Love Makes The Merry-Go-Round!

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MildredM
The-Fairy-in-my-Heart

Post   » Wed Nov 18, 2015 4:01 am


Thank you all very much for all your kind, inspiring and uplifting comments - YOU have made our day! Thanks!

Merry has just downed 10 more syringe fulls, a mixture of cc, carrot mush and softened pellets. This was after her early morning feed at 6.30am, her in the night feed at 2am, plus the pellets she has been stuffing down, steadily but surely, on her own! She will be lovely and round in no time at this rate!

Auntie Posy-stretchy-pig stood in for duties as cuddle-mum yesterday for an hour -

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After a good shake about . . .

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Merry considered her good enough to snuggle up to!

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Thanks again :)

C Cole-Chakotay

Post   » Wed Nov 18, 2015 4:33 am


I'm so happy Merry has aunties to help care for her. She is in excellent hands at your home, MildredM!

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poppycorn

Post   » Wed Nov 18, 2015 5:16 am


Oh bless her, she's so SO tiny! With Pansy as a role model, I'm sure she'll be full and laughing in no time!

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AldenM1
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Post   » Wed Nov 18, 2015 6:18 am


She is mind-bogglingly tiny for her age. I can't wait to look back on these pictures with horror after she's round and fat.

Cici sends her best putting-on-weight wishes and advice. And Cici has figured that process out, if you know what we mean, ahem.

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MildredM
The-Fairy-in-my-Heart

Post   » Wed Nov 18, 2015 6:25 am


Thanks!

She is unimaginably tiny, she could walk clean through the grids on Friday. She would easily walk through today but I think she would touch the sides.

Thanks Cici! She will make sure to do her best with those weight-gaining wishes! In fact she has just sensed the cc is being mixed ready for lunch, there's lots of loud wheeking!

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AldenM1
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Post   » Wed Nov 18, 2015 6:27 am


Oh bless her, I'm glad there's wheeking.

Snick wonders if she has met her uncle. He says he's sure there's no sexism going on here AT ALL, but he's especially curious because he's heard that sometimes boars are the very best nannies. Someone told him that once.

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clairey

Post   » Wed Nov 18, 2015 8:32 am


Merry definitely looks less skinny already. Eating pellets is good. Has she been eating any of that scrummy hay or grass?

Snick has a good point about boars being very gentle with babies.

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snowflakey
E's Moriarity

Post   » Wed Nov 18, 2015 8:39 am


So happy to hear she screams when she smells her food being prepared. That is a good sign.

Are you sure you want her to have a Pirate Pig as nanny? ;-)

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snowflakey
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Post   » Wed Nov 18, 2015 1:07 pm


I am now officially stalking this thread for updates and, ehrm, pictures.

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GuineaPiggin

Post   » Wed Nov 18, 2015 3:09 pm


Oh my, what a bitty baby!

Mildred, you and Ian have amazingly humongous hearts! Thank you for taking her in. No matter her life span, she is so very lucky to have such awesome humans and nanny pigs caring for her.

That pic of her cuddling into Posy ... there are no words for how adorable it is!

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Jessie
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Post   » Wed Nov 18, 2015 4:24 pm


Merry is just beautiful.

I don't know about everyone else, but I sure needed a story of love and compassion to break up all the posts of war and hate.

It's a shame we took Winnie from you before Merry came along. That would have been an interesting size comparison!

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MildredM
The-Fairy-in-my-Heart

Post   » Wed Nov 18, 2015 6:42 pm


Just been doing her first night-feed!

Haha! Big Winnie, she made every piggy look tiny! I think Merry (5 and a bit weeks) is the weight Fairy was at 1 week of age now.

No, she isn't eating hay or grass, just softened pellets and a lot of carrot Puree with cc mixed in. 80 1ml syringes today!

She had an hour with young Bertie today, AldenM1. Photos tomorrow ;)

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MildredM
The-Fairy-in-my-Heart

Post   » Thu Nov 19, 2015 4:15 am


Although I can't be sure to the day, we are settling in October 10th 2015 for Merry's birthdate. I'm really keen to make this thread a record of food, weight and health as much as a 'photo album', and sharing her funny little ways, and a place for support! Having been up twice in the night again, I can assure you I need plenty of support!

