Winter is approaching. The SuperFurryAnimals will be doing their best DailyMailSadFaces!(26 Posts)
Our neutered boar has doubled his coat overnight
Grazing days are getting fewer and shorter (they had an hour yesterday late afternoon)
We insulated their Pighouse with cardboard and polystyrene (where they cannot get the rodenty little teeth on it)
GP6 can make his lovely thick bedding last 2 days whereas his cagemates (GP7 and GP8) are very messy girls who need daily bed changing. No sitting in wet bedding for my spoiled piggies but I do wish they'd use a litter tray like other small furries .
We have Snugglepads to pop in the microwave (I don't use the fleece covers they stink after 1 day. Mine are wrapped in newspaper and tucked right under their newspaper bedding to keep them safe)
Card shredding equine bedding on the floor. Easy to spot clean, no dust, soft and insulating underpaw.
They come indoors to their wintercages once it gets too chilly outside. We give them the small bedroom so they don't overheat (though they're noisy little ratbags )
GP2 used to need fattened up , don't think we'll have that problem with these 3 !
Its always a shame when the seasons change , they do love being in the garden especially late evenings................but we can always cut grass until the lawn is baldy.
Can't believe it's that time already! Mine are enjoying a 'first day of autumn' mow at the moment. They've been getting out most days for an hour or two which is great while it lasts. As mine are indoor pigs anyway, the only concession they get for winter is a bit of extra hay in their pigloos and as the utility room is quite cool, they get a blanket over the top at night for extra insulation.
For Current Bun, it's business as usual - nothing changes except that the radiator he likes to lie underneath is actually on! He's in the middle of one of his enormous moults which means a huge appetite and fluff everywhere. I brushed him thoroughly yesterday and took out enough fur for several small bunnies.
I presume the 70 pigs will be looking forward to 'Pig Night', the annual event when they're officially allowed inside for the winter and everyone in the country celebrates with fireworks
Oh yes, "PigNight" - the good people set off their celebratory fireworks for the cavies to "Oooooh" and "Aaaaaah" at.
And the 'Lets Have a Slice of That Big Orangey Vegetable' Night , before spitting it out, declaring it inedible and making the Slaves put out scarey warning decorations to dissuade any other piggies from coming round to try it. In fact , we might as well put a bloody candle in the Big Orangey Veg and set it alight
Then "Huge Supper and Daft Hats Night" where the Slaves put a uge (inedible) plant up in the room and hang lights on it, then try to keep up their spirits with presents and singing.
But oddly enough, my pigs are keeping zipped about the Peruvian Cuy Festival where they dress the pigs up and make them the CentrePiece of the feasting (quite literally).
Bert said "Oh don't worry about that , I don't want you having to sew us outfits and things" (or look up some SpatchCocked Cavy Recipes)
It'll be Madam Pigs first winter with us, so it'll be interesting to see if she actually likes the big orangey vegetable - someone has to! Gingerpig is nearly the same colour as it and lives in fear of being mistaken for it and ending up with a candle between his teeth being gawped at by small people in strange outfits.
Ours enjoyed a couple of hours grazing yesterday and 6 hours on Friday .
We had to give our poor boar fleece (he had an eye injury so Hay Free while it healed) and solid hay cookies. He took offence at the fleece and chose to sleep outside his cage parking his ample arse by the sows' window (bars to divide them).
Felt really sorry for him (even though it was his choice entirely) so tonight he has a cardboard box with an open side to their window (chat) and a doorway , filled with looroll shreddings.
Spoiled little ratbags
Ooh things are moving up a pace in my neck of the woods.
Next few days will be 5-7 c overnight so the plan is to bring them in overnight early (I think tonight will be in double figures )
Usually they come inside for Guy Fawkes weekend then we see how it goes.
DD and I will get the cages sorted and set up.
GP7 and GP6 really need baths (they are DDs pigs, my little smooth girl
GP8 , is fine )
One of ours went out yesterday for a while - the only one guaranteed not to run away as their run is now at the back of the shed.
They are enjoying a once a year treat as they like autumn leaves; it's the first time they have had them as we got them all last winter. Not any old autumn leaves you understand, they have to be from a specific tree and have to be the right colour and make the right noise.
Soon they have got to put up with two days where the lights suddenly go off, people sing tunelessly and bring strange flickering lights in the room on some food that never gets shared with them.
One of ours loved willow leaves and would giraffe neck if we carried him past the tree
His brother loved pear tree leaves
Ours will find a manky dead leaf in the run and defiantly hoover it up "Do I know if its poisonous? No. Do I look like I care? No. That's your job" they say looking beadily as it disappears down their neck.
Is it a Birthday coming up. Surely there's some unwritten guinea-pig rule that Cake In The House= Snacks For Guineas. ?
Ours giraffe neck when you go by the mint.
Yes, it's birthday season. I,'m sure we'll think of something for them, most likely kale as that is the food of the guinea pig gods.
Did anyone give their piggies pumpkin?
I offered a wedge from the eye/mouth cut outs.
