Her name is Gloria....

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I have fallen in love with a poor abandoned sow I saw on the RSPCA website... Not far from my house... Could easily go and get her... Waiting for DP to get home tonight and I will show him! She is 2 years old and is just waiting to be housed with other piggies.

Convince me to take her! grin I need no convincing!

aww how many do you have already - can you link us to her so we can all go awwww yeah go get her grin

thwinka Tue 17-Sep-13 17:23:01

Go get hergrin I recently adopted GP3 and have totally fallen in love with the little fella. Just imagine how happy her life will be being given a safe new home with other piggies to bond/play with!!
Is hubbie likely to be a problem?

I adopted a girl on Friday - shes sat here now on my knee - I love her blush and I think she loves me back grin

We have two 13 week old sows that have only been with us for 2 weeks after our very much loved and missed 4.5 yr old sows were eaten by a fox. sad

DP thinks 2 is enough but I can't bear the thought of poor little Gloria sat all on her own sad

It could work out or you could end up with a 2+1 setup.

If you do get Golria (and change her name) grin you'll need to do gradual introductions.
Just because she's a sow doesn't mean she'll be enamoured of two little piggies. And there might be a reason she's alone.

But if you can do it slowly and prepare to keep her side-by-side if it doesn't work...then at least this guinea girl would have company of her own kind, and a lovely home.

Your DP needs a "chat". Mine is the same but I'd worry about the logistics of more than 2 boars so he's right in our case.

Gloria not Golria (sounds like a disease) blush

I in my head think 3 is nice or 4 because then if one dies there wont be a lone pig situation <realises this pan is majorly flawed>.

I knew you would speak sense 70 I don't really have the room for a 2 + 1 set up. I have a very big hutch so of course in an ideal world the end result would be all 3 of them living together...

The earliest I can get there is Saturday. But I honestly don't see me changing my mind before then grin

I have an indoor run I can keep her in and do gradual introductions... Fingers crossed? Or leave her for someone else? Help me help me!!

Cannot work how to do links on my phone but she is on the RSPCA website in West Malling branch...

If she's there on Saturday then it's Destiny

Which would be a nicer name than Gloria IMO wink

It says she needs a home with other guineas........ they might suggest you bring your piggie girls to see her first?

Shouldn't have looked at Guinea_Boys 9,10,12,13 that are for rehoming sad

FernieB Tue 17-Sep-13 18:44:21

She's lovely - go for it but take your little ones with you to make sure they get on.

I quite liked the look of Billy and Henrietta (chickens) grin

shock 70 my mum's name is Gloria, she's never liked it either grin

Oh do try and get Gloria and keep her name If she has been on her own I'm sure she'll be over the moon to see other piggies even if they are 13 weeks old.

Just one thing, if you've seen her on a RSPCA web-site, won't you need a home check first? I've fallen for a handsome boar and am waiting for RSPCA to phone me to arrange a visit <drums fingers, very impatient> hmm

Yes I called and they said to go down, fill out a form and then they will do a home visit (within a week apparenty).

Do you think I should ring them back and ask them if it's ok to bring the girls in to meet her?

FernieB Tue 17-Sep-13 19:32:17

Definitely - go for it grin

She is gorgeous smile

DP gets in at 8:30... Will update with his response when I get it! grin

aw she is a cutey pops - quite short haired for a Peruvian - you must get her she must have been neglected and matted as she looks like her barber is of my standard grin

We are going on Saturday!!!!

Did you tell DP that the general consensus of SFA is you need to go to see Gloria this weekend?

I did 70 grin

Iv printed off the forms...!

It'll be weird because your new babies will have felt tiny after S&P. Then they'll be growing.
And Gloria will feel huge compared to them .

(Our GP3 is catching up with GP1 sizewise. I'm convinced he's a Rex rather than a Swiss the more I research. They do get big. I really need to get photos of him on my profile )

Peruvians do take a bit of grooming (I had a black female called Marmite years ago. She was a daily comb and regular bath but it becomes part of their cuddle routine. I used a baby comb on her fur.

Salt was long haired and loved her baths.. We could never really convince pepper of the benefits!

I'm excited but I am still so sad about my first ever gp babies sad

I bathed GP1 before he met his new step-son

I haven't bathed GP3 (I like my skin too much)

DD says "Let's bath him"
I say "Good Luck with that"

Dill is my 15th guinea-pig ( in my family through the years).
Every one of them has their own special place in my heart (even Evil Edna grin )

Love evil Edna grin

Now iv had salt and pepper I couldnt imagine having a home without guineas!

I am going to upload pics of poppy / daisy tomorrow! smile

FernieB Wed 18-Sep-13 09:57:12

You've reminded me that I need to bath my boys (I was trying to ignore the smell grin). They hate it and kick up a right fuss - it's a 12 person job really! Thank goodness for Current Bun who is self-cleaning.

Looking forward to the pics of Poppy and Daisy and of Gloria when she arrives. Did your DH sigh and give in immediately? Mine moans about the mess the boys generate and the room they take up but he always goes to say 'bye' whenever he leaves the house. Even my Dad makes sure to say 'hello' when he comes round. I think men like them more than they let on.

