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MsPepsi Fri 12-Jun-15 09:57:07

1. My piggies are going out on the grass most days. I've been moving the run after an hour so they don't eat too much. The grass is not luscious at all and a bit bare. Can I leave them on grass for longer? If so, how long can I?

2. My piggies are booked in at a boarders next month. I'm concerned that girls in a nearby hatch may cause fights between the boys. Does that normally happen?

Trizelda Fri 12-Jun-15 10:01:25

Are we talking about Guinea Pigs? If so....ours used to go out on the grass all day in summer. At the start they would be in grass taller than them if we hadn't cut the lawn yet that year. They ate what they wanted and then stopped themselves. They lived for 7 years so can't have done them any harm. They always had water and shade etc.

Never used a boarders so can't help with that one.

DeathMetalMum Fri 12-Jun-15 10:04:51

I've always read it's advised to build piggies up when they are grazing so they don't get bloated so after a week or so of and hour is gradually do it longer. Mine can happily stay out most of the day some days. I just put a bit of hay out into the run also. Also be weary of the heat particularly at the moment piggies can overheat quote quickly.

Mine have never boarded before but I would imagine the boarders will have everything covered and would separate if needed.

meglet Fri 12-Jun-15 10:07:36

I had various piggies for 30 years. They would spend all day in the hutch-run, out at 8am and in at 10pm in summer, and they just chomped what they wanted. Like tri mine all lived long piggy lives. Even piggies have a self control switch wouldn't want to risk it with parsley and watermelon though.

meglet Fri 12-Jun-15 10:11:29

If you look at my photos within my MN profile there is a pic of the old run.(currently piggy-less sad for practical reasons).

They could go into the upper hutch and snuggle in the hay, hide in the cubby hole underneath which sat on the grass or wander out for some sunshine and grass to nibble.

MsPepsi Fri 12-Jun-15 10:18:39

I wish I'd got a hutch with a run attached, would make like so much easier!!

And re boarding I meant hutch, not hatch

70isaLimitNotaTarget Fri 12-Jun-15 10:24:38

Mine eat for a while then lard about, yesterday DD put them out at 5pm, they came in at 9pm (I was out late) they were quite active when it got later, pootling round.

YY to build up time, the lush grass is full of moisture and can give them a loose pooh as well as the risk of bloat.

They feed fairly contantly (that doesn't mean 24/7 piggies wink ) so as long as they have access to grass or hay, they'll pretty much regulate themselves.
We did cut out veg for supper when GP2 had grass, they were very judgey with hay and pellets but GP2 had an awkward bum.

Our boars were in holiday boarding (when we had GP1/GP2 then GP2/GP3) . When GP3 boarded he was under 3 months so his relationship with GP1 was at the crucial stage (aka young arsey boar grin ). I asked that they be kept away from girls for the same reason, they were and they were fine.

FernieB Fri 12-Jun-15 11:40:31

My boys have boarded a few times and have been in close proximity to sows with no problems.

70isaLimitNotaTarget Fri 12-Jun-15 12:36:57

Ah, but your boars are far,far too refined to even bother with noisy, messy, bossy sows Fernie (Though that gingerpig looks like he would be all ^ Oh Hellloooo, Ding Dong^ Leslie Phillips if he met the 70 sows wink

millimat Fri 12-Jun-15 16:09:11

Ours have built up to it, but many days are out in the run most days now. We have to move the run every two days though or the garden would be ruined. Instead there's just a trail of hay where they were last grin

MsPepsi Fri 12-Jun-15 17:30:41

My boars are quite lazy to be fair.

Yes the hay is a nightmare. My garden is in a right state with bare patches and strands of hayhmm

FernieB Sat 13-Jun-15 07:56:05

I move the run daily, sometimes twice a day if they've been particularly active. I don't need to mow that section of lawn.

70 - Gingerpig probably would love your ladies. He gets all popcorny and excited if a squirrel goes near the run. He's quite a sociable boy.

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