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dominance

  1. D

    Happier alone?

    Hi all. 👋🏼 I posted previously about one of my boys nipping the other and drawing blood. They settled down immediately after that and all has been quiet, however I have been on super high alert watching their behaviour since then. It seems like dominant pig is using the sub pig’s bed as his...
  2. Lisa7845

    Advice about my boars and behaviours.

    Hello everyone! To start, I have an anxiety disorder so looking for friendly advice about my two boars, Basil who is around 19 months old and Pickle who is 11 months old. I am aware these can be tough times for boars, and I’m seeing frequent daily displays of dominance behaviour. With my...
  3. K

    Guarding hay

    I have three guinea pigs, two sows (3 and 4 years old) and one neutered boar (4 years old). The youngest 3 year old sow has suddenly become territorial, and is sleeping on and guarding all the hay. I use guineadad hay boxes, so tried to add a second box on the opposite end of their cage, but...
  4. B

    asserting dominance-- feeling guilty

    Hi! i was holding my guinea pig while giving her her antibiotics, and i had given her a break in between mouthfuls (1ml antibiotics :(), and i was giving her pets on her head. she then like pushed my hand with her head. i didnt realize it was a friendly redirection and thought it was something i...
  5. D

    Neutered male constantly rumble strutting

    Hi everyone, I’m hoping for a bit of advice. 3 months ago I introduced a neutered boar to my herd of 3 sows. If I’m being honest, I don’t think I introduced them very well; i used the split cage method for around 2 weeks and then let them meet each other in a large neutral playpen. However, they...
  6. Irisandivysmommy

    Bonding/sharing process

    I have two piggies that came from the same place. Iris is very shy & timid and Ivy is assertive & dominant. They have only been together 6-7 days now but bonding has started. Ivy will kick Iris out of the Hidy or nose bud when they are having veggies. Over then that they cool down & chill...
  7. N

    New Behaviour (Mounting)

    Hello, I have 2 boars, one 3 and one 2. We have recently moved home a month ago and they are in a new environment and a new slightly smaller cage (they were in a 3 X 4 c&c but now on a 2 X 4, I know it's minimum but it's temporary until I can build them a custom size). Anyway, today I have...
  8. B

    Fighting and separation anxiety?

    Hello, I have been trying to find a friend for my male (~2.5 year old) piggie, Casper. I found a sweet/troublemaker skinny pig and they did fairly well with introductions at the shelter, so we decided to try a foster-to-adopt. I started slow, switching dishes and hideouts then put them together...
  9. jenna_r_9

    Need advice on Female Guinea pigs asserting dominance

    Hi I am new to the forum and looking for advice, I have two female guinea pigs who are 7 months old. Only recently have they started not getting along, they seem to be trying to assert doninance and are chasing each other and doing the walk with their bums going side to side. Does anyone have...
  10. M

    My newly introduced guinea pigs are fighting. Please help!

    Hi, please help me to understand how I should best bond my two pigs. I have researched as much as I can, but seem to get conflicting reports online and I’d really just like advice. I adopted my first pig (female, 2 years), who had been living alone for most of her life with her previous owner...
  11. N

    Need Help Identifying Cause of Grooming Leading to Hair Loss/Bald Spot

    Hello! I wanted to get some ideas and advice on how to handle a new development with 2 of our 3 young boars (9 mos and over 1 year old). I've noticed the youngest one, Nugget, grooming the oldest one, Chip, more and more lately, but today I noticed something looked off about Chip's bum... After...
  12. Diana85

    Plucking Cagemates' hairs

    I own 2 females and have always lived together since i got them 3 years ago, recently Piggy had to have surgery to remove a sebaceous cyst just under her ear, following the surgery she developed a UTI so was on antibiotics, both of those things really impacted her so she was pretty much not...
  13. L

    My 2 boars can't seem to get along anymore!

    I've had these guinea pigs for about 3 months now, I got the younger one first (Peanut) , and then a bit later I got a second one who was a few months older (Cashew). They are both under a year old and when I got Cashew, he was the submissive one, even though he was older. They really got...
  14. TinaY

    Donuts still picking on Buckets

    It has been a month now😖. Buckets regularly has little wounds on his bum or redness from pulled out hair. They get along totally fine all day, they explore together during the floor time, they sit close to each other and chill out of their hideys in the cage. In the morning I saw chunks of hair...
  15. M

    How do I make my isolated guinea pig feel less lonely?

    Greetings! I am new to this forum so please forgive me for any mistakes with my posts:) I have three male guinea pigs; Fred, Junior, and Nubs(he is missing a foot hence the name). Recently, Nubs has been getting himself into some fights with my other boys, resulting in bloody wounds. I took my...
  16. C

    Can I house three baby boys from same litter with their dad?

    I recently adopted two guinea pigs which I was told were a bonded female and neutered male… I came to find out very quickly that the male was not neutered and the female was pregnant. As soon as the pups were born I separated dad from the mom and babies immediately feeling terrible that I did...
  17. RedVipey

    Sibling Rivalry getting out of hand

    As of now my two boars are having a pretty big stink with each other, of course they often have a lot of little fights about dominance or they get annoyed at each other (and it seems to be happening more and more lately...) but this evening it's been bad and I'm concerned. Teddy (who is the...
  18. abrennan110

    Questions about the bond between my boar trio

    Okay. So I’ve been wanting to post on here for a while now to get some feedback/insight on the situation with my three nearly 7 month old boys. I didn’t know about the dangers and stress of having a boar trio, until after I already got my three boys. They lived all together as babies before I...
  19. cashewandpeppa

    Teeth grinding at cagemate

    My two girls Cashew and Peppa have been bonded for almost one year now. Peppa has been boss pig since day 1, and she is a serious boss - stronger dominance than I’ve seen in most boars. Cashew is super content as lowest pig and never challenges Peppa, ever. Needed context: The two of them are...
  20. Borisandstanley

    Boris and Stanley

    Hey, My boys Boris and Stanley are approximately 6 years old. They've had two homes before me. I've had them for over a year. Boris used to be dominant but recently Stanley has started to act more dominantly. A couple of days ago Stanley was chasing Boris around for probably a few hours in the...
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