Fighting male piglets

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Hi! We are new this....We have 2 male guinea piglets. We bought them as babies from the pet shop. The have never been really friendly but have tolerated each other, with quite a lot of rumble strutting and mounting. One was obviously dominant. Last week they started to chitter loudly at one another. Theh chased each other and eventually started properly fighting. There was no obvious sign of injury, but both piglets seemed traumatised afterwards. Lots of hair had been pulled out. We separated them and let them calm down. Now, their cages are joined but with a door that can be closed. During floor time yesterday they had another fight. They are chewing on the bars between the cages constantly. They seem to be chatting. As soon as we let them be together, they fight. Its worth mentioning that the previously submissive pig now seems to be becoming dominant.... They are about 5 months old. They were living together in a big pen with lots of hidies. They are brilliant piggies and have become really tame. Our kids love them. We dont want to have to keep them apart really. What can we do? Will they ever be friends? Help please!
 

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I’m afraid once they decide that’s it. You can’t convince them to like each other when they don’t. It seems the underpig decided he wanted to take over, which seems to be the nail in the coffin. Please don’t put them back together again as their relationship is obviously dysfunctional. They’re also at the start of their teenage months as well which can be a testing time for even the best of bonds.

Have them living next to each other, making sure they each have 120x60cm housing. You now can’t have them out together at all. Lap time and floor time will have to be separate from now on.

If the bar biting isn’t calming down then you can put something solid on the divider - cardboard or a piece of fleece. You can then take it away slowly and hopefully they won’t do it Again. Have a read of the guide below as well. I’m sorry it’s come to this. It’s difficult especially when they’ve been fine for the rest of the time. They will still interact through the bars so don’t worry about them getting lonely.
A Comprehensive Guide to Guinea Pig Boars
 

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Hi! We are new this....We have 2 male guinea piglets. We bought them as babies from the pet shop. The have never been really friendly but have tolerated each other, with quite a lot of rumble strutting and mounting. One was obviously dominant. Last week they started to chitter loudly at one another. Theh chased each other and eventually started properly fighting. There was no obvious sign of injury, but both piglets seemed traumatised afterwards. Lots of hair had been pulled out. We separated them and let them calm down. Now, their cages are joined but with a door that can be closed. During floor time yesterday they had another fight. They are chewing on the bars between the cages constantly. They seem to be chatting. As soon as we let them be together, they fight. Its worth mentioning that the previously submissive pig now seems to be becoming dominant.... They are about 5 months old. They were living together in a big pen with lots of hidies. They are brilliant piggies and have become really tame. Our kids love them. We dont want to have to keep them apart really. What can we do? Will they ever be friends? Help please!
Hi!

Your boys are now teenagers and are coming up to the time their testosterone output is at an alltime high. It is the classic age for fall-outs in
pairs that are not character matched. Once there are full-on bloody bites, the boys will never go back together.
This guide will take you through all aspects of teenage, including a list of possible options with their various pros and cons for how you can deal with the fallout from the fall-out. You will hopefully find it very helpful: Boars: Teenage, Bullying, Fighting, Fall-outs And What Next?

Sadly pet shop and for sale breeder babies are usually bought for looks and not with an eye as to who which two piggies are hanging out together and are obviously friends, giving them a much greater chance of making it... or consider adopting a stably bonded pair from a good welfare standard rescue. :(
 
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