Finally a new piggy tomorrow - any advice greatly received.

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Tomorrow i am picking up my new Piggy girl on long term loan to adopt if they bond - she is around a year old from the rescue and that all i know other than she came in a year ago from accidental re- population at a school. She is a lilac one apparently with ginger and white - im not fussy what she looks like but they are bringing one to meet me half way from the rescue that they have selected to be most likely to bond with my 6 yr old. Any tips on how to meet eachother. I have cleared out our shed now that the hutch is in, lino floored it and added a seperate corner with another hidey house igloo in it should the need space. Am mucho excited - she has no name either.

I thought my GP2 would have impaction but he popped out his Ferrero Rocher poohs with great aplomp wink

FerbieB if he's a Rex I'm home and dry .
I cut his claws once .........my skin is juuuuust starting to heal.

FernieB Sun 15-Sep-13 17:55:47

I found out about impaction once my lads had moved in confused

70 - I'd love to watch you attempt to give GP3 a trim grin

Sooty is back sat under the hutch so ive put a towel down for her with some hay on and moved a giant tube near her too - seems content enough. I have always avoided boars neutered or not because I read something about impacted bottoms and having to help remove it and that just makes me heave grin

Aw she's got a lovely little fluffy standy up bit on her head and a 'ridge' down her spine from her photo.
And she has the most amazing eyes.

(But d'you know Agouti Boars just need a wipe with a damp flannel - according to GP1 ) grin

grin at mops on legs - your totally right its impractical I wouldn't have time some days to groom - I do love the bed heady ness of my newbie.

Yes very very very wrong. They are mops on legs grin

They are hard work. My pig (when I was in my 20s) was a black Peruvian . "Marmite".

She needed daily combing, and I kept her fur floor level especially round her bum.
Show guineas aren't trimmed they need paper rollers.

It sounds a bit mean but IMO the more 'fancy' a pig is the more they lose of their natural life.
My pigs run about in long grass and twiggy bits. Dive through hay. And clean their own fur though bath time is a neccessary evil << GP1 glares at me>>

When I see the huge fluffy types I think "Is there a GP in there"?

Satins have luminous coats but are prone to joint and bone problems sad

I'm seriously hoping that my GP3 is a Rex not a Swiss, the Rex coat looks less maintenance (though if he is Swiss, we'll keep it slightly trimmed for easy care.) At the end of it, he's GP3 not a show pig.

OK Rant over.

GP1 says big golden agouti smooths are the ONLY pigs to own.

is it wrong I have an urge to own a Peruvian? grin

I knew you'd be out at first light to check them wink
Did you keep waking and think "Oh I hope they're ok"

Are you thinking about getting another couple of hogs then , mmmmmmmmmmm ?

I checked this morning early doors (ran out in my pj's in the rain) - they were both in an igloo each - but not the ones they started the night off in hmm. I am smile though that she isn't cowering under the hutch - maybe we are settling in - I think it would be nice if another two were in there with them shock.

GP1 had no choice really WRT accepting GP3 grin
When we got the baby he was six weeks and spent most of his time glued to GP1 side or under his belly .

On the first night, every tiny sound had him diving over to GP1.

Now, it's a bit more even sizewise. GP3 does still try to mount GP1 <<tsk>> .

But even if mine aren't best buddies, it's not a huge hurdle.
GP1 and his brother were a bit distant ,

But we notice GP1 gets fretful if GP3 (and when we had GP2) is away from him. He likes to know where they are.

Ive just gone out again and she is still in her igloo so feel a bit happier about that but yes think I will set up a cardboard area tomorrow night just in case - it would be far more comforting if they were at least both locked securely in the hutch for the night but its early days I suppose. How long did it take before your pig accepted the little one ? I have just emailed the rescue to get a bit of background on her and advise really. If I was harsh id just lock them both in the hutch with one igloo! but im not....

Pop a bit of cardboard under the hutch so it's insulated if she wants to sit there.

It's all new for Charlie and Sooty (especially Sooty) so she probably wants to hide away for now.

I know that boars don't tend to cuddle so I don't mind that mine lead independant batchelor lives.
GP1 had his brother all his life now he has to get used to GP3.
But I'm really glad we got the little boy. He's a gorgeous little creature, sweet tempered but you can almost hear his brain whirring, working out his next mischief.

