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honeybunny
22-11-2007, 01:08 PM
We have a petshop near us that sells animals..some of which are supplied by another "rescue":evil: :censored:

I am sick of getting calls from people who have been sold 2 girl or 2 boy rabbits...and a few weeks later find babies..

Today I've had a call from a lady who bought 2 girls guineas..and yep..one is a boy and she now has babies...she does not want them to go back to the shop as she now realises ..by looking at her youngsters..that the ones she bought could only have been 2 weeks old when sold:cry:

I'm soooo angry:censored: :censored:

chloaster
22-11-2007, 01:15 PM
:shock: :shock: Two weeks old?????? :evil: :evil:

elve
22-11-2007, 01:17 PM
well they can leave mum at 3 weeks old - but in an ideal world wouldn't get pregnant at 5wks :(

winegums2007
22-11-2007, 01:18 PM
2weeks old :shock: :shock: :shock:
I remember when my babies were that young, they were tiny!!!! And theres no way they would of been ready to leave Mum at even 3weeks, mine were still suckling until about 4weeks old!

elve
22-11-2007, 01:22 PM
2weeks old :shock: :shock: :shock:
I remember when my babies were that young, they were tiny!!!! And theres no way they would of been ready to leave Mum at even 3weeks, mine were still suckling until about 4weeks old!

my boys left their mums at 3 weeks old - they can get her pregnant otherwise, believe it or not (so I was informed luckily, by an experienced member of this forum - or I'd have a lot more than 19 piggies :shock: )

winegums2007
22-11-2007, 01:36 PM
Yeah mine would of gone at 3 if I had any boys but luckily they were all girls but I still wouldnt of liked doing it cos thye were still tiny and still suckling!

susiemae
22-11-2007, 02:10 PM
Oh its so awful isnt it and unfortunately happens so often. It must be so frustrating for you and other rescues where irresponsible petshops/garden centres just churn out these poor animals which also end up producing more animals cos of incorrect sexing. :censored:

cute_fuzzies
22-11-2007, 02:16 PM
Oh its so awful isnt it and unfortunately happens so often. It must be so frustrating for you and other rescues where irresponsible petshops/garden centres just churn out these poor animals which also end up producing more animals cos of incorrect sexing. :censored:

Sounds like they wouldn't get a much better 'service' even if they went to the rescue :censored:

I can't believe that someone could even TRY and call themselves a rescue but just hand them over to shops :evil:

Thea & Bobbin
22-11-2007, 02:23 PM
Jill, how close is the petshop to you?

I may get hysteric reactions for saying this, but... could you help them sex their rabbits? At least that way some babies maybe prevented, if only in your area.

CottonMather
22-11-2007, 03:01 PM
2 weeks! :evil: :cry: poor babies!
Did she want you to take the babies into rescue when they're old enough? is she keeping both mum and dad?

baileydonut
22-11-2007, 05:09 PM
2 weeks old - the thought of Merlot being separted from Catalina at that age would break my heart.

How awful. How old are her current babies? I assume Dad isn't with them.

Whats she doing with Jill?

chloaster
22-11-2007, 05:13 PM
my boys left their mums at 3 weeks old - they can get her pregnant otherwise,

Now that I didn't know!!! :shock:

ZakuraRabbit
22-11-2007, 05:14 PM
Poor things:cry:
We got in a litter of very young guinea pigs at the pet shop I work at, the breeder lied at their age:cry:
They seem to be doing okay but their fur looks bad due to lack of vitamins.:cry:
I don't know how old they were when they came in but according to the boss they weren't eating:evil: They are now eating solid food and drinking from a bottle...and eating each other's fur:shock:

When we have baby guineas at school they're usually separated at 4 weeks.
I once saw two boys trying to breed their mothers at 5 weeks so we took them out.

baileydonut
22-11-2007, 05:58 PM
Now that I didn't know!!! :shock:


Ahh yes, the joys of mother nature eh! Another reason why I was so glad Merlot was a girl and I could leave her with her Mom.

Tamsin
22-11-2007, 06:08 PM
Why don't you have a friendly chat with the manager, offer free demonstration on sexing for the staff and print out some photos/diagrams.

Tam

honeybunny
22-11-2007, 06:38 PM
Why don't you have a friendly chat with the manager, offer free demonstration on sexing for the staff and print out some photos/diagrams.

Tam

well they are not the most approachable place..mainly because i've complained before...they had a sign saying "rabbits reduced to clear only 5"..these were REW's:censored: among other things.
...i may pay them another visit but have been told before.."we take the accidental babies back to sell so what's the problem?"...so wish me luck....

