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    Question I thought I bought 2 girls but one turned out to be a boy

    Hi I am new to this site and a new guinea pig owner. I thought I purchased 2 female guinea pigs until one started humping the other one. At first I thought it was dominance thing because I kept checking them and they both looked like females down there until today. Today I saw the males penis. They have been separated they are both 2 months old. I plan to get the male neutered once he is old enough. I was wondering can they still have floor time together as long as it's supervised? I hated separating them Also what are the odds that the female wish pregnant? They live together for almost 3 weeks :/

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    Re: I thought I bought 2 girls but one turned out to be a boy

    No, they can't have play dates, it will stress them out and possibly make it harder to reintroduce them. every time two guinea pigs meet, the first thing they do is try to establish dominance. If you keep introducing and separating, it makes it confusing and stressful for them. It doesn't matter how well supervised they are, you could turn round and sneeze and in that time, the sow's been impregnated. Unfortunately, chances are high that the female is pregnant. You're lucky in that she's young, and her pelvic ligaments haven't stiffened yet, so that should minimise birth complications.

    You should find a good, exotic specialist vet who's performed the op a few times before so they're experienced, with a good success rate to neuter your boy. Each vet has their own minimum age for neutering.

    You can keep them in adjoining cages so that they can still talk through bars, as long as the males cage has a lid. Males can be very clever and determined when it comes to trying to get to a sow.

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    Re: I thought I bought 2 girls but one turned out to be a boy

    I have them in two wire cages and they are right next to each other so they can see each other and talk. I found a good vet in my area. Well I've already had people claim babies if she has them. Thanks for your help I've been so stressed out. I just want happy healthy piggies

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    Re: I thought I bought 2 girls but one turned out to be a boy

    No problem. You'll know for sure eventually if she is pregnant, it's usually pretty hard to mistake a pregnant pig for just a chubby one.

    How big are the cages? When you reintroduce them, they should be in a cage that's at least 8-9 sq ft, or in C&C terms, a 2x4/5.

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    Re: I thought I bought 2 girls but one turned out to be a boy

    They are both 2x4 So they each have plenty of room I am going to keep a close eye on Jasmine with her weight a growth and see if she is pregnant. I had to rename Belle, we decided to call him the flash because he runs super fast during floor time

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    Re: I thought I bought 2 girls but one turned out to be a boy

    That's great One way to get an early indicator is weigh every couple of days and keep a written record to see how quickly she's gaining. Try and do it at the same time every day, preferably before breakfast

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    Re: I thought I bought 2 girls but one turned out to be a boy

    3 weeks is a long enough period of time for the female to become pregnant. It can happen in an instant, if she is in heat, which is why no play dates - even supervised. So she most likely is but it's possible you lucked out and she did not become pregnant. If so, you dodged a bullet on this one.

    Pet stores are notorious for missexing their pigs. One of the many reasons we are anti-petstore on this forum.

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    Re: I thought I bought 2 girls but one turned out to be a boy

    Thanks for the tip! I always go and give them breakfast before I leave for work so it will be a perfect time to weigh her. They are both so sweet and I see why so many people love guinea pigs. They both have personality that's for sure

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    Re: I thought I bought 2 girls but one turned out to be a boy

    I learned my lesson about getting them from
    pet stores but it was love at first sight when I saw them

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