2 sows rehomed

Skinnypiggies

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I recently adopted 2 skinny pig sows that have been litter mates since birth. They were shipped to me from Illinois (I’m in nyc) and in the carrier, one girl scratched the other pretty badly. She had small scratches all over her back that were bleeding. They have been with me for about 4 days now and I keep seeing aggressive behavior from the one girl to the other. She takes her food, pushes her out of their hideout, and continues to add scratches to her back. Could the stress of the trip and rehoming caused them to all of a sudden not get along even though they did before? Should I separate them or let them sort it out?
 

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I recently adopted 2 skinny pig sows that have been litter mates since birth. They were shipped to me from Illinois (I’m in nyc) and in the carrier, one girl scratched the other pretty badly. She had small scratches all over her back that were bleeding. They have been with me for about 4 days now and I keep seeing aggressive behavior from the one girl to the other. She takes her food, pushes her out of their hideout, and continues to add scratches to her back. Could the stress of the trip and rehoming caused them to all of a sudden not get along even though they did before? Should I separate them or let them sort it out?
I think they usually say to separate them once blood has been drawn - hopefully someone with more experience will be along soon, it's still very early in the UK which is where our experts are based.

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A change in environment can set off issues.
Also, where did you get them from - Do you know the person who you have rehomed them from? Was it a rescue centre? I only ask as sadly private people who no longer want animals will say anything and telling you they get on fine when actually they don’t wouldn’t be uncommon.
Is the non aggressive one being allowed to eat? the issue here is the taking food from other piggies mouths is normal but if the piggy is being forced away from food, not allowed to rest at all is being pestered constantly, then it could well be bullying And if injuries are being caused then I would be concerned.

Have a look at the guide I will link in below. If explains how to do a temporary separation to be able to gauge whether a bond is still functioning. If the bullied piggy perks up by being away from the bully and begins to eat much more happily and look happier, Then their bond is not longer working and a permanent separation would be required.
Bonds In Trouble
 

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I would start with a vet trip for both piggies, skinny pig skin gets damaged very easily with no protective fur- the scratches could easily become infected, or may even have been caused by piggy scratching herself in response to skin irritation caused by unsuitable bedding or mites or a fungal or bacterial skin infection. An itchy piggy is a grumpy piggy, and skinny pigs have very sensitive skin!
I think you need to see a vet and make sure they are both in perfect health and their nails are not too long or jagged, while giving them plenty space and multiple hideys, hay piles, water bowls, and scatter fed veg to avoid fighting, before assuming they wont get along- they must be very stressed and need time to settle and adjust!
 
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