Best Companion(s) For Bereaved Boar?

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Hi all,

Very recently one of my wee pigs, Morgan, passed away despite our best efforts to keep him going. He and his brother Jerry were adopted at the age of about 18 months, and we quickly found they had some dominance issues. Jerry was always larger, bolder, and clearly more dominant, but Morgan would antagonise him to the point that we had to separate them. Although they can't be let out together, they lived in a large homemade cage with a wire grid separating them, which kept them happy. They like to see and socialise with each other - unfortunately they just couldn't get along physically!

Now that Morgan has passed away, we don't know what's best to get for Jerry. The options are:

1. A sow, which we are reluctant to do as we don't want to risk getting him neutered if possible.
2. An adult boar of the same age (around 2 1/2 years) - with the risk that they will need to be kept separated and will never get along.
3. One or two babies. The worry with getting one baby is the likelihood of Jerry passing away and leaving the other pig alone. If we get two, that's less likely to happen. Our cage is very large with the divider down, easily big enough for 3 pigs to have plenty of room and private space (we also let them run around the floor every evening). IF Jerry didn't accept the babies though, we'd have to leave the divider up, and I wouldn't feel comfortable with 2 pigs at one side as they wouldn't have as much room as i'd like.


I know it's a long and slightly complicated post, but i'd really appreciate any input!

Thanks in advance!
 
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Hi there. Welcome to the forum. I am very sorry for your loss. You are welcome to post a tribute in the rainbow bridge section.

The best way of finding a friend for Jerry is to take him to the nearest recommended rescue. They will allow him to choose his own friend and bond them at the rescue so there should not be any falling out. This link will show you the nearest one,
https://www.theguineapigforum.co.uk/pages/guinea-pig-rescue-locator/
 

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Hi Piggyfan,

Thanks for the reply, but unfortunately the nearest rescue to me is several hours away. There are SSPCA centres closer by, but they currently only have bonded pairs (which may not be ideal) and to my knowledge wouldn't allow me to bring Jerry to them.
 
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Oh that is a shame. Trios of boars rarely work so I would not risk that. Maybe a piggy train could be arranged. I will tag @Stewybus to ask him.
 

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Hmmm, it sounds like we may have to bite the bullet and get him neutered if we can't find another adult male somewhere.
 

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I'm really sorry for the sad loss of Morgan.

As I see it there are 3 possibilities.

1)I would really consider getting Jerry nuetered as you could then get a pair of females of either similar age or babies. That in turn would cover your earlier point of if one died there'd still be two together. You would need to get a really good vet but if you're uncertain of vets in your area I would be able to arrange a piggy train to bring him to my rescue near Middlesbrough where I could have him neutered by my vet who is expert in this type of op. I would then look after him till his post op checks had been done & then return him to you.

2)Regarding getting a boar friend for him, I don't like doing this long distance as there's too many times that it's unsuccessful. I would suggest contacting a rescue & see if they'll take Jerry in so that they can bond him. I would be able to arrange to get a piggy train to take him to a rescue for bonding then back home with his new partner after succesful bonding

3) There may be other rescues in your area who could help with boar dating. If you let us know your general area then other members may be able to recommend a rescue not on the list but who could be equally as good.

If you need my help, please let me know x
 

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Thanks so much for the offer. We have now found a pair of young females (in a separate cage for the time being) and will be getting Jerry neutered. We have a specialised small animal hospital here in Edinburgh who have assured us that they are happy to do the operation, so Jerry is going in later this week.

Thanks again!
 

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Thanks so much for the offer. We have now found a pair of young females (in a separate cage for the time being) and will be getting Jerry neutered. We have a specialised small animal hospital here in Edinburgh who have assured us that they are happy to do the operation, so Jerry is going in later this week.

Thanks again!
That is great news! I wish you all the best. Jerry will be so delighted with his new exciting next door neighbours!

Please be aware that the recommended post op wait is 6 weeks. I have got the baby courtesy of a supposedly safe over 5 weeks post boar (not one of mine), just to make that particular point. While it is rare, I have since heard of several other cases; I have yet to hear of one after 6 weeks, which is the time the RSPCA and any good standard rescues are practising.
 

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Spinelli, I am so sorry for the loss of your little guy Morgan. Its heart-breaking to lose a piggie. So gad that you have found two ladies to keep Jerry company. He will be so happy with his new wives!
 

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That is great news! I wish you all the best. Jerry will be so delighted with his new exciting next door neighbours!

Please be aware that the recommended post op wait is 6 weeks. I have got the baby courtesy of a supposedly safe over 5 weeks post boar (not one of mine), just to make that particular point. While it is rare, I have since heard of several other cases; I have yet to hear of one after 6 weeks, which is the time the RSPCA and any good standard rescues are practising.
No worries - we'll be sticking to the 6 week period! Three pigs are plenty for us, we'll be taking no chances :-)

In the meantime they're already having some interesting conversations across the room :-)
 

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Spinelli, I am so sorry for the loss of your little guy Morgan. Its heart-breaking to lose a piggie. So gad that you have found two ladies to keep Jerry company. He will be so happy with his new wives!
Thanks 7squeakers, it wasn't entirely unexpected, we had been fighting to keep him for around 3 weeks before he sank too low to pull him back up again. Jerry has been chatting away to the ladies, who are settling in nicely already.
 
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