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Breeding guinea pigs is simple, but knowing when to breed them is critical to the sow’s and piglets’ survival.
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When should Guinea Pigs be bred?
A female guinea pig must be sexually mature but not too old to give birth to breed. Therefore, you only have a very tiny window of time unless you wish to have a Cesarean section (C-section) performed on the sow to get the piglets out.
Guinea pigs can reach sexual maturity as early as one month old. While the age of the male pig at the time of breeding is less crucial, the female pig must be less than 10 months old (at the most) to give birth naturally. Because the pubic symphysis unites by 10 months of age and often earlier, breeding after five or six months is exceedingly dangerous to the sow.
Guinea Pig Pregnancy
A sow is generally pregnant for 59–72 days (about two months) and produces three piglets (although 17 have been recorded).
Guinea pig infants are born prematurely, unlike other rodents. They have fangs, hair, squeal, and run around just like adults when they are born. They breastfeed for the first few days to receive colostrum, but they eat big pig food like hay soon after birth.
Complications of Pregnancy
You have a decent chance of having a normal pregnancy and birth if you are bred by five to six months. However, if the sow is bred later in life, whether by choice or by accident, you will almost certainly need a C-section performed to remove the piglets because her pubic has fused.
In pregnant sows, hypocalcemia (low calcium), toxemia (eclampsia), mastitis, and uterine prolapse are prevalent. As a result, it’s critical to keep an eye on your pig’s feces, appetite, and activity and to have her checked out by a veterinarian as soon as you suspect something is amiss.
How long does it take for guinea pigs to mate?
The heat cycle of a guinea pig lasts 16 days. It takes around 8 hours for the female to become receptive to the male and allow reproduction. Female guinea pigs can re-establish their reproductive status 15 hours after giving birth.
Is it possible to breed guinea pig siblings?
Male siblings can not only mate with their siblings, but they can also mate with their moms. Put the guinea pigs in separate “male” and “female” marked enclosures to prevent breeding. Keep an eye on guinea pigs living together to ensure that they are getting along.
Is it possible to gain money by breeding guinea pigs?
In a nutshell, guinea pig farming is a lucrative industry. These creatures are incredibly easy to care for, and raising their yields a lot of money. In addition, Guinea pigs are sturdy creatures that are also inexpensive. Therefore there are essentially no risks in this company.
How many times can a guinea pig get pregnant in a year?
Guinea pigs can be hatched at any time of year. They usually produce five litters per year, although they can have anywhere from two to eight litters in a year. Guinea pigs naturally have at least two litters every year in the wild, with three or four babies in each litter.
How many babies does a guinea pig have in a litter?
The litter size can range from one to eight puppies, but two to four is more frequent. A female can have up to five litters in a year. When a guinea pig is about to give birth, any male guinea pig in the vicinity will assemble and attempt to become the dominant male to protect and mate with her.
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