Popcorning or irritated?

Lizzieejoyce

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Hello lovelies!

I have a quick question, is there a way to differentiate whether a small jump was a popcorn or a flinch from an irritation eg a mite bite/itch?

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- I rescued two sisters (approx 4 years old) 12 days ago. One is very timid, the other a little more confident and both are currently being treated for mites.
- I put them on the grass for the afternoon and later saw one jump a couple of times, sometimes on the spot and sometimes whilst walking around the pen. I didn't hear any noises and the jumps were small. I couldn't tell which one was jumping so it may be the same piggy.

Opinions/facts welcome! :)
 

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Irritation from mites is going to be scratching and more sustained.

A popcorn is going to be infrequent. What you describe sounds like popcorning
 

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Oh good news! Very happy to hear that then! Do you know of any other reasons why they may jump or is it only a popcorn?
 

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Irritation from mites is going to be scratching and more sustained.

A popcorn is going to be infrequent. What you describe sounds like popcorning
Oh good news! Very happy to hear that then! Do you know of any other reasons why they may jump or is it only a popcorn?
 

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Update: I saw a couple more yesterday And some of them were of one jumping and tilting to the right, she kind of twisted herself as she lept...is that still considered a popcorn?
 

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I think it’s hard to decipher entirely from the description, but My piggies have been known to popcorn and attempt to change direction mid air, flick their heads while they popcorn etc, just general excitement in the moment but if you are concerned there is something more going on then a vet check would be a good idea
 

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Mine do that random jump when they're in their run. As we have some ants in our lawn, I always say "oooh Millie, have you got ants in your pants again?"
 
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