My 6 month old female is acting strangely. She is shedding so much that we could make another pig out of what she is leaving behind. A once very friendly, very tolerant pig, she is now snippy and short-tempered - she actually bit me yesterday. And her appetite? Sheesh...I can´t give her enough veggies and she eats them so fast, they´re gone in just a few seconds.
Her best buddy is a male, same age, and they live together. (No yelling here, please...) I want them to have babies together. However, the male is very timid and doesn´t seem to know how to get that done, at least has not been interested toward her aggressive advances (she wears the pants between them you see). Of course, the deed could have been done when I wasn´t around - I think I remember smelling cigarette smoke one morning.
Sooooo...all you piggy parents and grandparents who have experience with pregnant piggins please give me your expertise and advice. What are some of the signs that they are pregnant? All is appreciated!!
Susan, yet another guinea pig slave
Anybody else out there know anything about pregnant pigs??
Your pigs could have bred without you noticing, it only takes a second.
"A once very friendly, very tolerant pig, she is now snippy and short-tempered - she actually bit me yesterday." This is classic mite behavior. That is why I suggested it. Pigs with mites don´t always lose big patches of hair or have flaky scabs or flaky skin. Mites can lie dormant in a pig, and "flare up" during times of stress. Pregnancy could certainly be considered a stress to the body.
You may have come to the wrong place if you don´t want to hear yelling. Too many of us have been dealing with way too many homeless pigs lately.
It really is difficult to understand why you would breed your pets when there are so many wonderful pigs going without loving homes or being put to sleep in shelters.
There are alot of sad stories.
Yes, Becky is right. You may have come to the wrong place if you want any help regarding breeding your pigs.
Maybe the thread where Maaa almost died giving birth(probably contributed to her recent death).
Maybe the thread where I killed my Hazel by breeding her.
Most info is at Teresa´s site that hates my browser so I can´t gather the URLs.
Sometimes people just don´t know.
- I GAVE, dammit!
Way too many homeless, sweet ,adorable pigs. Many are being euthanized. The situation is CRITICAL. Look up what´s been happening this summer. You can be part of the solution instead of contributing to the problem. Want a baby........ many in rescues.
PLEASE ,PLEASE, PLEASE RECONSIDER BREEDING!!!!!!!!!!
I understand that everyone is passionate about pig rescue here. I am allll for that!!! But what you all must also take into consideration is that it is not your place to judge someone breeding their own pig -- last I read, God was in charge of that. I asked for assistance, not condemnation.
If everyone is so against piggie breeding, why do you have a huge section on piggie pregnancy and breeding on this site???
I will no longer post here or even read this site. I can hear the sighs of relief already. I´ve never experienced more judgmental people in my life and I hope that the next person who needs advice and posts here is greeted with more respect and kindness than you have shown me.
And sjj92 -- thanks for your polite input.
There´s a rescue in Charlotte if you´re interested in helping homeless pigs in your area. http://www.cavyrescue.com/rescues.htm
The majority of pigs from Hollister and Monterey were young and healthy. Most rescues have a large number of young, healthy pigs although of course, because an animal is healthy when you adopt it does not mean it will stay that way forever.
And, like Cara, I wonder what you are going to do when your pigs get old and/or sick (since you say you´re not in the position to take care of such a pig). What will you do if there are complications with the pregnancy? By breeding your pig, you are putting yourself in a situation where you are far more likely to run into medical problems than if you adopted a pig(s) from a rescue.
The information here at Guinea Lynx also has many warnings:
"Read Linda´s description of normal labor. Should complications arise, it is extremely important that you have a veterinarian lined up for emergency care before the actual delivery."
"Do you know how risky pregnancy can be for a guinea pig? Learn more at Cavy Spirit. Always remember that a pregnancy puts your pet at risk. "
"Breeding guinea pigs for fun is not recommended: not only is it difficult to find homes for the young with responsible and caring people (your candidates may "disappear" when the time comes to adopt out the babies) but guinea pig sows are at risk of pregnancy complications because the babies are born large and ready to run. "
Bottom line -- why breed or buy while others die? I hope Spotty doesn´t lose her sow.
My last two cents, though. I did not judge. I merely stated that I could not understand why someone would breed, putting their animals at risk, when there were so many adorable animals available through rescues. I honestly do not understand.
Where I come from, that´s not judgement. It´s asking a question.
No one refused to help this person.