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    It started with a letter

    I came home 4 days ago to find my niece on my porch with a box and a letter for me. My niece wouldn't give me the box till I read the letter. Here's what it said...
    After reading (and crying I won't lie) my niece handed me the box. As you can guess two tiny guinea pigs where inside. I called my vet who had and opening for two hours later ( longest 2 hours of my life I tell you) and got the pigs cheched out. They where a little malnerished but my doctor was able to get fluids in them. He showed me how to feed the pigs this special formula. I think it's for goats and cows... Anyway 8 feedings a day and they are doing great!
    One is named Jack Skellington ( the grey and white one) and the other one doesn't have a name yet (the tortoiseshell ) maybe you guys can help me with his name:

    P.s. They don't live in a kiddie pool that's where they have playtime while I clean their c&c cage.
    Oh and can anyone tell me why Jack's so much bigger than his brother?

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    Re: It started with a letter

    Pretty cute! What's the name of the formula you are feeding them?

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    @foggycreekcavy
    He gave me oxbow critical care for herbavors mixed with dumors blue ribbon kid milk repacer and thank you! I'll try to get a better pic up soon.��

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    Re: It started with a letter

    The Critical Care is perfect, but the kid milk replacer is not. Guinea pigs shouldn't be fed any kind of milk product.

    It's unusual that Jack is so much bigger. How old are they now? It's possible the other is a runt.

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    Actually, there's been a discussion over at GL about the use of goat milk for orphaned guinea pig pups. It's apparently the closest thing to GP milk in nutrients. It's not very widely available, though. If you use it, @StephsFurries, I'd like to know how it goes and whether the pups have any digestive problems with it.

    Actually, the pups are born ready to eat and drink. The problem is that if the sow has died, there's no one to teach them what's good to eat and what's not. You need a GP nanny for a while. Maybe you could foster a sow for a rescue until the pups are older.

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    Re: It started with a letter

    What a touching letter and story! It's great of you to give them the care they need. How about George for the tortoiseshell?

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    Re: It started with a letter

    Quote Originally Posted by foggycreekcavy View Post
    The Critical Care is perfect, but the kid milk replacer is not. Guinea pigs shouldn't be fed any kind of milk product.

    It's unusual that Jack is so much bigger. How old are they now? It's possible the other is a runt.
    Their five days old.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bpatters View Post
    Actually, there's been a discussion over at GL about the use of goat milk for orphaned guinea pig pups. It's apparently the closest thing to GP milk in nutrients. It's not very widely available, though. If you use it, @StephsFurries, I'd like to know how it goes and whether the pups have any digestive problems with it.

    Actually, the pups are born ready to eat and drink. The problem is that if the sow has died, there's no one to teach them what's good to eat and what's not. You need a GP nanny for a while. Maybe you could foster a sow for a rescue until the pups are older.
    They have been having normal bowel movements so far and I'll keep you updated. I would love to foster a GP but non of our shelters keep guinea pigs I'll look farther to FL tho.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CavyChrissy View Post
    What a touching letter and story! It's great of you to give them the care they need. How about George for the tortoiseshell?
    Thank you that's a good name! I'll add it to my list.

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    Re: It started with a letter

    Maybe my sisters pig Lily will nanny them ... She adopted a female pig but she had pups then.... I'll try it and let you know

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    Re: It started with a letter

    Read http://guinea-pigs.livejournal.com/3002707.html before you put them together. You won't need to do everythng they talk about, but you will need to put them together in a neutral area and then put them in a thoroughly cleaned cage. Sows and pups are usually no problem to introduce to each other.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bpatters View Post
    Read http://guinea-pigs.livejournal.com/3002707.html before you put them together. You won't need to do everythng they talk about, but you will need to put them together in a neutral area and then put them in a thoroughly cleaned cage. Sows and pups are usually no problem to introduce to each other.
    OK thank you I will read it. What about Lily's herd mates though? Should I put them in her cage or theirs?

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    How many pigs do you have in the cage? And how large is it?

    Overcrowding will cause real problems, and you'd be better off to leave them separate, or to just introduce them to Lily. How old are Lily's pups? And are they males or females?

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    Re: It started with a letter

    So cute. What a sad story but Jack and his brother have a bright future! Thanks for sharing and good luck with everything!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bpatters View Post
    How many pigs do you have in the cage? And how large is it?


    Overcrowding will cause real problems, and you'd be better off to leave them separate, or to just introduce them to Lily. How old are Lily's pups? And are they males or females?
    Their are three pigs plus Lily in a 2 by 8 cage. All three pups are females and about a year I believe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MamaP View Post
    So cute. What a sad story but Jack and his brother have a bright future! Thanks for sharing and good luck with everything!
    And thank you for your kind words!

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    Just a Quick update Lily has decided to baby sit them both and they are in their run right now... they've already figured out the water bottle (after Lily got tired of them trying to nurse she showed them the bottle) Pippa is helping to! She's been showing them that hay is good but they haven't figured out veggie time yet. Jack Seems to be slower and more cautious while his brother has been into EVERYTHING. We have named him George Grimm (Thank you CavyChrissy for the name).

    Hope to have some cute Pics soon, but till then heres to better pics of my boys.
    George Grimm


    Jack Skellinton


    and here's one so you can see how different their sizes are:

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    Glad they're doing well. Don't forget that you'll have to separate the boys again at 21 days of age.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bpatters View Post
    Glad they're doing well. Don't forget that you'll have to separate the boys again at 21 days of age.
    Thanks for the reminder! I will mark it on my calendar

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    Just a little update. Jack was injured while having floor time. I don't want to double post so I'll leave the link here https://www.guineapigcages.com/forum...-in-dogs-mouth! In case you want to know what happened.
    On other news the boys have been eating veggies and drinking from a water bottle, grooming themselves, and playing. I noticed one of the boys trying to mate with Lily ( starting to wonder if their older than I was told) so they where moved to their new cage. I posted a picture of it here https://www.guineapigcages.com/forum...-please/page85
    So let me know what you guys think of that. Jack and George are going to the vet for a wellness exam tomorrow and I'll let you all know about Jacks wound on his other post. Thanks for everybobies help here's a few prezzies:[URL=http://s1174.photobucket.com/user/crazyandproudofit/media/Mobile%20Uploads/IMG_1567_zpsrra7akfc.jpg.html][/URL

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