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    I'm thinking of buying two guinea pigs for my daughters.
    I don't know anything about them so I'm after advice on buying and looking after.
    I don't want baby guinea pigs so I need to buy two females or two males.
    What sex is better?
    Should I buy from the same litter?
    And are they easy to look after?
    Any other tips / advice would be great

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    Quote Originally Posted by onelasttime View Post
    I'm thinking of buying two guinea pigs for my daughters.
    I don't know anything about them so I'm after advice on buying and looking after.
    I don't want baby guinea pigs so I need to buy two females or two males.
    What sex is better?
    Should I buy from the same litter?
    And are they easy to look after?
    Any other tips / advice would be great
    I've had piggies as a child and now as an adult so I'll answer

    Sex: I haven't noticed a difference between sexes and prefer to buy from the same litter. Check out local rescue groups for piggies

    Looking after: If you want them to be used to being held then they need daily cuddles. I personally think piggies are more work than my cats. Weekly baths, hutch clean every few days, food twice a day plus daily cuddles/socialisation. An outdoor hutch is good so they get some grass, make sure its weather proof.

    As a child my mum always ended up caring for them.

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    I had them as a kid, and have family with them now.

    I've mostly had experiences with guinea pigs from the same litter, and they've tended to get along well.

    As Heids mentioned, they need a lot of gentle handling if you want to be able to pat them etc. without terrifying them. That's one positive to getting babies, as they can get used to you/kids. Might not be ideal though if your daughters are full-on with animals. They can be very timid animals.

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    We just got guinea pigs last week, I never had them as a child so it was all new to us.

    I did some looking up online, the RCPSA website was good and I also got a lot of information of rescue pages.

    We went with 2 female Guinean pigs, for no real reason, when we looked at the guinea pigs the 2 females looked like close friends and they were the eldest too.
    They were from the same litter.

    I've been cleaning their hutch every 2nd day, I also sewed them some fleece bedding and have been changing/washing that every 2nd day.
    They go onto the grass for a play and explore 2x a day, I have an old puppy enclosure/play pen and we just put that outside for them to explore in and dd and I will watch them.
    They had their first bath on the weekend too and they loved it.
    We are on farming land, one paddock is lucerne farming so they have lots of hay around here to eat, but I also change their food bowl daily and we go through a lot of feah veggies and they get some too, we have a little list of daily foods, sometime foods and treats on the fridge for them and I've been following that.
    They don't seem to drink much water though, I'm going to get a different drip feeder today when we go into town but I've been giving them lettuce soaked in water which they love.

    The first 2 days they were pretty scared and just didn't move, we just went by their hutch and petted them through that, once they were a bit more active and use to their new home we started taking them out for cuddles and they are pretty playful and relaxed now
    Lots of fun.
    Dd is 4 so she dose quite a bit of the cleaning and changing of food, she is good when handling them too but I still supervise her.

    They are a bit of work, but I have mice, dogs, cats , budgies, 30 chickens, a herd of cows, so it's just been worked into my daily routine with all the animals care.
    I would say they take more care time then a dog or a cat, purely for cleaning their hutch out, it dose take a while.
    They are very rewarding tough

    Oh and also their nails do need clipping, we had to clip ours when we got them home, we just got some clippers from the local produce store, they don't put up a fight when clipping and it's pretty easy.

    I don't know if others do this but I also got some spray for lice and some syrup for worms, it was inexpensive, and I've read a lot don't do this, but considering where we live and with all our other animals I though it would be good to cover that area too.
    Last edited by Liddybugs; 29-09-2014 at 11:39.

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    Omg you will fall in love with them. We got our girls a few days before easter. They were 5wks old. They have such little personalities. We now have 8(5 female and 3 males). My 4 girls all had their first litter of babies back in August. We sold the babies apart from 3 of them.

    They are social animals so always best to get 2 of the same sex unless you want babies. My boys are kept away from the girls so my boy(dad) wont go all territorial on the boys(babies) coz he is in constant mating mode(not so much now away from the girls as their cages are seperated by some distance).

    I take my piggies to get bathed every 6wks. Yes i could do it myself but they get treated for mites and also get their nails clipped at the same time so more than happy to send my piggies off to get bathed.

    They get a dry mixture of food available and topped up when necessary throughout the day. At dinner time(5pmish) they get all their fresh fruit and veges. Everyday they get carrotts, kale(their favourite and they will fight over the kale to get the last bit), cucumber, celery, capsicum, grapes, blueberries, fresh grass. I cant think what else i give them atm coz my mind is running elsewhere. My piggies esp the girls are fussy with the way i cut their food lol. I also wash it all with water esp now warmer weather is upon us, i want to make sure they get enough fluids into them. As soon as they see me, they run up to the side of their cage and beg for food esp my girl Coco.

    I clean them out once a week currently coz i dont have 16 any more. We use saw dust plus straw for their bedding. I also use puppy pee mats underneath the saw dust to help soak up the urine.

    For play they got tree barkto jump on, hide under etc, some domes, pipping and i want to buy some tee-pee and some fleece tunnels too.

    I could talk about my piggies all day. I love them so so much.

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    We've got two girl Piggies, a Mother and daughter and gosh, they're cute!
    Lots of great advice has already been given, but I second the giving lots of cuddles/handling, so they get used to being held etc.

    Piggies also need lots of grass to eat for the vitamin c etc, and we barely need to mow the backyard since getting them, as everyday we move their cage around and the grass is chewed right down! I had no idea they ate so much grass!

    Definitely have are two Piggies, they need the company of another and preferably the same sex for both. Make sure they always have water, as quite often you think there is water in their container and it's gone, especially in the summer/warmer months.

    Our Piggies love Parsley, lettuce, spinach, leafy greens and cucumber, but aren't fans of carrots, apples or dry Guinea pig pellets or grains.

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    These are the houses my piggies are currently in. The girls home we made. Its a great size for them(we give them fresh grass daily as i pick it on my way home from work every arvo. The inside is huge but they spend most of their day downstairs.

    The boys live in a huge chicken coop. We move that around every 2 days pending on how much grass they eat.

    On the weekends i usually give them lucine if i cant get down the road for fresh grass.

    The third photo is some food from the produce shop as they wont eat pellets from wollies etc. We also get their dry food from a rescue place where i take them for their baths.

    Last photo is of dad and his son. I love dad. Dad has always been my fav since we bought him.

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    They are adorable! Super cute!

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    I love their little faces! So much character

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    I love my piggies. My cat loves watching the girls from the laundry window. She actually gets jealous of me when i am down there. Those 2 piggies are Samson and the baby is Popcorn. We thought Popcorn was a girl before we sexxed him but she was a he. He would of been a pretty girl haha. Samson would be a pretty girl too.

    I could seriously talk about them all day

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