Last fall, one of our original guinea pigs, Snickers, died after a long life with the Prairie Family. We still had two piggies left, but seeing that empty cage just made us feel sad. In early November, I saw a post on Facebook advertising a female guinea pig, so we decided to bring her home.
Ginger is a sweetie–and what a pretty girl too! We noticed in the weeks following her arrival, though, that her belly was growing….and growing…and GROWING! It was pretty obvious that our sweet new girl had a belly full of babies. We had no idea when they would arrive or how many there would be. I guessed that there would probably be four.
On December 28, we were in for a wonderful surprise! Ginger had SEVEN—-yes, SEVEN—-babies! We didn’t even know that guinea pigs could have that many! I didn’t know if all of them would survive. After all, how could one mama take care of all of those babies?! Ginger is a wonderful mommie, though, and all seven not only lived, they all thrived! Here is a picture of the Magnificent Seven”
So, there are three brown babies with clowlicks, and one straight-haired brown. There are 2 multi-colored babies with cowlicks, and one multi-colored with straight hair. Three of these (#2, #4, and #7) have already gone to their new homes, and #6 is going to her new family once they get everything ready. That leaves us with the three browns that are kind of hard to tell apart. We have determined that two of the browns (#3 and #5) are males, so we have separated them out from the momma pig and the female brown, so we don’t have this happen again! LOL!
We are hoping to sell the two male browns as “twins.” Hopefully someone will buy them together–they really are very cute together and are used to being with each other. They really are sweeties too. Yesterday we put them into a bigger cage with a barn, and they love that! We will probably keep female brown. We’ll see how all of that works out. All I can say is that having 3 adult piggies and 7 babies was WAY too many. Having 3 adult piggies and 4 babies is still too many.
Here are a couple of videos taken when we still had all of the babies–be ready for a cute overload! 🙂