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R-stony

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I have 4 guinea pig boars. Two pairs living separately. But recently it seems one of the senior boosts is “bullying” the younger one (Mr senior js 2 and the other is 1 and 8 months). Mr senior chases the other but doesn’t fight or bite him. Today Patch (the younger) squealed as he wasn’t able to get down the ramp as fat senior was stood in the way.

How can I fix the bond? Or should I try him with the other two. I don’t like him being sad!
 

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I have 4 guinea pig boars. Two pairs living separately. But recently it seems one of the senior boosts is “bullying” the younger one (Mr senior js 2 and the other is 1 and 8 months). Mr senior chases the other but doesn’t fight or bite him. Today Patch (the younger) squealed as he wasn’t able to get down the ramp as fat senior was stood in the way.

How can I fix the bond? Or should I try him with the other two. I don’t like him being sad!
Hi!

The squealing is most likely submission squealing.

Here are our tips on how you can work out whether the bond is working or whether you are dealing with a case of bullying. Once you have your answer, you can take it from there: Bonds In Trouble

However, it would be much better to not try and potentially risk a second fall out in the other pair by trying to introduce Patch; it would be better if you considered keeping Patch and his companion as a 'cant' live together and can't live apart' bonded pair in a divided large C&C cage or in two adjoining cages with interaction and stimulation through the bars but each boar having their own territory - but this is ONLY a consideration if Patch is actually perking up when away from his mate and becoming depressed when re-introduced. How to conduct the test in detail and what exactly to look for is in the link above.
 
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