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Advice needed please. My female piggies were both pregnant when they came to live with me 2 years ago and each had 2 babies. They have lived very happily in 2 groups of 3 sows and 3 boars. 2 weeks ago after a very short illness one of my boars died. My question is, would this be a good time to think about neutering the boys and trying to bond them with the girls? If so how do I go about this please?
 

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Advice needed please. My female piggies were both pregnant when they came to live with me 2 years ago and each had 2 babies. They have lived very happily in 2 groups of 3 sows and 3 boars. 2 weeks ago after a very short illness one of my boars died. My question is, would this be a good time to think about neutering the boys and trying to bond them with the girls? If so how do I go about this please?
I am sorry for your loss! It would be worth considering having your boys neutered, so at least the survivor can then go on to live with the girls. While there are some few cases of two boars living with a group of sows, these generally either rely on the boars being both VERY laid back and/or all piggies having lots of space (like a whole room), so both boars have their own territory for their little subgroup of sows that choose to live with him. Otherwise, it will not work! Realistically you are rather looking at splitting your sows and having one or two sows living with one boy for a stable bond.

It is crucial that you find either a good general vet with plenty of practice in guinea pig neutering or a specialist with good experience in small furries operations. Otherwise, the risk of complications can be quite high. You also have to face a 6 weeks post op wait. One of my piggies is the daughter of a supposedly safe over 5 weeks post op boar (not one of mine), but it can really happen as late as that.
https://www.theguineapigforum.co.uk/pages/guinea-pig-vet-locator/
 

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Thank you for your reply and advice. I suspected it would be harder with the 2 boars. I think I will leave things well alone, they are very happy as they are even if it would have been good to have one larger group. It is not worth putting them through surgery if having one group is unlikely to be a success.
 
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