Rescue said she wasn't bonded just all chucked in together at a foster mummy who had loads too - neutered boys and girls then the night before she came to me she went to the main rescue overnight and was hoiked in with her lot so quite unsettling - I went in a bit ago and she had left the igloo she was in with Charlie and was back over other side of shed sat on the bare lino under the hutch looking all bewildered - I have shooed her back to the pen area and directed her to a igloo of her own so Charlie cant chase her out but they are still side by side - I went in after half hr and they were both still in their individual igloos - really hope they stay ther as I loaded them with hay - I feel like I have been doing a piggy return to bed type of controlled crying thing - nothing more I can do now if she comes out again and goes under the hutch that's that ive tried to make her warm and comfy.

Do you know if Sooty had been kept with a load of other guinea-pigs or on her own/as a pair/trio?

Probably if she'd been a bonded pair pig they'd have wanted her re-homed with her cagemate (unless something happened to her cagemate)

She might have had to go from being in a huge group ( survival of the fittest. She might have been way down the pecking order)
It'll be weird for her to be in a onegrinne situation.

I've no idea what group my little boy was in - he was too old to be with his mum, so I'm hoping he was with a group of boarlettes not on his own. sad

But once they get themselves established the'll be fine.

We have two hay areas - the haybox and the trug. Usually they sleep in the haybox but seperate corners.
In the run we've got The Kids' Club - GP3 house and Adults Only - GP1 wicker house.
He sneaks in sometimes- then we see his fluffy little rump quickly reversing out as GP1 tells him "No" .

oh and after my cuddle I got hivey bumps all up my left arm because she had a slight nervouse scratch/scuffle as i put her down - they have faded after about 5 mins .

I had a proper good look at her this morning and a little cuddle - part of her ear looks torn with a bit missing - an old wound - maked me sad and wonder what kind of life shes had so far, she is very easily bpssed about my Charlie with still minor chasing then back to side by side munching - there out in the run now - water each, food each, igloo each. I could watch them all day grin

FernieB Sat 14-Sep-13 10:50:05

Sounds like they are at least tolerating each other at the moment. Hopefully they will be best friends soon.

fortified - she does have similar colouring to Current Bun, hopefully she will be as nice natured and gentle as he is (i.e. a complete pushover).

Just gone to check on them, Charlie has come out of her hutch and gone down to the cornered of pen where sooty set up camp in her igloo - Charlie was in Sootys igloo and sooty was sat partially in a tube - i took the igloo out of Charlies hutch and also put it in this pen area because i felt a bit sorry for sooty and sooty ran into the igloo Charlie was in - they are both now together in one - i have closed pig shed after opening all windows and left them to it - when the sun gets round i will put them both in the run - i really want to train Sooty to be a free ranger like Charlie but worry she will run off lol - maybe its prison life from now on in - im off out with my mesh to see if i can fashion the run to attach to the wendy shed while they are leaning to love.

grin Charlie is definitely over 6 now - I think she looks pretty awesome for her age, Sooty however, due to her colourings and bed head I think looks far more aged that a 1 yr old young thing!

FernieB Fri 13-Sep-13 21:08:23

Hi Sooty - nice name, although weirdly I was starting to like 'nonamepig' grin

Welcome Sooty grin It suits her. Beautiful ringed eyes. She reminds me of Fernie's Current Bun smile

Charlie is a lovely girl. You would never guess she is 5 years older .

mignonette Fri 13-Sep-13 20:46:33

Welcome Sooty. Will hopefully keep hearing of the adventures of...

Ahhh.
Welcome to Super Furry Animals then Sooty grin

Its Sooty grin

mignonette Fri 13-Sep-13 19:59:18

She has been made a fuss of w/ treats and cuddles. I did joke that maybe a few sessions w/ the psychothera-pig to address any self esteem issues might be useful (sorry for appalling pun, couldn't resist it).

Let's just say her 'story' has been featured prominently on the supportive adoption cards they prepare for future owners. I must admit I do wonder why the child didn't have that instant love reaction to a small cute furry creature.

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