So. We may have just met our future guinea pigs!!

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Squeeee!! grin

2 young brothers currently in the local animal rescue.

Wish me luck that they will approve us...

Gileswithachainsaw Sat 22-Mar-14 15:36:39

Good luck!!!

Guineapigs are lovely I miss our two brothers they were right characters

Pacific good luck with your piggies.

Provided you've read up, you've got suitable accommodation , you know that there's no allergies and you're going to take these little boys on and love them..you should be fine.

Ooh, make sure you don't take your Pacific Dogwood Furriers to the Stars van that day wink

grin

Thanks, and no, I won't!

We will have to wait til Monday to hear whether we can have them though. DSs are finding it hard to wait…. The pressure is on to go to Pets at Home today, but NO! These piggies will be rescued if not by us then by somebody else

<sits with fingers crossed>

Pacif your boys won't be judgey at first they'll be so happy to be in their new home.
Give them settling in time, then they get used to you, the routine, the household noises.

Then when you sit down to watch The Walking Dead with a bag of crisps, they'll start
Wheek. Wheeeeeek
Food. We need food

wink

Any rustling noise
Chopping
The fridge opening
A parsley bag from 30yds
Me walking down the garden...I must have scissors to cut grass. Why else am I there?

We weren't approved for the rescue piggies sad.

I am disappointed, but I can see where they are coming from - yes, I am looking at you, DS3 and DS4, who were tearing about the place like mad. Quiet they were NOT!!

Sigh.

Anyway, I feel deflated but the search continues….

<bucks up>

Aww sad news.

How old are your DS3 and DS4 ?
Some rescues are strict about the ages of children in the guinea-pigs future house.
(Sadly some guineas in rescue have had dreadful starts in life - neglect, pestering from other housepets, abuse angry - so they need to be careful where they go )

Maybe when your DC are older, you might look again for some older, more staid guineas/

grin

I am a new mother to 2 guinea boys gringringrin

3 months old, different rescue centre who were quite happy to rehouse with us.
They are currently in their new abode and a b s o l u t e l y petrified, poor things. They have pellets and hay and water and tunnels and blankets and I am just leaving them alone just now.

Just thought I'd let you know - I'm stupidly excited blush

Oh, sorry, DS3 is 6 and DS4 is 4; the older ones are 10 and 11.
There is no way on this earth the little ones are going to handle the GPs unsupervised and only if sitting down with a blanket on their laps.

And sorry for too many 'just's in the above post… blush.

grin Great News
Welcome to the Wonderful World of Guineas.
We will need photos and detailed descriptions of your new boys

(GP3 was sitting on my lap, nicely, then got a bit animated, trying to gnaw my hand. Trouble was, I didn't listen so the little toad peed on me hmm
It was his Dancey Dancey Stamp Stamp - I should know the signs by now - but I didn't )

<<sigh>>

Wrap them in towels to give them security at first and mop the the inevitable puddles grin

Gileswithachainsaw Tue 25-Mar-14 18:40:32

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Yay enjoy the piggies!!!

Gingerbics Tue 25-Mar-14 18:58:09

Congratulations Pacific on your new babies! Our boys are nearly 6 months now and getting loads of character! They took a good few months to really settle in, now they come out to greet me when I go in on a morning and start wheeking! I'm prob a bit too over protective of them, vary wary of putting them out, they've had a few 'go's out in the run on Warmer days. My children are 3 and 6 and we got snuggle sacs from Cosy Cavies website which seemed a much safer and cosier way of handling them. Look forward to your updates. Prepare yourself for lots and lots of poo, unbelievable how much they produce!

FernieB Tue 25-Mar-14 19:27:48

Congratulations Pacific! I hope you know what you're letting yourself in for grin. Endless poo, cleaning out, big noisy wheeks, huge vegetable bills, being peed on shock! And lots of cuddles, contented purring, chattering, funny antics and they are always, always excited to see you grin. I would not be without my lovely boys.

PS 70 is right we do need photos!

dietcokeandwine Tue 25-Mar-14 20:18:33

Congratulations OP smile

I second the 'cosy cavies' snuggle-sacks too, we have them and they're great. Perfect for when children are handling the pigs.

