Sunday, August 29, 2010
New York State Fair & Guinea Pig Breeding
It really surprised me, all the guinea pigs there, they seemed to be about the same ages, up to 6 months old I would guess. There were two cages (normal size) of guinea pig moms and their babies, who were so cute and very young, but I didn't see the owners anywhere.
While the set up was ok, they didn't have much room and they were suppose to be there through the whole fair. That way people will have something to look at, how I would love to smack the guy who came up with that. Anyhow, we asked about buying one, because I was interested in getting one out of the breeding cycle, but I didn't see any that looked like parents. The signs were posted after the show telling us who was for sale. I would say it was about half of them. We asked someone and she said a lady there starts breeding in the spring time to bring them all to the fair show. She had about 80+ there.
I haven't completely gotten to the point where I hate breeding yet, but I'm sure it will come. Those piggies looked so lonely, and I didn't see hay in their cages. There was lettuce (dark green) and carrots though, and each had their own water bottle. I wouldn't say there was anything really wrong with it, just that I wouldn't want my piggies to be there.
So what do you think about the breeding and the shows? What's the point? What do they get out of it? At selling them at $25 a piece and there being about 100 of them, how is that really worth the time invested?
That all said we did pay for one, and can't get it till the end of the fair, I'm hoping when I go back they will have the older ones that can be rescued from breeding.
One last thing, I really disliked their ears being tagged, what is that all about?