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SpunkyMunky

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What age does a guinea pig have to be to be taken away from it's mother.
I ask this because my grandfather's neighbour's guinea pig just had 3 babies and it was an unexpected birth. She's not sure when they can be taken away from the mom. Also I might get all 3 of the guinea pigs.
 

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The baby boars should be taken away from their mother around 3 weeks of age. At this stage it is unlikely that they can physically do anything, but there have been cases of the baby boars impregnanting their mother and sisters at this age.

Baby sows can stay in with the mother as long as needed.

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is the babys impregnating the sisters and mother common?
 

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Very common. It is completely incorrect that GP family members will not mate with each other.

We sometimes get people on that bought father/daughter, mother/son or brother/sister combos and were taken by surprise when the female gave birth.
 

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so should I tell my grand fathers neighbour to give the guinea pigs to me when they are 3 weeks old?
 

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Yeah, but sometimes the males might have to be tooken away earlier, just sometimes, if the males are ever seen humping the females, they should be tooken away immediatly, but 3 weeks is the most common, so yeah.
 

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My foster pig is due to give birth soon. She looks like a pear! It's hysterical! My question is - when can the pups be taken from their mother, regardless of sex? At three weeks, sooner?
 

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Three weeks, no sooner. Unless, like Piglets-Angel said, the males start trying to mate with the females.
 

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No, the males don't have to be taken away or shouldn't until 3 weeks of age. They are just practicing and can't really do anything.
 

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Yeah I also read that it's ok if they try to mount the mother before 3 weeks because it was only practising and they didn't need to be seperated.
 

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Some breeders breed mother to son, father to daughter, and even brother and sister together!! They do it on purpose, just to get the perfect show specimen!
 

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Hello! Just make sure that your grandad knows how to sex them. You don't want him giving you like, 2 males and a female because then your female might be pregnant. Have you had a look at the home page https://www.guineapigcages.com Try to make one of these cages
 

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rabbitsncavyluv said:
No, the males don't have to be taken away or shouldn't until 3 weeks of age. They are just practicing and can't really do anything.

I agree, no earlier than 3 weeks old to be removed.

A previous guinea pig I owned turned out to be pregnant and delivered 3 healthy large babies (were around 150/160g each). The male babies (there were 2) were not only purring around but actually MOUNTING their mother, sister and room mate at 5 or 6 days old (certainly less than a week old). There is no way I would have seperated them at this age.

I also know of some other peolpe who have ended up having a litter, and the babies were very advanced and purring around at an extremely young age.

Matt
 
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