I've been watching the humane society for piggies in need, but so far there have only been a couple of females which a) I can't adopt and b) are gone within a day. There was a one month old little boy in Carson City I tried to adopt, but he was gone in under an hour. I wasn't really looking to expand the herd, but things don't always go as planned.
I saw Grady first and as you can see, he's an Abby. Different color than Scruffy, but he's a lot like him in a lot of other ways. All I could think of was someone who doesn't know what having a guinea pig entails, buys him for their kid and once they figure it out Grady ends up going through a lot before winding up in rescue or worse. Since he and Wilber are together, I couldn't just get Grady and leave Wilber by himself.
Both are healthy but being so little, they're pretty jumpy. We're working on that.
- Supporter in 2020
I swear if I had room I would be doing the same thing. Love little critters!
They are so tiny. I had forgotten what it was like to handle the little ones. My smallest, Gilligan looks huge next to these guys. Gilligan isn't exactly small though. He's as big as Oreo now and his weight is up to 2.3 lbs. He was about 1.8 lbs when I first got him. I also have to cut the veggies up a little bit smaller for Wilber and Grady. Luckily the bale of hay I got this time has a lot of fine pieces in it for them as well. They eat a lot of it. I check on them very often and they're usually always nibbling on it. I expect they'll grow pretty quickly. I'll get more pictures of them once they get over being so skiddish.
- For the Love of Pigs
I understand how you feel about getting pigs from Petco with people not knowing how to care for pigs & how much work it is. Really, the same goes for adopted pigs. I always worry about that, but there's no end. You can't adopt every piggy in the world.
I'm looking forward to stories.
Those guinea pigs need loving homes just as much as the ones at the humane society. I will always, always, always adopt pigs from rescue before buying them from Petco but I won't completely eliminate the possibility if the conditions are right as they were with Grady and Wilber.
I didn't just put them back in the cage together and let them have at each other though. I cleaned their cage thoroughly, replaced the bedding pellets and got them some brand new fleece that had no other guinea pig scents. I also took out the house with only one opening and put two tunnels in so they could both have one. Grady did go after Wilber again, but it was a lot less agressive and he didn't carry on with it for long. They're getting along just fine now. They lay together and share the food equally.
They both will come up to take treats from me. They like to graze outside too, although I only take them out sparingly and for a few minutes at a time. They'll get more grass time when they get a little bigger and their little bellies get used to the wild grass. I pick some and feed it to them inside a little at a time. They've picked up foraging very nicely. I spread their pellets around for them to find like the rest of the piggies and they have no difficulty foraging them up. They're making very good progress.
Anyway, they've made tremendous progress. So much that I think they're ready to spend longer outside. Last time I had them out, it was for about 5-10 minutes. In that time, a couple of cars went by and an airplane flew over. It barely phased them and they kept on eating. They have no reservations about coming to the door of the cage, and I'm happy about that. They're getting along well too. The only thing left is for them to gain size and weight.