Bullying?, Should I Separate For Good?

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Hi, I have 2 sows that i have had for a little over 2 weeks now. They are 8-9 weeks old.
But I'm really worried that they arent getting along at all. They are named Milou and Tintin.
Milou an abyssian and
tintin I'm not sure he is short haired, american? is that a breed?
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Milou is chasing and biting Tintin, yesterday Tintin was trapped in her hidey because whenever she left the house Milou chased her right back in again.
What makes me think it is bullying is that Tintin is not fighting back, so i suppose he has "surrendered" all he does is scream.
Milou keeps biting him and chasing and she does a thing were she like moves from one side to the other, she chatters her teeth loudly. she also sounds like she is growling but in a very deep voice.
Tintin does a thing as well where he "sneezes" or puffs air out. and when milou runs in after tintin into the house i hear a constant scream which gives me serious shivers.
i havent seen any blood, but i wouldnt be surprised if i did.
I have separated them once for an hour, put them back because the were looking for each other. I think.
But this behaviour has been constant for more than a week. and I'm worried about if Tintin will actually be okay?
incredibly thankful for all replies. Thanks
 

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Hi, I have 2 sows that i have had for a little over 2 weeks now. They are 8-9 weeks old.
But I'm really worried that they arent getting along at all. They are named Milou and Tintin.
Milou an abyssian and
tintin I'm not sure he is short haired, american? is that a breed?
However
Milou is chasing and biting Tintin, yesterday Tintin was trapped in her hidey because whenever she left the house Milou chased her right back in again.
What makes me think it is bullying is that Tintin is not fighting back, so i suppose he has "surrendered" all he does is scream.
Milou keeps biting him and chasing and she does a thing were she like moves from one side to the other, she chatters her teeth loudly. she also sounds like she is growling but in a very deep voice.
Tintin does a thing as well where he "sneezes" or puffs air out. and when milou runs in after tintin into the house i hear a constant scream which gives me serious shivers.
i havent seen any blood, but i wouldnt be surprised if i did.
I have separated them once for an hour, put them back because the were looking for each other. I think.
But this behaviour has been constant for more than a week. and I'm worried about if Tintin will actually be okay?
incredibly thankful for all replies. Thanks
Please remove any hideys with just one exit, so that no piggy can be trapped and ideally have more hideys than piggies; if necessary use children's stools or cardboard boxes with more than one exit.

Make sure that you feed veg and pellets in separate bowls spaced well apart in small portions that can be eaten in one go 2-3 times a day; remove the bowls between the meals. Make sure that you have more than one bottle water (again, spaced well apart) and that there are ideally two sources of hay that cannot be physically blocked.

The dominance phase lasts as long as it lasts; it can go on for several weeks. It depends on how secure your dominant girl is feeling in her new position. As both girls wanted to be with each other when you trial separated, they HAVE bonded, they just have not yet settled fully into their new bond and are still working on it. As tough as it is for you, you have to sit it out. Nipping is NOT painful; it is a carefully judged gestur of power whereby the top piggy just lets the underpiggy feel its teeth, but doesn't graze the skin. The squeals from her companion are submission squeals and not pain; you hear those usually most frequently towards the end of the hierarchy establishing dominance phase.
 
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