Results 1 to 7 of 7

Thread: 2 week old pig

  1. #1
    Cavy Slave blubrd12's Avatar
    Joined
    Aug 31, 2008
    Location
    Where dreams come true!
    Posts
    62
    Thanks
    0
    Thanks
    5 Rec'd/5 Posts
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Quoted
    0 Post(s)

    2 week old pig

    Hi- I go to university and on our community board today I saw a posting from someone saying they had a mom guinea pig with one 2 week old baby that they needed to get rid of immediatley or they would be set free in the next day or two. I am now having a dilemma. I recently adopted a month old piggy that is in quarantine and will be added to my other two boars in about 2 1/2 weeks. We really were not looking to have four but it seems I may have no choice. I cant imagine letting this happen and not doing anything about it. I called them this afternoon and they apparently found a home for the mother so they now have this lonely 2 week old piggy that they are willing to hold for me for a day before they release him. My main question I guess is about his age. Will a pig who was seperated from his mother at this young age be able to thrive? Will there be major problems? Would I have to feed him differently? I have come to the realization I wont have a choice but to take him and try to find him a home with someone else since four really wasnt on the agenda.

    Thanks

  2. #2
    Cavy Slave
    Joined
    Sep 10, 2008
    Posts
    255
    Thanks
    1
    Thanks
    13 Rec'd/12 Posts
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Quoted
    0 Post(s)

    Re: 2 week old pig

    Babies up untill theyre 6 months old should have alfafa.
    3 wks is when they really should be separated but he should be fine.

  3. #3
    Cavy Slave AnimalHouse36's Avatar
    Joined
    May 21, 2008
    Location
    Wouldn't you like to know!
    Posts
    1,390
    Blog Entries
    1
    Thanks
    167
    Thanks
    167 Rec'd/116 Posts
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Quoted
    0 Post(s)

    Re: 2 week old pig

    I would give him extra calcium filled foods and get him to a vet because I doubt he can be healthy. I'm sure other member have much better idea's but remember NO milk substitute!

    Also, kudos to your for taking in the sweety.

  4. #4
    Cavy Slave
    Joined
    Sep 23, 2008
    Posts
    54
    Thanks
    1
    Thanks
    7 Rec'd/5 Posts
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Quoted
    0 Post(s)

    Re: 2 week old pig

    I agree three weeks is the appropriate age to remove him fom Mum but by two weeks he can be weaned and eating for himself so he should thrive given the right diet. Well done you for taking him - have you considered having two pairs of boars as opposed to a trio which can be tricky. I know you said a fourth wasn't really on the cards but these little furries have a way of pulling on our heart strings hence me having 11

  5. #5
    Cavy Slave RainKindle's Avatar
    Joined
    Aug 18, 2008
    Location
    Minnesota
    Posts
    431
    Blog Entries
    1
    Thanks
    9
    Thanks
    40 Rec'd/31 Posts
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Quoted
    0 Post(s)

    Re: 2 week old pig

    For the most part the baby will be ok on the proper diet scheme laid out by ly's chart and either alfalfa pellets or hay (not both) for it's first few months.
    My rescue's babies were eating mommy's food on day one, and understood the water bottle.
    The biggest drawback is that the baby wont have learned all it could from mommy before being separated from her...
    Plopper had a great suggestion to do two sets of two boars.
    This could be great for the baby because then it could learn from an older boar, so if you get it, double check the sex and you should be ok.

  6. #6
    Cavy Slave blubrd12's Avatar
    Joined
    Aug 31, 2008
    Location
    Where dreams come true!
    Posts
    62
    Thanks
    0
    Thanks
    5 Rec'd/5 Posts
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Quoted
    0 Post(s)

    2 week old pig with lice

    So I have brought the baby home and he looks happy and healthy. My only problem is that he has lice! I dont know what to do. How do you treat a 2 week old pig for lice? Do I wait until hes bigger and hope the lice doesnt bother him until then? I have not seen anything moving but he has what look like little white eggs on the base of his hair. Any help appreciated!

  7. #7
    Cavy Slave
    Joined
    Jan 08, 2007
    Posts
    1,509
    Thanks
    3
    Thanks
    163 Rec'd/136 Posts
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Quoted
    0 Post(s)

    Re: 2 week old pig

    Guinea Lynx :: Lice

    Guinea Lynx :: Topic - Advantage (imidacloprid) for Lice

    Advantage kills lice. Advantage can be used in newly weaned cavies. Please read all directions carefully if you decide to treat the baby yourself. A cavy savy vet would be your best bet for making sure the little one gets the right dosage/treatment.

    I would get yourself a good digital kitchen scale so you can weigh the baby daily (in grams). That way you can see any weight gains/losses even if they are small. You want to make sure the baby is gaining and thriving. If the little one is not thriving, you will want Critical Care to feed him - as already stated NO milk substitutes! You must be very careful if handfeeding a baby so it's best if you can get him eating on his own. Another piggie who is older and more experienced would be very good for the little one to teach him the ropes.

    Guinea Lynx :: Hand Feeding

User Tag List

Bookmarks

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •