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Just been given two guinea pigs...any good advice out there?

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Right, we have just been given 2 male guinea pigs with the carry cage thingy, run and hutch. We have lined it with sawdust and hay and have sorted their food out. Are they OK outside...seems a bit chi… Read More
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7y, 2m agoPosted 7 years, 2 months ago
Right, we have just been given 2 male guinea pigs with the carry cage thingy, run and hutch. We have lined it with sawdust and hay and have sorted their food out. Are they OK outside...seems a bit chilly! They have a bubble wrap cover which I have put on which I assume is OK.

Any advice on the best way to care for them/where to keep them? I have a garage, but the missus reckons it's a bit dark, are they bothered about this?

Also, I haven't got a clue about names...

Looks like a night of googling ahead!!!
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7y, 2m agoPosted 7 years, 2 months ago
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banned#1
recipes?
#2
inb4 'a stew'
#4
greg_68
inb4 'a stew'


To late dude!:thumbsup:

Hmm sounds like a conversation tomorrow morning...

'Got some good news and bad news kids. The bad news is the Guinea Pigs are dead. The good news is they tasted great'
#5
I would'nt keep them out during the winter. i bring mine indoors and then put her out in the garden once it starts getting warmer. you can buy insolation cover's to go round the out side of the hutch, and i reckon they would be ok in a shed while it's cold.
line the cage with news papers and a top layer a fleece blanket. you don't need to bother with sawdust.
#6
I may well find a place in the garage for them tomorrow. I think they are warm enough at the moment with that cover over them. Thanks for the advice guys, i'll rep you when I get a mo:thumbsup:
#7
foxy....im new to piggy's too, had her a few months now.
good luck, they make lovely pets! :thumbsup:

here's a useful link......


http://www.rodentswithattitude.co.uk/
#8
i got 2 for my litle girls bday last may and they have stayed outside all winter and being fine as long as they have got loads of hay to snuggle up there fine.if youve got room i would consider trying to find a place that sells horse supplies and buying the big bags of shaving and bales of hay as will save you a fortune.
#9
Forget the bubble wrap and the fleece blankets, are you trying to kill them? Guineas are nibblers and i can only suggest you give them hay. Sawdust is a no no as the dust wrecks their eyes and they like a lot of hay because they like to "hide".

Forget lettuce it gives them the runs, and remember they can't produce some vits so proving cucumber, carrots, cabbage, apples etc on a daily basis is a must.

Don't put them outdoors yet, it's cold, but do put them out during the day in a run to get used to the outdoors. Also plenty of handling is paramount, also is checking their teeth and nails for growth.
Anything else give me a shout :)
#10
How's shredded paper? I can get shed loads of that!
#11
Lulu'sMammy
Forget the bubble wrap and the fleece blankets, are you trying to kill them? Guineas are nibblers and i can only suggest you give them hay. Sawdust is a no no as the dust wrecks their eyes and they like a lot of hay because they like to "hide".

Forget lettuce it gives them the runs, and remember they can't produce some vits so proving cucumber, carrots, cabbage, apples etc on a daily basis is a must.

Don't put them outdoors yet, it's cold, but do put them out during the day in a run to get used to the outdoors. Also plenty of handling is paramount, also is checking their teeth and nails for growth.
Anything else give me a shout :)


i found out about the blankets on a very good sight, and no they don't nibble the blankets! :)
i presume foxy meant bubble wrap for the OUTSIDE of the hutch.
#12
create a track and race them!
#13
Foxy102
How's shredded paper? I can get shed loads of that!


great stuff, i shred newspapers..keeps them really warm...
#14
Foxy102;8079763
How's shredded paper? I can get shed loads of that!

