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RIP Salt & Pepper

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Sleepingbunnies Sun 01-Sep-13 09:29:10

Something got into my gorgeous piggies hutch last night. I am feeling so guilty. Did I lock the hutch properly? I don't know. All I know is that my girls are gone sad

guineapiglet Mon 02-Sep-13 19:38:25

Wow sleeping - what an emotional week you have had, and this is a really lovely gesture - In my experience, getting new guineas is actually a positive step towards dealing with sadness over lost ones, they never replace the ones you loved and lost, but you will love them and they will become special to you - I promise.

Just a word of caution - foxes are cunning little buggers. I do like them, but I don't like them taking off our dear little pets - they know no mercy and they are very clever. They will be back to the place you kept Salt and Pepper, as they know this is now a good place for dinner - it happens with chickens all the time, they are taken, replaced and the foxes know where to go back to..... My advice would be to have them as indoor guineas, or keep them safely locked in a shed/consevatory, somewhere safe at night. I know you are sad about losing these dear pets, but the two new ones will be a comfort. smile

midori1999 Mon 02-Sep-13 20:27:59

Oh goodness, I am so, so sorry. This must be very hard for you, but even if you didn't shut the hutch properly, we are all only human and mistakes happen. It's not your fault. However, foxes are flipping clever and can open all sorts. I have also seen photos of them having chewed through a shiplap shed to get to bunnies, so sometimes there's just nothing you can do. I am so paranoid I have padlocks on my bunny sheds, but I still worry.

Floralnomad Mon 02-Sep-13 20:34:14

I think its lovely of him . Just a thought to make the hutch more fox proof ,on our rabbits hutch my DH put a holder at each end so we can put a bar right across the front IYSWIM , that way the doors won't swing open even if they're undone . We did it to stop our dog opening the hutch and its been brilliant . Have fun with your new piggies , my mum recently lost her ginger pig and its been very upsetting .

70isaLimitNotaTarget Mon 02-Sep-13 21:09:04

We have a wooden door, a screen door inside which hooks on (half wood, upper half screen) a bolt and a bucket of cement which I hoist in front of the door.

DH is hmm but every night there are at least 2 foxes on a neighbours garage and the adults just don't seem spooked by anything .

Sleepingbunnies Mon 02-Sep-13 21:41:57

I think iv got it wrong.

I don't think it was foxes.

I think they were stolen sad

Floralnomad Mon 02-Sep-13 22:06:43

What makes you think that ?

70isaLimitNotaTarget Mon 02-Sep-13 22:10:21

But that wouldn't explain the fur?

Was there damage to the hutch?
I can't see how there could be fur shed with a person lifting them, even the most cack-handed person.

(Gawd that sounds like a horrendous scenario to have them pinched) shock

Sleepingbunnies Mon 02-Sep-13 23:35:30

The fact that it's all so clean? No blood etc? Just several clumps of fur? The fact that even if I had fucked up and not shut one side surely I didn't not shut both sides?

No bite marks on cage, no claw marks nothing.

Am I going mad?! Am I overthinking this all too much?

Sleepingbunnies Tue 03-Sep-13 08:11:01

Forgive me sad I take back my wild ideas that someone had taken them... I found evidence to suggest otherwise at about 1am this morning when I was 'investigating' sad

My poor babies sad

fortifiedwithtea Tue 03-Sep-13 09:52:51

How horrible sad Can your BIL search for remains and do a burial? It all sounds far too distressing for you and the DC to find sad

Anyway you can keep the new arrivals indoors? They will never replace the S&P shaped hole in your heart but in time you will grow to love them for their own little ways. Agree BIL was being a bloke but a well meaning one smile

Sleepingbunnies Tue 03-Sep-13 10:35:46

Didnt find 'remains' just a bloodstain and fur in their Hidey house. And teeth marks sad

So DP thinks they should be outside as we always said they would live outside but I don't think I could go through this again.

I have found an indoor cage / stand on amazon but its £105 sad

alemci Tue 03-Sep-13 10:40:52

could you look on ebay for a 2nd hand hutch for indoors or free cycle.

My GP lives in an indoor cage we bought in Lidl years' ago or could you bring them in at night in a wooden box or drawer or something and pop them in the kitchen for peace of mind then put them back out in the day.

alemci Tue 03-Sep-13 10:42:30

had a quick look. don't know where you live? but there are some for collection starting at £5.

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