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 -
After a good shake about . . .
Merry considered her good enough to snuggle up to!
Thanks again :)
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!
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!
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 ;)
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!
Anyway, check this page for some pup weights:
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!