Guinea Pig Breeders
Should you breed your guinea pigs? How do you do it? What do you do with the little ones?
The process of breeding guinea pigs can be a rewarding or even profitable experience for pet owners. However, owners must be aware of the commitment they are making when they decide to breed. Here are some suggestions that can help you successfully and safely breed your guinea pigs.
·Before you do anything, decide what you will do with the offspring. Owners should expect a litter size of one to eight cavies. Be sure that each of the babies has a healthy home before it is born.
·If you plan on keeping the cavies yourself, make sure you have adequate space, sanitary living conditions, and the ability and desire to care for them.
·Do not expect your local animal shelter to adopt newborn cavies. Due to the overwhelming demands of irresponsible breeders most shelters insist on putting the excess cavies to sleep.
·A female guinea pig should be bred when she is about four or five months old and weighs about 500 grams.
·The female guinea pig will require more food during her pregnancy. Give the mother extra food pellets, fresh fruits and vegetables, and double her vitamin C intake. This diet will keep the mother healthy from disease.
·Keep the mother's environment as constant as possible. Stress caused by new surroundings can cause fatal birth complications.
·Do not interfere with the birth of the cavies. However, if the birth takes much longer than a half-hour you should contact a veterinarian.
·It's important to interact with the cavies soon after their birth. This early human interaction will make them better acclimatized to humans in the future.
·Be sure that the cavies are fully weaned before you give them away. Once they become fully self-reliant they should quickly adapt to a new home.