Neely and her babies.

Bookfan
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Post   » Tue Sep 07, 2021 1:00 pm


The problem with this is Toby will have to live alone and we don't have room for a 2'x3'. We've got a rabbit cage on wheels that will do for the time being.

Neely's big adventure:
Big excitement last night. I went downstairs to do some laundry & there was an awful lot of squeaking. Then I heard some big sounds like something being shoved around. Neely had got into the adjacent cage with Fuzz & Vicky & they were chasing her around, making a lot of noise while they were at it. We had not successfully introduced Neely into their cage before she had her babies and she was not welcome.

So we knew she liked to get on top of the hut, but it was too far from the sides of the cage (by design) for her to get out. We couldn't figure it out. Daughter got busy clothes-pinning the towels that we have over the ends of the cage at small intervals. They had been secured with 4 clothes pins, 2 on each side, apparently loose enough for her to jump through. At some point daughter saw Neely try to jump from the house top to the triangular pad (didn't succeed) that has fleece strips attached. It's right at the corner & close to the top so we think she launched herself under the towel and into the next cage from there. She doesn't seem to be injured, but she's going to the vet on Thurs. with her babies. The fleece forest has been removed.

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Lynx
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Post   » Tue Sep 07, 2021 1:06 pm


Sooooo, was this a launch into a potential new social family
OR
an escape from whining pups and motherly duties?

[p.s. my mother once hid behind a door in the basement to escape her 10 children. I thought it was hilarious at the time, not understanding the pressures being a mother brings!]

Bookfan
For the Love of Pigs

Post   » Tue Sep 07, 2021 2:58 pm


I think it was escape. She seems somewhat stressed but maybe we're just reading that in to her behavior. The babies venture out on their own more now, but I still see her running across the cage with 4 little pigs following spread around her back end like a skirt.

Your poor mom. I would have been a straight jacket. My sister & I used to fight, like all siblings. Sometimes my mom would loose it & we'd immediately forget what we were fighting about, join forces & run into our room & lean against the door so she couldn't get in. And yeah, we thought it was hilarious.

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Lynx
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Post   » Tue Sep 07, 2021 10:37 pm


Maybe you can grab the mom and give her some alone time with some tasty vegs? I bet she would love you/your daughters all the more!

Bookfan
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Post   » Wed Sep 08, 2021 11:35 am


Yes, daughters have decided to do that. She's just reached the point where she can be separated from her babies & not get agitated. Daughter has &been giving her critical care (she hasn't been holding her weight) and last night right before the feed, she snuggled in & rested her head on daughter's arm & licked her. They're going to give her solo time in addition to cc care administration.

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Renonvsparky

Post   » Wed Sep 08, 2021 11:54 pm


Not everything about having to hand feed critical care is bad. Some of the best bonding between me and the guinea pigs I've had to hand feed has happened during the feeding sessions.

Bookfan
For the Love of Pigs

Post   » Thu Sep 09, 2021 12:54 pm


Yes! And the bonding seems to last even after we stop the critical care.

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Renonvsparky

Post   » Thu Sep 09, 2021 2:34 pm


It made my last 10 months with Scruffy special. After he recovered and up until his passing were the best times I had with him. It was the same with BJ. I think you will find the same joy with yours as they continue to show you the love and appreciation they have for you after taking such great care of them.

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Lynx
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Post   » Thu Sep 09, 2021 10:12 pm


I wish we could talk my chicken that I cared for so diligently last year when she was attacked by fly larva and needed care inside for over a month into bonding with me. Perhaps my reward was that she recovered and gave me a bunch of eggs.

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Renonvsparky

Post   » Thu Sep 09, 2021 11:11 pm


We're getting guinea foul to go with the chickens and goats. They're the best natural pest control. They eat ticks, flies and just about every nuisance bug there is.

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Post   » Fri Sep 10, 2021 9:20 am


Renonvsparky, you do realize, I hope, that you'll never have another moment's peace and quiet as long as those guinea hens are alive. They're the noisiest creatures on the planet.

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Lynx
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Post   » Fri Sep 10, 2021 9:37 am


But so endearing! I have a nice quiet stuffed guinea fowl in the house. I think they are cool birds!

They can be vulnerable to predators. If raised from very young, you might be able to get them to go inside at night. They roost in trees.

Bookfan
For the Love of Pigs

Post   » Fri Sep 10, 2021 10:55 am


I was just reading about them - sounds like they can be useful!

Neely & her babies went to the vet yesterday. The babies are doing fine. The vet said Neely's doing better than she would have expected!

Toby was put into the rabbit cage today. He was upset as expected, wheeking & paws up on the side of the cage & frantically looking for a way back home. He is eating & drinking.

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Lynx
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Post   » Fri Sep 10, 2021 8:26 pm


Poor little Toby. Such is the fate of an only son! Sounds like he will need lots of holding and loving.

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Renonvsparky

Post   » Sat Sep 11, 2021 8:13 pm


I'm actually counting on the noisy guinea foul to help ward off predators. Or at least let us know when one is around so we can take care of it.

Bookfan
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Post   » Mon Sep 13, 2021 1:05 pm


Toby's adjusting. He still gets up on his hind legs to look through the bars at the other cage but he's not frantic. He seems pretty happy & has been popcorning. He has been getting extra attention, held a lot, etc.

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Lynx
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Post   » Mon Sep 13, 2021 3:04 pm


That is good to hear! I bet he will also be a real honey with all the extra attention!

Bookfan
For the Love of Pigs

Post   » Sat Oct 23, 2021 12:08 pm


He is a real honey & downright spoiled. Daughters take various pigs out each day & hold them in their laps right next to Toby's cage. He enjoys it & some of the girls do too. His abby sister & he seem especially fond of each other.

All the babies popcorn so vigorously that sometimes they roll onto their sides. There's some head-toss involved. Toby's a wild popcorner. He runs fast, popcorns & rolls, over & over again - he's just a little ball of fur. Daughters say he had his paws up on the side of the cage, popcorned & did a back flip!! I worry about him getting hurt.

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Lynx
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Post   » Sat Oct 23, 2021 2:37 pm


What a wild crew! They sound like so much fun!!

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Renonvsparky

Post   » Sat Oct 23, 2021 4:49 pm


Baby Guinea pigs are the best. I enjoy mine immensely. They are such little clowns.

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