How Young Can Guinea Pigs Get Pregnant?


Guinea pigs can get pregnant as young as four weeks old although it is generally recommended to wait until they are at least six weeks old.

If you have a female guinea pig that is younger than six weeks old and you breed her she may have difficulty giving birth and may even die.

The ideal time to breed guinea pigs is between eight and ten weeks old.

If you breed them any earlier than eight weeks they may not be fully developed and may have difficulty giving birth.

If you breed them any later than ten weeks they may be past their prime and may have difficulty conceiving.

Guinea pigs have a gestation period of 59-72 days so you can expect them to give birth anywhere from two to three months after breeding.

Once your guinea pigs have mated you will need to provide them with a nesting box or a warm soft place for the female to give birth.

She will give birth to anywhere from one to six babies although the average litter size is three.

The babies or kittens as they are sometimes called will be born fully furred and with their eyes open.

They will be able to eat solid food immediately although they will still need to drink their mother’s milk for the first few weeks of life.

The mother guinea pig will usually take good care of her babies but you should still check on them regularly to make sure that they are doing well.

If you have more than one female guinea pig you may want to consider separating them during the birth and early weeks of life as fights can break out between them.

Eventually the babies will grow up and you will need to find homes for them unless you want to keep them yourself.

You can either find new owners for them or take them to a guinea pig rescue.

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