We've had two litters of four so far, and have lost one each time.
In the first batch one was born missing part of his face. It scabbed
over, but, with the mouth deformity, he couldn't nurse as quickly as
the others, and ended up malnourished despite my hand feeding him.
On the fifth day, the scab peeled off, but his face was still raw
underneath. He died a few hours later.
In the second batch, one was stillborn. I watched the entire birth,
and this one never moved or breathed after birth. It was the same
size as the others, and there was no outward reason for the death.
We now have a tiny guinea pig graveyard, and the girls (9 and 11)
put flowers on the graves and tend them. My 11 YO insisted on saying
the Mourner's Kaddish, and the ritual seemed to help them.
> I would appreciate any help any one could give my son over the
> death of one of his 5 day old litter of 3. This is the third
> consecutive time this has happen. The GPs are well looked after and
> feed and seem perfectly healthy ( the last one was particularly
> healthy looking and was not a runt). We know GPs can be a very moody
> creatures but this group are long live and healthy. There diet has
> been a mix of vegetables and grass plus a little bread and milk once a
> Thanks ST