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Hannah’s Herd thread!

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Thought it was about time I made a dedicated ongoing thread about my herd.
First, a little about me. I’m Hannah, 28. Originally from the U.K. But moved to Australia with my boyfriend in September 2018. Animals are the biggest passion in my life, I love all creatures great and small. I take great joy in being around and caring for them. Small animals make my heart melt with cuteness and larger animals are my fantastic companions. I have 3 horses, 2 of which are Australian Brumbies which I trained from the wild. Other than animals I enjoy occasionally doing crafts such as sewing for the piggies or a little bit of painting. I’m also not too bad in the kitchen, I’m a vegan cook.

Enough about me! Who cares!:lol!: We’re here for the Guinea sqwigs!

First up I’ll introduce Olive and Opal. My first 2 pigs here in Aus. I went with a friend to rescue a few pigs from a bad situation, I was still on a working holiday visa so wasn’t going to keep them..just bring them back to health and find them good homes. We got to the house and was shocked at the conditions the 30+ guinea pigs where living in. They were in a small outdoor aviary along with lots of finches. All of the Guineas where Underweight and covered in sores from mites, fighting and dirt from the birds. They were breeding non stop and living in a very stressful situation. They were ONLY fed carrots. No hay, no pellets no grass. Just carrots.
We took 5 adults and 4 week old babies. And got out of there fast. I cried the second I got in the car. It was awful to leave the rest behind. We reported him to the RSPCA.
I took on 2 adults (young, I’m guessing where maybe 8-12 months old?) whom I named Olive and Opal.
They were very skittish and scared, But clearly delighted with the abundance of food they suddenly had available. They couldn’t get enough of the hay they’d been deprived of all there life. I treated them for their mites and skin condition, Fed them good quality pellets, vegetables and love. In a clean and quiet environment.
In just a few weeks they were starting to recover well.
Olive and Opal have now had a home with me for a year and a half, they are still shy but full of personality. I don’t tend to give them lap time very often as they don’t enjoy it. But they love floortime and it’s great pleasure to watch them happily and healthily popcorn and play. Olive is at the bottom of the pecking order but she has a temper! She loves to tell Patrick off and boss him about. Opal tells Olive to get out the way quite often in which Olive does as she’s told straight away. But they are still good friends and look to each other when worried.

Olive day
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Opal day 1:
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The girls now..

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Next up with have Mrs Mary!
I noticed a beautiful large Rex guinea in a garage/petshop (weird combination lol). I instantly fell in love with her but told myself NO. I’m not even a resident in Aus yet. I went back 2 more times and she was still there..It was just before Christmas and I was told she’d been there for 2/3 months I just HAD to bring her home. The next morning I went back to get her.
They didn’t have much info on her, but I did recall the lady telling me she is an ex-breeding sow. I recon she was about 2 years old.
I named Mary after my mother, which my mum is delighted about :))
Mary (the pig, not my mum!) Has a funny personality. She’s the top sow of the girls but an easy going soul. She doesn’t like to cause problems in the herd, but is quietly the big boss. She doesn’t enjoy being picked up and squeaks in resistance. And kicks out at your hand! She’ll bite you when you’re trying to cut her nails. But other than that she’s a big softy with a goofy floppy lip.:wub:
She has an eye condition called entropion which I closely monitor and put drops in. She may one day need surgery.
Marys best friend was Spike, her husboar whom very sadly passed away a few months ago. We both miss him deeply.
She now has a new boarfriend (neutered of course) called Patrick. They get along well. But he does like to hump her a lot more than she’d like.
Mary loves grass time and floortime, and her favourite pastime is to drink from her own private water bottle (the others don’t like it!). And then have a nap in her favourite soft spot, her homemade bed.
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Next to the herd (after the sad passing of Spike).. we have Patrick!
Patrick came from the RSPCA just a couple of months ago, he’s about 1 years old and full of character and energy.
Patrick very quickly settled into a life of luxury, I don’t know anything about his past but I very much doubt it involved indoors, fleece, comfy beds and good company, he adapted straight away and likes to sleep in the fleece bed in the loft and stuffing his face full of hay.
He loves his herd of girls after being bullied by boys in his last home. He likes to flirt with the girls constantly and try and hump mary as much as he can get away with. He’s always the first in line for food, And loves to wheeeek for more. He has funny long back chicken legs :)).
He takes 3 minute power naps before springing into action again.
He also loves his floortime, He popcorns on the spot very high in the air and just loves to explore with his girls and have as much fun as possible.. before another quick nap..
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Photo above is Opal telling him off during the bonding.
 

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Last but not least, we have our newest addition. Willamena!
Gumtree is a dangerous place.. I’m a sucker for an animal in need. Wilma came from a lovely family who cared for her well but decided to find her a new home after her cage mate passed away. She was an outdoor pig, living in her big run on the grass. She was feed hay and veggies but also a seed and oat based guinea pig mix.. hence her large size..1430g! She’s 3 years old and super cute, she’s a big fluffy teddy bear who loves to snuggle down into my lap. She only arrived about 3 weeks ago, It took her a few days to become use to living indoors and to brave coming out of her hidey box. She’s very happy and much more confident now. Unfortunately bonding hasn’t gone well so far. I tried her and Mary together before adding the others and but it ended up in a fight, Wilma seemed very defensive and threatened by Mary and quickly went on attack mode. Mary was scared and didn’t want to cause trouble but Wilma wouldn’t let Mary near her. I may have tried to soon, I know it’s highly unlikely to work now but I’m going to leave Wilma separate for a whole month and then try again. If it doesn’t work, then that’s okay. Wilma is very happy that she can see the other pigs through the grids, She’s often chatting to Patrick or one of the others.
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Wilma with my partner :wub:
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Hannah I’ve said in a previous thread how much it’s evident how much you love animals. Thank goodness for people like you. Go live your dream girl! You are an inspiration. I really wish you and all the animals in your care the very best . If you need an old fart nanna to help out let me know and I will start buying some lottery tickets 🥴. Always look forward to reading your posts
 

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Hannah I’ve said in a previous thread how much it’s evident how much you love animals. Thank goodness for people like you. Go live your dream girl! You are an inspiration. I really wish you and all the animals in your care the very best . If you need an old fart nanna to help out let me know and I will start buying some lottery tickets 🥴. Always look forward to reading your posts
Thank you for your kind words :hug:
Wouldn’t it just be fantastic to win the lottery, the amount of animals I would help!
 

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Is that the hutch you picked up with Wilma? Looks a nice one.
The hutch did come with Wilma yes! But she also came with a large wire run but I need to do some repair work to it before I can use it.
The hutch is tiny, good condition but I’d never use it really, thought I’d take it as it may come in handy for some sort of animal or wildlife emergency one day!
And super handy to use for Wilma at the moment for grass time!
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