thoughts on rescue pigs and coping with the cold

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maxthepig

Just wondering, i would like to foster/or rescue some pigs from freeads...but the prob is they would have to stay outside.

They'd be in my brick summer house, in cavy cage style cages. (with boxes and masses of hay to snuggle in).

No heating I'm afraid....what do you think?
 
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cavykind

[quotmaxthpig ]
Just wonring, i woul lik to fostr/or rscu som pigs from fras...but th prob is thy woul hav to stay outsi.

Thy' b in my brick summr hous, in cavy cag styl cags. (with boxs an masss of hay to snuggl in).

No hating I'm afrai....what o you think?
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Firstly, I think that you woul b much bttr off fostring for/hlping a local rscu than going it alon an starting to "rcu" from th fras.
Whil I am sur that your hav th bst of intntion, whn you collct guinas lik this you hav no ia what you will collct. |Thy oftn hav th gnr wrong, thy may b prgnant, ill, hav fungal an parasitic infctions...or all of th aformntion :-\

Not bing ru but ar you an ault ([colorr]I'm not asking your ag) an in work? Bcaus you will no oubt fin yourslf with som hfty vt bills. For xampl if you tak a prgant sow in, sh ns a casarian out of hours, you will n to b abl to gt hr thr at any tim ay or night an pay in th rgion of ? £200 + ++
You can't hsitat, ithr or qustion if you can or cannot affor it...you must.

My rscu guinas ar initially inoors all yar aroun.

It's lovly that you want to hlp, but as w hav sai, collcting fr from a papr avrt is th asy part...it's th fllow up car, rhoming an vt xpnss that mak it ifficult.

Guina pig rscu isn't asy an is bst lft to thos with xprinc. I was scrtary/fostrr/homchckr of a local gnral animal rscu for 7 yars bfor starting my own small rscu. I was also working as a nurs an in a position to fun it.
Plas gt som xprinc first by voluntring at your narst rscu cntr :)

Barbara
 
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Hi Mandy. I'm no expert but I know there are some people on here that keep their pigs outside, and mine are going to be in the shed in 'indoor' cages this winter. I've already got blankets ready to put over the top of the cages in cold weather and I've got wooden boxes to put hay in for them to snuggle into. I'm also planning to get a couple of those things you put in the microwave for them too. I know most people recommend you keep them in the house, but I think a brick outhouse would be fine as long as they're not used to being kept inside and the shock would be too much. The grids might be a bit 'open' for winter, but if you can figure out a way to make them warmer, eg bubble wrap, blankets etc, I don't see a problem.

I know lots of people say keep them inside but I think if it's not possible a brick summer house is a good alternative.
 
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Jillybean

maxthepig said:
Just wondering, i would like to foster/or rescue some pigs from freeads...but the prob is they would have to stay outside.

They'd be in my brick summer house, in cavy cage style cages. (with boxes and masses of hay to snuggle in).

No heating I'm afraid....what do you think?
Mine have always been kept in a shed, they run loose with open hutches to go in/under, they also have an infra red lamp on all night, which they think is heaven. Are you able to get some power out there? Things like cardboard boxes stuffed with hay are popular, make sure it's not in a draught. Also make sure the water bottles don't freeze, you can buy special bottle covers (or just wrap some cardboard round several times - cheaper!). Having said all that, I do feel sorry for mine out in the Winter & will be bringing them indoors from about November. If they're in a hutch in the building it's double protection, I personally would never keep one in a hutch outside all year round. A good idea is to have a thermometer in the shed, one of those minimum/maximum ones, so you know just how cold it is dropping in the middle of the night.
 
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maxthepig

[quotcavykin ]
[quotmaxthpig ]
Just wonring, i woul lik to fostr/or rscu som pigs from fras...but th prob is thy woul hav to stay outsi.

Thy' b in my brick summr hous, in cavy cag styl cags. (with boxs an masss of hay to snuggl in).

No hating I'm afrai....what o you think?
[/quot]

Firstly, I think that you woul b much bttr off fostring for/hlping a local rscu than going it alon an starting to "rcu" from th fras.
Whil I am sur that your hav th bst of intntion, whn you collct guinas lik this you hav no ia what you will collct. |Thy oftn hav th gnr wrong, thy may b prgnant, ill, hav fungal an parasitic infctions...or all of th aformntion :-\

Not bing ru but ar you an ault ([colorr]I'm not asking your ag) an in work? Bcaus you will no oubt fin yourslf with som hfty vt bills. For xampl if you tak a prgant sow in, sh ns a casarian out of hours, you will n to b abl to gt hr thr at any tim ay or night an pay in th rgion of ? £200 + ++
You can't hsitat, ithr or qustion if you can or cannot affor it...you must.

