After a short illness, Barney's friend, Fred, passed away last night. He had been poorly since New Year's Day and despite a visit to the vet on Tuesday and me syringe feeding him with Critical Care food for two days, he went to the bridge last night. We will bury him under the cherry tree, where he was happiest.
Is it best to find a new mate for Barney straight away? I believe guineas are social critters and need company so I don't want him on his own too long.
Barney is not neutered and he and Fred had been together from babies (I believe they were siblings). Am I correct in thinking that the best partner for him would therefore be either a very young and gentle natured boar or a sow who has already been spayed? Barney is over 3 years old and I don't want to have him neutered now. I would also say that he was the dominant piggie in the duo - he is much bigger than Fred was and although they were perfectly happy together, I think that Barney was the boss.
Any advice from you knowledgeable guinea folks would be greatly appreciated. Barney is back in his hutch and run today and looks very lonely Even better, if there is a suitable friend for him in rescue anywhere that anyone knows of, please let me know. We are in Lincolnshire, out on the Fens.