Boars Behaving Badly II

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Post   » Sun Mar 28, 2010 1:24 am

Oh, Sydspigsmom, that is too funny! Your poor kids! My pigs love to rearrange their furniture! Have you tried putting in two pellet bowls?

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Post   » Sun Mar 28, 2010 2:52 am

Sydspigsmom, that is really funny. Cavies can be so sneaky and determined.

I think two of our boys are trying to make me think I'm losing my mind. I thought it was Alistair doing those insanely loud wheeks, but today I saw James doing it (I could see the vibration in his neck), they're such ventriloquists because I don't see their mouths move when they do that. So now I don't know if it's been James this whole time or if they're both doing it. Either way, they are amazingly loud for their size and they do it whenever I reach into the other boys' cage, I reach into the cabinet that their food is kept in, rustle a bag, open the fridge, or move a box that once contained tunnels for them, and sometimes just when I walk by without adoring their boarly selves. I'm not complaining mind you, I just think it's odd that they've started doing this suddenly.

Magellan is getting a real attitude if he doesn't like something now. I took his pellet mash dish out to clean and refill it and he just would not stop chattering his teeth at everything and everyone. Then he got mad at Phantom and they went to polar opposite ends of the cages and flopped down. All was fine again (though they aren't exactly cuddling) when I put the dish back in with some carrot puree (they haven't had carrots in quite some time and they're mad that I'm waiting on my Kleenmama's pellets order so they're not getting their preferred Kleenmama pellets). They've also decided that now is the best time to be picky about pellets in whole or mash form. All they seem to want to eat is salads, and cutting back on that or feeding it all at once hasn't stopped the picky behavior so I've had to increase the amount of veggies they're getting until the Kleenmama's pellets arrive.

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Post   » Sun Mar 28, 2010 12:26 pm

We all had a good laugh when we (I) finally figured it all out. We also found out that Spice can only drag the pellet dish straight back, so we started putting it beside the fiddlesticks and he had to stop.

I just love all these "Bad Boar" stories. I think it's so cool how their personalities just come shining through!

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Post   » Sun Mar 28, 2010 12:31 pm

I posted about this in Charlie's thread, but right now he is sitting in Snicker's favorite spot. And I know I tend to anthropomorphize my animals, but you cannot tell me Charlie doesn't know that he's in Snickers's spot -- he knows, and he's doing it on purpose. And Snickers is alternately being sad and plotting his revenge. They certainly are entertaining!


Post   » Sun Mar 28, 2010 1:40 pm

Hehehe Charlie's normally sweet behavior belies his subversive nature ;)

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Post   » Sun Mar 28, 2010 7:54 pm

Unfortunately, both my boys are little escape artists. Usually it's Bumby (the womaniser) who manages to get out, and then goes straight to the girls cage to try and get in.

We've managed to block off Bumby's escape routes now, but the other day I hadn't re-assembled the cage properly after cleaning and Mr Fuzzbucket (the quiet, pensive, snuggly one) snuck out when I was out of the room.

The first I knew that something was up was when the girls started squealing at the top of their lungs. I walked into the room to find Mr Fuzzbucket completely ignoring the girls, just wondering around in his own little world and exploring. He was so adorable that I let him have some impromptu floor time before putting him back.

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Post   » Mon Mar 29, 2010 6:08 pm

cochon- I love your piggy names! I have a Riley, and Jeff is my boyfriend's name, so it was interesting to read your post. *lol*

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Post   » Mon Mar 29, 2010 6:22 pm

Ha! That's funny Sidera. I actually met a guy named Riley, and I was like, "Oh, that's my guinea pigs name!" He looked at me like I was nuts and said "uh... cool." It took some self-restraint not to show him a picture :)

The boys are on this really cute snowman-patterned fleece right now, even though that season has passed. They keep pushing everything to one end of the cage and dragging back the fleece. I think they're trying to tell me to do laundry, haha. It was almost halfway back when I got up this morning! This is the only one they pull back, too.


Post   » Tue Mar 30, 2010 6:54 am

So, my boys tend to react very oddly to the vaccuum cleaner, and get these random bursts of excitement and energy. Yesterday, while I was cleaning their cage, the excitement led to a serious humping session, where they kept circling and mounting it each other, it was so ridiculous!

Afterwards, though, I heard some serious whining and nagging, but decided to leave them alone. When I came back into the room, the hay bowl had been knocked over, and all the hay was lying outside the cage, and they just kept complaining to me as if to say "It wasn't me, I swear, he did it! It's his fault!" UGH!

Ten minutes later I gave a little lemongrass for experimentation (they've never had it before), and instead of eating it, Pinky took each leaf off the pile and tossed it at The Brain.

I threatened to send them to Peru, but they didn't even bat an eye.

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Post   » Tue Mar 30, 2010 10:12 am

cochon- I have out of season snowman fleece too! It is Spike's favorite, so it gets used all year round for him. He's too spoiled. XD

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Post   » Tue Mar 30, 2010 10:18 am

Alan gave me a quick burst of stank while he was getting his morning loving. He always turns his bum out (apparently in pleasure since he lies down and yawns too) and usually I don't smell it because he's in the cage in front of me and I'm kneeling. Today I leaned over him instead. I won't be doing that again!

