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    Question Planning for a new Piggy

    I have been planning on getting a third pig for my cavy herd. I want a younger pig to experience some of the youthful popcorning and antics. My girls I adopted last month are four. Last night at meal time I realized if I get a real young pig I will have two kinds of pellets to feed. How do others keep the adults from eating the babys food or the baby from eating the adults food? And also the hay is different as well right? How old is a young adult and would that be better than a younger baby to add in with the girls?

    By the way just to head off any concern I got the girls from a shelter and I plan on getting the next from there as well.

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    Re: Planning for a new Piggy

    I asked the same question about my pigs, Ly told me to just mix the pellets together.

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    Re: Planning for a new Piggy

    It really depends on the age of the new piggy you adopt. If you get one 6months or older, you don't need the two different foods. Otherwise, do as nonamian suggested and mix them. The little ones need unlimited grass hay just like your big girls, so if you want, you can give alfalfa to the baby at lap time instead of worrying with it in the cage.

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    Re: Planning for a new Piggy

    Thank you, I would rather adopt a 6month old than a tiny baby. But it will depend on whos available at the shelter. So mix pellets and offer alfalfa hay during lap time.

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    Re: Planning for a new Piggy

    Thinking of the future, your new addition may end up on her own when the older ones die. Is this a problem? Or will you get another one when the time comes

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    Re: Planning for a new Piggy

    The other two are 4 yrs old. Either of them dying could be several years down the road. I'm a tad confused by your question though. Are you suggesting that she not get a third, or that she should get an older pig, so that in the event of a death, it's not left alone?

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    Re: Planning for a new Piggy

    Well yeah - of course the older ones are going to die before. The new addition will be on her own for a good couple of years then.

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    Re: Planning for a new Piggy

    In other words, I think, are you planning on getting another pig after the two current ones pass away?

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    Re: Planning for a new Piggy

    I do hope my girls live as long as possible. But yes in the event that they pass away I would get the remaining cavy a friend. It is something Ive thought about as they are older than I expected to adopt in the first place. I have never owned a Guinea Pig before and have become a Cavy Slave through and through.

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    Re: Planning for a new Piggy

    Sounds good to me Go ahead

    I've always wanted babies too. Although I love my pigs they never seems to budge a lot.

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