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Re: Guinea pigs: working herds

Post Number:#16  Unread postby Greencaller » Thu Mar 01, 2018 10:39 am


Thank you, Ghost, I'm glad I signed up, I really like this community. :D

Taking a life shouldn't be easy, but I'm familiar with that necessary emotional detachment. You need it or it won't be a swift clean kill, and there's nothing more disturbing than when you miss.

When I processed my rabbits, I did my best to do it in private, and get the animal as relaxed as possible, out of respect for its personality and the work it did to feed my family. But I'm familiar with that predatory feeling because there's nothing that seems to excite that more than chickens ( maybe because they look super tasty?), lol. And its a drain. The end of processing day might not physically wear me out but, man, am I beat.

It does seem less taxing on the herd/flock, especially if they get treats in the end. Maybe a pint of ice cream and some time with the herd afterwards would be good for the humans, too.

I'm currently working on gathering supplies to put a couple runs together. I'd really like to acquire my first stock soon. :P

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Re: Guinea pigs: working herds

Post Number:#17  Unread postby Ghost » Mon Mar 18, 2019 1:32 pm


I recently found this video of a guinea pig herd that comes the clostest to matching the inside living space for David's herd. Notice the verity of different fur colors. Also notice at 1:15 the video pans around the GP enclosure where you can see different boxes that the GPs can get under. David uses cardboard produce cartons to create hiding spaces that the GPs love to get under. This also provides a birthing space for pregnant sows.

David has a shed with a dirt floor covered in hay that works as bedding to absorb urine. It also makes it easier to sweep up the poop. The main difference between David's setup and this video, is that there are no internal walls so as soon as you step over the door barrier you are inside with all the GPs. Also, in David's setup there is a GP door that leads to the outside GP space.

Measuring David's, setup I came up with about 10ft X 8ft so about 80 Square feet. I tried to make a video so that I could count them. The closest I could come to was between 50-60 animals. With the video I could not tell what animals were young vs full grown. The week before we had a rather large cull of 18 animals, mostly small to half-grown individuals. The largest males weigh-in at about 2 lbs or 1 kilo. Pregnant females weigh more.
You have to do the most good for the most. You must remember that a few won't make it. Don't be ashamed to shed a tear for the ones lost along the way, we will not hold it against you. Just remember "the herd goes on".

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