Can I add another male guinea pig

Nfrye

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I currently have 2 male guinea pigs who I have had for about a year. I was thinking since they have a big enough cage for it (it’s a 6x2 cage) I was wanting to get another guinea pig but was wondering if adding another male would be a problem.
 

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It would be a big problem. You can only keep boars in pairs. Adding more pigs to a boar pair will result in fights.
If you want more pigs, then having a separate boar pair that live totally separately is the only way.

Boar trios (and more) have a 90% failure rate. At best the new pig won’t be accepted and needs a new friend (so you end up with two pairs). At worst, adding a third ruins the original pairs relationship and then all three need to live separately, each needing a new friend so you end up with three pairs.

Adding More Guinea Pigs Or Merging Pairs – What Works And What Not?

The only way to successfully keep a boar group is to have at least 10 guinea pigs with a very large enclosure amounting to at least a square metre each. But even then it requires huge amounts of experience plus loads of separate cages in case if all goes wrong.
 

Nfrye

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It would be a big problem. You can only keep boars in pairs. Adding more pigs to a boar pair will result in fights.
If you want more pigs, then having a separate boar pair that live totally separately is the only way.

Boar trios (and more) have a 90% failure rate. At best the new pig won’t be accepted and needs a new friend (so you end up with two pairs). At worst, adding a third ruins the original pairs relationship and then all three need to live separately, each needing a new friend so you end up with three pairs.

Adding More Guinea Pigs Or Merging Pairs – What Works And What Not?

The only way to successfully keep a boar group is to have at least 10 guinea pigs with a very large enclosure amounting to at least a square metre each. But even then it requires huge amounts of experience plus loads of separate cages in case if all goes wrong.
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It would be a big problem. You can only keep boars in pairs. Adding more pigs to a boar pair will result in fights.
If you want more pigs, then having a separate boar pair that live totally separately is the only way.

Boar trios (and more) have a 90% failure rate. At best the new pig won’t be accepted and needs a new friend (so you end up with two pairs). At worst, adding a third ruins the original pairs relationship and then all three need to live separately, each needing a new friend so you end up with three pairs.

Adding More Guinea Pigs Or Merging Pairs – What Works And What Not?

The only way to successfully keep a boar group is to have at least 10 guinea pigs with a very large enclosure amounting to at least a square metre each. But even then it requires huge amounts of experience plus loads of separate cages in case if all goes wrong.
Thank you for the help
 
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