My rscu guinas ar initially inoors all yar aroun.

It's lovly that you want to hlp, but as w hav sai, collcting fr from a papr avrt is th asy part...it's th fllow up car, rhoming an vt xpnss that mak it ifficult.

Guina pig rscu isn't asy an is bst lft to thos with xprinc. I was scrtary/fostrr/homchckr of a local gnral animal rscu for 7 yars bfor starting my own small rscu. I was also working as a nurs an in a position to fun it.
Plas gt som xprinc first by voluntring at your narst rscu cntr :)

Barbara



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Hiya
thanks for your concrn. I am an ault, hav my own hous an work full tim in animal protction.

I alray fostr cats an rabbits for two local rscus an o homchcks. I hav also collct a guina pig an som rabbits from fras bfor, an rhom thm.

I also voluntr at a rscu- hans on an putting all th photos on a wbsit which taks quit a bit of my tim. I hav vountr at a willif hospital prviously an i a yar long full tim willif consrvation cours, as wll as my English gr at uni svral yars ago so think I'm ok ;)

I o unrstan whr you ar coming from, particularily about th vts fs as I hav foun myslf with hfty bills bfor. It is vry important to b awar of what you ar ltting yourslf in for. I'm only looking at oing this on a tiny scal- for xampl whn I s as 'fr to a goo hom' in my local ara, as I always worry what will happn to ths animals. This is whr Max th pig cam from (hnc my usr nam!). H arriv in a hamstr cag which h' liv in all his lif. I hav ha him nutr an h's off to a nw hom soon :)

Thanks for all your rplis, rally hlpful.
Many
 
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cavykind

[quotmaxthpig ]
[quotcavykin ]
[quotmaxthpig ]
Just wonring, i woul lik to fostr/or rscu som pigs from fras...but th prob is thy woul hav to stay outsi.

Thy' b in my brick summr hous, in cavy cag styl cags. (with boxs an masss of hay to snuggl in).

No hating I'm afrai....what o you think?
[/quot]

Firstly, I think that you woul b much bttr off fostring for/hlping a local rscu than going it alon an starting to "rcu" from th fras.
Whil I am sur that your hav th bst of intntion, whn you collct guinas lik this you hav no ia what you will collct. |Thy oftn hav th gnr wrong, thy may b prgnant, ill, hav fungal an parasitic infctions...or all of th aformntion :-\

Not bing ru but ar you an ault ([colorr]I'm not asking your ag) an in work? Bcaus you will no oubt fin yourslf with som hfty vt bills. For xampl if you tak a prgant sow in, sh ns a casarian out of hours, you will n to b abl to gt hr thr at any tim ay or night an pay in th rgion of ? £200 + ++
You can't hsitat, ithr or qustion if you can or cannot affor it...you must.

My rscu guinas ar initially inoors all yar aroun.

It's lovly that you want to hlp, but as w hav sai, collcting fr from a papr avrt is th asy part...it's th fllow up car, rhoming an vt xpnss that mak it ifficult.

Guina pig rscu isn't asy an is bst lft to thos with xprinc. I was scrtary/fostrr/homchckr of a local gnral animal rscu for 7 yars bfor starting my own small rscu. I was also working as a nurs an in a position to fun it.
Plas gt som xprinc first by voluntring at your narst rscu cntr :)

Barbara



[/quot]

Hiya
thanks for your concrn, but i am an ault, hav my own hous an work full tim in animal protction.

I alray fostr cats an rabbits for two local rscus an o homchcks. I hav also collct a guina pig an som rabbits from fras bfor, an rhom thm.

I also voluntr at a rscu- hans on an putting all th photos on a wbsit which taks quit a bit of my tim. I hav vountr at a willif hospital prviously an i a yar long full tim willif consrvation cours, as wll as my English gr at uni svral yars ago so think I'm ok ;)

I o unrstan whr you ar coming from, particularily about th vts fs as I hav foun myslf with hfty bills bfor. It is vry important to b awar of what you ar ltting yourslf in for. I'm only looking at oing this on a tiny scal- for xampl whn I s as 'fr to a goo hom' in my local ara, as I always worry what will happn to ths animals. This is whr Max th pig cam from (hnc my usr nam!). H arriv in a hamstr cag which h' liv in all his lif. I hav ha him nutr an h's off to a nw hom soon :)

Thanks for all your rplis, rally hlpful.
Many


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That's grat Many :)
Goo luck an lt us know how you gt on!

Barbara
 
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