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#1 tiggy2

Posted 25 January 2013 - 07:38 PM

I mean the humans looking after them, not the guinea pigs lol.

We are contemplating two guinea pigs but don't want to rush into it.
So what do you love about your piggies?
What drives you mad?
How much work are they?
Where do you keep them?
Do you bring them in at night/ in winter?
What else should I know?

We have two indoor cats and a secure back yard. Kids are 6, nearly 3 and a baby.
Thanks!

#2 girltribe4

Posted 25 January 2013 - 07:49 PM

We currently have 6 wink.gif , mum & daughters came to us when previous owners found out she was pregnant after being told by the pet shop they had 2 girls rolleyes.gif
Then Xmas day we got another 2 surprises , pretty sure she must have been pregnant AGAIN when they finally handed her over as I certainly had no boys . I am a bit upset tonight as I have sexed the new babies and we have one girl & one boy and I hate the thought of the poor little boy living all on his own so will look in to having him desexed.

Love : Their little squeaky talking , ease of handling , friendliness , watching them run around their pen , they have great little ''characters'' .

Hate : Their cages do get messy quickly wink.gif ideally we do a full clean twice a week , it takes approx 2o mins .

We have an outside hutch on the back porch as well as several runs that can be moved around the garden . I tend to put blankets /tarpulin over the cages to protect in the colder/wet weather but have also had Guineas inside in the past .
We also have 2 cats who ''enjoy'' watching the guineas and I have no doubt would go for them if they escaped but they are well protected with lots of hidey places .
We have had loads of Guinea Pigs and they are one of my absolute favorite animals biggrin.gif . In my experience I have found the girls less friendly but tidier , and the boys are very friendly but make more mess.

Edited by girltribe4, 25 January 2013 - 07:53 PM.


#3 girltribe4

Posted 25 January 2013 - 07:57 PM

You could have 2 boys or 2 girls together , best if you get them at the same time from the same litter .

2 boys will live together happily as long as you never introduce either of them to a female .
They are very social creatures and do prefer to have the company of other Guinea Pigs.

#4 littlesticky

Posted 25 January 2013 - 08:04 PM

It's best to get more than one, and get them at the same time so they don't get territorial. I got mine from a pet shop and she was already pregnant by her brothers, they become fertile very early on!

My pig was happier indoors but her cage attracted ants and smelt so we put her on the balcony and brought her in when the weather was extreme. A lot of cleaning, the poos are little pellets but there are heaps of them.

They're not as friendly as dogs, but lower maintenance and great for clearing veggie scraps.

I never managed to toilet train mine so I'd always have to cuddle her in a towel. She always tried to run away too, unless she saw me feeding another pig. They also don't live that long so the kids will learn about death in 5 years or so.

#5 Therese

Posted 25 January 2013 - 08:14 PM

We have quite a few piggies and love them. They have their own little personalities and are really friendly (well most of them)

They are social little things and do need company. Try not to get one from a pet shop as they are often pregnant. There are lots of great guinea pig rescue organisations out there.

The worst thing is cleaning their cage I think. But that is probably the worst thing about most pets original.gif



#6 kadoodle

Posted 25 January 2013 - 08:21 PM

I have lotsa piggies.  Some are mine (well, the kids') and some we are pigsitting for the council pound so they don't get PTS while awaiting a forever home.

Please go to a pound or animal rescue centre.  Pet shops mix their sexes and will sell you a pregnant sow with the promise to "take the babies off your hands".  They are unethical gits.

Piggies are great little characters, they love to chat and will eat out of your hand.  They follow each other in a conga line and are playful.

They do poop an awful lot though, and boars can get pretty smelly.

#7 tiggy2

Posted 26 January 2013 - 10:23 AM

Thanks everyone. We are looking at getting two girls that are being retired from a petting farm.



#8 CupOfCoffee

Posted 26 January 2013 - 11:18 AM

We are also looking at getting guinea pigs (2 males most likely from the local cavy rescue cottage) and were thinking of getting a hutch like this one:

http://www.dealsdirect.com.au/double-store...pig-cage-hutch/

Is there anything which is useful in a hutch that this is missing, or a reason this might not be such a good design?

#9 ~sydblue~

Posted 26 January 2013 - 11:22 AM

I love watching the smurfs in my village ride the guinea pig around  biggrin.gif

I want a guinea pig, but our dogs would kill it.

#10 Mama8

Posted 26 January 2013 - 11:29 AM

Love piggies!
Great kids pets and they can be kept in inside cages for more interaction.
I love that they let you know when they are out of food and water original.gif
I didn't even mind cage cleaning.
They are a bit hit and miss with handling some like it others don't

#11 kadoodle

Posted 26 January 2013 - 12:10 PM

CupofCoffee - Those cages are good, but it's a two person job to move them as they're pretty unwieldy for one person to lift.

#12 CupOfCoffee

Posted 26 January 2013 - 12:20 PM

QUOTE (kadoodle @ 26/01/2013, 12:10 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
CupofCoffee - Those cages are good, but it's a two person job to move them as they're pretty unwieldy for one person to lift.