Doncat5
22-11-2007, 06:56 PM
well they are not the most approachable place..mainly because i've complained before...they had a sign saying "rabbits reduced to clear only 5"..these were REW's:censored: among other things.
...i may pay them another visit but have been told before.."we take the accidental babies back to sell so what's the problem?"...so wish me luck....


Ahhhh THAT place!!!! :evil: :censored:

Sooz
22-11-2007, 06:58 PM
Am I the only one that is more shocked that a 'rescue' sends their rabbits to a pet shop??? :shock: :shock: :shock:

honeybunny
22-11-2007, 07:37 PM
Am I the only one that is more shocked that a 'rescue' sends their rabbits to a pet shop??? :shock: :shock: :shock:

Well I visited a local-ish " rescue" a while back and to say I was shocked is an understatement.:cry: ...rabbits in with gps..homed with gps...VERY ill buns who had not been taken to a vet..they were willing to sell me a couple of really ill rabbits for a tenner each..the person there mis sexed a bun in front of me..and proudly told me that they had had " a couple of litters off this rabbit ..the babies sell really well"..this was a rescue rex who had been handed in 18 months previously..obviously no neutering, homechecking or vacs.....well no vet treatment at all it seemed even for desperate animals:cry:

one poor bun had the worst case of mites I've ever seen..his back was raw and had teeth growing up his nose..he'd been there 2 months but they "hadn't had time to take him to see a vet":cry: :censored: :censored:

and they are still going and continue to call themselves a rescue......

Sooz
22-11-2007, 07:39 PM
:shock: :shock: :shock:

:censored: :censored: :censored:

Im guessing the RSPCA have already had a call out?

honeybunny
22-11-2007, 07:41 PM
:shock: :shock: :shock:

:censored: :censored: :censored:

Im guessing the RSPCA have already had a call out?

Yep i called them and complained and they did go out quite quickly and gave advice..I'm guessing they took some of the very poorly rabbits away too :cry:

very frustrating though

Beebop
22-11-2007, 07:42 PM
Do you think any local newspapers would be interested in an article on them?:?

ZakuraRabbit
22-11-2007, 07:44 PM
"we take the accidental babies back to sell so what's the problem?"...so wish me luck....

The problem is baby guinea pigs delivering babies:shock:
Allowing a 5-week old guinea pig to be bred is just like letting an 11-year old human-girl become pregnant, it may injure the young mother badly as she is far too young! :cry:
How many times have I not heard the story "two girls" suddenly ending in pregnancy:cry: If you're going to breed/sell animals, at least learn how to separate the sexes properly:evil:

janice
22-11-2007, 08:33 PM
Poor things:cry:

I don't know how old they were when they came in but according to the boss they weren't eating:evil: They are now eating solid food and drinking from a bottle...and eating each other's fur:shock.


All the baby piggies I have had are eating normal vegetables at 3 - 4 days old. If they are not eating solid food they are well under a week old.

janice
22-11-2007, 08:37 PM
'If you're going to breed/sell animals, at least learn how to separate the sexes properly:evil:

Never heard such truer words. ARC took in 7 piggies today whose parents originated from a large national chain of pet shops. A lady bought 2 female piggies who both gave birth to babies ....... so much for keeping the sexes apart :roll:

Azraelm
22-11-2007, 08:43 PM
Never heard such truer words. ARC took in 7 piggies today whose parents originated from a large national chain of pet shops. A lady bought 2 female piggies who both gave birth to babies ....... so much for keeping the sexes apart :roll:

The same thing happened when I was a child- two female pigs from a pet shop who both birth a few weeks later :evil: They were only tiny too, they must have got pregnant as soon as it was possible.

winegums2007
22-11-2007, 08:50 PM
My babies were eating solids from a few hours old!!!
It happened to me too, bougt 2 females from a pet shop - the only 2 there, the rest were male (seperate but still...) and 6weeks later Nala gave birth! And this was from Wilsons Pets which I class as quite reputable and have no problems purchasing animals from there!

janice
22-11-2007, 08:59 PM
Never heard such truer words. ARC took in 7 piggies today whose parents originated from a large national chain of pet shops. A lady bought 2 female piggies who both gave birth to babies ....... so much for keeping the sexes apart :roll:


As a result of putting this on this forum, I have had an enquiry about a ickle girl for a dark coated piggie :lol: