Teddy Guinea Pig, Guinea Pig Care and Keeping Teddy Guinea Pigs
The Teddy Guinea Pig’s most distinctive feature is its dense, wiry coat. The Teddy Guinea Pigs are curious, fun-loving creatures, and they make good pets for kids. The Teddy Guinea Pig is the result of a genetic mutation. The Teddy’s coat is unlike that of any other Guinea pig. Teddy Guinea Pigs are shorter in length than most other breeds. They have the same so-called Roman nose as the American Guinea Pig. The Teddy Guinea Pig may be found in any of the standard Guinea pig colors. Be sure to provide your guinea pig with a good home and a proper diet. Guinea pigs need plenty of exercise and they also love to play. When picking up a guinea pig make sure you do not grab it only by its shoulders. Guinea pigs are social creatures and will like to have a companion. Teddy Guinea Pigs usually sell for $20 to $30. They are often available in pet shops, and many breeders sell them as well. Guinea Pigs come in many varieties and are readily available at pet stores, shelters, and rescues. When looking to acquire a pet guinea pig make sure it is a healthy animal. A healthy guinea pig will have brilliant eyes, good sound teeth, and a healthy coat.
The words pig, hog and swine are all generic terms without regard to gender, size or breed. A female pig is called a gilt if she hasn’t had piglets yet and a sow if she has. Pigs rank #4 in animal intelligence behind chimpanzees, dolphins and elephants. Piglets learn their names by two to three weeks of age and respond when called. Pigs enjoy close contact and will lie close together when resting. Pigs use their grunts to communicate with each other. A sow can give birth to a litter containing 7 to 12 piglets, about twice a year. A baby pig, or piglet, weighs about 1.5 kilograms at birth and will double its weight in just 7 days. Weaning occurs at three months of age, but young pigs continue to live with their mothers. Two or more sows usually join together in an extended family. Even piglets only a few hours old will leave the nest to relieve themselves. Pigs have no sweat glands, so they can’t sweat. If available, pigs, who are great swimmers, prefer water to mud. Pigs also have a great field of vision, because their eyes are on the sides of their heads. Pigs have four toes on each hoof, but only walk on two toes per foot.
Farm Animals Guide to Raising Livestock: Feeding, Housing, Diseases
Raising farm animals so that they are healthy and productive means a lot of hard work, and some basic knowledge on what to feed them, good housing, and a good health care management system. Looking after farm animals and good animal husbandry can be daunting if you are new at homesteading. There is lots to think about in animal care and even knowing what to do with that horse manure that you will have as horse owners. It will soon add up, and unless you have a good management program in place your farm could become a stinky mess that is an ideal breeding ground for diseases. What you feed your livestock is the most important aspect in maintaining their health and fertility. For us, there is no doubt that planting herbal pasture grass is the only way to go when keeping sheep and cattle. You are planting feed that will medicate your livestock naturally, give them a daily tonic, as well as keep internal parasites and worms down. Besides the information below on farm animals and animal husbandry, we also have some free farm videos for you to watch on a number of different subjects, including farm safety.
Either you or your daughter need to clean that cage way more often. There is no reason for it to smell that bad. Guinea pigs are low odor pets. Mine have never stunk out a room with their urine or poo. What kind of bedding are you keeping them on? How big is the cage? How often is it cleaned? What kind of veggies are they getting? A small pet store cage will smell quicker and need more cleaning than a large C&C cage. Guinea pigs kept on hay or straw will smell awful and will start to smell as soon as they pee. Pine/Aspen litter left unchanged and not spot cleaned will start to smell in a few days and could stink out a room in a matter of a week. I doubt your guinea pigs have caused the illness in your children, though if you are concerned you should check with your doctor. Before your kids got sick, your guinea pigs would get sick. They have much more sensitive lungs and bodies than humans. My children and I just got over a bug with the same symptoms as your children. Even if you put your face right on the animals or near the cage you will smell nothing but clean fresh hay and pine litter.