Bonding Pigs

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GuineaMom1106

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So I have 3 female guinea pigs. We got 2 together and they're about 10 weeks old. After about a month of having them we decided to add a 3rd pig.
We adopted an older pig, at least year old. I read many forums about how to introduce pigs and help them get along.

From what I read it's easiest to bond older pigs to younger ones because the difference in size helps with dominance. So the older pig is double the size of our other pigs.
I brought all the pigs into a neutral territory and let them check each other out. While they did that I completely sanitized and washed everything in the cage and the cage too, to get rid of any smells.
Then before they all went into the same cage, I bathed them and dried them.

They've been in the same cage for a week now and for the most part they're doing great, but sometimes the bigger pig picks on the little ones. Blood is never drawn and she's not aggressive. Its very random, they'll all be hanging out or eating and then all of a sudden shell nudge at the little ones and scare them away.

Why does she do this, or will she ever stop?
 

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She's just reminding them that she's The Boss. It might call down a bit as they settle in more, it might not.

It's all part of them being in a group, and is perfectly natural. If there's no blood drawn and the little ones are still happy to eat then I wouldn't worry.
 

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Sounds like normal herd behaviour. However please make sure the little ones can access food, water and a bed at all times and that the bigger pig doesn't hog everything.
 

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I agree with the suggestions above, and after doing a similar bonding myself, I would also say the size of you cage is a huge factor in determining success.
If possible always make sure there are more beds than pigs, so everyone always has a choice, and spread resources (like food and water) around the cage, so one pig can't dominate the area with all the good stuff.

As for the occasional lunges and shrieks - welcome to the world of girl drama!
 
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