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I have only had my boars for almost a week, I have started them noticing them kind of challenging each other, sometimes they live together ok, other times they seem to torment each other, is this normal or am I heading for trouble?
I was wondering if they need to be split up before they have a big fight or is this behaviour just for show?
I am possibly getting 3 females (mum and 2 babies) off a friend soon so would it be possible to pair up each boar in a seperate cage with the new females? (boars are neutered).

Just want some opinions please as I don't know if they are just being normal or whether I may end up with a fight on my hands!
 

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My two boys when I first had them going back 6+ years (!), Jin and Tonic, were like that for a couple of weeks.. After that they settled down and then wouldn't be anywhere without the other!

That's just my experience, others may have different ones..

Also neutered males with females are ok, they still bonk (!) and get along fine.. Just takes them a while to get used to each other and different environments..

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Boars do tend to fight as they get older. The ony boars which I have had be ok together are a daddy piggy with his son. (Mr Tiggy and Joe)
Boars are more likely to get on if they have been together since one or both of them were young. If you believe that a big fight is going to arise, just monitor closely as boars can fight really badly which eventually ends up with one of them bleeding. If you are getting some sows then it might be nice for them to each be paired off if they are neutered. I have never had a neutured boar living with a sow so I cannot say how they are together. I think though that they do tend to get along quite nicely.

I have always prefered sows because they don't really fight and get on much better than boars. However, Rosie is bullying Amber still really bad. I never expected a girl to act the way Rosie is. Earlier, Amber was lying in the tube and Rosie kept putting her head in and biting Amber's face. I think Amber is absolutely terrified of Rosie. I really do want to build a C&C Cage where all the sows at my boyfriends house can live together. Fingers crossed that will work!

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Kelz, this is completely normal. I am a expert on boars since I have 5. Do not split them up! Only split them if they have a huge fight that draws blood. I don't see why this would happen but maybe they are fighting over food? Toys? With boars, it's nicest to have two of everything or simaler types of things. Like 2 hidey houses, 2 vine balls, 2 bowls of food, 2 water bottles etc.

If a group of piggies is living together fine, it isn't nice to split them up so if you split up the mother and babies you might get, it wouldn't be the nicest thing since you don't really need to do it ;)

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Make sure though Kellie that they don't start to become scared of each other. Ben became very scared of Jippi and was completely down. Think Jippi had been buillying Ben and all along we thought it was more likely to be the other way around. If you think your guinea pigs are not happy being together anymore, the only option really is to split them up. As Livie said its nice for them to stay together but sometimes the best thing you can do is separate them!

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Thank everyone, they have pretty much 2 or 3 of everything in there. they have been together for about 6 months and they have had the odd scuffle apparently. I will just monitor them closely, from what I could see today, George was chasing after stanley and kind of baring his teeth at him and stanley cowered away and made a clicking noise.
 

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This is fairly normal behaviour for boars. They always seem to be trying to sort out who is boss!

Just keep an eye on them to make sure that one is not stopping the other from getting at food and water. Also check them both over regularly incase they have any bite wounds - these can be tiny but it may be a sign of worse things to come. If boars do decide to fight it can get extremely nasty - they can really hurt, if not kill each other. I am a piggie foster mum and I have treated some dreadful fight injuries that have left pigs damaged for life. If there is any blood shed you will need to separate them straight away.

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I have always found that most boars get on together. If they aren't going to tolerate each other they make it known from the start and your biggest worry is when they go deathly quiet and then just fly for each other *EEK* Boars often go through stages of rumbling at one another and then they quieten down. The teenage years (when a piggy is going through puberty at roughly 3 to 8 months) and the toughest months to get through. Once they have gone through that they normally calm down. Thats why it can be easier to pair up an adult boar with a baby, they tolerate one another better. I have some trios and pairs of boars living quite happily together ;D Its up to you to decide whether to split them up, but because they are already neutered it would be wonderful if you placed each with a girlfriend. They would naturally prefer to do that in my opinion, lol. If you then wanted to add to your cavy family you would be able to add sows to each cage and they would probably all live peacefully together ;D Good luck with whatever you decide ;D
 
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Thank fully I don't seem to be having a prob with them now, maybe they were just in a mood LOL. I put in 2 bowls as I have always done but they both eat out of the same one, they are very funny! Hopefully they will always be friends and maybe they just have the odd argument with each other.
 
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Hiya

This is normal for boars. They are just proberbly deciding who is gonna be the dominent piggie.

Just keep an eye on them. i had to seperate my boys as Benidorm was mounting Bokki all the time, it turned quite nasty and they had a huge fight and it was awful. But they are now living side by side and are fine with that.

Just get to know them and their personalities and that way it will be easier to spot if something isn't quite right.

Hope this helps

Love

Claire
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my boars are brothers been together for ever but they still squabble over food, it`s normal, one will steal food from the other so the other has to get some more.. but they get on great, sleep in the same place and if they get a fright or are stressed at bath time, they run for one an other and cuddle up X
 
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