New Piggies Frozen and not moving

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Hi All

I picked up my new brothers of guinea pigs (9weeks old) and they are in there cage but both are frozen. They are not moving. :( I appreciate that they will be shy and that hiding in there hidies is common but I haven’t read anything about being complexly frozen. It’s been about an hour and a half.

Ive put a towel on top and have turned the lights off and left the room but when should I be really concerned? If it goes a few hours and they haven’t moved/eaten?
I hope they move when I go back and check on them. Even if it is in the hideaway as that seems much more common. :(
The cage has bedding, two waters, hay, dried pellets, hideaways, tunnels, a comfy bed and a toy. I was planning on giving them fresh veggies this evening?

Any suggestions?
Thanks :)
 

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Hi All

I picked up my new brothers of guinea pigs (9weeks old) and they are in there cage but both are frozen. They are not moving. :( I appreciate that they will be shy and that hiding in there hidies is common but I haven’t read anything about being complexly frozen. It’s been about an hour and a half.

Ive put a towel on top and have turned the lights off and left the room but when should I be really concerned? If it goes a few hours and they haven’t moved/eaten?
I hope they move when I go back and check on them. Even if it is in the hideaway as that seems much more common. :(
The cage has bedding, two waters, hay, dried pellets, hideaways, tunnels, a comfy bed and a toy. I was planning on giving them fresh veggies this evening?

Any suggestions?
Thanks :)
Hi and welcome

Guinea pigs are prey animals; shop and breeder piggies are not used to friendly human interaction and a home environment with lots of difference smells and noises going on.
Piggies need several days to find their bearings and several weeks or even months to really settle in some cases.

This is how things look from a piggy perspective: Arrival in a home from the perspective of pet shop guinea pigs

Here are tips how you can understand how prey animal instincts work and how you can make friends with your piggies once they are out and about in their own language, so they can understand you straight away and don't have to learn 'human' first.
Understanding Prey Animal Instincts, Guinea Pig Whispering And Cuddling Tips
How To Pick Up And Weigh Your Guinea Pig Safely
Children And Guinea Pigs - Age Appropriate Interaction And Responsibilities.
 

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I have recently adopted two sows from a local rescue and for the first five days they didn’t move, they hid in their hideys. I put food in and made sure their water bottle was filled and covered their cage with a blanket. When I started picking them up they froze in my lap! A couple on weeks on and they are running rings around my old boar Ted! They wheek when I open the fridge, are constantly up at the bars taking food out of my hand and lost all there timid ways. give them chance to settle, they will be changed characters in no time x
 

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I too recently adopted 3 boars,they are about a year old.
For the first 3-4 days they hid together all the time,but I knew they were eating and drinking in the night.
I have had them about 3 weeks now and they are slowly coming out of their shells,all have different personalities and funny quirks lol.They are still a little timid but not as bad as they were.
They know when its dinner time and now join in with my other 2 pairs of boars wheeking at the fridge lol.
Don't worry they will settle down,don't force it and it will happen inevitably when they recognise the fridge door,rustling of bags....infact any noise they think may contain food🤣🤣🤣🤣
 

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Thanks guys. I feel a little better now. They are in their hidies and close to food and water. One of them moved to the middle of the cage when I left the room so hopefully they are moving when I’m not around. I also saw a little nibble of cucumber so that’s good!
I have a blanket over the cage so hopefully they will get used to their new homes. :)
Thanks Again! Xx
 

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Thanks guys. I feel a little better now. They are in their hidies and close to food and water. One of them moved to the middle of the cage when I left the room so hopefully they are moving when I’m not around. I also saw a little nibble of cucumber so that’s good!
I have a blanket over the cage so hopefully they will get used to their new homes. :)
Thanks Again! Xx
That's good to hear,can't wait to see some cute pigtures ♥
 

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Hey Piggieweekweek

As you are three weeks ahead of me I was wondering how you are getting on?
How's the taming going? :)
 

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Hey Piggieweekweek

As you are three weeks ahead of me I was wondering how you are getting on?
How's the taming going? :)
Hi Chaz 13,
Yeah much better thanks,I have moved them into their shed...they are now called the shed necks lol...anyway.....
They are totally different pigs,they wheek for their dinner, they wait at the door for me to fetch it, spike and possum will take food from me now but yogi is still quite shy.
They don't really like being handled still but we are taking that slowly.
They still run from me when I go in the shed but that's ok at least they run and hide but will come back out after a few minutes.
How are you getting on with your piggies?
Hope they are a bit happier now they have adjusted to their new life x
 

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Shed necks..not heard that before lol!
It sounds like it’s all going well for you. Yogi sounds like my Jon Snow. Super shy but still early days for us in the scheme of things.
Yes..I have only handled mine once and they hated it so now I am very much practising stroking! Tyrion will let me hand feed and stroke him in the cage. Jon Snow is nearly there with hand feeding but still very shy. I’ve had some dominance behaviour I need to keep an eye on but I’ve got them a bigger cage now so that’s good.
Glad all is going well. Feel free to keep me posted and let me know if any milestones :)
Stay safe x
 

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Shed necks..not heard that before lol!
It sounds like it’s all going well for you. Yogi sounds like my Jon Snow. Super shy but still early days for us in the scheme of things.
Yes..I have only handled mine once and they hated it so now I am very much practising stroking! Tyrion will let me hand feed and stroke him in the cage. Jon Snow is nearly there with hand feeding but still very shy. I’ve had some dominance behaviour I need to keep an eye on but I’ve got them a bigger cage now so that’s good.
Glad all is going well. Feel free to keep me posted and let me know if any milestones :)
Stay safe x
Awww don't worry they will warm to you in no time.
Spike is the only one st the minute that will let me stroke his head....for a second lol
Stay safe xxxxxx
 
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