I realized a few days ago that our new guinea pig was pregnant when we got her in December. (you can now see the babies moving!) From what I can figure she´s 66 - 75 days gestation. She´s healthy and active but I´m afraid as a first time young mother she´s not going to know what she´s doing.
Her cage is at the opposite end of the house from our bedrooms, so I have the old baby monitor set up so I can hear if there´s any unusual activity at night. I´m so stinkin´ nervous and she could have up to a week to go! At any rate we´ve had her 66 days today so she´s be pregnant for at least that long.
Any further information you can give would be great.
I was in the same situation a year ago, and Noelle knew what she was doing. Her litter turned a year old on the 2nd.
You know, the baby monitor is probably not going to do much good. When cavies deliever, they make little noise unless there´s a problem. There shouldn´t be a lot of blood when she delivers either, they do a great job of cleaning up. Sometimes you´ll go to sleep at night and in the morning find a skinny sow with a few little ones running around her!
When she delievers, there shouldn´t be a lot of blood, and it should be relatively quick. Straining for 10 minutes with no result, or the sow making a lot of noise and being seemingly in pain should be alerts that there is a problem. It might be a good idea to have a vet on call if necessary.
Good luck! I hope the sow does fine. Post pictures of the pups when they come!
Edit: She should also be getting alfalfa hay, and an increased vitamin c intake. Parsley is good for extra calcium and C, but give her more than just parsley. Alfalfa based pellets are great for nursing mothers and pups.
How old is your pig? If shes fairly young (younger than a year) then she shouldnt have any problems. Im sure her natural motherly instinct will kick in when the time comes.
Right now its a "hurry up and wait" situation. Be patient. They will be here soon enough
And when they get here.....what a wonderful sight to see!
Congrats and hope things go well.
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If you get lucky enough to witness the births, then just stay quiet and listen. They all do it. But, if you are like most of the rest of us, you will turn your back for 5 minutes and she´ll be done. There is a link on GuineaLynx, upper right hand corner, that describes normal labor and delivery. Might be good if you read it.
Let us know, and keep her well fed. I give pregnant pigs 25-50 mg of a c supplement daily, along with about 25-50 mg of extra calcium, only till I wean the pups.
Lots of hay, veggies ,and pellets and she should be just fine.
I feed her alfalfa as well as timothy hay. She got plenty of veggies high in vitamin c. Be sure she has plenty of water, ours drank a ton before she delivered.
Good luck! and do take lots of pictures! they grow incredably(sp) fast!!!
btw the links on Guinealynx were extremely helpful with calming nerves!
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Thank you so much for the great advice... I´m sure I´ll be posting back for more advice on the babies.