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tinamoreno32 Tue 09-Dec-14 18:49:59

Ok my guinea pig just had babies one didn't make it and the other seems fine what do I need to do help don't want it to die and my daughter get upset We also gave another sow in with her who had a baby not to long ago but it didn't survive can they still stay together. Please help

sunflower49 Tue 09-Dec-14 18:59:31

Baby guineas are hardy little things, born fully furred/developed. Make sure she's suckling the baby though. You can buy hay especially for babies under 6months old.

Where did you get them?Pet shops are notorious for not sexing guinea pigs early enough and them ending up pregnant angry

You can take them both to a vet for a check up if you're worried. If they baby's a boy , neuter him once he's of age, or this issue could quite easily happen again.

Good luck smile

sunflower49 Tue 09-Dec-14 19:00:31

THE baby, not THEY baby I mean

70isaLimitNotaTarget Tue 09-Dec-14 21:46:25

If the two adult sows get along well, keep an eye on them but they should be fine together if they're used to each other.

Your piglet should be feeding regularly from its mum , keep an eye on them.
Guineas can eat solid food at only hours old, obviously not ideal, but they can.

Alfala hay is the one for piglets, pregnant and nursing pigs so you could give it to Mum and baby.
Have you any idea why the two piglets died? Are their Mums very young? Is there in-breeding?
It would be worth a vet check to make sure everything is okay.
And if your piglet is a boar, he'll be fertile at 3-4 weeks old so you'll need to seperate him then (they have no morals guinea-pigs blush .Even their own mums and sisters are fair game.
Hope it a sow, easier all round.

Vets won't neuter a boar until they're a good age and weight (usually 5 months minimum) Our boy was a year old when he was castrated to match with sows.

Keep an eye on the adults sows at this stressful time, they can be snippy.
I'd give all the cage/hutch a good clean (steam or Vikron) just in case there was a chance of infection that affected your piglets.

Good Luck

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