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Guinea Pig Logic

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FernieB Mon 07-Oct-13 08:47:12

If you were hungry and had the choice of a bowl of your favourite food right next to you or going across the room to steal a tiny morsel from your best friends mouth, which would you pick?

I have to question Scruffy's logic at times confused

guineapiglet Mon 07-Oct-13 09:13:41

Loved the thread title!!
Not sure if their brains are big enough to do logic!
From what I have seen in boars this week,Scruffy is behaving perfectly logically. Youwill have to rename him Spock!

FernieB Mon 07-Oct-13 10:35:42

The tug of war that followed Scruffy's decision was fun to watch grin. He lost!

Guineapiglet - I am starting to think their brains are even tinier than I originally thought.

fortifiedwithtea Mon 07-Oct-13 13:42:31

Steal it from BFF obviously grin Didn't royalty do the same in Tudor times Beefeaters . That food is safe to eat. Who's to say tempting food in dish is not laced with poison. Look what happened to Snow White when she eat that tasty apple hmm

Guinea pigs are the superior race grin

FernieB Mon 07-Oct-13 16:31:11

Fortified - did not realise that pigs are such well read historians grin. Clearly I have misunderstood Scruffy's intentions. Does this mean he thinks I'm trying to poison him?

70isaLimitNotaTarget Mon 07-Oct-13 18:25:57

On Friday I cut a plateful of grass for the Resident Boars. It was too wet for them to self forage.

GP1 sensed the plate before I put it on the floor and was there like a locust.
GP3 sauntered up at , yes, tried to take the food out of his mouth.

(Cue GP1 head going up, me telling GP3 off. GP3 planting his little paws on the plate and flipping it up)


fortifiedwithtea Tue 08-Oct-13 06:11:16

Its man in pub attitude you have there 70, I'm 'aving wot e's 'aving bro grin

Not historians Fernie, they were doing it first grin whispers quietly all food is suspect until tested by Smooth first thinks Scruffy No I'm sure Scruffy doesn't think you are deliberately going to poison him smile just no harm being on the safe side wink

fortifiedwithtea Tue 08-Oct-13 06:20:39

Naughty Girl and Fatimus did not eat peppers or tomatoes because Old Boar declared them new fangled and not to be trusted But now Naughty has seen how tasty they are to Coco and Millie Pig she has given them a try and now loves tomatoes and peppers too smile

Naughty steal the new foods off her friends to try first obvs, as guinea logic dictates <nods sagely>

FernieB Tue 08-Oct-13 10:14:35

Last week I gave them a blueberry each just for fun wink. Scruffy took his straight away and ran round carrying it for a while but wouldn't eat it (it's not green - I suspect he would have got on with OB really well). Smooth sat and stared at his for a full 5 minutes before deciding it was okay to eatgrin. It did turn his white coat slightly purple in places grin

Sawdust Wed 09-Oct-13 20:54:46

Food tastes better when you're depriving someone else of it!

70isaLimitNotaTarget Thu 10-Oct-13 19:46:01

Ours were out in the run on Sunday afternoon.
I can trust (I hope) that they'll naturally avoid anything they shouldn't eat but still cover up any patches of buttercups or daisies.

GP1 waited until DD and I were watching then he lay down and sort of twitched shock

Of course DD was torn between scooping him up, and watching to see what he would do.

I was wondering if he was choking/ poisoned/ fits, no idea.

Then he got up, and walked towards DD . Right as rain.
We think hiccups? confused

Little git, that was 10 years off DD and I.

FernieB Thu 10-Oct-13 21:50:05

That was deliberate - they can be gits. Mine have been sitting as good as gold on our visitors laps but when collected by my DDs instantly peed hmm. They did not look sorry.

This logic also applies to rabbits. Current Bun will ignore us a lot but if we pick up a pig, suddenly he wants cuddles shock. He's just jealous. The pigs have been in their indoor run today and he's been sitting on top of the toy box so he can stare at them from above.

StopDoingThat Thu 10-Oct-13 21:58:36

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

guineapiglet Thu 10-Oct-13 22:30:06

Lol at blueberry covered smoothpig!!

Hiccups? Anything for attention eh?


70isaLimitNotaTarget Fri 18-Oct-13 15:32:44

fortified - are Naughty, Coco and Millie going to chance pumpkin this year?

I saw some on sale but I have a metal pumpkin for the porch (which doesn't smell unlike the proper ones) so I could buy one after Hallowe'en to make soup and tempt piggies.

