Anyway, to cut a long story short, I have since discovered that the larger 'he' is in fact a 'she' and I think the reason she is larger (and getting larger all the time) is that she may well be pregnant.
I am fairly new to guinea pig ownership and certainly would not have gone out and intentionally bought a pregnant sow. However, now that she's here, I want to do the best by her.
What I really want to know is how pregnant she may be and if / when I should seperate her from the boar? I know the gestation period is 10 weeks but as I don not know how far gone she is, I do not know when to expect the babies. Is there any way to tell how far into her pregnancy she may be?
What signs will she show in the final stages ie, will her shape change dramatically, when will she start filling with milk, anything else? How long is the labour likely to last? Does she need to be inside (a house) when she goes in to labour?
I have read lots of general info on breeding etc from different sites. However, my situation slightly different as I don't know when she conceived.
Any help at all will be gratefully received. Thanks. x
- Let Sleeping Pigs Lie
An exotics vet might be able to tell you if she is pregnant.
What is her current diet?
Edited to add:
"Does she need to be inside (a house) when she goes in to labour?"
Do you mean inside a little hiding hut inside her cage? Or do you mean inside your house?
- Let Sleeping Pigs Lie
Feeding the expectant mother either alfalfa hay or pellets is your choice - whichever is easiest for you.
Guinea pigs are prey animals -- they do better in herd. I would not recommend leaving the male outside by himself. He would most likely be frightened. If you can manage, I'd suggest bringing him inside too.
- Cavies 'n Cobwebs
When enquiring about kidney problems in one of my pigs, my vet contacted the Edinburgh Veterinary College and was immediately asked if the pig was on Gerty Guinea Pig food. They have found that nearly all pigs submitted to them for kidney problems have been fed a diet of Gerty (mine were not). The College said that Gerty was not a good mix, too much sugars and too much 'junk' in it.
There's a UK foods thread here for you to try better guinea pig foods.
And welcome to GuineaLynx, you won't find better piggy info. :·)
If she gives birth with him still in the cage, he will impregate her again as they go into heat right after giving birth.
If you have a good vet, you may want to look into neutering him, or wait and see if you have any male babies. They can go with Dad and female babies can stay with mom.
Remove any male babies at 21 days. Or they can impregnate mom and sisters.
Am going to speak to my vet about possibly having the male neutered too.
We were told she is about 4 months old (but considering they got her sex wrong, I'm not sure how much to trust that info).
And I will not get the male neutered until after the babies are born (if we need to, that is).
Do you have a good cavy savvy vet lined up?
If not read over http://www.guinealynx.info/vet.html and http://www.guinealynx.info/forums/viewtopic.php?t=37747&highlight=
We have a few UK members on here that may be able to help if none of those vets are close to you, or try contacting a local cavy rescue and asking what vet they use.