Your new arrivals will get used to the sounds of your household in time...we have four indoor pigs and our house is flipping noisy at times but they are so used to us now that it doesn't faze them at all. Two of our guineas came to us a rescues and yes they were very scared at first but they are far more relaxed and confident now.

Enjoy your new arrivals!

Thank you all smile.

Well, they have accepted my offering of a dandelion from the garden. They are pooping and peeing and come out of their tunnel/house when they feel unobserved <stealth mode>.

I now worry about going to bed… DH is making fun of my for suggesting to put the baby monitor in 'their' room blush.

I'll post photos when I figure out how to.

Gileswithachainsaw Tue 25-Mar-14 22:44:52

grin

Squeeeee

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No to the baby monitor BTW, they amplify every sound, you'll be thinking that WW3 is going on in there and it'll be normal rumbling.
Be aware that there will be some noise and bluster (there are some very good websites about GP noises and their body language that are well worth a view)
GP2 used to rip the cardboard boxes at 3am , I was thinking "What the Jeff" when I heard it . He used to push his empty plate about at 6am .

They'll be getting used to their new environment and establishing their 'pecking order'. You'll notice that one pig is more dominant but that might change.
Our GP3 has definately taken over the reins from GP1 but he'll still get told off if he's a overstepping the mark. But it's been a gradual thing as he's got bigger and GP1 has got a bit more middle aged and mellow.
Though when the Spring Fever hits them..........they might go a bit loopy grin

Enjoy finding out what your boys like, be careful with herbs (Guinea-Pig crack cocaine coriander is banned here grin )

Well, Sergeant Tibbles and Jeffery are still alive after almost 48 hrs in our care <relief>
I swear taking newborn DS1 was only marginally more exciting grin.

Please may I ask a few questions?

1. They are piddling and pooing beautifully, but I've noticed that their urine is a bit cloudy? Is that normal, maybe due to the calcium they excrete? (Btw, where on earth do they get calcium from??)
2. I am using fleece cage liners. How often do I need to change them?? I am doing it daily which mean I kind of have an extra GP load of washing - unexpected shock. How many 'sets' of cage liners will I need? 2 sets does not seem to be enough…
3. I have a note of their weights from the rescue centre. Do any of you weigh your piggies once a week to monitor their weights? The non-dominant one (Jeffery) is 50g lighter than his brother (who looks twice the size because his rougher coat) and feels a bit skinny to me (I can feel his hip bones).
4. Do you throw all their hay out when you clean their cage? They seem to pick the tender bits out and leave the strawier stuff behind - clever boys!

We've had them out on a blanket on my lap for about 5 minutes last night and the boys got to stroke them (the older ones held them themselves) and they really seemed to like their clean cage today. They came out of their respective tunnels and had an explore around.
My custom made order from CavyCouture is on its way…. blush.

Congratulations on your new boys grin

1. cloudy pee is normal. The time to worry is when their wee feels gritty. They get calcium from veg. Veggies high in calcium which piggies eat are spinach, celery and broccoli so don't give them everyday. They need lots of variety of veg, which is why your supermarket trolley will look so impressive from now on wink

2 Don't know

3. It is recommended that piggies are weighed weekly so you notice any changes quickly. Change in weight can indicate ill health that guineas hide very well being prey animals.

4. Yes, I throw away all hay at each hutch cleaning. And yes they are choosy about which piece of hay they eat. Millie Pig likes to snuffles right to the bottom of the pile for some 'goody' never the bit on top confused

Looking forward to seeing the pictures squeee

Piddling and poohing are good signs grin

I don't use fleece (I love my washing machine too much) but when they are indoors for winter I give them a trug of hay to climb into and thick cotton bathmats or old towels folded up.
They needed changed daily (mine are manky blighters). I washed them in an old pillowcase tied with string. Be careful what you wash yjem with, guinea-pigs noses are right in their bedding.
(I used Ecover or those plastic washball things. They don't need a 'smell' just to be clean)
Once a towel got knocked into their cage and they swarmed all over it , peed, poohed, left fur.....

