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Guinea-Pig Wedding at 70s House ;)

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70isaLimitNotaTarget Sun 05-Jun-16 18:29:32

Today , we decided the day was ideal to marry our guineas.
It was nice out with no threat of rain, so DD and I could put them out (still in their respective runs) while we emptied, cleaned,disinfected and neutralised the Pighouse.
We put a good layer of Ecobale (equine cardboard bedding) on the floor and the Haybox plus a trug full of hay.

In the run they've been sitting together at the bars chatting.
So when they were introduced (in the kitchen) GP6 (our boar) was highly delighted sniffing the girls (All of them, no favourites grin )

They all piled into the Pig Wedding Cake, there was alot of hoiking food from each others mouths.

We put them in the Pighouse , they were all Yeahhhh at the space and a bit When was this decided at the Ecobale, it's funny to walk on.
GP6 decided the trug was his ManPad.
He tried to get up close and personal with GP8 and got kicked, both legs, wallop.
I've just peeped through the window. All in the haybox scoffing naice hay. After breakfast, a day of grazing,a Wedding Buffet, they have room for hay grin

DD has taken photos so I'll upload once she's emailed them.

FernieB Sun 05-Jun-16 21:35:28

Congratulations to GP6 and his haremflowers. Glad it all went smoothly. Hopefully the girls will settle down well together for a good gossip about to keep poor GP6 under the paw. I've given my boys an extra bit of parsley each to celebrate the day, so they're all very pleased for the 70 pigs. Looking forward to the pigtures.

70isaLimitNotaTarget Sun 05-Jun-16 21:55:35

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh, unfortunately, it hasn't gone as smoothly as I'd hoped sad Seems like GP4 (tricolour sow) and GP7 (new long haired) are both strong minded females , each leaders of their own packs and lets just say, they didn't see eye-to-eye.
I had thought that teeny GP8 would be the one to cause the aggro, she fairly bounced out at GP6 when he was rumbling (like the Tasmanian Devil)

So Ding Ding back to your corners. We've put the two new girls back in the cage for tonight (DD was worried about her new girl and I didn't want to risk injury).
Trouble is though, the cage (it's 4'x2') is too small for long term living.
I'm going to get out the C&C panels tomorrow and get DH to fix a non-permenant divide down the middle so they can have half the floor space each.
We'll have two areas of 6'x3' and I'll need to get some temp hay boxes for each side.


FernieB Mon 06-Jun-16 13:41:51

Sorry to hear that. Poor GP6 was clearly looking forward to 4 wives and he's now had to divorce 2 of them after just one day. Is that a record? Clearly you've ended up with two Queen Beesshock. Hopefully they'll settle down soon and learn to tolerate each other or at least keep to their own corners.

70isaLimitNotaTarget Mon 06-Jun-16 14:15:00

Poor Bert ....... Daily Mail Sad Face sad

I've divided the Pighouse with C&C so they have about half per group (nicer for the new sows to have more room and the Resident Pigs have got their much adored Bookcase hidey back.
Might try in a few days cuddling the two Alpha Females together and see from there.
They are lovely girls , I had anticipated that sows can be tricky to blend though so we'll play it by ear.

EastMidsGPs Mon 06-Jun-16 15:19:24

Lavender oil. Spot behind their ears .. worked for us.Although one did end up with a frilly ear from being nipped hmm

70isaLimitNotaTarget Mon 06-Jun-16 19:52:18

They are pootling round their Pighouse , very confused "It's like that episode of 'Steptoe and Son where Harold divides the house" they wailed.

They're not too grumpy though, it's all to their liking (so far) my new sows are liking their big box of hay.

70isaLimitNotaTarget Mon 06-Jun-16 19:55:36

And they're all jiggered after a long day eating grass (DH and I had a day's leave so we spent most of the day outside)

EastMidsGPs Mon 06-Jun-16 20:16:47

gringrin at the Steptoe reference. Am sure they'll all get along eventually. Have only ever had 1 sow who didn't bond, either with other piggies or humans.
On reflection the rescue shouldn't have regained her. Anyway she went to live with bro and led a feral life.
Yours all used to other pigs, they just need to get used to being a blended family smile
All very modern!

EastMidsGPs Mon 06-Jun-16 20:18:03

Rehomed ...this phone keeps changing words as I post hmm

70isaLimitNotaTarget Mon 06-Jun-16 20:50:23

My new females had been living with other sows in Rescue but our TriColour Sow is very much The Guv'nor.

