I should also mention that the vet advised me to hold off loading the new mother and babies up and bringing them in for the first week unless it was absolutely necessary, which is why I haven't done so yet. They're all doing very well, which is a good thing. Now that they've made it through the first week with flying colors, I can get them in for a checkup and sexing.
I'll have to buy one more big cage when I get to my new house in Missouri. I have Scruffy's first cage and it's big enough for two small guinea pigs until such time as I get the bigger one. They all eat like horses. I can't put too much hay in for them and they go through the veggies very quickly. Buttercup is getting plenty as well. I'm making sure of that.
4 weeks old now and not nursing. They are eating hay, veggies and pellets on their own. The time has come to separate the boys from the mother and sisters. I feel sorry for them because they must be frightened of the new surroundings without Mom to hide and comfort them. I guess I'm their mother now, plus they have each other. I don't have a hidey with two openings except for the pipes. I cut the bottom out of it so when they're in it, they are laying on the bedding. That will keep it from getting really nasty when they pee and poop in it.
I had that problem with these tunnels before and ended up removing all but Sammy and Dean's because those two don't lay in them. They only go in theirs when they play or if something startles them. I had also taken Wilber and Grady's out because they totally grossed theirs out. That left them with nothing to hide in. It's not a terrible thing for them since their cage has cover on every side except for the front. I made their day today because I cut the bottom out of another tunnel for them. I made sure not to cut it too short so they can fit in it.
This one is Muffin. She's a very meek little girl. She is submissive to the other babies and hovers close to her mother. With the boys out of the picture, she'll have less competition, but I'll have to make sure the other girl and mom don't prevent her from getting enough food and water.
Here is Ruffles. Aptly named by my granddaughter, Hope for her Abby fur. She's an impetuous little thing. Full Abby personality.
Here's one of the boys. My wife named him Kahlua for his coloring. Pretty fitting. Not sure about his personality quite yet, but he doesn't seem to mind being held once you pick him up. He's also the most vocal of all the pups.
There's one more boy as yet unnamed. I am letting Ella name him since he's her favorite. He looks quite a bit like his brother, except he doesn't have as much white in him. As soon as she decides what to name him, I'll post it here.
Last boy got his name and it's Jack. I let my granddaughter, Ella name him. I should have known she would choose a Supernatural character to name him after. I guess I should be thankful she didn't choose Castiel lol. Jack goes good with Kahlua, right?
Anyway, Jack is nearly as vocal as Kahlua, only he's much louder. The two of them have been squeaking in protest since I separated them from the girls earlier today. I believe they are trying to call for their mother to come over and rescue them. I'm sure that in a day or two they'll get used to being on their own and settle down. Meanwhile we have been going in and giving them attention periodically throughout the day.
They went right after their veggies, so they aren't on a hunger strike as part of their protest. I haven't noticed that they are drinking much from their water bottle, but I'm too concerned as they get plenty with their veggies.
Here they are having their veggies. The little girl in the tunnel is the runt. Her name is Muffin. She is still smaller than her brothers and sister but she's healthy and eats well. She doesn't let anyone bully her from getting her share of the food either. The little Abby is Ruffles. As you can see, Buttercup gets her space when she wants it.
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We're calling them all "she" right now - wishful thinking because we hate to separate them. But if we have males, I hope there are 2 so they can live together. The plan is to adopt some of them out, but that's going to be very hard. I don't think we have room for a permanent third cage and this is an all-female setup.
Picking them up is a different story. I hate having to chase them to pick them up but that too will resolve when they learn to trust me. They'll let me approach them without running and hiding as long as I don't open the cage door.
Kahlua is on top of the house. He has claimed that as his spot. Jack likes to get up there too and they do argue about it, but it's never been serious as of yet. Jack always yields the spot.
- For the Love of Pigs
The sound of rattling plastic - oh boy. My childhood pig could hear my mom open the refrigerator door from his cage in the basement and it set off loud wheeks.