Adding A Neutered Boar To A Quad?

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Sach15

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I have 4 sows and they get on fine but one of the girls is very dominant and gets a bit moody if one of the other girls does something she doesn't like. They have a run which is over 6ft and have a hutch against the run to go in for the daytime and They also have a shed with a stable door, which is 6.5ft by 4.5ft for the night time. We don't want to add another sow and would like to add a boar to our herd. We would rescue a boar as the rescues seem to castrate them before giving them a new home. I just want to know is it a good idea? I love my Guinea pigs and would have loads if I could!
 

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I am not an expert at all, but at least this will bump the thread.
In my (limited) experience neutered boars are pretty laid back and easy going.
Although our boy Eddi was neutered very young, so maybe that has something to do with it?
But if there is any drama here is is between the girls, and overall having a boy around seems to even things out a little.
So I would say it is worth a try if you have the space.
Plus I think most rescues will take a guinea pig back if the bonding fails.
 

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In regards to whether a neutered boar or another sow is best really comes down to individual personalities. There is nothing to say that a boar would work out better unfortunately. I landed on my feet with the first boar I took in, got him neutered as he kept getting bullied in boar pairings and my frosty, stuck up dominant sow took to him straight away and really mellowed out. It was my first bonding experience and I was prepared for carnage but it was an anticlimax and over in about 5 minutes lol
 

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I have 4 sows and they get on fine but one of the girls is very dominant and gets a bit moody if one of the other girls does something she doesn't like. They have a run which is over 6ft and have a hutch against the run to go in for the daytime and They also have a shed with a stable door, which is 6.5ft by 4.5ft for the night time. We don't want to add another sow and would like to add a boar to our herd. We would rescue a boar as the rescues seem to castrate them before giving them a new home. I just want to know is it a good idea? I love my Guinea pigs and would have loads if I could!
If you can date a neutered boar with your girls at a rescue, then it is a good idea. The biggest hurdle is initial acceptance, especially from the top sow. Guinea pigs can be very picky in who they get on with. Normally, sows would associate with a boar of their choice. I have currently got 5 "husboars" living with 1-5 sows each and am a big fan of them.

However, I would also recommend to have the moody girl checked for ovarian cysts.
 

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I put a boar in with four of my girls and they were great together.He now has a couple more wives and they all get on great.Getting heathcliffe done to go in with Jasmine so hoping that is as easy.
 
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