Good luck on Saturday with Gloria

FernieB Wed 18-Sep-13 11:57:15

bunnies - I've just looked at your pics of Salt and Pepper - very sweet. Mine won't touch strawberries, so I may show them your pics for motivation grin

Have just put a few more pics on my profile as Smooth was being particularly cute in his box this morning.

Aww cute loving the new pictures of Current Bun Fernie. I see new box is now in well played with condition smile

CurrentBun takes his relaxation duties seriously doesn't he? grin

Good job the guineas are on duty to Protect and Serve wink

FernieB Wed 18-Sep-13 17:12:00

Current Bun works very hard dismantling boxes and likes to put the same amount of effort into his relaxation. Sometimes I have to poke him to check he's still with us grin

Gutted... Called the rescue centre today to be told that Gloria has been paired with a neuterd male so she cannot go as a singleton sad

Now I really have the idea that I want an older piggy smile someone find me one!!! grin

Madratlady Thu 19-Sep-13 20:52:35

Maybe 4 would be a good number then? I prefer groups of 4 to 3 with my rats, it's a better group dynamic somehow.

Madratlady Thu 19-Sep-13 20:53:55

Also can I ask why people bath their piggies? I don't really know much about them as pets. I don't bath my rats though because they do get a bit mucky but generally groom themselves and I know it's can be dangerous to bath bunnies.

Sawdust Thu 19-Sep-13 21:27:26

Awww..... sad Well, maybe Gloria's purpose was to highlight the little guinea pig shaped gap in your life!! grin

Why bath guineas?

I ask myself the same when I have to cover myself, my daughter and the bathroom floor with towels and endure the pathetic but at the same time judgey looks from our pigs.

Our boars are 3yo and 4 months ( the piglet replaced my nearly 3yo who died)

GP1 gets a 'tail' from his greasegland when it gets claggy. Usually gets a bumdip and shampoo.
GP1 used to do his cloudy wee and GP2 ran through a fresh puddle "I smell of wee-wee and it's not even mine" he'd chortle.

We do wash them with JustForBoars shampoo to calm them and make them smell the same (good if they're a bit arsey)

And there's a Lice&Easy treatment.

Rats are very bendy and flexible.
Our guineas sit on their haunches to wash their faces. DD and I are "awww, cute".
GO thinks "I am not a floorshow" and flounce. grin

Aw sad about Gloria , but..................................................

would you consider Gloria and her new boyfriend as a couple?
Let them settle then you could have a 'hareem'

Sawdust Thu 19-Sep-13 21:43:40

Sorry for the slight hyjack.....

70isalimitnotatarget - I have never bathed my pis, or noticed any need to. They're girls - am I meant to be bathing them?

Some people reckon you should bath them every two months shock but that can't be good for their skin.

Boars don't pass the "sniff test" though (my little GP2 used to get quite unpalateable, but he didn't have much of a greasespot)

I haven't washed GP3. Still working up to that one.

If mine are a bit dry skinned and scratchy then I might treat them to a Manuka and Neem. Sometimes the hay is dry and dusty and their fur just seems a bit manky.

It would be so much easier to hang them by the paws to the washing line and beat the dust out with a carpet beater.
Probably not entirely legal though <<sigh>>

Is my hutch big enough for 4 fully grown GPs? I have a 2 metre hutch?

70 I laughed so hard at the thought of a GP on a washing line grin

Cavy cages recommends a minimum of 1.2 square metres .

I'm trying to work out metric to imperial (because I'm ancient grin ) .
What does that come to ?.

My two furboys have their Pighouse which is 70" x 72" (with a 'roof' on the haybox and ramp. (that they don't use)

And indoor 4'x2' night winter cage that I felt was too small for GP1 and GP3 when he was a very new baby.

Boars do need more room for sure.
And if you introduced a new pig/pigs you'd need to keep them seperate until they're quarentined and you've done the introductions.

I've never tried C&C but they should ideal for larger pig groups because you can adapt them and make two seperate areas if you needed to.

FernieB Fri 20-Sep-13 08:09:36

If your hutch is 2m x 1/2m (guessing) then you've got 1 square metre. Not sure if that's enough room for 4.

I will post a picture of our hutch!

Sawdust Fri 20-Sep-13 15:21:24

Guinea pigs on a washing line grin Thanks!

I agree that a 2m cage doesn't sound big enough on its own.

guineapiglet Fri 20-Sep-13 17:22:11

Hi all. Just to say when i had four girls we trued to give them as much rm as poss. We had a huge double storey rabbit hutch inside a 12 x 8 shed ( like you 70 still work in old money!). I partioned off top bit from bottom to give separate sleeping areas at night. During day took front off bottom bit and guineas freeranged over bottom of shed lined with lino, paper and hay bales, almost like a mini stable.shock

Door was a stable one with mesh lining to keep unwanted critters out. When it got too cold we had two large indoor runs on old carpet on tiled floor. They would freerange excitedly weeing and pooing. thank goodness for tiles but trained them to use cardboard boxes for toilets and nest stops....which mostly worked. Mucking out every day!!!

guineapiglet Fri 20-Sep-13 17:24:46

Ps four girls are lots of work but fun. Would separate them into twos at night so they had lots of space. Reunion over breakfast nnext day!!

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