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c_E_Francis

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I got my guineas about 4 weeks agon now.. and i have one that's about 6 weeks pregnant!! It was a bit unexpected - as i have 2 girls!!!
But she's absoloutly gorgeous and if you sit her on your lap (which is difficult without picking her up - got to wait for her to walk on - or wobble!!) you can put your hands on either side gently and feel the babies kicking - it's amazing!!!never had anything pregnant before... just thought i'd share that with you! :)

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Do you know of the needs of a pregnant piggy? If not, I can share some information because I have had a few preggy pigs from missex((suprises!)) and people who gave me a pig and they were just careless.
 

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I've sort of read bits but any advice would be fantastic.
Thank you.
 

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Okay, well make sure that you give her plenty of vitamin c- get her alfalfa hay, other piggy won't need too much if over 6 months((correct me if I am wrong, it is either 6 months or 12)). Always make sure she is getting plenty of fresh water, hay, and pellets. You don't need to change her diet just as long as she is getting enough vit.c. Don't use those drops, those are crap. Try not to handle her too much especially in late pregnancy, unless it is really nessasary. Whenever she has the babies, if you have a male make sure you seperate them before she has babies. The babies need to stay in with her about 3-4 weeks, but males have to be seperated at 3 weeks unless he is showing signs of being sexually mature younger, from rumbling and mounting. Don't seperate him from mum earlier than 2 weeks, and don't keep him in longer than 4 weeks. Only keep him in if he is showing slow pregress, still milking and no signs of being mature. Girls can stay in with the mum as long as you want them to, just make sure it is a girl!! Do you know how to sex? If not, go to guinealynx it is very easy to tell.
Make sure mummy gets enough excersize and does not become obese or stressed out. Pregnancy toxemia is where too much kindness can kill. If she odes become obese or stressed, she can die. If you are worried about this, make sure she has a large cage- make it as large as possible. Put her water bottle and food bowl at different ends of the cage, to make her walk. Give her plenty of floor time, in at least 20 sq. ft. Keep the cage clean at all times(possibly spot clean 1-2 times a day to keep it cleaner?) or clean the cage more often.
If you need any other information, I can give you some, but this is mostly the basics.
 

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It is a year, 12 months, that they can have alfalfa hay before then. If your other piggy is over that, feed that one small amounts of alfalfa. Are you sure your other piggy is a female? Please double check, go to guinealynx for information how to sex if you are not sure. If he is a male, seperate them as soon as possible because he can get her pregnant right after she gives birth- sows go into a MAJOR heat about an hour after the birth, if not before and not after that time.
 

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That's brilliant advice. Thank you so much.
Din't know half of that stuff!!
Thankyou!
 

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Your welcome! I just don't want you to end up with more pregnant piggies after she gives birth! It can be very stressful having pregnant piggies, especially if you aren't sure how to sex. Do you know how to sex? I'm glad I helped!
 

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I'm not very confident about sexing-- becuase i've only ever had girls and im sure i have 2 girls now so i'll see when they come out!! :)

thanks again
 

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c_E_Francis said:
I'm not very confident about sexing-- becuase i've only ever had girls and im sure i have 2 girls now so i'll see when they come out!! :)

thanks again
What do you mean you'll make sure when they come out?
Not too sure what you meant by that :) Have you been to a vet? Since you aren't confident about sexing maybe when the babies are born*save you a trip* and after you seperated the two piggies (before the birth, in case it IS a male) you can take them all to an exotic animal specialist. Try to find a cheap one in case you have many pigs come from mum, and make sure he is trained.
Then he can tell you if they are healthy(the babies from being born), and what sex they are. Not all vets are correct, make sure that he puts pressure in the correct place and such.
 

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Good Luck!!!!!!
 

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Thankyou.
The sexing looks pretty easy from the sight.
I meant when the babies come out - if it isn't as obvious on that sight i will get them proffesionally checked.
But like i say i've never had a boy ( the guinea definatly got pregnant in the shop - i've only had them 4 weeks ish and she is well gone 7 weeks!!
Shes massive and they are really kicking.
Its so cute.
But i will definatly get them sexed one way or another - not taking any chances.
thank you for the good lucks :)
ill post pictures!! :)
 

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Thanks mncavylover! I think that day I was a bit too lazy to get the url... but you're always right on top of things!
Francis, totally forgot to tell you this- gestation perioud is about 52-72 days, the later "stage" of pregnancy, that is when she will most likely have the babies. Good Luck with the babies!
 

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well, do you have a before picture to compare it to?
 

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OMG...how do you know for sure she's preggers?? My pig looks a lot like that and as far as I know she has never been around a male. I thought she was just fat! Now I'm a bit concerned! This is one of the pigs I got from cavy classifieds about two months ago or so. Oh man...I'm SO dead if she is pregnant!!
 

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well i can actually feel them and see them moving about - i can feel them kicking - its amazing.
If yours looks like that - try resting the back of your hand gently on her side when she's really still - if you can feel moving and kicking - she's pregnant.
I had a scare last night because she was chasing her back end and shaking a lot - someones told me that's shes probably just uncomfortable.
I'm sure her ppelvic bones are quite wide apart so it may be any day soon - i'm really excited!!
I'll keep you all posted! :)
 

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c_E_Francis said:
THank you and i've put pictures on now - i've got one of her looking very pregnant - well i think so. What do you think?https://www.guineapigcages.com/photos/data/500/886pregnant_.jpg
My, she is pregnant! She is around 8 weeks now, right? You should be expecting them in maybe 2-4 weeks soon. What size cage do you have? If you have many babies, you're going to need a very large cage. She is really cute! I can't wait till you post pictures of the babies! CavyCrazyMom- no need to worry, if she hasn't been with a male in 4 months, odds are she's definatley not preggy.
 

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CavyCrazyMom, do you have pictures of your girl? If you can post them I can see if she looks pregnant. Just as Francis said, feel her tummy also. My pregnant pig didn't like me touching her sides and really ran when I tried to pick her up. Now, she lets me touch her sides and everything- if she dosen't, she could be pregnant, but not all guinea pigs like being touched on their tummys. Francis, another tip like practically a day before the birth. If mum is picking at her bottom frequently, that usually means she'll have the babies in 24 hours. Also, get her out. Flip her over on her side and find her pelvic bone (right about the genital area). You can almost fit your full 2 fingers when she is going to have the babies soon. Good Luck!
 

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I can fit about 2 fingers between her pelvic bones... i'm so excited now.. i couldn't yesterday so they've widened a lot -any day now!!! :)
I'll keep you posted and pics will be up straight away.. i'm such a proud mum :)
 
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