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Do you know about the genetic diseases that pigs have? Do you know what a pig with lethal white syndrome is? Are you prepared for lifelong, expensive vet care if you have a lethal white pup? Do you know about osteodystrophy and the pain those pigs are in? Do you know about microphthalmia and how to care for blind pigs?
Do you have the money for exotic vet visits if something happens to your pigs? What happens if a sow has a pup too large to deliver? Can you afford an emergency spay, which would be several hundred dollars?
How will you find good homes for the pups? Or do you just plan to let them to go to anyone who'll pay your fee? What if they just want the pup for snake food?
How will you feel if your sow dies during labor and delivery? The death rate is high for both sows and pups, in no small part because guinea pig pups are so large in relation to the sow.
If you want to make money, I'd suggest you find someway to do it that doesn't have such a huge potential for causing suffering to small innocent animals.
There are also people from Peru who eat guinea pigs. Cuy (guinea pig) is practically a national dish. A couple I know through a mutual friend the husband is a native of Peru. He looks for adult guinea pigs to pick up from people who are tired of them and he grills them and eats them. Seriously. I know it's his culture, so I try not to hold it against him personally, but believe me I try to keep piggies away from him.
Once a baby has left your home, you have no control what happens to it. That's why we only re-homed two of our babies and kept the rest. We have more guinea pigs than we planned on, which has sometimes been hard, but I couldn't bear the thought of the cute babies we had grown attached to going anywhere else. It didn't help that the two we re-homed got given away to another party a year afterwards and I have no idea whether they ended up snake or people food.
Your boar is so cute, you should indeed get him a friend. But please no sows to breed. He can be friends with another boar or you can neuter him or you can find a spayed female at a shelter.
Aside from all of the emotional reasons, it just costs a lot. Piggies are super poopers, and the young ones make an art of it, so you have to change the bedding much more often. One litter of pups can blow through bags of hay and wood toys like it's nothing. Sometimes you'll get that unpredictable baby that bites a littermate's ear, or someone shows signs of a cold - bam, vet bills. Your piggy parents may also be carrying bordatella and you wouldn't know because they don't show any signs of an infection (especially if they came from a pet store or shelter, where they're exposed to it), and that results in miscarriages and complications that results in more vet bills.
It's just not worth it. Do foster care for animal rescues instead and play with lots of babies without risking yours. A lot of people foster dogs and cats, but guinea pigs and rabbits are currently in dire need of foster care too.
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You, on the other hand, ignored the terms of service you agreed to when you joined this site. And when you got some pushback when you announced you wanted to breed your pigs, all of a sudden you're being "bashed." On the other hand, if you'd respected the agreement you made when you joined, this issue would never have arisen.
This is not a site for you to post your "feelings and passion." It's a site for people to learn and share about the care and welfare of guinea pigs. If you want social support, pick a social forum. This one isn't it.
And Guinea Lynx IS supportive. It's supportive of guinea pigs, and of people who want to care for their guinea pigs. But needlessly risking the life of a sow because you want to make money isn't caring for your pigs. It's selfishly overlooking the dangers of pregnancy and birth in order to put a few dollars in your pocket. None of us are interested in supporting that.
Incidentally, you may very well place your babies in a home without a snake if you are careful. The problem comes in when that family grows tired of the pig (its not getting enough attention, the kids won't take care of it anymore, the new puppy keeps chasing it, etc.) and THEY decide to get rid of it. Then it can end up as snake food or dumped into the bushes in the park.
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And if the babies die, you DIDN'T do what you could. You could choose not to breed the sow in the first place, and the pups would never be in that situation.
In this case, it's not about the pigs, it's about YOU and your determination to do something that seasoned guinea pigs owners and rescuers are telling you is not a good idea to do.
I will be blunt: if you breed your guinea pigs, you are a bad pet owner. It is dangerous, painful, irresponsible, and selfish. What you have said implies that you believe your desire to learn about guinea pigs is more important than a guinea pig's life. If that is not true, then I beg you to consider everyone's posts here. They have decades of experience raising these creatures. Sometimes the wisest thing is to listen to someone who has been down that path before so that you don't make the same mistakes. You don't have to breed your own guinea pigs to learn from the experience of those who have had to take care of litters and pregnant pigs.
No one is upset that you WANT to breed guinea pigs. The desire isn't bad by itself--we will only judge you by your actions if you choose to pursue this cruel course of action. I understand wanting to pursue a passion and wanting to experience the miracles of life. We are upset because there is a better, safer way to learn about guinea pigs and care for them.
If you want to learn how to take care of guinea pigs with medical issues, please think about adopting one of the MANY guinea pigs with special medical needs out there instead. That would be an admirable and kind way to accomplish ALL of the other goals you have stated. If you do have a passion, and it would be a beautiful thing to see it given to guinea pigs who have been abandoned, guinea pigs who need high levels of care, and guinea pigs to whom YOU can give a second chance at life.
I hope your boar gets a friend and that they both live long and healthy lives. Please understand that no one here is bashing you--breeding can KILL your guinea pig very easily, and we are trying to make sure that ALL of your future guinea pigs can have those long and healthy lives.
ETA: I seriously question your integrity when you say that you would "take the babies back" only to give them away to a shelter or rescue again. I am trying to give you the benefit of the doubt and take your words at face value, but I must be honest and say that this viewpoint deeply concerns me. It is almost like you are saying "I want to breed my guinea pig, but I take no responsibility for the outcome," which is chilling to read. Pets are your responsibility to care for as long as they live. That is the way it should be.