Cage/hay- at the moment, they are pretty clean, their hay on the floor of the Pighouse can last 5 days. In the haybox , 2 days. It's deep hay at the moment.
In summer they'll only have a small amount , changed daily (to stop them overheating in hay)

guineapiglet Fri 28-Mar-14 09:02:42

hi pacific really glad you got your boys and so glad you are having lots of fun already, it gets a lot easier in the warmer months when they can be outside and cage maintenance is reduced. We only ever used newspaper and hay, changed the manky top layer everyday..fresh top up hay each night. loads of great help on here for every guinea related topic, everyone is really helpful and a lovely lot of lasses.

guineas take time to settle but then become irreplaceable ....they could always be relied upon to cheer me up with their judgey faces and little lips..my husband said he was away down the pecking order hen they moved in -[ blush]

guineapiglet Fri 28-Mar-14 09:03:03

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I DO fear for pacifics safety though .
In her household there are DH , DS1, DS2, DS3, DS4 and now 2 boars

She'll be drowned in male hormone grin

grin

I so am drowning in testosterone!

The smaller GP (Jeffrey) has nipped all of us at least once - hard enough to smart, but did not break the skin. According to the rescue centre it's his larger brother who's the dominant one, but I am not so sure….

They are now confident enough to eat in front of us smile, but are still quite shy and reluctant to be caught and held. Early days, I know. DSs are v good at sitting down, legs in a basket, and only holding them together on a blanket on their lap.

They don't seem to be drinking water but continue to piddle plenty. Do I need to be concerned? They have a water bottle - if they don't take to that, should I offer water in a dish? I can just imagine the mess...

Here's another question: is it possible to overfeed a GP?? I know they need unlimited access to hay and water, I give vegetables 2x/day and make sure they always have some of their pellets. Like I said, I think Jeffrey is a bit skinny and they are still growing boys… <proud mother>

C+C cage arrived and is fabulous, soft furnishings on their way grin. So far they only have a willow sticks and sea grass tunnels to hide in and nothing really to play with <sad face>

Glad they are settling. smile
Some piggies do give a nip (if they wanted to bite you , believe me they would do more than nip, those rodenty teeth are sharp) but they are by and large gentle creatures. Don't forget though, they don't have much in the way of defences, so if they feel unsafe ,they panic.

Our GP2 got my arm (like you say a pinch not a bite) when we had them for a couple of days and I was shock "He doesn't like me" . But usually, any tooth action is if they mistake the smell of food on your skin.
GP1 only gnaws if we rub his rump (greasespot area)
GP3 doesn't like his right side touched , he pulls our skin rather than bite, but it's a definite don't touch. (Dh didn't know this. He does now)

Water- mine never drink. I give them a bottle if they are indoors and a bowl outside but they don't touch it. They pee rivers , it must be the veg. grin

I don't think you can overfeed but some foods are more calorific.
They need unlimited hay, and about 1-2oz pellet per pig ( you'll gauge how much they'll eat but make sure there's a bit spare so there's no squabbling over food)

What coat types are your boys? I find the fancy coats (like Abbys or long haired) tend to be lighter.
GP1 is a smooth haired and lost alot of weight when his brother died.
GP3 is a Rex, he's huge , solid, heavy but not porky.

When we try to get weight on GP1 - sweetcorn ,especially in the leaves. Raw beetroot . Banana and skin. Sweet red peppers.
So if we wanted to slim them, we'd cut these down.

And they can get surprisingly tubby on grass (just like little fat ponies do in a field grin )

Cardboard boxes to play in are great. Make sure there's no tape or staples.
Cut two doors to allow an escape route.
Give them a Guinea Village.
Then when they get peed and poohed, they can be thrown out.

I played some early Kate Bush music to GP3. He purred like a good'un.
Obviously good taste guinea.

Cardboard shoebox with 2 door cut out has been a success today.
Also an offering of parsley was graciously accepted grin.
I've built the Eglu run we've had lying around for ages (those plastic clips are biatches angry[sore hands]) but in the end have not put the piggies out in the garden today as it was quite cold and rather windy (we are in Scotland).