They practically hurled it back at me
You give random strange children Twix bars and you give me , your pigletty one, this muck !
Pumpkin is not guinea pig food, it's malevolent stuff to be glared at and ignored
I did ponder giving them pumpkin especially as Madampig is new this year and so hasn’t done Halloween yet. Whilst I was carving said pumpkin, the pigs were pootling in the kitchen and as I pondered the issue, Gingerpig gave me such evil eyes and then wheeked something to Madampig, so I decided against it. They had cucumber instead.
🎃🎃 = disdainful looks here.
Although the apple tree twigs given by NDN have gone down a treat.
Oh, I'll have to try some of those. Maybe I should sneak out after dark and snip some of the overhanging twigs off NDN's tree?!
Mountain ash leaves are gourmet food round these parts and result in much popcorning, as does hay from a local field. I've just bought some excel feeding hay as I got it at a bargain price and they don't popcorn so it's obviously not as good as the local stuff.
Ours have been out in the Pighouse ( in deep hay) on nights that were less baltic after Guy Fawkes.
Tonight GP6 had a bath and its going to be 3c so they're inside .
Needless to say, he's sulking royally
"Bath! Bath I tell you. Coconut oil rub and a bloody bath! "
Our rodenty ones have been indoors for a good couple of weeks now (they have their cages in the small bedroom) , they seem quite laid back , maybe they know how blinking cold it is and set to be below 0c this week.
I think they laugh as I set off for work , roll their lardy arses into the hay and just snooze.
Ever wonder what they get up to? Answer: not a lot
Actually 70 indoor pigs are incredibly busy all the time! One of them has to be on sentry duty just in case a human wanders near the fridge and can be shouted at to get food. They both have to rearrange the furniture in their cage so that it in no way resembles the stupid arrangement the idiot human came up with at daily cleaning out time. After their clean out, they have to empty their hay rack and spread the contents everywhere and whenever the idiot human sits down with a cuppa one of them must immediately clatter the water bottle about whilst the other wheeks at full volume as if being attacked! This is to stop said human being lazy. It's amazing they actually have time to eat double their body weight and get their recommended 20 hours snooze in. Don't say pigs aren't busy
BTW Current Bun would also like it on record that he works hard too. Kind hearted bun that he is, he noticed that the hot air from the radiator rises and doesnt heat the floor. So he's taken it upon himself to heat the floor directly beneath the radiator and usually puts in an 22 hour shift, 7 days a week.
They are very busy at 3am remodellling the cardboard boxes
GP7 is very busy at 6am telling me they're all starving.
GP6 did a IACGMOOH and ran the gaunlet of cuddling DD and me (while Paul O' Grady dogs was on ) to take some supper back for his crew.
But today I looked in at the girls and they were just lying like croissants in the hay. Only their little sides moved gently.
Huge hutch with large bedroom and large play area.
They are crushed up together wedged against the bedroom door
Strictly speaking they're not my small furry animals, but I have been enjoying the efforts of the local squirrels to break into my squirrel proof nut bird feeder. Just arrived home to find one juvenile had squeezed herself inside and was having a lovely nutty lunch oblivious to her friend who was happily gnawing through the rope which attached the feeder to the tree!
I've removed the feeder now -a bit worried about a squirrel sneaking in, eating too much and being unable to get out again (like Pooh bear).
What with constant food demands from the pigs, a rabbit that follows me begging for biscuits and supervising my squirrel crèche, it's amazing I get anything done.
Our piggy is so stupid! We have a
tasteless light with bubbles and fish which makes things look larger than they really are. Gp3 likes to think he can jump from the chair to his cage but has always had second thoughts, however tonight he looked through the light and decided that the cage was nearer and so launched himself at it (it has no lid) and obviously didn't make it. His pride was somewhat dented.
When I read this thread title I thought it was for the band, I was really excited for 10 seconds that I had found my people....its a great thread anyway though.....makes good reading...
HaHa no not them.
But I don't like how SuperFurryAnimals was down graded to 'Small Pets' , just seems so undignified. My piggies will always be the SFA.
Even more confusing when we post 'GP' as in Guinea-Pig and people think its GrandParents or Dr/GP
(Like help my GP is stuck under the washing machine ....mind boggles at what yer Gran is doing eh? )
Sentry duty?! My pigs haven't heard of Sentry Duty.
Life at Chez Quatre Petit Cochens involves each occupying a different corner of the cage, scraping and digging new holes to show off to their fellow piggies with occasional rumbling, strutted and doing tiger or puffer fish impressions. They then proceed to scream appallingly whenever one of them is removed from the cage as they want to be together.
That's all except for on Blueberry Day when they all suddenly decide to try and simultaneously sit on the same 1sq inch of cage in order to be the first one to get the treasured blueberry despite the fact that they are given one each. One piggy enthusiastically takes his blueberry, the second takes his and drops it so he can take the one of GP1, GP3 looks at it like it's an evil beast who is going to eat him and GP4 won't take it off you even if you put it to his lips but will wait for you to put it down and then sniff it out eventually.
Don't ask about the swimming lessons.
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