Ruffles has always been a real outgoing pig. She's apprehensive about being picked up, not much else. She and Muffin both like to sit on top of the pipe, but Ruffles usually wins that argument. She an Abby for sure. She's got the Abby character and personality. The other 3 little ones are content to sit when I hold them, but she likes to climb around on me and explore.
The boys, Kahlua and Jack are also doing well. They wheek louder than any guinea pig I've ever had. They too like the top of their house. Unlike the baby girls, they are content to take turns or share it. Kahlua is particularly crafty when it comes to veggies. I always give them a piece of lettuce by hand before I dump the bowl in the cage, so he gets extra pieces by taking the one I give him and putting it under the hut. Then he comes back for another. Nobody can convince me that guinea pigs aren't smart.
Muffin is still the smallest, but don't let her small size fool you. She holds her own when it comes to the food, water and the coveted spot on top of the tunnel. Shes a fast little thing too. Its hard to hold her because she runs without any warning. She'll run right up my chest and over the back of the chair before I can catch her, so I make sure she has a blanket to get under and that keeps her from doing that so far. She's skiddish as can be, but she comes up to the front of the cage to take food from me. She runs to the tunnel after she takes it, if I put a finger through the cage for her to sniff or if I open the door. I know from experience that she and the other girls will get over that eventually.
Ruffles is the bravest of the 3. She hangs out in the open and doesn't run unless I open the cage door. She sits still when I hold her and is the easiest one to pick up. She's the only one of the 4 babies who purrs when I pet her. Quite the little Abby character, that one. She is also the only one of the three who doesn't run to the tunnel to eat the food or treats she takes from my hand. She gobbles it down and begs for more. She would probably be ok without a place to hide, although I don't deprive any of my guinea pigs of that. Maybe some of her bravery will rub off on her mom and sister.
I often give my chickens grapes as a treat (not recommended to give guinea pigs grapes) and cut them in quarters or half depending on the size so I don't have to worry about eating round things. I imagine the grape tomatoes are larger and this might not be a problem. Easier to eat if they are easier to grab though!
I figured on having at least a couple of months to get the emergency cages built. Boy was I wrong. We had to keep all but 3 of the piggies in totes throughout the sheltering time. Mr Bubbles had one of the large carriers and Kahlua and Jack each had one of the small ones. Most of the piggies were ok, but poor Buttercup and her two girls were terrified. You could see her eyes dilated as she had that terrified look on her face. Her two daughters were huddled up underneath her the whole time, which was about 30 minutes. It took an hour and carrot treats to get them to relax again.
I learned my lesson. Their emergency cages will be done by the end of this week.
- For the Love of Pigs
A couple of months after we moved to St. Louis from Kansas City, in Jan. 1967, we had an F4 hit about a half mile down the street from us. No warning what so ever. The storm was bad and the lights went out & my dad looked out the front door and in a flash of light saw the tornado to the west. He said "Hit the basement". About 10 years ago we had an F3 tornado a bit south of where I live on New Year's Eve. We have a warm up or 2 most winters & when the cold front comes through there's the potential for severe weather.
I knew we were in for trouble when I looked at:
Of course it doesn't look the way it looked on Fri. The area that had the really bad supercell that went through AR, MO, TN, and KY was red. I've hardly ever seen that.
I was watching the weather & asked my daughter if she had plans for getting the pigs into the basement, so she thought about it. When the sirens went off we carried most of the pigs in carriers & had Neely & one of her babies separate. Nothing came close, so we put the pigs back & then the sirens went again.
There wasn't any severe weather where we are, but there was plenty in the metro area, into IL. There were several different storms involved producing tornadoes.
I know this is long. I'm a tornado geek.