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  1. Thread: Bonding

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    Bonding: Re: Bonding

    Here's how to do proper introductions. Just putting one pig in the cage with another won't do it.

    http://guinea-pigs.livejournal.com/3002707.html
  2. Thread: Mucus poop??

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    Re: Mucus poop??

    It's a sign of a digestive upset, and it could well be because her living arrangements have changed. Or her diet, if you're feeding her anything different.

    What you should do is watch very...
  3. Thread: Quarantine

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    Re: Quarantine

    There's no point in quarantining them from each other -- they'll have been exposed to all sorts of things at a pet store. If you already had guinea pigs at home, you'd want to quarantine the new...
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    C&C: Re: C&c size decisions

    You won't find 5 foot wide plywood -- it comes in 4 foot by 8 foot lengths. But you can get 5 feet out of the 8 foot length.
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    C&C: Re: C&c size decisions

    Bigger is better, especially for that number of pigs.
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    Nutrition: Re: Good vitamin C sources?

    Most sources recommend 25-30 mg. per day. Vita Drops makes vitamin C, but if you use it, don't follow their instructions to put it in the water bottle -- just syringe it to them or sprinkle it on...
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    Sick: Re: Sparky's Medical Thread

    Glad to hear the good news!
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    Lump: Re: Post eye removal swelling

    I'd get him back to the vet ASAP. That's not normal.
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    Fleece: Re: which would be better?

    I used mattress covers, but I got them for about $3 from a second hand store.
  10. Bonding: Re: Has anyone else combined a bonded pair of females with a bonded 3 females?

    Definitely don't use the cage as an introduction area. The area needs to be much bigger, and have plenty of piles of food and water bottles and nothing else in it.

    See...
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    Lid: Re: Large lid ideas for a DIY cage?

    Closet shelving makes an awesome lid. Doesn't need any extra support, comes in different depths, can be cut to any length, will hold large dogs, even people if the bottom of the cage is put...
  12. Bonding: Re: Has anyone else combined a bonded pair of females with a bonded 3 females?

    You do it just like you'd do regular introductions, but in a huge neutral space when you've got LOTS and LOTS of time to give to it. Don't rush it. The last time I introduced a pair to a singleton,...
  13. Thread: Hay Rack?

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    Hay: Re: Hay Rack?

    Don't tie grids to the side of the cage. Pigs can get in the hay rack, and if startled, can break a leg trying to get out. We've had a few of these over the years.

    But you're gonna have a lot of...
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    Hay: Re: Compressed hay for pigs?

    Just to correct a common misconception about strands of hay... The long stems that the pigs eat are composed of the long strands that are so important for their digestive health. The length of the...
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    Hay: Re: Compressed hay for pigs?

    It's just compressed to make the package smaller.

    The thing I'd worry about is how fresh it is, and how long it's been stored in that plastic. No matter what you do to it, hay is never totally...
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    Re: Accidental possible pregnant guinea pig

    The signs of impending labor are in that link I gave you. Please read it AGAIN, and also the links within it.
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    General: Re: Recently moved, pigs not eating

    Yep. Moving house often upsets them. Just make sure they've got a covered area (something over the top of at least part of the cage) to protect them from the house eagles, and put their food and...
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    Re: nice to meet you

    Here's a thread that may help you: https://www.guineapigcages.com/forum/threads/103012-How-can-I-know-if-my-guinea-pig-is-pregnant-And-how-far-along-is-she

    But please do not breed your guinea...
  19. Newborn Pups: Re: Baby developing slowly, nursing constantly

    As long as he's gaining, that's a good thing. Keep us posted on how he's doing.
  20. Weight: Re: What scales can I use to weigh my guinea pigs?

    Either will be fine.
  21. General: Re: Is my guinea pig sneezing or expelling air?

    Your indicators that he's doing ok are a stable weight, regular peeing and pooping, and normal activity. Short of an injury, skin condition, or obvious illness, you can usually watch anything odd...
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    What breed?: Re: What breed are my new girls?

    700-900 grams is WAY low for normal sow weight. They come from old textbooks based on lab animals, not pets. Every sow I had weighed just under or over 1300 grams, and both I and the vet thought...
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    How Much?: Re: Veggies and pellets question

    I'd just put the veggies down and let them eat. There's not enough difference in age to worry about separating meals for them.
  24. Newborn Pups: Re: Baby developing slowly, nursing constantly

    He sounds like he might be somewhat developmentally delayed, but it's hard to know. Does he seem to move normally? Can you post a picture of his eyes?

    Four grams difference from another pup...
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    Re: Accidental possible pregnant guinea pig

    Guinealearner1, STOP asking every poster if they think your pig is pregnant. It's been explained to you by more than one person that there's no way for us to be sure from a picture whether or not...
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