They make quite a lot of noise <aww>, sometimes I am not sure whether it's purring or rumbling confused. I may have to try some Kate Bush grin to calm them. The wee one is most certainly the boss - he's shorthaired mainly white with some black, and the other one a rex, also black and white. Unless he's a teddy… confused.

I can help you there Pacific

my little boy was from a Rescue ( they got him from a breeder) we were told he was a Swiss.
But as he grew (and grew grin ) DD and I did some online guinea gazing.

Rex have coarse , short fur, little broad faces, low set ears, huge feet with big claws, curly belly fur and curly whiskers.

Teddy have a softer coat, straight belly hair and straight whiskers.

(USA guinea-pig sites can sometimes class Rex/Teddy as the same just to confuse )

Swiss have a 'halo' of soft fluffy fur, longer guard hairs and straight whiskers (and are higher maintenance so DD and I were relieved when GP3 showed his true Rex colours though we love him no matter what and we were prepared for him)

Purring can be a brisk brrrr in response to noise or when you stroke them.
Rumblestrutting is the whole body language thing- walking round with a stiff body, almost snakelike, doing a longer brrrrrrrrrr sound.

Popcorning is cute, they leap about, buck like a horse, leap, wheek. GP3 can do a funny little movement where he swings his bottom round turning 180 degress or leaps like a little frog grin

Ours were in the run today then in their nice clean Pighouse with lots of fresh hay. Clean for oooh ten minutes <<sigh>>

Hm.
I may need to let them grow up a bit to be sure what the longer haired one is exactly. I have been staring at 'guinea pig breeds' on various sites and on images for far to long today.

I think we've had a little pop corning today, they now eat even in our presence and I have not been bitten today. I am hoping the brrrrr noise is purring and not rumbling - they are certainly not strutting.

Would it be wrong to sit here with them on my lap?? I am terrified they might escape - I'd never find them again I fear…

The pooing…. OMG, the pooing! They are really not as tidy as my childhood rabbits were - poo pellets everywhere! And they do look for to similar to their food pellets for comfort grin

grin they poo non-stop don't they. And little guinea-pigs like to sit in their food bowls too......

If you wrap them in a towel for their early cuddles you can keep a good grip on them.
When we got GP3 he was a teeny 6 weeks old, very fast and skittery. DD was used to her lardy boar so she wrapped GP3 in a small hand towel to begin with. Makes them feel secure too.
They tend to dive into sleeves and down the front of blouses too smile

It takes a while to show their true breed.
If I'd have paid for a Swiss from a breeder, I'd probably be a bit miffed to get a Rex . But we just wanted a little boar that our chap would bond with, so the fur was secondary, though personally I find the 'fancier' they are the more fragile they are.

If ours go on the floor, they just sit there. They don't like the laminate .The only thing I worried about was if GP3 would jump. (He still sits on my lap and glares at the floor, no idea why, he doesn't want to be on it)

Can I give the GPs some stale bread? I bake my own, current brickhard end of loaf is rye and spelt, minimal salt, some yeast. It's good stuff, I'd eat it myself if I could (don't have rodent's teeth wink), not mouldy or anything.

Tell me to get lost when you are fed up with my questions btw - seriously.

I did a bid cage clean today and they sure do love a clean habitat grin. Why on earth to they pee/poo all over the place then?!
They must pass half their body weight in poo and consume it again in veggies and dry food confused

Oh, and they really like cucumber grin.
Carrot makes them go hmm <-judgey face

WRT bread - maybe an odd crust but not a regular thing, it hasn't got enough nutrients in it,

They aren't meant to have seeds,nuts,egg,honey
Yeast can upset their gut flora.
(Ours eat a crust of toast if they join us for breakfast but it's only now and then)

They pooh allover their cages, I've only ever had one guinea that poohed in one corner (and it isn;t either of these boys grin )

Ask as many questions as you like, there are loads of us here and lots of advice.

