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Finding joshua a friend

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Now that joshua is all better i want to get him a little friend as he is very shy and i think a little friend would help him

do you think this would be a good idea i dont think he will get on with all my single boars as the are ver bossy monkeys lol

i was thinking of finding him a younger friend who wont try and boss him around.

has anyone any good advice on what i should do .

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I would be tempted to try with one of your own first. If Joshua is very submissive, he will automatically look up to him, maybe your oldest? Alternatively you could try a baby boar 5 - 8 weeks, and by the time his hormones kick in the pecking order should be established. Sadly no route is guaranteed, but I would try matching one of your singles first. xx
 

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i only really have 1 boar who i could have a chance to pair up with as moss bites everything even me but i think he just wants food lol dexter is not a fan of any other pig at all likes his own space

badger is the only one but is a lot bigger than joshua
 

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Size doesn't really come into it. I have paired up a baby 3 week old with a big 5 year old. It is often the best combination. Whichever way to choose to go, the 'rules' of bonding really must be absolutely followed. I have never had a problem bonding any boars....now sows that is a different matter. I am rubbish at bonding sows. lol x
 

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i only really have 1 boar who i could have a chance to pair up with as moss bites everything even me but i think he just wants food lol dexter is not a fan of any other pig at all likes his own space

badger is the only one but is a lot bigger than joshua
Size is not a problem at all - you should have seen some of the boar pairs nutmeg has introduced successfully when she was still fostering for Becklen/Sokel:))! I would try him with Badger first (lots of tips on how to do it properly see in the introduction thread in our reference section) and then look for a guinea pig rescue near you that lets you boar date. You may want to keep Badger and Joshua next to each other, but separated through bars at first. That way you can gauge the interest/chances of success. I would do full introductions only if their was friendly interest on both sides; but expect lots of normal dominance behaviour.
 

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There are some specialist rescues that would be prepared to bond Joshua for you, if you are prepared to ask around!

However, I have found that letting the piggies get the measure of their new friend first before the introductions takes a lot of tension out of it. I only do an introduction with a new member of the Tribe when and if the signs are right and I try to take as much additional stress out of the equation as possible, like new surroundings AND a completely new piggy all at once - let them live next to each other for a few days, and you will get a good idea whether it's going to work out or not without having to commit!
 

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Joshua has been in auarantine for the last few weeks so has not been near any other piggy .

I'm letting him have a run around today and I'm letting badger have a run as well next to each other so they can see and smell one another I'm going to see how that goes.
 

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Joshua has been in auarantine for the last few weeks so has not been near any other piggy .

I'm letting him have a run around today and I'm letting badger have a run as well next to each other so they can see and smell one another I'm going to see how that goes.
Good luck! Just don't push it too quickly - Josh may go a bit overboard at first at being near another piggy again!
 

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It looks like joshua and badger are not going to get on they seem to bring the worst out in each other .

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but the good news is i think we may have found joshua a friend in the form of monty he is my friends daughters guinea pig whos mate died a few weeks ago they met each other saturday and seemed to like each other at the moment are in togeather eating lots of hay only 1 bum wiggle.
 

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Aww, shame he and badger didn.t get on, but YAY for the new friend! That will be good for both of them :)
Good luck :)
 

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It really is as badger is such a sweetie I'm on a mission to find him a friend going to the piggy pm in reading next week and i going to talk to karen
 

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That's wonderful, I hope you find the perfect friend for Badger too. We need pics (or have I missed them?)
 
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