Ahhh – we have a mummy among the livestock again – last night found 5 little baby guinea pigs! They are absolutely gorgeous – except now we have just 3 weeks to find new homes for most of them. And try and work out how to sex them – we don’t really want another litter, and apparently from about 3 weeks the baby boys can impregnate the mum – erk!
Have to get the camera out and put up some pictures – they’re all a great mix of both parents – tan and white from mum, with raffish black patches from dad. (Reminded me that fabulous sf author and all round amazing woman Naomi Mitchison learnt genetics by breeding guinea pigs as a girl – or was it gerbils? – her brother was JBS Haldane, and she was mates with Aldous Huxley – fascinating life).
Also reminded me looking back over previous entries that it wasn’t that long ago we had baby chickens – they are very big girls now – only 4 left however – gave two away, far too many were roosters, and two died over that horrendous boxing day weather
so – anyone want a couple of beautiful little baby guinea pigs? I’ll get up pictures soon to entice you some more! Good little veggie-scrap and fruit cleaner uppers . and lawn mowers – and very nice tidy poo that is good for the compost