I've put urgent Heellllllppp threads up and it's so reassuring that there are other guinea mums out there (especially when RL people say "it's only a guinea-pig" - obviously none of my family would dare to say that) wink

I just went and hand-collected 87 new poo pellets blush - about 3 hours after the Big Cage Clean. How sad am I?
They've got a new fleece in it (yellow) and it shows them up terribly. I can't leave them in there for a whole 24 hrs amongst all their painfully obvious poo! And I am the least house proud person you'd ever meet (my house is clean enough, I do clean; it's just not a source of pride or distress for me), but the state of the piggies' cage unsettles me…

I am finding all sorts of interesting GP stuff on t'interweb: all these breeds and how competitive breeding can be and how dangerous delivery can be for the sows and all that jazz shockgrin.
I suppose it's easy to obsess about almost anything, even small rodents.

Thanks about the bread advice - I usually cut leftover bread up and feed it to the birds, but this is SO hard, I physically cannot. It does have some sunflower and pumpkin seeds in it, so I maybe leave it then.

Our Big Boy is a rex - he has very curly whiskers; I got a good look at them today. The Small But Dominant One is smooth and short-haired and has a more 'ratty' face (pointy nose). Both v sweet, of course <proud of my boys>

And who says 'they are only GP?", who?? <puts knuckle dusters on>

Hi, all, I am reviving this thread as I have some more questions:

1. Our piggies don't seem to drink confused. They pee plenty, but the water in the drinking bottle is untouched and in an open bowel is just pooed in, dirty beggars! Is that ok? Do they get all their fluid from veggies?? If so, fine; I just don't want to be giving them renal failure or summat.
2. They are still really shy. Terrified of any sudden movements or noise. They will however now eat in front of us. I take them out every day, but cannot pretend that they particularly like that. Please tell me they will settle - I now it's only been a couple of weeks…
3. They don't seem to like each other that much. They have carved out their own 'territories' in the cage (Jeffery downstairs in a fleecy pocket and Seargant Tibbles in a tunnel upstairs - you should see the speed he goes up and down that ramp! shock). Lots of rumbling when they are together but no raised-head body language and no actual attacks. They are now coming up for 4 months old. They are brothers but I don't suppose that means that they will get on, is it?

I weighed them a few days ago and they are gaining weight compared to their 'adoption weight' grin.

Seargeat Tibbles is a Rex - curly whiskers an'all. Jeffrey is smooth haired, both black and white.
They do certainly love a clean cage - lots of pop corning and wheeking and running around like made exploring.
I am off to do some poop scooping. And I have coriander. Not just any coriander, but Marks and Spencer's coriander grin.

Glad to hear Sgt Tibbles and Jeffrey grin are settling down.
Weight gain is good (if your Rex follows the same path as my little boy he'll get bigger and bigger . I must weigh my pigs this week)

Water- always offer fresh but mine don't drink it. The only time I've ever seen one near a water bottle was when GP1 was in alone and he wanted to create noise hmm )

The getting on....keep an eye on them, they're approaching the Terrible Teens but hopefully they'll have lots of outdoor playtime which gives them space. GP1/GP2 GP1/GP3 - they don't sit together and hug up. They have their 'own' space. Plenty of "Shift your lardy arse" type rumbling, the odd prance from foot-to-foot and brrrrrrrrrrrr purring.

Guinea-pigs are shy. It's what stops them becoming somethings lunch. They never lose that.
Some pigs are more laid back. Our GP2 used to sleep in the run, curled up. (Very relaxed piggie) GP1 stood watch - ahhh

Marks and Spencers Coriander yeahhh (I bought M&S parsley on Mothers Day . They were very impressed )

Thanks, again, 70, for your reassurance.
I swear, I am like a new mum blush.

The outdoor run is set up, but has not been used - it's decking freezing here; 12 degrees tops. I suppose if they survive the Andes they could have a wee run tomorrow afternoon? I'll see...

Ha! Autocorrect won't let me say a gentile 'fecking' grin

If it's too cold don't risk it outside.

The guineas in the Andes bear no resemblance to the spoiled lardy creatures that share our loving guinea pig homes.

Mine are adults, if it is nice and calm (and dry ) I put them out with boxes to sit in and a windcover.
But yours are still babies so leave it a while.
And build up their grass time. Maybe an hour or so to begin. Gorging on fresh green grass can lead to bloat ( swelling of gas build up in the gut. Can be fatal )

And the "New Mum" thing.
I wake up and think "Are my pigs ok" especially if it's a sudden cold snap.

