How To Care For Guinea Pig Babies
Guinea pig babies should be handled with care and this video shows you how.
Hi. My name's Marie. I'm the deputy manager of the Small Animal Department of Wood Green Animal Shelters in Cambridge here.
I'm going to advise you how to care for guinea pigs. Baby guinea pigs stay with their mothers for around 3 to 4 weeks after she's given birth. The mother will feed them up to this period.
However, the male should come away from the mother and may females at around 3 to 3 ½ weeks as they can produce more so make sure you are responsible with this. Baby guinea pigs really need their diet really filled with lots of healthy snacks and treats. Lots and lots of hay, hay should make up at around 80% of their diet and do be picky when you're choosing.
It should be really nice and green and fresh and smell really sweet. You'll also want to be trying them on different types of food in the garden so you can be introducing them to grass and they can be introduced to this from around 3 to 4 weeks of age. But obviously, monitor their digestive system.
If their feces do appear slightly loose, then obviously, adapt it slightly and reduce the amount of fresh they are getting. You'll also be needing to introduce them on to different types of vegetables as well so they can be trying a little cabbage, carrots and broccoli as well. Grass is the most important so really try and encourage them to be out gracing as much as they can.
During this period, they are really cheeky and really vocal. They'll often follow any adult guinea pigs around, they have very much of a cheer vocal about them. They like to investigate things and make sure that your accommodation is safe and secure as well.
Your accommodation for baby guinea pigs as they're growing, you will need to provide them with a really nice good solid and secure hutch or indoor cage. Minimum should be 5 feet in length and then you'll need a big run for the garden. As they're growing, make sure that you do weigh them regularly to make sure they are gaining weight nicely and still do make sure you are checking their coats making sure they're really in good condition.
Even baby guinea pigs can have skin issues so make sure you are checking this regularly. Baby guinea pigs as they mature, particularly pairs and males, will need to be monitored to make sure that there isn't a dominant one and they are settled down. They tend to mature at around 4 to 5 months of age so that's the period when you should be checking for any fight wounds and any vocal behaviours such as teeth chattering and rumbling.
In many cases, if they've got a really good sized quality accommodation, a really good diet and lots of enrichment to keep them busy, they will live really happy as pairs. Female babies can stay with their mums and can be introduced into a herd and obviously, pairs and males would need to be either paired up with other baby males or kept in as pairs. Never keep baby guinea pigs on their own.
They need to learn from others, from different sounds and how to feed on different foods and guinea pigs should always be kept in groups as they are naturally herd animals and as they're prey animals, they need that companionship and security of their own kind. And that's how to care for baby guinea pigs. .