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    Just adopted a (possibly) pregnant gp

    I stopped by my local animal shelter this week because they had new guinea pigs (they get guinea pigs maybe once every few months). There was an adorable little girl there who was extremely scared and snuggled up to me when I picked her up so I decided to take her home to add to my herd. The workers there told me that some guy had dropped her off in a box with 5 other guinea pigs; 4 of which were boys and 1 other girl. The other girl had given birth the next day so they had sent her and the pups to a foster home. Now I'm assuming the girl I adopted is more than likely pregnant as well, my question is: after her quarantine period, should I go ahead with introductions still or should I keep her separated from the others to see if she shows signs of pregnancy (if anything she's underweight right now)? I was planning on adding another 2x4 section to my cage so I could just divide that part off and place her in there after her quarantine so she's at least close to the other girls. She's a very frightened and skittish piggy at the moment and I was just trying to figure out the least stressful thing for her in case she is pregnant.

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    Re: Just adopted a (possibly) pregnant gp

    See https://www.guineapigcages.com/forum...r-along-is-she to figure out how far along she is if you can. If she'll be close to delivery by the time she's out of quarantine, then I'd leave er separate until te pups are weaned. If she's not showing any signs of pregnancy when quarantine is over, you can introduce her then.

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    Re: Just adopted a (possibly) pregnant gp

    Thank you. I will do exactly that then.

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    Re: Just adopted a (possibly) pregnant gp

    Just an update (and another question): after the quarantine I introduced my guinea pigs and everything was going fine. I gave them their veggies this morning then came back a few hours later to clean their cage and found two little babies running around so the girl I adopted was indeed pregnant.

    Now my question is: I know I need to give the babies alfalfa hay so do I need to separate the mom and babies from the others? I don't think the rest of my girls should be eating alfalfa hay because of the calcium. Plus my boss piggy was being quite aggressive towards the babies (nipping at them).

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    Re: Just adopted a (possibly) pregnant gp

    You can take the babies out a couple times a day to offer them higher-calcium food, it doesn't have to be alfalfa hay specifically. Parsley or romaine would work as well.


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    Edited by bpatters: Romaine will NOT work. It is no higher in calcium than any of the other lettuces. Parsley will do fine. You might offer it to the sow and the pups, as she also needs extra calcium while she's nursing.
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    Re: Just adopted a (possibly) pregnant gp

    The mother and babies are so cute!

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    Re: Just adopted a (possibly) pregnant gp

    I wouldn't worry too much about the boss pig unless she's aggressively going after the pups. If she's just nipping at them if they run into her or are trying to get under/behind her, that's a normal thing, and the guinea pig way of saying "stop."

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    Re: Just adopted a (possibly) pregnant gp

    I didn't know romaine wouldn't work- I thought its high calcium was the reason red and green leaf lettuce are typically advised for adult pigs. Thank you for the correction. And yes, the babies are very cute.

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    Parsley it is, thanks!

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    Re: Just adopted a (possibly) pregnant gp

    Red and green leaf lettuces are recommended because there's either something in or not in romaine, or in or not in the pig, that causes the pig to excrete excess urinary calcium when eating romaine. Nobody knows why, but if you look at the calcium level in the three lettuces, they're almost the same.

    Cilantro will do the same thing as romaine in some pigs.

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