They have tons of hay.
Fur
The Pighouse
And they aren't even mine (they are DDs)
Doesn't stop the worry grin

dietcokeandwine Tue 08-Apr-14 21:41:13

Agree completely with the New Mum thing 70 and Pacific.

I am off to my parents with the DC tomorrow, DH is in charge of the pigs. Only for two nights, mind you, but I've never left my new little girl pigs overnight before, and haven't left our boars since Christmas (when they went into the expert and loving care of our local GP boarding place....DH is not quite so, um, dedicated)...I am fretting...planning on leaving detailed notes, along with example bowls of fresh food in the fridge so he can see exactly what amount and variety of food needs to be offered...

This is a man who I trust implicitly, will and regularly do leave in charge of our three children (including a baby) without batting an eyelid...but these are my guineas

blush

grin

I am sure he will be fine [crosses fingers]

FernieB Tue 08-Apr-14 21:56:06

Dietcoke I sympathisewink. I once left my DH in charge of our home and rabbit for 10 days. I left him 3 lines of instructions for the house (bin day etc) and 5 pages of detailed instructions for rabbit care shock. I haven't left him with the GPs yet.

My GPs (not the DCs, noon, mine) are going to their holiday lodgings on Saturday morning - to our former childminder grin. She runs a small furries kennelling business since she no longer child minds and I figured as I trusted her enough to look after my human babies, she'll be alright for looking after my furry ones for a week.

DH would be ok looking after them, I think, but I am in no hurry to find out…

I just ordered another set of bedding, in Black Retro design - stylish guineas. Although all the effort that goes in to the interior design of their cage is somewhat marred by the poo everywhere hmm.

They are still shy and don't like being picked up, but once on my lap are quite happy to nosey about and be hand-fed some M+S coriander grin.

They don't seem to be eating much hay at all, but go through there veggies and pellets alright. Should I offer less vegetables confused? I usually give them something in the morning and again at night (carrot, curly kale, red pepper, occasional cucumber, baby sweetcorn etc).

Off to clean their cage…. grin

So, a quick update: my boars are now 4-5 months old and seem to have hit puberty grin. Lots of showing off and attempts to mount and some arguing over the favoured GP house and food. No real fighting but I heard teeth chattering for the first time today.
I have also finally actually seen them eat hay <relief>
They are growing and gaining weight - the Rexy one is a chubby wee guy.

So, all good - except: DS2(10) is allergic to them. This is the boy who was desperate for a cuddly pet; it's so unfair.
He developed weals where wee claws had scratched him, was wheezy and itchy after handling them. It all settled with Ventolin and an antihistamine and he is ok with them in the house. I will have another go at giving him only smooth-haired Jeffrey to handle after he had an antihistamine and see how that goes.

Does anybody have any experience of over-coming a reaction to their GP?? I know that known allergens should normally be avoided, but equally that some allergic dog owners will improve with a lot of time.
<unreasonably hopeful>

My DD is sensitive to our Rex boy but I'd really hate to have to make the difficult decision to rehome her wink

Mind you, it would release me from trudging round Lakeside weighed down with Primark clothes and Superdry bags ( in an annoyingly teeny size 6 envy )

grin love ya DD - honest.

Serious note Pacific when cat owners have allergies it's sometimes recommended to wash the cat (it's the spitty dander that causes the prooblem)

We will get round to bathing the pigs (must get some more Gorgeous Guineas shampoo) I'll report back if it helps.
(Not looking forward to bathing GP3)

O.M.G.

The GorgeousGuineas website has me in its thrall shockblush
Who knew?!

"Just for Boars"

grin

Sorry, got distracted there…

Yes, I know about animal dander etc - I am going to set up a highly scientific experiment and dose DS2 with an antihistamine before letting him handle only smooth-haired Jeffrey and see what happens.
After Jeffrey has had a bath in… pooh, let me think? "Just for Boars" or "EasiRinse" or "Lavender" shampoo??
Options, options….

<flexes credit cards>

I bought some sample bottles of shampoo (Lice'n'Easy , Manuka, and the Just for Boars ) JforB is lovely, sandlewoody. It helps them if they get narky. They smell the same and they'll have a mutual hatred of the bather.

