Bonded Boars Suddenly Fighting

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Hi :D
I'm new to the forum but writing in desperation in the hope someone can help us out as our past herd was a group of females and have never experienced this before!

Little back story, around one year ago we adopted a pair of bonded boars Dan and Darwin (brothers), who were at the time estimated to be 1 so should now be past their hormonal teenage months. We don't know much about their previous home, but were told they had lived in a tiny cage indoors, were well socialized and got along well. We gradually acclimatized them to live outside in a large aviary and at night we bring them indoors in a cage.

In the year we've had them, they have been close apart from the odd fight; Dan is the dominant pig and can get aggressive but Darwin is a big softie and lets him. However, around a week ago I noticed Darwin has begun to fight back instead of being submissive which Dan obviously isn't pleased about after being top of the hierarchy for so long :lol: Very quickly the fighting got more serious and we ended up with bleeding noses, hair pulled out and cuts all over both pigs for the first time.

We split them up temporarily and have been in separate cages for the past week; Darwin doesn't seem phased with this set up, however Dan is noticeably withdrawn and depressed today. I attempted to reintroduce them in a neutral environment, but they immediately started fighting again. I'm a bit lost as my Mum does not want to have two different set ups and I also want to try and avoid housing them alone. Is there any possibility they can be housed together in the future, or has the bond been lost?
 

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Hi :D
I'm new to the forum but writing in desperation in the hope someone can help us out as our past herd was a group of females and have never experienced this before!

Little back story, around one year ago we adopted a pair of bonded boars Dan and Darwin (brothers), who were at the time estimated to be 1 so should now be past their hormonal teenage months. We don't know much about their previous home, but were told they had lived in a tiny cage indoors, were well socialized and got along well. We gradually acclimatized them to live outside in a large aviary and at night we bring them indoors in a cage.

In the year we've had them, they have been close apart from the odd fight; Dan is the dominant pig and can get aggressive but Darwin is a big softie and lets him. However, around a week ago I noticed Darwin has begun to fight back instead of being submissive which Dan obviously isn't pleased about after being top of the hierarchy for so long :lol: Very quickly the fighting got more serious and we ended up with bleeding noses, hair pulled out and cuts all over both pigs for the first time.

We split them up temporarily and have been in separate cages for the past week; Darwin doesn't seem phased with this set up, however Dan is noticeably withdrawn and depressed today. I attempted to reintroduce them in a neutral environment, but they immediately started fighting again. I'm a bit lost as my Mum does not want to have two different set ups and I also want to try and avoid housing them alone. Is there any possibility they can be housed together in the future, or has the bond been lost?
Hi and welcome

I am very sorry, but it rather looks like the bond has been broken. Once you get into a serious fight, piggies of either gender will usually not go back with each other. :(

Can you please add your country, state/province or UK county to your details so we can help you work out the best way forward that ensures the safety and a safe future for both piggies if at all possible. Your options very much depend on your local availabilities. We have got members from all over the world.
Please click on your username on the top bar, then go to personal details and scroll down to location. This makes it visible with every post. For your own security please don't go add any more than that. Thank you!
 
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