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    One of the rare men who owns guinea pigs

    Hello everyone (:

    I'm Timo from Germany, i'm 26 years old i work in fashion design. And i got into guinea pigs just this year when i had to take care of my girlfriends guinea pigs while she was on vacation with her mother. I just fell in love with them. So now since february i have a normal haired brown guinea pig male (see my avatar) a young brown female rex teddy, a pregnant switzer teddy (as seen in my pregnancy thread) and a normal-haired black and white dotted female (who's also pregnant)

    the 2 pregnant girls and the male are about 5 months old. The male is castrated since almost 2 months, i thought it was castrated before, but apparently it was not which i only discovered when his testicles got huge, even my vet told me "Wow ive never seen such big balls on a guinea pig" and she owns guine pigs since her childhood and is very savvy (:

    I have a huge cage for the hot summer times to put them in cool areas and a huge area for them when the weather is normal. Right now it's very hot here in germany so i keep them in an area of the house where it's only 23C° since my vet told me at 30C° it gets bad for them. I clean the cage 1-2 times a week and use fleece and hay/shredded wood mixed.

    I let them out almost everyday for a little running in a whole room which i secure first - obviously the two pregnant sows stay inside since they're both big now (:

    Please check my pregnancy thread and i'm glad for any advice!

    I also plan on getting those (C&C cages?) everyone has here, but its hard to find one inside europe and the most american ones seem not to ship to Germany.


    BTW: I will add pictures of all of them here soon.

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    Re: One of the rare men who owns guinea pigs

    Welcome, Tomoko! We'd love to see photos of your guinea pigs. I love teddies..... Coroplast is a brand name for polypropylene twinwall sheet plastic. It's also called corrugated plastic. You might be able to find it under those names. It comes in different thicknesses. I buy .0157 IN THK 4MM. You can substitute grids with metal closet shelving and have the store cut the pieces to the size you want for your cage. Good luck!

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    Re: One of the rare men who owns guinea pigs

    Welcome to the boards, Tomoko! Glad to have you!

    Definitely looking forward to seeing pigtures of your herd!

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    Re: One of the rare men who owns guinea pigs

    Welcome Timo & Piggies! I was planning on starting a thread about whether or not piggy owners are predominately female and wanted to encourage all our male forum members to step forward...so I thank you for your introduction! We definitely want to see your piggy pictures! How many piggies does your girlfriend own? I heard that piggies are becoming the new 'cat'...I am beginning to think that might be true.
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    Re: One of the rare men who owns guinea pigs

    Hallo! Wie geht es dir?

    Welcome to the forum, Timo! It's always great to meet new members! I can't wait to see the piggies!

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    Re: One of the rare men who owns guinea pigs

    Your little guy is too cute! Welcome to the forum!

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    Re: One of the rare men who owns guinea pigs

    Welcome! I, too, am a dude with pigs. We're definitely in the minority here, but we're not alone


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    Re: One of the rare men who owns guinea pigs

    Welcome. This is a great site.

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    Re: One of the rare men who owns guinea pigs

    Thanks everyone (: And awesome picture mastershroom! Haha, i def. have to try that with one of the non preggers. Taking funny pictures of guinea pigs is my favourite.

    Here some pictures of my piggies

    Blackfoot: The white/beige/black pregnant teddy - the name because she only has one black foot the rest is skin colored. She awaits 3 piggies very very soon, check my pregnancy thread out for more pictures of her

    Squirrel: The brown rex-teddy whos female but not pregnant. I called her Squirrel because when i gave her to my autistic 5 year old nephew he immediately said "Eichhörnchen!" which is german for squirrel (:

    Uboot: The brown normal-haired male of the group, he likes to lick the female pigs face and chin for some reason and he is named "Uboot" which is german for "submarine" because sometimes he moves on the ground like a snake, so he looks like he has no legs and then makes the mating sound which sounds very deep and reminded me of a moving submarine for some reason.

