New Born Pup
- Jun 4, 2019
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- Houston Texas
The black one, is mocha. No is she not the one in charge. The one in charge is penelope. I’d say she’d be second in command since Minnie is extremely docile. They have been together for about 12 months. They have always had an issue if they’re in too small of a space like If they’re in the same travel carrier together for example. Mocha has to be in her own. Penelope and Minnie get along great and they never fight with each other. By doing the trial separation, would I be putting mocha and Penelope on one side, and then Minnie on the other? Because If I decided to remove mocha from the trio altogether, I’d like Minnie and Penelope together because they get along good. Mocha tends to be mean towards Minnie and sometimes bother Penelope but never as harsh as Minnie. Mocha has never been this mean until about a week/ 2 weeks ago. That’s why I thought maybe she just has a strong season but I feel as it isn’t fair for miss Minnie. Having to be terrified of mocha everywhere she goes. I most definitely agree with you though. I will take a look at those and thoroughly read through them. Thank you! I hope you are feeling much better!There is a lot of what I call throwing weight around. Is your black sow the leader or the second in command and can you please remind me how long they have been together? I have not been much on the forum in recent weeks while I wasn't well.
The only way you can get an honest answer out of a potentially tricky situation (bullying or aggression) is by a trial separation with a divider in the cage. Then see whether the piggies one party (especially the one at the receiving end) are noticeably perking up when not in the same space as the others. It doesn't look like a happy bond to me and it is bordering in bullying/acceptance not having happened.
A trial separation is the closest we can come to ask piggies of their true feelings as to whether they are happy in a bond or whether it is dysfunctional as it is .
As mentioned before, happily bonded pairs are not necessarily willing to accept another. Trios are by far the most tricky one to get just right. Unless you can rescue date your pair, it is a constellation best avoided. Groups very much rely on the piggies wanting to be together; like with humans, this doesn't happen all the time, whether that is in an office or in your private life. How many long term stable happy human trios do you know?
Please take the time to read these guides here and follow the instructions re. trial separation.
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