Anyways, back to the 3 piggies. I had no plans to adopt anymore right now, as my wife set my limit at 4. As soon as I showed her the pictures of the babies, she told me that we are adopting all 3 of them. I was pleasantly surprised since I'd have every guinea pig in the world if I could. There's two problems. First is the cage and space situation. I only have the two small cages I used to keep Scruffy in a not a lot of room for bigger ones. Easily fixed with a bit of rearranging. The new, bigger cages are on the way.
The second problem and it's a big one. The two that are paired are female. I know what you guys are going to say and I know I said no females while I have males, but we're going to try and manage it. We have the girls completely isolated from the boys on the other side of the room. If things don't work out, my sister has been wanting to raise guinea pigs again since her youngest kid is graduating high school and planning to move out on his own. She is willing to take the girls if it comes to that.
I have pictures of them, but imgur doesn't seem to be working for me. As soon as I can, I'll post pictures of Ginger, Maryanne and Oreo.
They didn't even ask us about the people and other pets living in our house. When I adopted BJ and Sammy and Dean, I had to list every person and pet living here. My first thought was that they might be destroying the small animals. Then my second thought was that people will evil minds would be inclined to take advantage of this for their sinister purposes.
The picture doesn't show it but she has long hair like a Peruvian on her hind end, while the rest of her is short hair. She does have a small tuft of longer white hair at the back of her head that you can see. She bigger than Ginger but still a bit small for supposedly being a year old. She's bossy over Ginger, so I'm guessing she's the dominant one.
The girls have good eating habits too. I think it might be a little while longer before they start getting introduced to outside grazing. They're just so scared of everything still. More than Sammy and Dean were at first. Maryanne keeps dominating Ginger and she really doesn't like that. Their cage is too small and I think that has a lot to do with it. She's only does it when Ginger approaches the opening of the tunnel. It's like she has claimed that as hers and is going to defend it. It does take up a bit of space in the small cage.
The big cages are supposed to arrive as soon as Friday, so that should help out a lot. I've been thinking about taking the tunnel out, but that would leave them both with no place to hide. Maybe I can rig something else up like a hammock or fleece forest until their new one gets here. I can also give them more floor time to compensate for the cramped temporary living quarters. That also has the added benefit of getting them used to being handled by us.
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I'm surprised the Humane Society is having trouble placing animals. Animals are in high demand here and many have multiple deposits to hold them for adoption. The prices and adoption policies haven't changed, but lots of cats are getting homes so I hope people keep them once they start going back to work. That would be the time to start a pet sitting business.
Ginger has started chasing Maryann around the cage now, so it seems the tables are turned. I don't want to separate them. It's nothing more than just chasing each other around and as long as it doesn't get any more serious, I won't have to. They seem to start that up when I come in to give them attention or feed them. Do any of you with females have this issue?
The only way I have to separate them is to use the canvas bottom cage; which would take away the ability to take any of the piggies outside to graze and require more rearranging and some woodwork. That or put one of the single boys in the smaller cage and put the girls in the bigger one. Anything I do would only be temporary until the big cages arrive. Unless Amazon has issues they'll be here Friday.
Oreo is right next to the girls. He doesn't pay them any mind, but could that be causing the issue with the girls? I think he might be neutered because his testicles do not protrude at all like the rest of my boars. He doesn't drag his bottom to mark his scent either. That's the first thing all 4 of the other males do as soon as I put them down. Doesn't matter where I set them. They drag their scent immediately. I'll have to double-check the paperwork on him.
Oreo's introduction to grazing outside under the watchful eye of big brother, Mr Bubbles. He hardly knows what to do with himself. BJ is in the pen next to him (not in the picture) and he keeps going back and forth between the two of them. I don't think he's grazed outside before because he picked out one piece and tugged on it. After a few minutes of watching the other guys graze, he finally figured out that there is a whole lot more than one blade of grass and you don't have to pull it out roots and all.
The surrounding noise doesn't seem to bother him, so that's good. He seems more interested in rumble strutting with BJ than chowing down grass, although he did eat some. He tried the rumble strut with Mr Bubbles, but that got ignored because Mr Bubbles is only interested in the grass. As a matter of fact, he doesn't pay any mind to any of the others when they're outside together. It's like he knows that grazing time is limited and he has to eat as much as he can in the time he has.
In a week or two, I'll introduce Ginger and Maryann to the lawn. I just don't feel comfortable bringing them out just yet. They're quite skiddish and the noises from the main road behind the house and the nearby airport might be too much for them. Once I get them more relaxed in our home, I'll bring them out. In the meantime, I've been picking fresh grass and giving it to them a little at a time. They seem to like it, so I'm sure they'll chow down when the time comes to have them outside. It'll just be them without any of the boys with them and I'll have to put a cover over the pen to help them feel more secure.
The girls have virtually destroyed the little guinea pig ball I gave them on the first day. They love to play with it and chew on it. They take it from each other and toss it around. I took the shredded one out and gave them a fresh one. They wasted no time chewing it up. Oreo has one too and he plays with it, but not as much as the girls. I'm betting that will change when the big cages get here. According to Amazon, that should be tomorrow. I can't wait.