    Milka: The black & white normal haired female, she is also pregnant, with 2 babies, she still has 2 weeks to go. She is very shy and likes to bite me gently everytime i come near her. when i got food shes not shy anymore. She likes to sleep in the hammocks and somehow looks like a rat (: - She is named "Milka" because you probably know the german chocolate brand "Milka" which people here automatically combine with cows, and she looks like a rat with cow-details. - I took Milka immediately because the breeder i got her from said that nobody wants her because shes "ugly" ): - She has weird eyes, but i have a soft spot for weird things (:
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    And the rest (:
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    Re: One of the rare men who owns guinea pigs

    Awws <33 I love your piggies! they are so cute c: when I real Milka's name I was like "chocolate!!!" out loud and my parents were staring at me like " o.O Are you ok?..." xD Welcome to the forum! :P

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    Welcome!!! Your pigs are so cuuuuuteee!!

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    Re: One of the rare men who owns guinea pigs

    Blackfoot looks so cute. Looks like she is waving from her castle window, like a little princess!

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    Re: One of the rare men who owns guinea pigs

    My oldest pig, Quee, has sort of the opposite color pattern to your Blackfoot. She's all black and brown with no particular pattern, just random splotches, except one of her front legs is all white. I call it her sleeve tattoo

    I don't have many good photos of her since she's grumpy and hates everyone, but here you can see her one white leg. From left to right, the photo includes Kwee, Quee, Cuddles, Curly, and Kelly hiding in the back.


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    Mastershroom, thats also an interesting combination, one foot being white (: I see you also have some nice teddies. I especially like the almost-complete ginger one!

    Thanks everyone for the nice comments about my piggies!

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    Re: One of the rare men who owns guinea pigs

    They are all so gorgeous And @Mastershroom your piggies are super gorgeous too.

    Edit: I see your're from Frankfurt I was born in Wiesbaden, which is fairly close!

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    Thank you MrsSuzy! Yes Wiesbaden is close. You grew up there because from a military family? We have alot of US Military, but i see you live in the UK now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tomoko View Post
    Thank you MrsSuzy! Yes Wiesbaden is close. You grew up there because from a military family? We have alot of US Military, but i see you live in the UK now.
    Not quite ! My parents emigrated to Germany from Portugal in the late 60s, met there and got married and lived there 20 years. I'm Portuguese, was born there and now live in UK, .

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    Re: One of the rare men who owns guinea pigs

    Quote Originally Posted by Tomoko View Post
    Thanks everyone (: And awesome picture mastershroom! Haha, i def. have to try that with one of the non preggers. Taking funny pictures of guinea pigs is my favourite.

    Here some pictures of my piggies

    Blackfoot: The white/beige/black pregnant teddy - the name because she only has one black foot the rest is skin colored. She awaits 3 piggies very very soon, check my pregnancy thread out for more pictures of her

    Squirrel: The brown rex-teddy whos female but not pregnant. I called her Squirrel because when i gave her to my autistic 5 year old nephew he immediately said "Eichhörnchen!" which is german for squirrel (:

    Uboot: The brown normal-haired male of the group, he likes to lick the female pigs face and chin for some reason and he is named "Uboot" which is german for "submarine" because sometimes he moves on the ground like a snake, so he looks like he has no legs and then makes the mating sound which sounds very deep and reminded me of a moving submarine for some reason.

    Milka: The black & white normal haired female, she is also pregnant, with 2 babies, she still has 2 weeks to go. She is very shy and likes to bite me gently everytime i come near her. when i got food shes not shy anymore. She likes to sleep in the hammocks and somehow looks like a rat (: - She is named "Milka" because you probably know the german chocolate brand "Milka" which people here automatically combine with cows, and she looks like a rat with cow-details. - I took Milka immediately because the breeder i got her from said that nobody wants her because shes "ugly" ): - She has weird eyes, but i have a soft spot for weird things (:
    You guys have a complicated language. But thats awesome :P

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    Re: One of the rare men who owns guinea pigs

    Gorgeous Gorgeous pigs!

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