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teeth chattering.

So we have three sows and four boars, our boars have some really weird habits or maybe it's normal.

First our boar Storm, he's about a year old now, I've seen him with his back end towards something with him moving his head from side to side, basically it looks like he's dancing. I did noticed that after doing it on one occasion he looked like he had produced some grease which I know is normal but I was wondering if that's what his little dance was? I've never seem the other do it?

Secondly we have two older boars ones about 2 and a half and the other around 2. Now I've noticed that when we pick them up they sometimes sound like they are chattering their teeth BUT they look really relaxed and not like their annoyed at anything. Jericho was even laying down on me when he was doing it the other day.
 

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I would have Storm checked for an irritation inside his ear (ear mites?)

Your boys are obviously not quite liking being picked up and are putting up a mild protest.
 

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Ah ok, well Storm and Snow are going for a check up this week anyway because even though I can't see any back dust on Snow's rump they still seem to be itching more, I have tried the lice n easy twice and did the spot on for three weeks. So I'm going to see if there's any thing else going on with them, maybe they still have mites? So when my son takes Storm I'll ask him to mention the little dance and ask for the vet to check his ears. He doesn't do it constantly, I've seen him do it about I would say 5 times over the past 2 weeks.

Oh, I can understand why Jericho might do it, he was never really handled, but not sure about Big E as we've always handled him. What should we do when they do it? Ignore it or put them back into their cage?

Thanks for the advise @Wiebke
 

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Hmm maybe someone else can tell me if I'm supposed to put the boars back when they chatter or just ignore it? :)
 

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It is up to you. it depends on the intensity of the chatter and your bond.
 

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Ok, I'm not even sure about my bond with Big E, Big E seems like a "loner" and that the only friend he was bothered with was Sheamus, yeah he's ok with Jericho but I don't see him trying to groom him like he did Sheamus.

As for Jericho I'm not sure, we are trying to bond with him but will he let us with him not being handled previously... he does lay on me and let me stroke him, he still nips, but it's like pinching, he will get your skin and pull it a bit and then let go, it's not OW but you can feel it.

I'll have to see what they look like when they are chattering, if they look ok I'll leave it if they look angry I'll put them back.

The chattering is not really loud, not like when Sheamus got angry at Big's... now that was scarey lol.

Thanks Wiebke.
 
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