She was boss when we had GP3, she is boss with GP3 .
We'll keep them chatting a while,

Bert says he'll give his new wives visiting rights. Not so much "Modern Family" as "Game of Thrones" grin

70isaLimitNotaTarget Mon 06-Jun-16 20:51:57

Arg that should read GP3 and GP6 (I'm getting my GPs jumbled) blush

FernieB Wed 08-Jun-16 09:08:04

......... Ahem ...... [taps foot] ......... Photos of wedding please wink.

I know it's ended in divorce and GP6 is probably busy sorting alimony (2 slices of cucumber and 4 parsley sprigs weekly) but we still need pigtures grin

70isaLimitNotaTarget Wed 08-Jun-16 10:25:26

grin DD did take pigtures on her iPhone (they are all pootling in the indoor run, scoffing)

It's not a D-I-V-O-R-C-E as such, more a suspending of hostilities.
At the weekened DD and I will send the Alpha Pigs (GP4 and GP7) off to a Girlie Spa (ie long bath) and let them pootle together in the big run.

Then we'll bath the rest of them (just a quickie refresh bath, don't want to overdo it on the washing) and try them again.

Need to think smarter not harder wink

FernieB Wed 08-Jun-16 10:30:58

It's not a D-I-V-O-R-C-E as such, more a suspending of hostilities.

Are you and your DD trained UN peacekeepers? If you need back up forces, Current Bun is well practiced at separating pigs. He lies down between them and it takes them a while to work out how to get round the big fluffy mountain (sometimes they climb overconfused).

Hope the girls enjoy their spa day.

70isaLimitNotaTarget Wed 08-Jun-16 12:01:31

Mmmm, do I need to buy a Peace Keeping Rabbit?
I was thinking along the lines of capybara still.......... lardy, grass eating and a mountain to climb.

Whenever DD says "GP5 go round GP6 , don't just barge him out the way" and I say "GP5 , you'll need to take a sandwich for the journey to get round his mahoosive rump " I get the << shock >> look from DD grin

dietcokeandwine Wed 08-Jun-16 18:29:21

Here you go 70 would this one do? Saw him at a farm park over half term...DS1 was greatly amused to find a mahoosive version of our Ginger Pig grin

Hope your little group all settle in together eventually. I'm sure all the spa bath activities will help.

70isaLimitNotaTarget Wed 08-Jun-16 19:39:27

grin-one of those will do nicely as a Peace Corp.

This is our motley crew
On the left (at the plate) is GP6 (boar)
Behind him GP4 (The Guv'nor)
Behind her is GP7 (The Leader of the Other Pack)
The himmy is my GP5 (unique in all these tri colours like a mythical unicorn)
Far right hand side is GP8 (little sweet tempered piggie)

GP5 and GP8 are my girls.
GP5,GP6 and GP7 belong to DD

The hand in the background is mine, not that I'm ready to intervene or anything grin

70isaLimitNotaTarget Wed 08-Jun-16 19:43:18

GP4,GP6 and GP7 belong to DD [proof reading course needed]

FernieB Thu 09-Jun-16 14:08:15

They are absolutely adorable. I love the way GP6 is asserting himself by taking charge of the plate "leave this to me ladies, it'll take a man to deal with a stack of veg this high". And the two Queen Bees sizing each other up in the background. Looks like a lovely herd - really hope they can all settle together in time.

EastMidsGPs Thu 09-Jun-16 18:55:05

Oh my grin
I really really do need a herdsmile
Don't you just love all the different colours, shapes and sizes piggies come in?

EastMidsGPs Thu 09-Jun-16 20:56:59

Bonnie and Clyde the capybaras have escaped from Toronto Zoo .. least heard of heading for Essex 😃

FernieB Thu 09-Jun-16 21:38:43

Has 70 been to Canada recently? hmm

70isaLimitNotaTarget Fri 10-Jun-16 09:36:55

I haven't ever been to Canada Fernie but I'm just going to guesstimate where they'll land if they're swimming over, then go and pick them up........

I love a good solid pig, not so keen on these fancy crimped or fuzzy long coats.
My Himalayan is like a rose amongst thorns she reckons, a rare beautiful Crested Himmy.
I haven't got the heart to tell her that In The Wild, she wouldn't have much chance of survival sad.
Good job you've got me to pander to you GP5, the wildest thing you need to do is wrestle the leaves off a sweetcorn. wink

FernieB Fri 10-Jun-16 13:23:13

I'm the same - I like a pig to look like a pig, not too frou-frou! My DD us desperate for a fog and keeps showing me pictures of little fluffy tiddly things that Gingerpig could probably squash if he sat on them. I'm a bit meh - if I'm having a dog, it has to look like a dogwink

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