It is clear you did not read the entirety of my post, or you would see that I attempted to give you the benefit of the doubt. You are NOT now a bad pet owner, but you WILL be if you continue with this plan. I think you are so defensive because you may know somewhere that what you want to do is wrong. I sincerely hope you do the right thing and listen to that part of yourself.
- And got the T-shirt
And if you think a female pig can decide whether she wants to mate with a boar, you definitely don't have enough knowledge of animal husbandry to be breeding anything.
It's hard to go to a vet because you don't know the bloodline? You don't want to have the boar neutered because you don't know the bloodline?
What on earth are you talking about? The fact that you don't know the bloodline is even more reason not to breed this boar. He has white on him, which means that there's a chance that he carries the allele for lethal white syndrome. And what his bloodline has to do with going to the vet is just beyond me.
One of the sow moms was only a few months old herself when she got pregnant. Her name is Panda, and you can find her medical thread on this forum if you look (no apostrophe). The developing babies sucked the calcium out of her bones and we didn't realize what was happening because we didn't know she was even pregnant until well into the pregnancy. We gave her tons of extra calcium and Vitamin C as soon as we realized, but it wasn't enough. When she gave birth it broke both of her femurs. Femurs. You know, the toughest bones in the entire body. Broke the heads right off of them. She was in intense pain but never showed it. Because guinea pigs are prey animals and to show pain in the wild is a death sentence. They don't let on they are in pain or sick until they are at death's door.
Panda is the guinea pig that has the most personality and the smartest one. We paid over $1,000 dollars to treat her, get her broken heads removed so she had a chance to heal. She has no hip sockets. We had to drive to another city with a well-known university that has a top-notch vet training program to get her worked on.
One of her four pups died in my hands a week after birth because it was the smallest and had not been allowed to nurse by the other pups. And I was so inexperienced I didn't know the signs to look for. By the time we realized it, we got Critical Care formula. The pup died as I was trying to feed it. I can't help but wonder if I fed too quickly and aspirated formula into its little lungs. I did everything I could, but my inexperience caused that pup's death.
The two male pups we had we re-homed to one of my daughter's best friend. After a year and a half her parents gave them away to some guy at her dad's work. Who is Hispanic. I know there is a sizable Peruvian community here and they look for pigs like that to eat. I loved those pups. We couldn't keep them, though, because we didn't have the cage space for two males in addition to the rest of them. I couldn't bear to part with any of the female pups. So we had 7 guinea pigs when we had only planned on having 3.
We had to get rid of furniture in order to build a cage big enough for 7 pigs. Then, one of our piggies died suddenly a couple of weeks ago -- my husband's favorite one, BTW -- probably from an undetected congenital heart problem. She was the almost identical twin of the pup that died at a week old.
The babies were beyond cute. But honestly, I would never have let my 3 original pigs breed had I known one of them was actually a male. There has been a lot of pain born on the part of several of our pigs because of that. And I still am haunted by what could have happened to our two male babies we re-homed.
My youngest daughter wants to be a vet. The others are right that there are plenty of ways to carry out the passions you describe without breeding your own pigs. Volunteer to foster a pregnant pig. Volunteer at a rescue. There are lots of things you can do. But if you foster a pregnant pig, don't let your Guiness near her even seconds after she gives birth. She can get pregnant again right after birth and it only takes seconds. And back-to-back pregnancies are a death sentence for the mom.
I am not trying to bash you. I am trying to save you heartache and save some guinea pigs from pain and suffering too.
I really don't understand the bloodline thing. My Vet has never asked to see papers before she treated any of my animals, guineas included. Most guineas are mutts and that does not make them any less desirable. So, I guess you would allow a piggy to suffer and die because you didn't know her bloodlines?
I know that sounded really ugly but I am deeply disturbed by this thread. Please, educate yourself on proper care of guinea pigs and don't let a piggy suffer,
If there were never another intentional breeding of guinea pigs, they would not become extinct. I understand your desire to have pups, there is nothing sinister about that. However, if you don't believe the other reasons to not do it, believe this; it is dangerous for your sow. I know that doesn't seem rational but it is true. Something like 1 in 4 pregnancies can result in the death of the sow. Maybe if you read about the dangers of pregnancy and giving birth somewhere else it will change your mind.
Now, if you are talking about a local animal shelter or humane society, that's completely different than a rescue. Most rural shelters will take guinea pigs in the front door and right to the room where they are euthanized. They don't have the money nor the know how to care for guinea pigs. I know because we had a few places like that on our list for our rescue and if they called, we would drop everything and get them because we knew they only had an hour or so to live. Also, if your pig is sick and you surrender it to a shelter, it will be euthanized. Why would a shelter spend money on your pet when you won't? They're not loaded with dough!
By the way, that's a really creative reason as to why you won't take your pig to the vet if it's sick. Ignorant but creative. I, believe me, I have heard every excuse in the book.
But it doesn't really matter because your just playing us. Trip trap, trip trap.
Multiple people here have given you very legitimate reasons to illustrate how harmful breeding is. I work for a vet. I see heartbreaking stories about babies all the time. If you want firsthand experience, get a part time job at a vet's office, volunteer at a shelter, but please do not create more babies.
We should probably be hopeful that some kid is at least trying to use imagination, however bad an attempt it may be.
- Contributor in 2014
If you are interested in what responsible breeding involves, read this:
It does not involve putting a random boar together with a random sow, simply for the purpose of making more guinea pigs. You would have no idea of their genetic backgrounds, or what you would be producing. Imagine how heart broken you would be with a litter of stillborns, or pups with severe deformities? I'm not trying to be insulting, but it doesn't sound like you have given it enough serious thought.
I have only had boars, never even owned a sow in 17 years of guinea pig keeping and my boars have always been very happy with boar buddies. You don't need a sow to make him happy and you don't need to take unnecessary risks trying to breed healthy guinea pigs, when you have no experience or knowledge about it. Even if you had a sow for your boar, you would have to remove her once she was pregnant, because she would become pregnant again the same day the pups were delivered. You can't just keep a sow pregnant for her whole life without killing her! Your boar would be lonely again in the end, so what's the point? Why not get him another boar, or a spayed sow that he can bond with and stay with? I think he would be much happier, without the stress!
Off to look for the post from some kid in a third world country who has no access whatsoever to a veterinarian...