As I mentioned in my earlier post Guinea Pig Birth Stories, we had something of a guinea pig baby boom recently. The last pregnant piggy has given birth successfully, which is a relief! All together, it seems that we have 11 new baby piggies. The population of the female guinea pigs’ cage has doubled in a weeks’ time. That means it it getting quite crowded now! Time for a reassessment of living accommodations. But first, some portraits of some of the cute new residents:
Yes, they are adorable! And the most adorable thing about them is the way they run after their mum in a neat little line. While cleaning out their cage, I put them for a while in the Humungous Cage (which used to be a peacock cage but is now always open and a favourite haunt of Silkie Rooster and Little Chicken). The piggies were very excited and started exploring everywhere. I made what surely has to be one of the cutest videos in pet zoo history:
When I saw how excited they were, I decided that this was going to be the guinea pig cage. It took some time to make it habitable for them, but now they have lots of straw and hay, boxes, tunnels, branches, water bottles and food bowls… Big White Rabbit was closed in a small cage for a while, because I was afraid he would step on the babies, but now he lives in the previous guinea pig cage. I still have to do some work on the cage like closing holes, but for now they seem really pleased with their new living quarters.
The only problem is, now I’ll have to let Silkie Rooster and Little Chicken in and out all the time… They like to sleep on the tree in this cage, but Little Chicken wants to lay her eggs somewhere else. This morning, she was practically breaking down the door, trying to get out to lay her egg in her special place in the feed shed.
I have been told that guinea pig babies can be sexually mature at only 1 month old, so soon I will have to try to separate males from females again. And hope I won’t make another mistake, resulting in another baby boom..!!