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October 06, 2009

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Whitney

Anne:
The notification email for your comment got buried in my inbox. :-( Sorry for the delay.

I don't see any difference in the effort required to care for four pigs vs. three. Except when it comes time to take everyone for their annual wellness check. Then I notice it--in my wallet.

My quad is one neutered male and three females. The male, like most males, is happy to have his own personal harem. The success of the quad (or the trio) comes down to the relationship between the females.

Every trio I've had has had a neutered male. I always thought having a male prevented "estrogen overload" in the cage.

Speaking as someone who has fostered occasionally in addition to having her own guinea pigs, I will say that I start to feel overload with five or six pigs at one time.

Anne

I never thought of the socializing aspect.

How are quads working for you? I'm moving that way in a few months for the first time, and am wondering if there's a noticeable change in the workload

Whitney

Anne--
You do make a good point about the benefits of trios.

I've always had trios (and, more recently, quads). My original, conscious intention was that having trios would allow me to give each pig individual attention each day without leaving someone alone in the cage or the play area. There's always a buddy around with a trio.

I "stumbled" across the other benefit when my first guinea pig died and I found myself being profoundly grateful that my remaining two had each other in the wake of his loss.

Thanks for stopping by!


Anne

That's why i prefer to keep my pigs in groups of 3 (or more)- it'd be a rare circumstance where a single pig is left alone to languish without a cagemate when kept in trios

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