I gave GP1 and GP3 some raw beetroot. Didn't touch it.
GP2 used to trough it down.

GP1 was very judgey- he suspects it was beetroot overdose that did for his brother.
But no guinea (in his opinion) has ever keeled over from parsley overdose.
I think there's a safe limit though GP1. Your own bodyweight might be pushing it.

FernieB Fri 18-Oct-13 15:39:51

According to my boys GP1 is right. You can eat your own and your friends body weight in parsley every few hours and it's beneficial (essential for good health according to Scruffy).

Not tried mine with beetroot yet but they did not like pumpkin last year. Scruffy didn't like it because it wasn't green and Smooth was very suspicious.

fridayfreedom Fri 18-Oct-13 15:45:17

A friend was telling me yesterday that her son did a course on hypnotising animals ...why??
Any way he found out that you can not hypnotise a guinea pig as their brains arent big enough hmm
Big pig thinks that if he squeaks at the wall he the 'great wall god' will deliver him food. Nothing to do with us feeding him to shut him up!
I do love the way that even the smallest thing such as a handful of fresh hay can cause them so much excitement smile

FernieB Fri 18-Oct-13 16:10:20

Mine also popcorn madly over fresh hay. Smooth says GPs can't be hypnotised because they are naturally suspicious and don't believe in it. Nothing to do with the size of their brains.

70isaLimitNotaTarget Fri 18-Oct-13 16:56:09

Mine were very taken with Derek Acorah- indeed GP3 popcorns round "like a little boy light of step".

(He's not a hypnotist GP3- you can see just how suggestable GPs are)

fortifiedwithtea Sun 20-Oct-13 02:45:31

Well 70 I hadn't given pumpkin much thought. I'm feeling a bit meh about Hallowen this year. A friend has been hinting heavily to do the same as last year -- a spooky night in of fun for our kids at my house-- but DH is home this year and I want to do something different.

Still looking back I see that Naughty and Fatimus loved pumpkin but of course OB declared it new fangled as he would. So I will buy a pumpkin, if for no other reason Naughty can introduce Millie Pig and Coco to a new taste thlsmile

I'm actually posting at stupid o'clock because the guinea pigs have offended me shock I am a bit very touchy about my voice sad Let's just say its recognisable not in a good way blush The new girls have cottoned on that I'm the one that feeds and hearing me is a good thing, lots of excited wheaking etc. Cute.

However, tonight (well Saturday) the X Factor was on and Sharon Osborne started speaking and the guinea pigs thought she was me!!! confused shock angry Wheak, wheak wheak

So that's how I sound to a guinea pig hmm

Despite that, they have been fed, cleaned out and have a lovely huge Primark bag to play in. I still love them really thlsmile

70isaLimitNotaTarget Sun 20-Oct-13 11:04:09

grin@Sharon Osbourne voice recognition

Oh dear <<Daily Mail Sad Face>>

How distressing, your piggies have obviously got some weird audiological impairment going on .

If they ever get exited and confuse Ozzy Osbourne for you, then you'll have no option but to rehome them thlwink

GP1 gets very animated when DD plays the theme to "Animal Crossing" on her DSLite. It sounds like an indian sitar.
Maybe he was a mongoose in a previous incarnation- like RikkiTikkyTavy

waikikamookau Sun 20-Oct-13 11:08:48

I give my their breakfast, and they just stand looking at me, I assume looking for their food, eventually they turn around, ah, there it is, very small brains.

KatyPutTheCuttleOn Sun 20-Oct-13 11:11:55

Mine eat daisies all the time, are they not meant to? They have free run of the lawn and I assume that they eat them as they all disappear.

fortifiedwithtea Mon 21-Oct-13 14:33:23

I've not worn earrings for a good 10 months and as I don't want the holes to close up, put my sleepers in. Unfortunately Naughty spotted them and ran from DD2 lap, up my arm and onto my shoulder.

The question is did she think
a) Mum needs a bit of grooming, must gnaw that off
b) goody, teething ring. Perfect for grinding my teeth down

Either way I had a shock face trying to remove sleeper in guinea pig jaws whilst said sleeper was still through my ear.

guineapiglet Mon 21-Oct-13 15:26:28

Wow, Sharon! I mean fortified, what amazing guineas you have - what amazing eyesight Naughty must have! loved the idea of her launching herself across you to get at them! shock

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