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doorkeeper
16-03-2005, 03:18 PM
I took on a young guinea pig after the local corn stores put her in with the males over Christmas.

She gave birth to one beautiful little baby last night. Here he is only a couple of hours old: http://www.bookwyrm.myby.co.uk/doorkeeper/images/hoursold.jpg

and this morning:
http://www.bookwyrm.myby.co.uk/doorkeeper/images/lessthanaday.jpg

and with his mummy
http://www.bookwyrm.myby.co.uk/doorkeeper/images/mummyandbaby.jpg

and with his Uncle Murphy, who will probably remain his companion after he is too old to stay with Mum.
http://www.bookwyrm.myby.co.uk/doorkeeper/images/withunclemurphy.jpg

They are such amazing little things. He has already managed to jump out of the litter tray and has had a nibble of hay. Mum (Harriet) is doing well, and seems happier now she doesn't have him kicking her in the ribs. She is only 3-4 months old herself, she needs to get this mothering over with and go back to play. He can only stay with her for a couple of weeks anyway as he could get her pregnant by the time he is 3 weeks old!

I think I will call him Finn as I think it means red in Irish and he is such a gorgeous red colour and he will be living with Murphy.

bunnytales
16-03-2005, 03:24 PM
Awww Louise - he is just lovely and what a beautiful glossy coat - what a good lookin little man he is going grow up to be - and Finn just sooo suits him - Welcome to the world little boy :D :D -

PS - What age do they become vocal Louise - I can send you some Ear Defenders by post should you need them :lol: :lol:

doorkeeper
16-03-2005, 03:30 PM
Thanks Lany :)

He is already talking away, but just soft little clucks matching the noises Hatty is making. No doubt he will soon learn the noise of plastic bags, and if he stays in the kitchen the sound of the fridge opening. Before I got the shed that used to set them all off in the winter - what a chorus :shock: And it made me feel guilty when I was getting myself something, not them :oops:

Kerri C
16-03-2005, 03:34 PM
AWWWWWWWWWWWWW bless, I want to pinch him from you!! I think its amazing that guineas can run around from birth eating and fully furred and eyes opened!! They are total little miniature adults arnt they, like a little "mini-me"!! :lol: He is gorgeous!! :D

bunnylove
16-03-2005, 04:27 PM
louise sorry to change the subject but i will be quick, is strawberry an NZ?? i keep admiring that buns hes gorgeous (i think i heard you say he was a buck?)

Eve x

BirdieBun
16-03-2005, 04:28 PM
omg the little baby is like my mom's guinea pig - she is an agoutie :D aren't they beautiful and so amazing how they are perfectly formed with fur and all - just like little hamsters but guinea pigs ahhhh I will never forget when our guinea had theor babies :love:

Denny
16-03-2005, 06:43 PM
wow :shock: cute or what :D :D how many babies do gineau pigs usually have :?: he looks quite big although pictures can be very deceptive :? :?

Tamsin
16-03-2005, 10:22 PM
Baby guineapigs are soo cute. Its amazing they pop out looking just like miniture adult piggies and start eating solids from the start :D Watching them follow their mum around is sooo sweet!

I think around two babies is average, they're quite big when they are born and have all their fur and eyes open.

Tam

doorkeeper
17-03-2005, 12:06 AM
louise sorry to change the subject but i will be quick, is strawberry an NZ?? i keep admiring that buns hes gorgeous (i think i heard you say he was a buck?)

Eve x

I'm fairly sure he is a New Zealand. I was told he was a British Giant before I had him, but I don't think so, his ears aren't big enough. Then his being a Flemish Giant was mentioned, but again that doesn't quite fit. He looks New Zealand to me, and the ear proportion seems right for one. He was between 4 and 5 kg when I first had him as weighed by the vet when he was neutered, but I think he is heavier now. So he is a giant, but not a particularly big giant - which again fits with his being a NZ. He also has a very fluffy coat (which really needs grooming but he won't let me :roll: ) which is again a NZ trait. Sorry this is a bit wooly (like him :lol: ).

doorkeeper
17-03-2005, 12:13 AM
Guineas usually have between 2 and 4 babies, so Hatty Pig did well only to have one. He looks big because she is only a baby herself, and Murphy is my smallest adult pig, and because piggies are so mature at birth.

