Considering Getting Sows For My Boars

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Millie

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Hello,
I currently have 2 guinea pigs, Alfie and Oscar- they used to live together when i first got them but they had a fight around a year ago and ive had a couple of attempts to reintroduce them but it just gets too violent and its not worth stressing them out even more and trying to force the bond.
They now both have a 2x4 c&c cage with a 1x2 loft (i have a huge bedroom so I'm happy i could give them each that amount of space), but i was wondering if i should get them both neutered so i could try giving them both a sow to live with.
If I could get them both neutered, would it be okay to have Alfie and a sow in one cage and Oscar and a sow in the other when the cages are so close together? WP_20150708_11_35_30_Pro[1].jpg

I cant move their cages anywhere else, but would having them both so close when living with a female each cause any problems because of smells/noises etc? It upsets me that they've been living on their own for a while, but their personalities just really aren't compatible it seems

Any help/advice would be much appreciated, thanks
Millie

(please excuse the messy cage, i haven't done the morning spot clean yet xD )
 

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Hi I can't answer a lot of your questions and it will depend how old your boys are I imagine as to whether it would be safe to neuter them. Hopefully someone will come along soon who can answer your questions.

One other thing to consider though might be boat dating at a reputable rescue? That way you could find them a friend each without needing to risk neutering.
 

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Hi , love your setup
You could try and locate two spayed sows, but don't hold you breath they are like hens teeth,
though it woud do no harm to ask on a sepert thread .
Can the live happily close to each other with sows, l see no reason why not , a have many boar and sow pairs living sid by side

Re neutering , how old are they ?
Do you have a piggy savvy vet, or do you live within driving distance of one of the recomended vet (see recomended vets foram at the top of the page )
sometime people suggest intreducing young boars , but in my experience the youngsters
are in danger of being stressed out to breaking point by the older boar

Question , have you tried deviding, a cage an have it so that they can get close enough to me able to nuzzle through the bars
 

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I think it might depends on their ages and if they are going through the hormonal phase.

I know that we can't put one of our boars cages near the sows at the moment because when we've tried it before he's wheeked so much he lost his voice and also he tends to take it out on his cage mate, gets a bit aggressive and tries to mount him. I'm sure once he's out of the hormonal phase he'll be ok lol.

We've also just had to split two boars just like yours they were fighting, we've adopted a six week old boar last week for one and they are getting on great and the other one will be neutered and will hopefully live with the sows :)

I hope you find the answers your looking for! Lovely cages by the way :)
 

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MY old MaX was past 6 when he arived, her at my place , his keeper had got him for a birthday presend so the date was precise ,
so that would make him at least 10,

He l
produces feramons at the drop of a hat , ie I put my hand in the cage and pick him up and he stinks the pig room out , I'm a I mean stink :yikes:
 
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