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BonkeyMollocks Mon 03-Sep-12 18:04:03

And what is normal for a boar?

When I first got Big Pig in April he was 567kg. (He was about 4 months)
He is now a whopping 1047kg! (At 8/9 months)
Anyone know if this is normal?

Little Pig was 434kg (5 weeks) when we bought him home and he is now 824kg (5 months (? will have to double check that) ) .

Is Big Pig now mature or is he going to get bigger ? confused shock

70isaLimitNotaTarget Mon 03-Sep-12 20:39:33

I did have the boars weighed when they went to the rodentologist and she said they were "good weights".

GP1 is much bigger than GP2 who's a bit Abyssynian .(The smooths are generlly larger)

I keep meaning to get some guinea-pig scales.
GP1 has broken a bottom tooth (he broke the other one a few months back but it's regrown) It doesn't stop him hoovering up parsley.grin

I'll post back when I get scales.
And WRT getting bigger- one of my sows when I was a child was massive- not fat (though she was the one that had 2 litters) but a bit squishy- but a big girl.

fridayfreedom Mon 03-Sep-12 20:42:49

am assuming you mean grams rather than Kg!! otherwise , yes that is a mighty big pig.
Our big pig , Gizzy is about 2lb 12oz, not sure what that is in g but he is a big many ways!!!

BonkeyMollocks Mon 03-Sep-12 20:45:54

blush yes I mean grams grin

fridayfreedom Mon 03-Sep-12 20:46:45

just checked, about 1300g....yep big!!!

BonkeyMollocks Mon 03-Sep-12 20:49:42

70 I use my kitchen scales grin

friday 2lb12 is 961g . smile

Just be browsing the t'internet, it says that average for a male is 900-1200 , so it seems Big Pig is bang in the middle.

What age do they stop growing?

BonkeyMollocks Mon 03-Sep-12 20:50:59

X post

Is mine wrong? confused grin

Yes that he is a whopper! grin

fridayfreedom Mon 03-Sep-12 21:02:54

just checked again, he is 1275g..hmmm top of scale smile
do weigh him and he has only put an oz on since we got him, mind he just eats!! when he goes out in teh run if his head touches the grass before his paws, he is already eating!!

BonkeyMollocks Mon 03-Sep-12 21:08:47

friday All Big Pig does is eat and sleep and grunt on the way to the food bowl hmm

Im thinking of cutting down his pellets abit. He has started emptying his bowl of them...

He needs.more exercise really but short of shooing him round the room Im not sure how to get him to do it.

fridayfreedom Mon 03-Sep-12 21:13:03

yep, Gizzy is a bit like that, not very active unless it's running to the food bowl. His companion, 'Gary', ( couldn't have the real thing ie Mr Barlow!!), is smaller and quieter and moves more.
But we love Gizzy, especially when he tries to hide by putting his head under we can't see your big orange bum Gizzy!!!

KRITIQ Mon 03-Sep-12 21:28:18

Ha ha, I was LOLing at the idea of piggies the size of horses! smile

Boars tend to be heavier than sows (although I did have one quite petite boar who never got any bigger than a smallish sow.)

I just weighed my boys and DBoar 1 is 1358 gms and DBoar 2 is 1352 gms (although his man parts were slightly hanging over, so they're probably about the same!) grin I think that's a shade under 3 pounds.

I've had bloke pigs bigger than that - the largest was a a gentle giant rex cross who was about 1600 grams at his peak.

There's some good info here on weighing piggies. I think the important thing is to monitor weight every week or so and look out for changes - sudden losses or gains, which could indicate something's wrong.

When DBoar was a bit poorly back in February, the vet he saw (who was pretty crap on all fronts, despite supposedly being a specialist), said he was "obese" and he was 1250 then. I knew he was under his normal weight, so I ignored her "advice" about diet. and wish I'd ignored most of what she said which did him no good and cost me the GDP of a small nation, so glad I've now found a vet who knows his stuff.

KRITIQ Mon 03-Sep-12 21:31:11

Oh, I meant to add there is some good advice on this page of the guinea pig forum (I think it can be read even if you're not a member - if not, shout.)

BonkeyMollocks Mon 03-Sep-12 21:33:05

I'm a member, you'd think i would have seen that hmm .

Have very weird images of horse sized pigs now. Can you imagine how much it would cost in veggies! shock

KRITIQ Mon 03-Sep-12 21:41:14

Bonkey, the way they hoover up vegetables, you'd think mine WERE horses!

70isaLimitNotaTarget Mon 03-Sep-12 21:45:00

I'm just imagining guinea-pig droppings the size of aubergines littering up my lawn blush

sleepingbunnies Sun 09-Sep-12 12:26:10

One of the girls is 1.1kg and one of them is dead on a kilo :-)

ByTheWay1 Mon 10-Sep-12 11:20:21

My girls are losing weight now - oldies eat less in the GP world too - so about 780g each.....

sleepingbunnies Mon 10-Sep-12 11:50:39

Never knew that oldies eat less! I had been worrying my girls (3 and a half yrs) weren't eating enough!

70isaLimitNotaTarget Mon 10-Sep-12 11:54:35

ByTheWays GP are IIRC 11/12 yo, so very venerable.

I look to see if the food gets eaten and the hay box gets filled with pooh nests.(Of proper GP poohs)

GP1 is a smooth who has a bit of a double chin grin

GP2 is a fluffy little boy who feels like a head and a rump with elastic in the middle ! grin

sleepingbunnies Mon 10-Sep-12 12:24:18

For the last couple of days not all the dry food is eaten and they still haven't demolished a parsley bell the way they usually would :-( but plenty of poo! And they eat hay like it's going out of fashion!

sleepingbunnies Mon 10-Sep-12 12:25:14

11 & 12 yr old guinea pigs?! That's impressive!

ByTheWay1 Mon 10-Sep-12 15:07:10

Yep 12 this year (good memory 70..) ! Still going, but slowing down...... no more pop-corning, more of a cute little waddle

70isaLimitNotaTarget Mon 10-Sep-12 19:59:50

GP1 is 1350g
GP2 is 1125g

They are 2 yo. GP1 is smooth
GP2 is Abbysynian type and alot smaller

(DD is away for a school trip. I'm in charge of the Guineas and under strict instructions to feed them loads.

Little bugger tried to eat my new jumper. That's not what she meant) confused

fortifiedwithtea Sun 16-Sep-12 01:46:48

Shocked OB has lost weight again shock. He is back down to 750g. He is eating veg and hay well and grass but very slow. I don't think he is eating enough pellets. Wee is still orange and he hasn't pooped properly since before he had his teeth done at the beginning of August sad.

70isaLimitNotaTarget Fri 05-Oct-12 14:33:12

I weighed my hogs last night,
GP2 has lost 25g (so an ounce)
GP1 has lost about 75g but he could really afford to lose it TBH.

DH was all shock "What can we give them"?

They have fresh pellets and water daily, hay up to their ears and naice hay.
Fresh daily veg (breakfast and supper) with cut grass if they don't get out.

They're having sweetcorn and beetroot for added calories every couple of days.

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