He gets more active by the minute, and more talkative, especially as she keeps stepping on him :roll: But then he is under her feet all the time :lol:

bunnylove
17-03-2005, 07:38 AM
hi louise

he reminds me of bertie, but then when you look at your avitar he looks to big, but pictures can be decevining cant they. he is gorgeous!!!!

i know what you mean about nz temperment though, bertie is very shy, but doesnt like being touched or caught, so its rugby tackle when i need to cut his nails! :lol:


heres bertie

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v328/evemccaffery/bertie1.jpg

SOAD
17-03-2005, 09:58 AM
Awwwwwwwwww

BirdieBun
17-03-2005, 11:32 AM
ahhh sweet little Bertie :D

bunnylove
17-03-2005, 11:41 AM
ahhh sweet little Bertie :D

:shock: little he is far from little :lol: :lol:

BirdieBun
17-03-2005, 12:22 PM
really is he a big boy, he looks so small to me :D aren't pictures deceiving :lol: :lol:

doorkeeper
17-03-2005, 08:12 PM
It is really difficult to tell size from pics without a reference. I would say that Strawberry is bigger than Bertie, but not so much as not to be the same breed. I think he is a bit chunkier - his head is massive - about the same size as my little Nethie Daisy :shock: But he isn't as big as Zeus by a fair way. It really doesn't matter though, except that he is big enough to say No very firmly and there not to be too much I can do about it :roll: I simply can not hold on to him when he is determined to get down. Then he stomps off under the table and won't come back even for food :? He is driving me mad as he has all these tufts of fur sticking out just asking to be pulled out. He seems to know I am eyeing them and hops under the table or out the door as soon as I look at him. :roll: He is also covered with brown streaks where he has been working in his diggings - he is no where near as clean and sparkly as Bertie. Clover grooms him, but there is so much of him, she doesn't make much impact :lol:

bunnylove
17-03-2005, 08:20 PM
i will have to get a picture of him next to one of the other rabbits, which will be hard as he doesnt like other rabbits :shock: :shock: :roll:

have you got any pictures of strawberry in all his glory louise???

he looks like a very handsome fella, i do love big buns!!

doorkeeper
17-03-2005, 08:53 PM
There are a number of pics of him in this thread http://forums.rabbitrehome.org.uk/viewtopic.php?t=2472

and here is a never before published pic of him actually looking shiny white :shock:
http://www.bookwyrm.myby.co.uk/doorkeeper/images/cloverandstrawberry.jpg

and another

http://www.bookwyrm.myby.co.uk/doorkeeper/images/beautifulboy.jpg



Clover is a big girl herself, quite a bit bigger than any of the others, even Isadora.

I'll try and get some pics of their Earthworks tomorrow. They are becoming quite substantial. One day I shall go out the back door and fall down a pit.

bunnylove
17-03-2005, 09:42 PM
There are a number of pics of him in this thread http://forums.rabbitrehome.org.uk/viewtopic.php?t=2472

and here is a never before published pic of him actually looking shiny white :shock:
http://www.bookwyrm.myby.co.uk/doorkeeper/images/cloverandstrawberry.jpg

and another

http://www.bookwyrm.myby.co.uk/doorkeeper/images/beautifulboy.jpg


oh i want him!!!! hes stunning but doesnt look that big there, so hard to tell from photos

Eve xx


Clover is a big girl herself, quite a bit bigger than any of the others, even Isadora.

I'll try and get some pics of their Earthworks tomorrow. They are becoming quite substantial. One day I shall go out the back door and fall down a pit.

bunnylove
17-03-2005, 09:44 PM
where did you get him louise?

eve x

Denny
18-03-2005, 12:02 AM
Baby guineapigs are soo cute. Its amazing they pop out looking just like miniture adult piggies and start eating solids from the start :D Watching them follow their mum around is sooo sweet!