Regarding weight. I can't find Fairy's baby-weight chart (all her mementoes have been stored away) but I found a mention of her weight on her medical thread though.

At 12 weeks she was 354g. I always knew she was small, probably half to two-thirds the size of a regular piggy but I'm not sure (if you have any baby piggies I would love to know their weights).

Merry weighed 170g yesterday, according to one weight chart for a litter of 5 the smallest girl weighed that at 10 days old.

Regarding feeding she is eating more and more each day. Starting on Saturday (we didn't get much down her at all on Friday, Day 1, when she arrived), in syringe-fulls:
Day 2 41
Day 3 62
Day 4 64
Day 5 78
Day 6 96

The last 2 days have been a mixture of critical care, carrot purée and Harringtons pellets softened in water mixed together with a spot of water to make it palatable. The first few days she had cc and water, or carrot purée, and also some goats milk and cc on days 1 and 2.

I use a 1ml syringe to feed her every 1 to 2 hours, and twice during the night. She also has a pile of softened pellets to eat when she wants, she probably manages 5 or 6 at a time a few times per day. She isn't showing any interest in fresh grass, veg or salad, but I always make sure there's some there, all cut up really tiny.

Regarding health and behaviour: She is totally blind and deaf. But she doesn't have a head tilt and doesn't bump into things as much as Fairy did! Her eyes are open more than they are closed and both eyes appear fairly normal looking. She doesn't have incisors but she 'mouths' my finger with her gummy little jaw! We think she has molars.

She wriggles a lot, once she has been fed she wants to be put back in her home where she promptly has a wee! She seems indifferent to other Guineas although we make sure one or another is with her if only to try and encourage normal behaviour and, hopefully, make her eat on her own. She likes the warmth and comfort of another Guinea though, but anyway, at all times she has a heat-pad under part of her living area (she likes to be warm)!

Phew! More photos soon!

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MildredM
The-Fairy-in-my-Heart

Post   » Thu Nov 19, 2015 4:47 am


Here's Uncle Bertie and Merry!

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poppycorn

Post   » Thu Nov 19, 2015 6:15 am


Bertie must be chuffed to bits with his new tiddly pal. I can't believe how small she is. It's so lovely to hear you're doing so much good for her <3 you and Ian are stars!

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snowflakey
E's Moriarity

Post   » Thu Nov 19, 2015 8:57 am


How adorable. I'll bet your looking forward to the day when she doesn't need to eat at night. That is exhausting! It's wonderful to see her getting bigger and eating more every day.

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Lynx
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Post   » Thu Nov 19, 2015 12:02 pm


What a sweetie! I like that I can go back through old posts and find info I need (like info on Mia's last molt or when, indeed, I had my gallbladder attack ;-)

Anyway, check this page for some pup weights:

http://www.guinealynx.info/pup_weights.html

And also:

http://www.guinealynx.info/five_pup_weights.html

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MildredM
The-Fairy-in-my-Heart

Post   » Thu Nov 19, 2015 12:26 pm


Thanks, Lynx! I'd found the one with Ryan's babies, it's been really useful. Both of them are! I wish I'd done an online record of Fairy's weight now.

Merry hasn't gained any weight today - still 170g, but she has eaten loads! The mixture has been a little thicker today, she seems full after 8 syringes. She sleeping a lot, compared the the first three days, but I think it's because her tummy feels contented!

I've had to set a baby monitor up for tonight! Last night she woke Ian with her wheeking for a top-up (an hour before my alarm was due to go off at 2am!). Ian's away tonight and as I feel so flipping tired I doubt she would wake me even though we sleep in the bedroom over the kitchen, where the piggies sleep!

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snowflakey
E's Moriarity

Post   » Thu Nov 19, 2015 1:18 pm


It's tough being mum to such a small baby :-) I hope you can get some rest soon. Wheeking at 2 am is better than no wheeking at 2 am when you have a hungry little girl in the house.

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GuineaPiggin

Post   » Thu Nov 19, 2015 2:38 pm


Yay for weight gain and loud wheeking for food! Sounds like she's already got herself wrapped around your little finger.

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