my Guinea pig has had a baby

(47 Posts)
FrameyMcFrame Sun 17-Feb-13 18:51:35

And now she is trying to have another one but it's not coming out so DP and DD have just taken them up to the emergency vets. We thought we had two girl Guinea pigs...

FrameyMcFrame Tue 19-Feb-13 08:43:02

DD has called her/him Midnight smile
I've taken some photos but I don't know how to put them on MN...

FredWorms Tue 19-Feb-13 21:47:12

Oh I do hope this has a happy ending, it sounds as though you've done really well so far, and how heartwarming that the male has taken to the baby.
Good luck! smile

Dragonwoman Wed 20-Feb-13 01:08:45

If you can find someone who has a nursing sow, she may accept the orphan, although I would supervise and remove the baby after it has fed in case she takes against it. Sows often suckle each others babies when in family groups but it may be worth a try with an unrelated sow?

guineapiglet Wed 20-Feb-13 10:45:17

What good advice about trying to find a nursing sow, you may be in luck that way, - it might be worth contact local vet or guinea rescues locally to see if they know of one I really hope the little guinea is keeping strong, you have all been through a horrible time with the Mum, so really hoping he is managing to eat and drink what you can give him. Thinking of you smile

FrameyMcFrame Wed 20-Feb-13 18:45:43

Hi, update on Midnight.
He/she is doing fine, eating loads of grated veg and Alfalfa hay which she loves!
She has also done some wees and poos which is a good sign I guess.
She hasn't worked out how to drink water yet though which is a worry. We tried with a teaspoon and jam jar lids with water in and we've rigged up low water bottles but no luck so far.
Hopefully she's getting enough moisture from the grated carrots and peppers.
I hadn't thought about a surrogate mum actually, spent ages on the phone with the lady from local Guinea rescue and she didn't mention having any nursing sows though.
Fingers crossed little one will be ok. The vet said 3 days after Mum had gone would be the danger time and we are sort of there now and baby is hopping around ok.

Thanks for all the support! smile

Framey it sounds like Midnight is doing really well.
That's the beauty of guineas over rabbits. They are so much more advanced when they're born.

If he/she is eating veg they'll be getting some moisture. You should always have water on offer anyway (though my adult boys never drink it).
Midnight might copy the adult male.
It would be ideal if Midnight was a boar piglet and could stay with your adult boar permenantly. Otherwise would you neuter the boar (because he would have no qualms about mating with his own piglet when it's old enough) hmm

Would the local guinea rescue have a look and see if you've got a boar pig?

To add to that - 3 weeks is the age they can breed from....so be careful! Or is that just boys?? Still - they can breed vair young!!

Also cucumber is good for water - juts a little though!

Glad to hear he/she is doing well!

KRITIQ Wed 20-Feb-13 20:14:30

Oh, things are looking good. Fingers crossed for all of you and well done for all your hard work. Also hope wee bub is a boar so father and son can hang out together. It should be okay to leave baby with dad up to 2 weeks and by then, you should be able to tell whether it's a he or she. Good luck!

FrameyMcFrame Wed 20-Feb-13 20:17:49

Cucumber, good idea.

I'll have to take her/him to the vets at 3 weeks to check but I might ask the lady at the rescue place because she seems very experienced. Hopefully Midnight will be a boy, but otherwise Luigi will have to go for the op ASAP

FredKiller Wed 20-Feb-13 20:19:52

Go Midnight!

We unwittingly bought a pregnant guinea pig once and came home to a little piglet one day. Mum was obviously an extended breastfeeder though, her nursling fed for months, even after she grew bigger than her mum and sort of had to lift her up with her head to get at the good stuff. grin

FrameyMcFrame Mon 11-Mar-13 00:00:45

Just thought I'd update you on Midnight, she is over 3 weeks old now and doing very well.. She's MUCH bigger and has learned how to drink from a water bottle, eat dry food and go upstairs in the cage.
smile

Still18atheart Mon 11-Mar-13 00:04:07

Oh that's such lovely news. Thanks for the update.

How is she doing without mummy?

PuffPants Mon 11-Mar-13 00:14:32

So it's a she? Are you having the father neutered? You really don't want any more surprise babies!

guineapiglet Mon 11-Mar-13 20:33:16

Really pleased to hear Midnight is doing so well, you have done a tremendous job raising her by hand, would love to see some photos!

Do hope she continues to thrive, she will need to be very well insulated tonight, brass monkeys here at the moment sad

CooEeeEldridge Mon 11-Mar-13 20:44:33

Very sweet thread! I'm glad midnight is doing well!!

MrsSpencerReid Tue 12-Mar-13 00:00:56

Thanks for the update, have been wondering how midnight was getting on smile

Areyoumadorisitme Tue 12-Mar-13 07:50:26

Fantastic, you've done a great job smile. Well done!

FrameyMcFrame Sat 16-Mar-13 15:24:10

Hi, thanks for the messages. Today we will be finding out if she is a girl or a boy...but I have taken to calling her she/her...
Wonder if my instinct will be right!
I'll post later and let you know!!!
I will put a photo of her on but I do't know how to do photos on Mumsnest.

smile

FrameyMcFrame Sat 16-Mar-13 18:26:41

It's a girl!!! I was right.
Now Luigi will have to have the op sad

stewartlaura67 Mon 18-Mar-13 12:54:16

Ooh I’m so sorry. Hope the baby is fine.

Aww poor Luigi will be losing his 'nads (ouch) but on the plus side-
he'll be gaining a lovely companion
and he'll be much less likely to get impaction in later years (bonus)

FrameyMcFrame Wed 20-Mar-13 23:28:03

smile

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