its already over 100 degrees and to drive the car such a short distance would be even hotter. He is eating very well and has taken to the other piggies fantastically. If feel bad for him because Twinky is showing his dominance by humping him over and over but when Twinkie's on him you can't even see the poor baby underneath, just hear him crying...
They have been eating alot of hay, all of them. Thats unlimited. No worries.
I just want to make sure the baby is doing good since I never had one this little before. I borrowed a friends food scale. Its not digital so I couldn't get a very accurage weight but he is just under 250 grams and is about 6 inches butt to nose.
I wouldn't worry about handfeeding. He looks plenty old enough to eat on his own.
Baby boys often get confused--they don't know if they should nurse or mount!
One thing with really young babies, though, is that they are easily mis-sexed. Are you sure he's a boy?
The baby that I just brought home last week is about the same size you are saying Raichu is. Claire was supposed to be 5 weeks wehn I got her and was just under 300 g on a digital scale. She is shorter than Raichu though.
I really questioned whether she was old enough to leave her momma too but she has gained weight nicely since bringing her home.
She is still quarantined but has unlimited fruit, veggies, hay and pellets.
She has gained about 10 grams a day since coming home.
She had no pellets, or hay when I saw her before I got her.