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    Seperate the male from the female & babies?? help!

    Our female, Francesca; just had her babies a couple hours ago, there are two of them. Everything went okay with the birth, and they're happy little guys. Question, though. I separated the mom and babies from our male, Major Tom; not because he was being hostile towards the babies but because he has already been mounting the female. Like, right away. Is it okay that I separated them? Because now he's flipping out and I feel bad and I don't want him to inadvertently hurt himself in his little "state", .

    Any advice?? Please? Thank you!!
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    Re: Seperate the male from the female & babies?? help!

    You should have separated the male long before she gave birth actually, and it's quite good that you have them separated now - but it's also possible that she's pregnant again since he was with her right after birth. Hopefully not, but it's possible, and if she is, it's going to be very hard on her body as back-to-back pregnancies can sometimes be fatal. Please don't put the male with her again until one of them is altered. Separate any male babies at 21 days.

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    Re: Seperate the male from the female & babies?? help!

    I know I was here in the room the entire time when I noticed him start following her around like he wanted to mount her. I really hope I caught him before anything happened because I really don't want her to be pregnant again, especially if it would hurt her, like you said. I didn't know that we had to separate her before she gave birth to them; although I know I took him out of the cage rather quickly after she had them.

    Now I feel like a bad mommy Thank you for the advice, though. I appreciate it a lot.

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    Re: Seperate the male from the female & babies?? help!

    Ditto - you need to keep them separate unless you get the male neutered.

    Another litter may kill her Breeding Guinea Pigs

    There's baby advice here http://www.guinealynx.info/reproduction.html and info on sexing pups http://www.guinealynx.info/sexing_pups.html Sexing Guinea Pigs: How to Sex a Guinea Pig

    What are you feeding mom and babies? Alfalfa hay or alfalfa pellets are recommended.

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    Re: Seperate the male from the female & babies?? help!

    Why did you have an unaltered male and female together in the first place?

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