I think around two babies is average, they're quite big when they are born and have all their fur and eyes open.

Tam

Blimey :shock: I did'nt know that :shock: must be like us humans giving birth to a 2 year walking chatter box :lol: :lol: :lol:

certainly is a cutie pie :wink: :D

Denny
18-03-2005, 12:07 AM
Strawberry is beautiful as ever Louise :D :D did you ever find out if he had fathered any more Babies :?: :?:

Eve, I believe strawberry came up from down Devon from Siobhan and Maries rescue :wink: Its in the rabbits in need section, and if memory serves me correctly, did'nt Lany do a bit of bunny napping :wink: and Tracy has officailly adopted Hugo (who is a BIG white Bun too) who was in that bunny run tooo :wink: :lol: :lol:

doorkeeper
18-03-2005, 07:53 PM
Blimey :shock: I did'nt know that :shock: must be like us humans giving birth to a 2 year walking chatter box :lol: :lol: :lol:

certainly is a cutie pie :wink: :D

Exactly!!!
Imagine carrying one around inside you too :shock: :shock:
Or 5!! :shock: :shock:
That is what happened to Chocoate. She became so enormous she could no longer walk as her spine stretched. She looked like a football with legs sticking out :? She had to have caesarian and sadly the babies didn't survive :cry:

doorkeeper
18-03-2005, 07:59 PM
where did you get him louise?

eve x

He came up on the Bunny Run from Plymouth when Siobhan and Marie were trying to rescue a lot of French Lops under a death threat. Clover came with him, and Acorn too. Lany brought them the last leg and ended up Bunny Napping Zac. Hugo was another, that Tracy has decided to keep. Strawberry was supposed to be neutered but during the journey his missing bits turned up and he made Clover pregnant, but sadly she wasn't a great Mum and lost the baby:( I was worried that Marie might have ended up with lots of his progeny as he had been in with a group of does, but I never heard anything. Perhaps he only had eyes for Clover even then. He really does adore her.

Denny
18-03-2005, 08:03 PM
Blimey :shock: I did'nt know that :shock: must be like us humans giving birth to a 2 year walking chatter box :lol: :lol: :lol:

certainly is a cutie pie :wink: :D

Exactly!!!
Imagine carrying one around inside you too :shock: :shock:
Or 5!! :shock: :shock:
That is what happened to Chocoate. She became so enormous she could no longer walk as her spine stretched. She looked like a football with legs sticking out :? She had to have caesarian and sadly the babies didn't survive :cry:

:shock: :shock: blimey Louise, I have got me legs crossed reading your post :shock: :lol: Are caesarians a big must then for G/piggies? I am just so amazed at these babies being born like mini adults :shock: There must be an element of high risk in g/pig pregnancies from what you have wrtitten :? The poor mommy piggies certainly have a hard pregnancy :(

doorkeeper
18-03-2005, 08:34 PM
They don't always have a hard time - Hatty Pig didn't have any trouble - but then she only had Finn. Chocolate's main problem was that she was another one that got pregnant very young, and so not only did she have 5 enormous babies inside her, but she was only part grown herself. She was probably no older than 4 weeks when she got pregnant :shock:

And not only can guineas get pregnant at 3 or 4 weeks old, if they don't have their first baby before they are 7 months old, their hips will have fused and lost the flexibility to open up and let out the huge babies, so then a caesarian becomes almost inevitable if the sow is not going to die. Their biology seems stacked against them :?

But if they get pregnant for the first time between 3 and 6 months they don't have too much trouble. If only it wasn't such a big But :roll:

But once they are born they have a big advantage being so well developed. Finn spent a good portion of today standing in the food bowl sampling all the different bits. He also did a good deal of mad dashing about and spent a lot of time literally under Hatty's feet. Poor mama piggies have to prop themselves up off the ground to let the babies feed. And he seemed to want to be under there even when not eating. Murphy really likes him too, and has been purring at him and nuzzling him :)

I lined him up for a great pic, eating out of the bowl, the flash went off, and then the camera died :( I need new batteries :x