Try it in their bed area away from food, if they start eating it then get it out. And watch for paper cuts on their digit pads, they are so soft like a humans cheek skin.
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Blueberry yumyum;8079781
i found out about the blankets on a very good sight, and no they don't nibble the blankets! :)

Ok, i must of encounted a very unlucky one!! The fleece was wrapped around the intestine so tight, it was cutting off the blood supply, spreading septacemia around the body, needless to say, i put the guinea to sleep...but ok, carry on using fleece :) why would you even risk it?
#16
The bubble wrap is indeed on the outside.
#17
Foxy102;8079853
The bubble wrap is indeed on the outside.

I gathered this is what you meant, can they pull it through the bars? Coz if they canm they will.
#18
Also make sure they have things like willow wood or something to nibble on that will grind their teeth down. As rodents their teeth are always growing so they need to be ground down by chewing on hard material. Hay wil also help with this.

Plenty of handling and a toy so they are not bored helps with the settling in too.
#19
BendyBadger;8079870
Also make sure they have things like willow wood or something to nibble on that will grind their teeth down. As rodents their teeth are always growing so they need to be ground down by chewing on hard material. Hay wil also help with this.

Plenty of handling and a toy so they are not bored helps with the settling in too.

Good advice, somebody who speaks sense :)
#20
Lulu'sMammy
Ok, i must of encounted a very unlucky one!! The fleece was wrapped around the intestine so tight, it was cutting off the blood supply, spreading septacemia around the body, needless to say, i put the guinea to sleep...but ok, carry on using fleece :) why would you even risk it?


It was advice from people who have had these for years. they all recommend blankets...i can't think what happened with yours, sorry you lost one....
the ones i use are not blankets with threads if you know what i mean. i would never risk it if i thought it was dangerous for them.
#21
Blueberry yumyum;8079905
It was advice from people who have had these for years. they all recommend blankets...i can't think what happened with yours, sorry to here you lost one....
the ones i use are not blankets with threads if you know what i mean. i would never risk it if i thought it was dangerous for them.

I don't own Guineas now, i've had 7 in the past. My advice comes from what we tell clients. As long as yours ain't chewing them fine, but i wouldn't chance it, i've seen the damage. Plus what about the hygeine factor? Do you have to wash them daily?
[helper]#22
We have had several GPs in the past and I think its far too cold to have them outside yet. Also regarding shredded paper as bedding. They will eat it and you also run the risk of paper cuts to their eyes, For this reason we would never use it.
#23
Lulu'sMammy
I don't own Guineas now, i've had 7 in the past. My advice comes from what we tell clients. As long as yours ain't chewing them fine, but i wouldn't chance it, i've seen the damage. Plus what about the hygeine factor? Do you have to wash them daily?


I only have one guinea, so a clean one in alternate day..
#24
Lulu'sMammy
I don't own Guineas now, i've had 7 in the past. My advice comes from what we tell clients. As long as yours ain't chewing them fine, but i wouldn't chance it, i've seen the damage. Plus what about the hygeine factor? Do you have to wash them daily?


Best not to wash them EVERY day..they might catch a cold in this weather.....:roll:

Get them a couple of females as well...:whistling:
#25
evening Rocky! :thumbsup:

no females.....they would breed like.....er rabbits! :lol:
#26
rockyfella
Best not to wash them EVERY day..they might catch a cold in this weather.....:roll:

Get them a couple of females as well...:whistling:


Can't do that. Haven't got a purple velvet jacket :-D
#27
Blueberry yumyum
evening Rocky! :thumbsup:

no females.....they would breed like.....er rabbits! :lol:


At one stage I had over 30 piggys, living free range in the garden..They had two huge multi-storey cages they lived/slept in, but could get out and run free whenever they wanted..
And yes they do breed like bunnies...:giggle:
#28
rockyfella
At one stage I had over 30 piggys, living free range in the garden..They had two huge multi-storey cages they lived/slept in, but could get out and run free whenever they wanted..
And yes they do breed like bunnies...:giggle:


and that's why you finished up with over 30 :w00t: :giggle:

wow i think that's fantastic!! :-D free range!! must be great fun watching all those running about and playing, and what about the cute babbling . it's lovely hearing just one. :giggle:

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