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March 06, 2007

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linda

i have a male guinea pig will he be ok just living alone i cant afford another on at this time i had him for a week he real shy and doesn't talk what should i do?

Jaime

What would make my mama guinea pig and her female baby fight they? They have been in the same cage for 5 months now, and all of a suddon they have started fighting, could it be from the mama being pregnant?

Jaime

I have a mama Guinea Pig that has had her female baby now 5 months old living in the same cage, now all of a suddon they are fighting, the mama I think might be pregnant if so she came to me this way. Would that be a reason for their fighting? Please need some help thank you

Taylor

Hi, I just bought these two new male Guinea Pigs from Pet Smart, one pig I think is a little older than the other (judging by the size) and well, when they are together the older one (Angelo) try's to mate with the younger one (Ricky). I separrated them for now but should I keep them separated for Ricky's safety and comfort?
I just worry for my little piggies.

Hanns

We have guinea pigs and the girl and the boys is in the same cage no seperation will be ok please answer

Rasa

I have 2 rabbits(boy&girl)and 2 guinea pigs(both male)living together in 1 cage.At the beginning all of them seamed get on well but now both guinea pigs started to fight. Actually just one of them tries to show whos the boss.Would it help if i will take it to vets to calm it down?

Marie :)

HALLOO! Okay, so currently I have an adult male guinea pig. I got him in Petsmart almost 3 years ago when he was still very small--the size of my mom's clenched fist (she measured him like that!). I've been reading a lot about guinea pigs lately and it makes me so sad that my piggy has most likely been sad because he's been living alone these past years. I want to get another male piggy (my mom has approved! YAY!!!!! Now my daddy needs too...) but I've been reading that it is better to get a young male, about 6-8 weeks old because they'll get along better rather than pairing my piggy with a male adult since dominance insecurities arise and they probably not get along well. With a baby boar, my adult male piggy will likely see it as his child and become fatherly over it. So, what should I do? My piggy, by the way, is very nice but can be mischievous. Him and my Labrador get along well though and they both like each other :) Don't worry, they are well supervised :)

georgia bennett

hi i have 2 males and i love them but want a female one so i can have some baby guinea pigs but i don't want to separate my two male... what do i do?

Whitney

Hi Raychel:

Neutering the second male would make him SAFE in terms of not getting the females pregnant.

Your larger concern is a) how your current male will respond to another male moving in on his girlfriends, and b) how your females are going to react to having another male with them.

In a colony this small, with three pigs who have already bonded with each other, I think you need to assume that your male will be none to thrilled about having competition move in. If it goes badly, not only will the boys get hurt in the fighting -- but so will the girls who get caught in the middle. And that's no kind of life for any of them.

If you really must add a fourth pig to your colony, the safer choice would be a female.

raychel

I have 3 guineas who happily live together. 2females and a neutered boy, I recently adopted a non neutered male and was wondering if I had him neutered would it be SAFE for him to live with my other 3? Thank you

Lilly Alford

Myth #1: Male Guinea Pigs Can't Live Together. I introduced my first boar to my second one when the first was 10 months old and the second only 1 month. I did quarantine for 3 weeks, neutral ground introductions, side by-side cages for a while, then transfer of both to brand new larger cage with all cage accessories new or freshly washed and doubles of everything. I still do doubles of everything like 2 bowls for dry food, 2 bowls for fresh, 2 toilet paper rolls for chewing and so on. When it's vegie time they line up side by side waiting for their dishes. They have now lived together amicably for four and a half months. They're not exactly best mates, they only snuggle together when afraid. But the older will go to the younger when the younger is distressed and the younger gets distressed when he is apart from the older one. Both enjoy lap time together and riding on my shoulders at the same time. They do have preferences and the older one must be on my left shoulder while the younger one must be on the right. Probably because when I only had the one he was always on my left shoulder and there he wants to stay. The younger one does the occasional rumbling and hip swaying around the older one, which the older one ignores, and then the younger one finishes up by popcorning about. No idea what rumblestrutting followed by popcorning signifies. Anyway, very happy to help debunk this myth. Hopefully it will assist in having more boys adopted and aid in stopping the single lonely male syndrome.

Liv

2 weeks ago someone asked me to rescue two 1 year old male pigs as I already had my 7 year old male I didn't really want to but gave them a home. My 7 year old jack has been so lonely since his brother died that I slowly introduced them thinking it would probably end with a massive fight and stressed pigs. I can't believe it jack is so happy they follow each other everywhere and are so noisy theyre best friends already.

Natasha

I've had two male guinea pigs for two weeks and they have been getting along fine in a fairly small hutch. Today I moved them both to a much larger run and initially they seemed really happy, however, they ate now trying to mate and fight (this wasn't happening in the small hutch) does this usually happen if they are introduced to a new habitat? I am only planning on using the run for a limited time each day for them to get adequate exercise

Nique

Hi! Is it okay for the following guinea pigs to live in the same cage: an adult male guinea pig who's been sterilized, an adult female guinea pig who's not been sterilized, two male guinea pigs who have been sterilized and are the offspring of the adult guinea pigs and one female guinea pig who's not been sterilized and is the offspring of the adult guinea pigs and is from the same batch as the two males? If not, then how should we separate the guinea pigs instead and why?

Kylie

Hi there. I have had 1 single male boar for 5 years now, since I lived with my parents I wasn't permitted to get more than 1.
I have no moved out and just recently purchased 2 young boars. They are around 6 and 8 weeks old.I have the 2 babies together and would like to introduce them to my current pig, but I'm hesitant to do it.

I've only been able to read up on introducing 2 single boars. I have yet to read anywhere about introducing 1 adult boar to 2 young boars (and yes I am 100% sure they are boars).

There is no sent of sows anywhere in the home since I only have boars.

Do you have any advice that could help with the introductions ?

I also just purchased a large pen for them and will be moving them to a seperate area of my home so it will be completely new territory for them.

kim

hello i have a 7 ft huch with 2 runs either side for mine and want to put 4 boys together is this ok?

laura young

i am thinking of getting 2 guinpigs what is the best sex for me to get two females or males
never had these before.

kim

Hiya i have 2 male guinea pigs about 8 months old and i am looking to add another 1or 2 do u think this will be ok?

Christina

So i was at the pet shop today with my guinea pig which is a male and around 6 weeks old, and i wanted to know if it was ok to buy another male guinea pig. The manager said i would have to watch closely because they can start fighting and now im nervous to buy another 1! Any help??

Whitney

Hi Hannah:

I'm so relieved to hear that. Thank you for taking the advice.

Females can reach sexual maturity as early as 4 weeks of age, so you understand the urgent tone I took in my last response to you. Some sources say that males as young as 3 weeks can get a female pregnant, so the news only gets worse. For some pigs, sexual maturity may come a little later, but few people will take the risk of leaving unneutered pigs together for too long.

Gestation is about 60 to 72 days, give or take a day or two at each end of that range. You'll want to watch the female's weight over the next 8-10 weeks (get a baby scale or a 5-pound food scale).

Some starter links to read include:

http://www.guinealynx.info/reproduction.html
http://www.guinealynx.info/breeding.html
http://www.cavyspirit.com/breeding.htm

You (and the female) may catch a break, and she won't turn out to be pregnant. For now, until time gives you the appropriate indicators, I would start preparing yourself for a pregnancy.

Hang in there. You're not the first person this happened to.

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