They are quite concentrated- we dissolved some in a small jug of water to pour over the wet fur then lather- more even than a blob of the shampoo (guineas either love the fuss of a bath or they'll be bally awkward and cover everything in water)

(Ours are of the second type) GP2 used to leap out of the bath if we didn't keep a hand on him. GP1 just wanders about (we put a towel on the base so they don't slip) enhancing the water with guinea additives.

Then you have to dry them........grin

guineapiglet Thu 01-May-14 08:58:11

hi all

Just a quickie about guineas and allergies...pacific I do empathise as our son was hugely allergic to our guineas..the whole package of fur and hay combination...nothing really helped as even with minimum contact he would react and we hated giving him inhalers - it's just not fair when something supposed to be a pleasure becomes a health risk. Guineas were relocated into big insulated shed and he was fine with contact outdoors in the garden... but could not go in shed or where hay was as it would set him off. We got him a bio orb and gorgeous red finned tetras so he could have his own cuddly things!!! Guineas are sadly very allergenic and it is especially sad when they produce such adverse reactions in children who want to love and care for them. Hopefully one of 70s divine shampoos may help with dander dampening! try contact outdoors in fresh air and not in a confined space? good luck smile

Thanks, guineapiglet - I had come across your post about your DS and GP and tetras somewhere else and have been considering all that.

We keep the GP on fleece cage liners, so hay dust is at a minimum. I do all the feeding and cleaning and most of the handling (they are still v shy and don't like to be caught, but settle nicely on my lap). They are also moulting like crazy - there must be the equivalent of one GP in hair alone every day hmm.

I have a couple of trial sizes of shampoo coming grin and we shall see.

Btw, when they have settled on my lap, initial panic quelled by parsley grin, they then start 'chatting': high pitched squeaks that they both do at the same time for a long period of time. It's not wheeling and not rumbling/purring and I have not really found it on GP noise sites. I am hoping it's happy chatter and not 'Omg, get me out of here, the scrary giant's got us again' confused. Any ideas?

Oh, and here's another thing: I've just cleaned their cage again and they have eaten a whole chunk of their house made made of ?hay/grass/whatever. I presume that's ok??
They seem to like the carrot greens more than the actual carrot grin

FernieB Thu 01-May-14 10:41:33

They all seem to like carrot greens more than carrot. They will chew at anything cardboard or hay based and it's fine.

We have 2 boys - one of whom is largely silent unless he's really cross when we get a squeal or really happy when he purrs. Scruffypig chatters constantly with a series of wheeks etc all the time - it is lovely but not when you're trying to watch TV whilst you cuddle them. You may have got yourself a couple of chatterers.

Thanks for that, Fernie, it's lovely to hear that they have wee personalities smile.

They are currently in a room referred to as 'playroom' but which has not been used as a playroom for a long time and has very little footfall/traffic, so it is fairly quiet and anybody entering the room as them scampering for shelter.
I am wondering whether to move them in to our kitchen/dining room where we spend 80% of our time so they get more used to us?
They are now 4-5 months old and have been with us for just over 5 weeks. Any thoughts?

FernieB Thu 01-May-14 12:52:55

They do like to be involved in family life and would love a good view of the fridge (magical veg dispensing device). They can be a bit smelly so if you can cope with that - they'd love the kitchen.

Mine have moved around. Originally they were in the kitchen which they loved but were quite noisy. Then they lived in the dining room with Current Bun for a while and are now in the utility room which is a lot quieter but I do leave the door open a lot so they can still hear the fridge door opening.

The hay house- yes it's fine (and typical) that they eat it- we had one of those card tunnels (actually we had 3 of them on special offer) GP2 used to pick the hay bits off then eat the card. Just look at it as a way of keeping their teeth trimmed.

Carrot leaves seem to go down better here than carrots grin

The late GP2 only purred or made nomnom noises
GP1 does an unholy shriek in protest at being lifted up , but it's a token protest, he loves a cuddle grin
GP3 - I'm sure he chats in his sleep hmm

I have noticed GP1s ears getting hairier in the last nine months , possibly to filter out the constant prattling grin

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