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Post   » Tue Mar 30, 2010 10:23 am

Hehe Sydspigsmom.

Robin Piggy does that all the time. He even does it while Linus is eating out of a pellet bowl. He grabs it with his little teeth and pulls. it away from Linus, takes a bite, then Linus kicks him off the bowl eats, and then Robin pulls it away again. Eventually one of them gets bored with it and goes to the other food bowl, but they'll do this several times.

Also the other day when I had been late with the hay, I came home to a tipped over Windespirit tunnel, and a tipped over Jen's Custom Craft house. Ovbiously they were complaining about the service.

Also Robin likes to move where the huts, and cuddle saks until they are exactly where he wants them. My husband calls him our designer piggy.

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Post   » Tue Mar 30, 2010 11:31 pm

How are your boys with nail trims?

Today was trimming day, and we always have to brace ourselves for it. Riley is usually pretty well-behaved. He'll sit still even as he looks at you with those big pitiful eyes. Jeffrey, on the other hand, acts like his whole world is crashing down around him. He squeals and cries even when it doesn't hurt - I know this because he does it before we even clip down! Today we gave him a little break and set down the clipper by him. He full out attacked it! Complete with lunging and biting! (Don't worry; he got the handle and it was closed anyway.) Oh man my abs hurt from laughing so hard.

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Post   » Wed Mar 31, 2010 12:19 am

Oh clairey that is too funny!

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Post   » Thu Apr 01, 2010 8:28 am

Something strange is happening in the pigpen. At this point I'm as sure as I can be that Alan isn't ill, but something's off. He's the designated wheeker. There were no breakfast wheeks. He was begging eagerly at the side of the cage as usual (they are hand-fed the first morsels) but ran away to the corner to eat. He very rarely does that. Even more oddly Stephen didn't run off and he generally does. If I'm not prompt with the hay and pellets afterwards I get wheekd. Not today. Alan finished his veg and went back to bed.

Worried, I checked his eyes, nose, weight and bottom parts and watched for a bit. He was chomping hay and pooping as usual. I figured maybe it's an off day and I can keep an eye on him.

They had a little broccoli for dinner last night and, concerned it may be gas, I opened the cage up to see if he'd perk up with exercise. Alan is normally first out cos I always provide goodies and he is Mr Brave. Not today. Stephen eventually got brave enough to come out without Alan and only when Alan heard Stephen chomping did he warily come to see what I had. He was much spookier than usual, made more obvious by Stephen's unusual confidence.

They have been chattering and bickering a bit of late and unless Alan is actually ill and hiding it, I think maybe the top-peeg crown has been passed to Stephen. No-one has any wounds I can see to indicate an actual fight.

I have been known to complain when they do wheek, but this silence is unnerving me no end. I think I'll put Alan in a pet store cage for an hour or so just to double check what he's passing. I want my cheeky wheeky boy back!


Post   » Thu Apr 01, 2010 9:46 am

Aww Clairey! I hope it is all just a matter of dominance, rather than an illness!

And got the T-shirt

Post   » Thu Apr 01, 2010 10:10 am

Clairey, it must be because it's April Fools' Day. Our two wheek madly in the mornings while they're waiting for their breakfast, and the noise goes off the charts if we speak to them while we're getting it ready. This morning, nothing. Not a peep. I was late getting to the kitchen so was trying to get the kids fed first, rather than the pigs as I usually do, and the GPs didn't say a thing. Even when I talked to them, and stood there with the lettuce in my hand, they were perfectly quiet. Waiting at the side of the cage as usual, but no noise.

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Post   » Thu Apr 01, 2010 10:17 am

Interesting theory on them playing an April Fool! :D I wouldn't put it past them.

Alan spent and hour an a half in the little cage. After throwing the fleece around, tipping the hay out of the bowl I'd put it in to try to keep it off the fleece (Hay in a bowl hooman? Are you totally mental?) nibbling some and having a drink, he went to sleep. There were only 5 poops in that time which is slightly troubling BUT the first thing he did when I put him back with Stephen was sprint/jog/waddle to the litter tray and have a pee with such a relieved look on his face that it's possible he was trying to hold the poops in too. He's currently stuffing his face with hay.

Praying for teatime wheeks!

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Post   » Thu Apr 01, 2010 2:16 pm

Oh, Alan, the indignities you have to suffer! I must have a talk with clairey!

Perhaps he was a bit gassy from the broccoli. They feel a bit off when gassy; slower passing of the poops might also indicate some GI discomfort.

Some floor time usually helps mine with minor gas discomfort.

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Post   » Thu Apr 01, 2010 2:52 pm

Well I got little noises and some laps in the build up to veggie time. Alan even busted out a popcorn at one point so I'm thinking whatever it was, he's felling better now. He certainly ate normally. I'm currently taking my sweet time about handing out the evening pellet ration in the hope of provoking some annoyed wheeks. Bad human, bad bad human.

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