The newbie Raichu and my other 3 boys lived together shortly (only a few days) before all hell broke loose and Twinky and Tweet savagely ripped each other open. Tweet was injured worse and went to see the vet for an absess and several open wounds. Twinky only had superficial wounds that did not need treatment. I took Twinky out of the mix but Tweet kept picking on Sweet laid back Gus Gus.
So I took out Tweety leaving Raichu and Gus together. So I had 3 cages side by side for the last month+. Took Raichu out today to cuddle and do a once over (been busy the last 2 weeks with oldest child going to kindergarden) and I felt bulges on either side of the belly (harder than bloat but softer than a mass kind of like a hard boiled egg, still a bit squishy but I didn't want to squish too hard or poke around too much). I searched again for a penis (Raichu should be about 11-12 weeks old) and still found the little external flap of skin which I thought was a penis as it has a pee hole on the end but nothing popped out nor do I feel any testicles. Looks like there might be a 2nd opening next to the anus when I really stretch the flap of skin up and the anus down. I hope that makes sense. I don't know I am so confused.
Well I took Raichu out and separated from Gus Gus. I figured if Raichu got pregs (if preg) before I got her (which is possible because Raichu was in the same tiny cage with "male" sibling at the shelter) she could have babies as early as the last week in Sept. If she got pregs by my boys then it will be 2-3rd week in Oct.
I am so upset and frustrated. I didn't intend on this happening and everyone I talked to here, GPC, vet and shelter all said Raichu was a boy. Raichu has a very prounounced flap of skin that sticks out that really looks like a penis. Not quite the same size as the adult males but definately the same shape.
It was very hard to get pics as Raichu is a BITER! She will bite so hard the first time it bleeds and is very deep. She does NOT like being handled so its very hard to tame her and check her...
Raichu currently weighs about 650g. I don't have a digital scale or anything fancy (cannot find one in my area) so I can't tell any daily/weekly differences in weight. I can guess at incraments of 25 grams at least. So can't tell by weight especially since Raichu is/was so little when I adopted. Believed to be 3-5 weeks old when we adopted her 2nd week in July.
So now Raichu is separate and I reintroduced the other 3. They really seemed to have missed eachother. Gus Gus is popcorning all over the place which I have never seen. They might still fight so I am going to keep my ears open. Twinky and Tweet have always had dominance issues. But with Raichu out of the equation but still next to the cage I am not too sure. Haven't made any longterm plans for Raichu either yet. My friend just lost her 3rd guinea pig a week ago so she is not ready to take in anymore females. But we'll see... First thing first. Is Raichu a male or female if female is she pregnant???
- You can quote me
If you feel a ridge that would begin just above his/her privates and continue along the midline of the body for about 5/8 of an inch, then he's a boy. That little ridge (it'll feel like bone or a piece of cartilage, but will exactly follow the midline of his body) is the bone of his penis. That's where it is, inside the sheath, when, um, not in use. If you find it, then press on it gently and you should be able to get it to pop out (or at least the sheath/prepuce will).
If you feel no ridge, no bone, absolutely no nothing except skin and soft belly fur just above the privates (toward the head), then she is a girl.
This is the only sexing method I'm comfortable with. Dots and i's and y's and even testicles, unless they're very, uh, prominent, I just don't trust. Using the ridge method, however, there's only been a couple I was unsure of.
Well Raichu has been with a male since we got her in early July. So if it is a female (still completely confused what sex it is) then chances are she is pregnant. Very frustrating because the shelter and my vet and people on GPC and I all thought it was a male...
- Little Jo Wheek
Your shelter and vet are also mistaken and they should be notified they made a possibly tragic mistake if you have a problem pregnancy on your hands. I know NONE of the vets I have EVER worked with in 15 years can properly sex a young cavy. TRULY! They are all cat and dog (and horse) vets.
http://www.guineapigcages.com/forum/pregnancy-babies/63283-a ... ent-sex.html
When there's a question about the sex of a pig it's always best to keep them separate until you are 100% sure.
I turned to GPC because this forum is too hostile when people ask questions. If no one here can/will answer my questions then I need to go elsewhere and that is the only other GP place that has good info.
- 4 the Good of all Pigs
- Little Jo Wheek
And onetwo, there are enough experienced members here who think it is a sow. I have no doubt. I would like to make some money off of that bet, actually. I seriously, seriously am hoping she is not pregnant.