New baby female guineas settled in?

gem2704

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Good evening, I am new to the forum and I am finding it super helpful. Thankyou.
We brought home two female guinea pigs on monday - cocoa and popcorn
Apart from an initial issue with popcorn after only being home 3 hours ( haypoke and scratched eye) they have been great. They started off very shy, due to the warm weather I didnt want them to remain in the hideout enclosure of their outdoor hutch so I moved them to the lower level with additional hay and also a wooden archway and tunnel. Since this they have been so confident. Moving around, making noises and eating really well even from my hand.
Popcorn requires drops in her eye three times daily and during this time I take both out and keep them in a soft hideaway together. I have noticed cocoa trying to mount popcorn a number of times. I have triple checked their sex and definitely female. Is this just female dominance behaviour? I am very surprised at how confident and inquisitive cocoa is.....she will hardly stay still in her soft hideaway and wants to go off exploring along the sofa. I wouldnt expect this so soon. Is this a positive behaviour?

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Welcome to the forum

Haypokes happen! One of mine got one within two weeks of coming to live with me!

Be careful with outdoor piggies if you are in the uk and in an area experiencing the heatwave. It is advisable to bring outdoor piggies indoors during the day as temperatures above 25 degrees are a danger to piggies.

Mounting is a normal dominance behaviour.
It’s good she has confidence!
 

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Thankyou.

Could I ask some advice. Popcorn has responded well to the treatment in her eye however this morning the right eye is closed and slightly crusty. I have rang the vets and he will see her in the morning. What do you think is causing this issue? I meadow hay and also Timothy Hay. Is their anyway to prevent this happening. They require hay and love burrowing in it? I dont remember such an issue in my previous ownership as a child

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Unfortunately haypoke is something you can’t entirely prevent. You could put their Timothy in a hayrack (if you don’t already) as it is a sharper hay, but even that won’t entirely prevent it. Even soft meadow still carries a risk of pokes.
 

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Thankyou. Yes indo have a haystack which I out the Timothy in. Use the meadow mainly in their sleeping area
.I think she had the injury when I got her but just want to try and do all I can to prevent her getting more or additional injuries. Fingers crossed tomorrow it is ok. I maybe treating both eyes come tomorrow.
Thank you for the advice
 
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