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    New babies!

    My so called "male" guinea pig just had four babies. Seeing I have never had any births of guinea pigs before what do I need to do for them? For the mother? Any help is appreciated. Thanks.
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    Re: New babies!

    You need to separate the father from the other pigs, immediately. Sows can get pregnant immediately after giving birth and it's very hard on them. Other than that, increase the calcium in their diets and make sure your cage is baby-proof, which it looks like it might be already? Hard to tell from the picture.

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    Re: New babies!

    Yes I just removed her to a cage by herself Friday. Thanks

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    Re: New babies!

    Feed sow and pups unlimited alfalfa pellets, a good quality timothy hay, and plenty of veggies. Weigh the pups daily (same time of day, preferably in the morning before breakfast) to make sure they're all thriving. They may lose a few grams the first day, but should start gaining steadily by the second or third day.

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    Re: New babies!

    They're precious! Good luck

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    Re: New babies!

    babies need to be with their mother for at least 3 weeks I believe.. if there is no male adult then you can leave her with the babies . after 3 or possibly 4 weeks (if I am wrong someone please clarify) if any of the babies are boys they will need to be separated.. they are very sweet , best of luck..

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    Re: New babies!

    Remove baby boys at 3 weeks. They may try mounting the females before then, but can't do any damage.

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    Re: New babies!

    Also feed the mom/babies alfalfa hay. Same thing happened to me, our two girls weren't both girls.. vet said to know the genders and have boys separated by 3 weeks because that's when they become fertile and best for females to stay with Mom for at least 4 weeks. The alfalfa hay has extra calories which is why I got it bc my momma was so underweight after giving birth


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    Re: New babies!

    You do NOT need to feed them alfalfa hay.

    What they need is an extra source of calcium, which can be SOME alfalfa hay along with their long strand grass hay, OR alfalfa pellets, OR a calcium rich veggie like parsley.

    I think pellets are the best, because they've got all the other vitamins and minerals they need. Give them all they'll eat until the pups are six months old.

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