Thanks for that Kadoodle, that is a good point.  Would you know how often it would have to be moved.  Our backyard is tiny and I want to make sure we have enough space to move them often enough.  And will they poop in one area, or all over their cage?

#13 Cat12

Posted 26 January 2013 - 01:56 PM

C of C, if your backyard is tiny, why don't you guinea proof it and let them free range? I've got 12 piggies who free range.

Cat

#14 tiggy2

Posted 26 January 2013 - 02:15 PM

How does letting them free range work? Where do they sleep?

#15 kadoodle

Posted 26 January 2013 - 07:13 PM

For 2 guineas, you'd be moving the hutch every day if you didn't want your lawn scalped.  Or pick one spot and leave it there, but clean out all the little jellybeans every few days.

Make sure your yard is cat proof if you want to free range them.  Otherwise just let them out while you supervise.  We did that today with the boars and they decided to all follow me around the backyard while I did some gardening.

ETA - our sows have a toilet area away from where they eat and sleep, but the boars just go wherever they feel like it.  Often in their bed and food bowls.

Edited by kadoodle, 26 January 2013 - 07:17 PM.


#16 CupOfCoffee

Posted 28 January 2013 - 11:24 AM

We have just ordered the hutch, and spoke to the place we will get our guinea pigs from.

They were originally going to be for my daughter (who is turning 4) but my son who is turning 15 really wants one, so they will get one each (although we will buy an established pair) that they can name and have some ownership of.  (We were always planning on getting 2 anyway).

The place we are getting them from even does guinea pig boarding for when we go on holidays and guinea pig pampering (which is wash, clip and check-up).

#17 kadoodle

Posted 28 January 2013 - 04:51 PM

Just live your life the guinea pig way!

#18 CupOfCoffee

Posted 08 February 2013 - 06:10 PM

I don't know about the OP, but we ended up getting 2 Guinea Pigs from a local shelter.



And we love them, although they are still getting used to their new home.

#19 kadoodle

Posted 08 February 2013 - 08:45 PM

Awww, they're lovely.

I'm being a piggy midwife tonight to Amy Pond:



#20 CupOfCoffee

Posted 09 February 2013 - 03:54 PM

Wow, she is huge.

good luck to her birthing.

#21 wilding

Posted 09 February 2013 - 04:14 PM

QUOTE (Mama8 @ 26/01/2013, 11:29 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Love piggies!
Great kids pets and they can be kept in inside cages for more interaction.
I love that they let you know when they are out of food and water original.gif
I didn't even mind cage cleaning.
They are a bit hit and miss with handling some like it others don't



Our 2 are inside piggies, they live happily with the cats. They are out of their cage when i'm home and only in their cage when i go to bed or am not home. They're pretty good and stay on their area (tarp, then fleece blanket on top easy to keep clean). Their cage is a C&C grid cage (tarp and fleece). No smells here. When I was living at home, my 2 were kept in cages outside and free ranged.

Every now and then they rumplestrut (bum shaking and mounting), both of mine are females. If you go to the kitchen and open the fridge they will wheek and wheek for food, pack my gym bag in the morning the same thing, open a drink oh dear  roll2.gif

This is clover and lucy. Clover has constant haircuts from Lucy barbering her and is no longer a fluffy piggy (Lucy is the ginger)
http://i49.tinypic.com/2wmqr79.jpg



#22 CupOfCoffee

Posted 09 February 2013 - 04:40 PM

Clover and Lucy are gorgeous.

That is cool that they can run around free inside.

#23 wilding

Posted 09 February 2013 - 05:35 PM

Thank you original.gif Lucy is 6mths old and Clovers a year old.

It took a bit of practise, but we got there in the end. They use to bolt across the room and hide under the couch every time I got up and went to the kitchen or upstairs. They run when they see the broom though as we used to use that to sweep them out from under the couch  ph34r.gif

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kadoodle, what's even funnier is when they give birth, they give birth to babies nearly half their size. It's amazing how much they can stuff in there, when we had Snowie back when I was living at home, she was the size of a dinner plate, flat and round, she had 6. She still managed to fit into her plastic house though!

#24 LouiseA1

Posted 09 February 2013 - 06:25 PM

Wilding - can I please ask what a C& C grid cage is ?
Mine are inside overnight and during the day if the weather is bad ( too hot, cold or wet) I'd love to know how to contain them inside so they could be out of their cage.
Thanks heaps.

#25 wilding

Posted 09 February 2013 - 08:03 PM

LouiseA1,

A C&C grid cage is a cube and coroplast cage, made with the grids that you put together for boxes and coroplast (the same stuff used in signs) makes the base. I use the cubes for the tops aswell so the cats can't get in overnight. Instead of coroplast, I use tarp and bulldop clip it on. So not everyones idea of fun.

This explains it better than I can C&C cages are quite popular in the States.
http://www.guineapigcages.com/howto.htm

The original option I was looking at the time was a cheap mesh dog run as I couldn't find a cage large enough to suit my needs.

QUOTE
Wilding - can I please ask what a C& C grid cage is ?
Mine are inside overnight and during the day if the weather is bad ( too hot, cold or wet) I'd love to know how to contain them inside so they could be out of their cage.
Thanks heaps.







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