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Quick story to go with their introduction...  I got two guinea pigs the day before Thanksgiving because I've always wanted them and some showed up on Craigslist...  I spoke with the breeder, who seemed nice and knowledgeable and got two females from him.  After spending way too much on a cage and toys and the works, I got them home and settled in.  One of them, a darker colored one with constant bed head, seemed to be growing really fast and I was worried she was either pregnant, or something was very wrong.  As the breeder had questioned me about breeding them some day, I figured he'd surely kept them away from their male siblings and father.  Worried, I took them both to the vet.  The vet pulled the mostly white one out of the cage, the one I thought had nothing wrong and said "Well, this one's pregnant".  That's how I found out I had two females...because they were both pregnant.  It just happens that Banana's (The dark one) was further along.

 

I got them set up separately like the vet said and have been taking the best care of them I can.  I contacted the breeder and was told "Yeah, I just thought I'd breed and sell guinea pigs, I don't really know what I'm doing".  Then he offered to take any babies off my hands to which I quickly declined as the vet told me she'd place the babies in responsible homes when they're weaned at 3 1/2 weeks.

 

This morning, Bananas had delivered 3 healthy baby piggies, and one still born.  The one that was passed away was rather large, and I imagine the death was caused by a likely difficult delivery.  It was very hard to go to work this morning!

 

So, here they are, the best pictures I could get without upsetting momma.  In the last picture, she was letting them nurse.

 

 

 

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That must have been some surprise! Hope mama and babies are doing well.

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Ohhhh! Baby piggies 😍😍😍
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Aww, I want some eventually. So cute.
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Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, bunnies, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

Why can't my days always be Sunnyside up?

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So far, everyone is doing great.  We weighed the babies tonight while momma was distracted with some cucumber so that we could make sure they're gaining weight.  It was the first time I got to pick them up, they're so stinkin' cute!  I even decided that if one of them (a little black and white one) is a girl, I'll be keeping that one and having 3 when this is all said and done.  :)

 

I'll post some more pictures in a few days and give updates.

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Almost the same thing happened to me. I got 2 sister guinea pigs (I'm a vet tech and I double and triple checked). They were only 3 months old and pretty small still. After we'd had them for a month I noticed "Elsa" was getting pretty hefty. As she grew, and knowing what to feel for, I could actually palpate the babies. It wasn't until then that I researched guinea pig reproductivity because I was never planning to have to know about that! I discovered that they reach sexual maturity at 4 weeks and their gestation is like 59 to 72 days or something like that. She ended up delivering 2 healthy babies on the 63rd day that we had them! She was bred by either her father or brother right before I got her. So...moral of the story is, don't keep them past the 3 1/2 weeks that your vet suggested if you have ended up with any boys! Both of mine ended up being boys, so hey had to go. We had them so briefly, it was kinda sad to say goodbye!
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Thanks TeeMom!  Like you, I've definitely done more research than I expected to over pregnant guinea pigs since getting the girls.  Mine were further along that that, as it was only about 3 weeks after getting them that Bananas had her babies, now Pik-pik is ballooning up, so she was a bit further along.  I haven't been able to sex the babies yet, but I'm hoping that the little black and white one is a girl because if so, she's going to be staying with me and her mom and aunt.  :)  I will definitely be taking them to the Vet at 3 1/2 weeks to find out what their gender is (Since these are my first ones, I'm not confident to sex them myself) and to get them new homes.  It's definitely going to be tough getting rid of the little ones, though.  I was sitting in the office last night on my computer and that's where we keep them at, and she was squeaking really loudly so I went over there and the babies were already out of the hut exploring in the hay box...I guess she was yelling at them to get back in there.
 
I weighed them all for the first time last night, I'm going to be keeping record of it to make sure they're putting weight on because the vet also said to watch for that.
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