Bonding boars dominance phase and lap time

BrianaB

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Hi all!

I introduced my two boars Archie (11 months) and Huxley (3 weeks) on Saturday in a neutral area. Within a few hours they were napping together and woke up for a hay snack.
From what I can tell they are getting on fairly well. Still lots of rumblestrutting and mounting but they both are eating, drinking and sleeping. There hasn't been any biting or teeth chattering at all. My only concern is that Huxley seems to be hiding a lot (he is almost always in a hidey) and Archie chases him a lot.

I've read the guides on bonding and know I shouldn't separate my boys, but is lap time okay during the dominance phase if I keep them both together?
I know this phase can last several weeks so I will need to clean their cage several times which means I am taking them out anyways. I'm missing Archie and really hoping to get to know Huxley a little better so I'd really love to take them out and interact with them.
 

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Hi all!

I introduced my two boars Archie (11 months) and Huxley (3 weeks) on Saturday in a neutral area. Within a few hours they were napping together and woke up for a hay snack.
From what I can tell they are getting on fairly well. Still lots of rumblestrutting and mounting but they both are eating, drinking and sleeping. There hasn't been any biting or teeth chattering at all. My only concern is that Huxley seems to be hiding a lot (he is almost always in a hidey) and Archie chases him a lot.

I've read the guides on bonding and know I shouldn't separate my boys, but is lap time okay during the dominance phase if I keep them both together?
I know this phase can last several weeks so I will need to clean their cage several times which means I am taking them out anyways. I'm missing Archie and really hoping to get to know Huxley a little better so I'd really love to take them out and interact with them.

Hi!

You can do lap time now they have bonded as long as you make it a point to observe the hierarchy and always deal with Archie first, from feeding to picking and grooming; as is his right. The post-intro dominance phase lasts around 2 weeks.
 

BrianaB

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Hi!

You can do lap time now they have bonded as long as you make it a point to observe the hierarchy and always deal with Archie first, from feeding to picking and grooming; as is his right. The post-intro dominance phase lasts around 2 weeks.
Thanks so much!
 
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